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    Food Science and Innovation

    Course overview

    If you are interested in food and being part of a creative, dynamic and fast-paced profession then this course will give you the skills you require. It provides the opportunity to explore your interests in food whether these relate to science or society, the practical or the theoretical, people or processes.

    You will explore consumer needs, nutrition, food production, new product development, supply-chains, marketing approaches, research and development, and issues of sustainability in food. You will be equipped with a broad base of practical, theoretical, and technical skills to help address global food challenges.

    You will be taught in dedicated, specialist facilities, and assessed through an innovative combination of theory and real-world practice. Assessment typically includes live industry projects, creating and exhibiting new products, creative portfolios, and consumer research. We focus on a small number of topics at any one time, with frequent feedback, to help you manage your learning. You will learn within a diverse group, including international students and industry professionals.

    Our food graduates access a variety of exciting, globally-connected roles, from selecting what is sold in supermarkets to creating the next generation of innovative food products. Supported by an integrated placement year in industry, you will be primed for your future graduate career and for progression into roles that include the management of brands, people, projects, and products.

    Course key info

    Food Technology and Innovation overview  ❯

    UCAS code DS01

    Institution code: H12


    4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement. A three year programme is available for applicants with at least two years, full-time relevant work experience


    Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)

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    Entry requirements for 2024

    Our typical offer

    88 - 104 UCAS points for A level students. See below for details of entry requirements for other accepted qualifications.

    Full requirements

    Use the drop-down tool to select the qualifications you have or are working towards to see what grades would be required for access to this programme. If you can’t see your qualification or would like any assistance with entry requirements, please contact the Admissions team:

    Course modules

    Module Table
    Year 1
    Year 2
    Year 3
    Year 4

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    Telephone: +44 (0)1952 815 000

    Work Placement

    In the third year you will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience through the work placement. You will build on theory learned in the classroom and acquire valuable practical skills. Work placement can take place in the UK or abroad and it is usually paid. It is a good opportunity to try areas and aspects of the food industry before becoming a qualified professional.


    Our graduates have an excellent employability rate and record, many being offered graduate jobs whilst on placement. The high level of skill and specialist knowledge makes graduates from this course uniquely prepared for food technical, auditing and processing roles.

    Graduates can expect to be involved in the decisions necessary to manufacture, develop and improve food and drink products in a dynamic and fast paced environment.

    Food technologists are at the centre of product design, formulation, food safety and quality assurance in the food industry.


    This programme is pending accreditation by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST)

    Fees and costs

    The latest fees for this course can be found in our fees and funding section. You will also find course related costs, specific to this course in this area.


    Whilst every opportunity has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information on this course page, Harper Adams University wishes to emphasise that the content is regularly reviewed and is subject to change from time-to-time as required. Our courses undergo reviews to ensure they are flexible, relevant and as up-to-date as possible.

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