Start date: October 2021
BSc (Hons) UCAS: BD46 3 years
BSc (Hons) UCAS: BD48 4 years with foundation year
BSc (Hons) UCAS: BD47 4 years with professional training
BSc (Hons) UCAS: BD49 5 years with foundation year and professional training
Why choose this course
Our food science courses are ranked 2nd in the UK by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 and 2nd in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2021.
Our Department of Nutritional Sciences is home to an innovative teaching and learning environment. The strength and depth of our research means you’ll not only be taught by internationally recognised researchers but also be able to become actively involved in cutting-edge research during your studies.
What you will study
Food science is a multidisciplinary subject that applies sciences such as chemistry and biology to the study of food.
Our BSc (Hons) Food Science and Nutrition will give you an understanding of the raw materials that will become food, how they interact and how food science can have dramatic implications for human health and disease.
Food safety also forms an important component of the course, as food can be a major source of disease-causing chemicals and microorganisms.
Our course will not only provide you with a thorough understanding of food composition and analysis but will also give you a high standard of experience in nutrition and microbiology.
"I have covered such a variety of interesting modules throughout my time here and have learnt so much.” Bethany Spicer, student
Recipient of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize
The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, the highest accolade for any academic institution, was awarded to the University of Surrey in 2017 in recognition of our excellence in the field of food and nutrition.
BSc (Hons) - Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) - Accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST).
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Our reliance on a supply of safe food, together with the economic problems that can arise from crop damage and food spoilage, means that graduates from this course are in high demand by the food and beverage industries.
The combination of modules covering human nutrition, microbiology, food composition, food processing, food analysis and quality assurance provided by this course equip you for a range of careers.
An important aspect of food science is understanding the vital link between diet and health so that foods can be developed to have maximum nutritional value. You could be involved in undertaking exciting research into the potential and most recent applications of food science – the development of novel foods. These include foods with new synthetic or natural ingredients which are used to replace fats or lower cholesterol, foods with novel health-promoting extracts from plants, or foods that have been altered by genetic manipulation.
As a nutritionist, you may be concerned with the beneficial components in food, but as a food scientist, you’ll need to ensure that food bought from a supermarket contains the optimum amount of these components. You’ll also be concerned with the quality and safety of the food.
Our graduates are involved in product development, food analysis, research, consumer advice, legislation, food safety and teaching.
Most of our graduates go immediately into the job market, taking jobs that often follow naturally from a successful Professional Training placement, but many of our graduates also pursue further study. This includes taught masters courses and PhD studentships.
Some of our graduates over the last few years have secured roles such as:
Technical Graduate, Bakkavor
Process Technologist, Adelie Foods
Regulations and Compliance Executive, IFIS
Conformance Manager, Nestlé
Nutritionist, Whole Foods
Food Technologist, JF Renshaw
Regulatory Analyst, Leatherhead Food Research
"I’m currently studying for a research masters in clinical research. I really enjoyed the research element of my undergraduate course and knew I wanted to keep learning but wasn’t sure if I should apply for a PhD, so this felt like the perfect middle ground." Ho Ka Wa, graduate
Required subjects: Biology and Chemistry, or Biology/Chemistry at grade B and one of Physics, Sport Studies, Physical Education, Mathematics, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Science, or Food Technology, Home Economics or Nutrition and Food Science.
Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.
GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).
Foundation year: A-level CCD (or equivalent) to include one Science A-level.
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2021
You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.
A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Food Science and Nutrition placements
We strongly encourage you to take a placement in the UK or internationally. Recent students have taken placements with leading companies such as:
Tata Global Beverages
Surrey Human Performance Institute
We place great emphasis on organising a successful, research-based placement, allowing you to extend and enhance your practical abilities and sharpen your professional skills.
Employers may sponsor the final year of your course and many offer our student's employment on graduation. To help ensure that you have a successful experience, you will be visited in person by staff during your placement year.
In the competitive world of graduate employment, companies are more likely to consider applicants who have previous professional experience.
"Being on placement has allowed me to discover how much I enjoy working and I’m really keen to gain more industry experience.” Mer Karnchanachari, student
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.
Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your Professional Training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.
Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, but you will also develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.
Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
Our international exchange course offers you the opportunity to spend your Professional Training placement working in another country. Our students have travelled to Canada, Australia, Brazil and many European countries, typically working in a research laboratory at a partner institution.
If you work in another part of Europe you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant, as well as your full student loan if you take an unpaid research placement in a foreign university laboratory.