LJMU students

2018 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: £14,000 per annum*
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1,850 per annum*
International industrial placement year fee: £3,300 per annum*

*The Department for Education (DFE) have recently announced that they intend to freeze tuition fees for the 2018/19 year. This is still subject to parliamentary approval. Once confirmed we will update our web pages accordingly.

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 104

UCAS code: D690

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

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 to a range of exciting careers 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's International Study Centre to 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.

The IM Marsh Campus where this course is based is renowned for its friendliness and strong sense of community.​ You can watch the campus video here.

What you will study on this degree

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


Level 4

  • Introduction to Food Product Development
  • Advanced Learning Skills
  • Introduction to Food & Nutritional Science
  • Principles of Human Nutrition
  • Society, Health & Behaviour
  • Food Web


Level 5

  • Nutrition in the Lifecycle
  • Food and the Media
  • Product Development 1
  • Food Safety & Quality
  • Food and Health Politics and Policy
  • Methods of Enquiry

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.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications


Application and selection

​We are looking for applicants who are considering a successful future career in the commercial food industry, food journalism, teaching, appliance development or health promotion. Potential students should be able to demonstrate experience, enthusiasm, commitment and motivation related to the subject.

In addition, applicants must be able to manage and organise their own time in order to complete coursework, revise for examinations, attend lectures punctually and complete appropriate work placements. Students will be expected to work both independently and in groups for various pieces of work, and evidence of occasions when applicants have worked in groups (academically or otherwise) would be useful when considering your application form.

GCSE and equivalents

  • Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: BCC
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D if studied on its own or to the total of 104 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 9 Distinctions and 36 merits

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

Additional entry requirement information

​Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)


6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?


Is a DBS check required?


Is RPL accepted on this programme?


International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2018 LJMU will charge Home and EU students a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935* per year for part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

*Subject to parliamentary approval.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.** Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000. This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is confirmed.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 


LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.

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

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).* Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000.  This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is released.

*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

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

Graduates from this degree programme have pursued interesting, exciting and 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.

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.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

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, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

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 or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given 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. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

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 for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

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.

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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