LJMU students

2017 entry

BSc (Hons) Food Development and Nutrition

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £12,660 per annum
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1007 per annum*

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

UCAS code: D690

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

 This course is available in Clearing 2017

Call our hotline on 0808 5 564 565 to ask about vacancies on courses starting in September.

Minimum UCAS points required: 80

About your course

A degree in Food Development and Nutrition provides the skills required in designing and developing cutting-edge, novel and innovative food products to meet the rapidly changing demands of consumers and the food industry.

  • Exciting opportunities to develop innovative and novel food products
  • Real-life collaborative projects and practical work experience that replicate the type of work you would be doing in industry and the community
  • State-of-the-art Food Academy with the latest appliances and interactive learning technology
  • Guest speakers to keep you in touch with new innovations and developments
  • Leads toa range of excitingcareers in food product development in the commercial food industry, food journalism, teaching and postgraduate study/research
  • The programme consistently receives high scores in the National Student Survey for overall satisfaction
  • Staff are research active and have been involved in producing internationally recognised publications
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU'sInternational Study Centreto find out more

You will have opportunities to complete industrial and work-related placements with market leaders such as Heinz, Marks and Spencer, PepsiCo and Meyer Group.

Right from the start I knew that I’d chosen the right course. Being surrounded by people that loved food as much as me was really great. The best part of the course had to be working alongside real companies developing new and innovative food products.

Emily Burr, graduate now working as Assistant Buyer, Booths Supermarkets Ltd

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

Throughout the course you will be involved in real-life projects that replicate the type and level of work you will be expected to achieve in industry and help you to develop marketable skills.

Thanks to our excellent links with potential employers who provide work placement opportunities, you will get a feel for what it’s really like to work in industry, the community, education or the media and practise skills you have acquired on the course. These links also help ensure that the curriculum is constantly updated in line with the latest developments in the food industry.

Plus you have the choice of completing a 48-week sandwich placement working within food development and nutrition. These placements will also help you to decide on your career direction and add real value to your CV.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will meet you one-to-one to discuss course-related issues, monitor progress and help you consider your future career plans. Support is also available for assessments in one-to-one tutorials and group seminars.

Course details

This interesting and engaging degree programme will enable you to gain extensive practical and theoretical experience completing live collaborative briefs in our state-of-the-art Food Academy

Completing this course will enable you to understand the principles behind food ingredients, textures, flavours and tastes. You will also gain an appreciation of the challenges of providing consumers with safe, nutritious and quality foods.

Alongside learning what types of changes occur during the cooking, processing and storage of foods, you will develop skills in testing and evaluating the consumer acceptability of new food products plus how to market and promote food products to consumers.

The course addresses key food-related issues concerning both producers and consumers, and emphasises an appreciation of the importance of food in society. You will have the opportunity to specialise during your final year, focusing on areas such as:

  • specialised aspects of food product development
  • the latest methods for sensory and consumer evaluation of foods
  • specialist evaluation of food behaviours, kitchen spaces and food-related technologies and appliances

You will also have the opportunity to work alongside key industry partners, including Howdens, Meyer Group and Roquette, gaining essential professionals skills and contacts.

You will have opportunities to complete industrial and work-related placements, including an optional paid full-time ‘sandwich’ year placement (between Levels 5 and 6 of your degree) with market leaders such as Heinz, Marks and Spencer, PepsiCo and Meyer Group. Such experience will help you build up your professional networks and develop your professional skills.

With the food industry employing 3.7 million people and contributing almost £90 billion to the UK economy, demand is increasing for well qualified and ambitious individuals to work in this sector. As such there has never been a better time to consider getting a food industry relevant degree qualification.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 6

  • Research Project
  • Product Development 2
  • Work Related Learning
  • Functional Foods and Innovation
  • Food Biotechnology and Advanced Food Science

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

Teaching is via a combination of:

  • lectures, seminars and small-group tutorials
  • interactive practical sessions and workshops, making use of LJMU's specialist food product development kitchens, sensory evaluation suite, food styling and photography studio, and specialist food science laboratories

Field trips to industry leaders providing additional specialist learning opportunities, and you can pursue your own specialist interests through tailored project work and negotiated dissertations.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

Teaching is underpinned by our experienced food industry-focused team. Academic staff are involved in research, with projects exploring:

  • food science
  • food consumer behaviour
  • food sustainability
  • food safety management
  • food product development
  • food appliances and kitchens of the future

The teaching team has strong links with the food industry (including new processes and appliances), ensuring you are kept on top of the latest innovations and developments in food design and technology.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on the way they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These vary depending on the module and include:

  • exams (seen and unseen)
  • written work (essays, reports, learning logs, a dissertation, lab reports, e-portfolios, blogs, posters, newsletters)
  • presentations (group or individual)
  • practical assessments

You will receive regular formal feedback on assessments from your tutors. However, informal constructive comments from both tutors and fellow students will be just as useful in helping you to identify your strengths and the areas that may need further attention.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

This degree opens up a wide range of exciting career opportunities.

Graduates from this degree programme have pursued interesting, excitingand varied careers in roles such as:

  • food product development
  • food technologist
  • food consumer testing
  • food buyer
  • sensory testing
  • food marketing
  • food quality management

Other careers have included food journalism, teaching and research. Many graduates have progressed quickly in their careers and are now earning excellent salaries. Graduates can also progress onto further studies such as a Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma of Educatuion (PGCE/PGDE) and taught postgraduate Masters programmes such as MSc Public Health Nutrition.

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

Professional accreditation / links

Academic staff are members of professional organisations, such as the Institute of Food Science and Technology (including strong links with the professional food sensory group) and the International Federation for Home Economics. Staff teaching on the programme also include registered nutritionists (UK Association for Nutrition).

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £9,135 to pay for their living costs (or £1,015 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £9,135. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £6,090.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)for guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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