What do you need to get in?
Main entry requirements
One core science subject at grade B.
32-34 points overall, including 5 in one core science subject
If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.
% applicants receiving offers80%
Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.
Tuition fee & financial support£9,000
Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.
If you live in:
- Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
- Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
- Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses
The University of Reading is a world authority on human nutrition, food chemistry, chemical engineering, microbiology and food law. Our staff are actively engaged in world-class research and will tailor their teaching to reflect changing trends and emerging technologies within the sector. During your final year you will carry out an original project as part of one of our existing research groups, enabling you to work alongside world authorities in areas such as food and human health and put your skills into practice. You will also gain experience of using key technical skills through sensory evaluation and laboratory-based practicals, and work in our pilot-scale food processing plant. Graduates of this course are recognised as professional food scientists by the Institute of Food Science and Technology.
Year 1: topics in food and biotechnology; essential mathematics for food biosciences or foundation chemistry; introduction to food microbiology; physical aspects of biological systems; economics 1; introduction to marketing; introduction to management. Year 2: fundamentals of food chemistry; fundamentals of human nutrition; food processing (theory and practice); economics 2; marketing 2; business management; optional modules: languages; consumer behaviour; policy analysis; research methods and data analysis. Year 3: professional experience in industry. Final year: food product development; food quality assurance; sensory evaluation; management of microbial food quality; consumer behaviour; food supply chain; research project; optional modules: languages; food and agricultural markets; marketing research methods; regulation of the food industry.
The University of Reading is based on the beautiful Whiteknights campus and is perfectly situated with excellent links around the country. Firm choice applicants are guaranteed a place in halls, all with individual character. The Students' Union has a good working relationship with the University and hosts the largest entertainment venue in the area plus the UK's largest SU shop.
How you'll spend your time
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- Lectures / seminars
- Independent study
How you'll be assessed
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- Written exams
- Practical exams
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Male / Female
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Typical Ucas points
2:1 or above
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