BSc (Hons) Food Science

  • Studying Abroad Option Available
  • Sandwich Year Option Available
  • International Students Can Apply


UCAS Code:DD61
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time, 6 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2020
Department:Department of Biology
Location:Edge Hill University
Example Offers:BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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  • Gain an in-depth understanding of food chemistry, its constituents and production, as well as food microbiology and nutrition;
  • Extensive practical work in modern and well-equipped laboratories, developing skills to enhance your employability;
  • Undertake your own research project and engage in product development to address a market need.

Food is central to human existence and the basis of a multi-billion pound industry. Food science is an expanding area of science that combines aspects of biology, chemistry and technology to understand how food is produced, processed, marketed and consumed, allied to its effects on the human body. This exciting degree enables you to explore the latest developments in the subject, while gaining a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of relevant disciplines. You will acquire expertise in laboratory skills and gain an understanding of the pressures and drivers of the food industry. Appealing to those with a passion for the subject, the programme embraces microbiology, food chemistry, nutrition, and product development. It enables you to hone your research skills, gain extensive practical experience and prepare for your future career.

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In Depth

What will I study?

Year 1 immerses you in the basics of cellular biology, microbiology, biochemistry and human body systems. A wider context is provided by studying ecology and biology in practice.

Year 2 develops your specialisation in some areas, for instance the microbiology of food, biochemistry and metabolism. Increased breadth comes from investigating the route from the raw material through to appearing on your plate, the relationship between marketing and food, and the changing needs of diet with age. This is augmented by an opportunity to develop your research skills in addition to extensive practical work in our well-equipped laboratories.

This practical experience and theoretical background in Years 1 and 2 allow you to develop your own original investigation in your Year 3 dissertation. Taught modules in this final year will cover product development and the small scale food producer including microbreweries. Options enable you to gain further expertise in specialist areas, including exploring current issues in biology, applications of biotechnology, and the importance of plants to human wellbeing.

How will I study?

You will study via a combination of lectures, practical work and tutorials which are generally taught in four hour sessions. The programme has a strong practical base and, in addition to the taught laboratory sessions, you will be expected to hone your practical skills using the departmental facilities in your own time.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through a mixture of coursework and examinations tailored to suit the knowledge and skills required for each module. A wide range of coursework is employed which may include practical portfolios, project reports, individual and group presentations.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by research-active experts who take pride in the quality of their teaching and academic studies. The programme team are well informed about current developments in their areas of interest and will share this knowledge through directly engaging students in their research. In addition, visiting speakers assist in the delivery of the programme, often providing novel approaches to particular subjects.

The Biology department is friendly and approachable and of a size that enables us to know our students personally.

A Great Study Environment

A student looks at an antimicrobial assay result.Edge Hill University has over 25 years’ experience in delivering field biology degrees and has a wealth of experienced tutors, technical staff and field and laboratory equipment to support the study of biology on this programme.

Our Biosciences building incorporates impressive, modern laboratories, offering exciting and highly relevant practical experience in some of the best equipped facilities in the country. Resources include confocal, fluorescence and scanning electron microscopes, DNA extraction and analysis equipment, and climate controlled insectaries.

A number of the best nature reserves in the country are in close proximity to the campus. You will be taught within a short travelling distance of impressive field sites such as one of the finest saltmarsh and dune systems in Europe, restored mires of international importance, hay meadows and limestone woodlands. The University also has extensive grounds including meadows which serve as a useful area for demonstrating sampling techniques.

The Department of Biology is home to an active research culture. An extensive network of relationships has been established with relevant environmental organisations and other universities in the UK and overseas, ensuring a rich, diverse and rewarding student experience.


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Level 4 (Year 1 of Full-Time Programme)

SCI1107Biology in Practice (20 credits)

Biology in Practice looks at the nature of biological enquiry, the ways that biological knowledge develops, and the contribution biology makes to society. Part of this module will be delivered during a field trip to Cyprus (costs included in fees).

Assessment: Coursework: 55%, Practical(s): 45%.

SCI1108Cellular Form and Function (20 credits)

Cellular Form and Function provides an introduction to cellular physiology and biochemistry. Through a series of lectures you will examine the molecular components that determine the structure, biochemical nature and physiology of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Through a range of practical activities you will acquire skills in microscopy, staining and DNA extraction methods. The module is designed to help you understand biological phenomena at a variety of levels, from molecular through to whole organism.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

SCI1112Ecology (20 credits)

Ecology introduces concepts fundamental to populations and communities using examples from across habitats and ecosystems. You will learn the basic skills required for employment and further ecological study including plant and animal identification, field surveying, microscopy, safe laboratory and field practice, and, data handling. Half and full-day field trips include sampling animals and plants to develop concepts such as energetics, food webs, limiting factors and ecosystem functioning. You will gain an appreciation of the application of the subject to environmental, medical and resource issues in real-world scenarios. By undertaking group work, such as a poster presentation, you will learn how to communicate scientific ideas to a non-specialised audience, while through reporting on field experiments you will learn how to handle and interpret data.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SCI1114Human Body Systems (20 credits)

Human Body Systems develops your knowledge of the structure and function of the human body and builds your understanding of the inter-relationship between the systems of the body in the context of human health and disease. The module begins by considering the earliest events of human life during fertilisation and embryogenesis. You will consider the interactions between each body system to maintain homeostasis, as well as the process of aging. For each system, including the circulatory, respiratory, urinary, nervous, digestive and skeletal systems, an introduction to relevant pathologies is also provided to enable you to fully appreciate the non-diseased state. There is considerable emphasis on laboratory-based activities, including molecular techniques, practical physiological investigations and dissections. This will develop your practical and investigational skills in determining how anatomical structure relates to function.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

SCI1115Chemistry for Biologists (20 credits)

Chemistry for Biologists introduces the basics of chemistry, involving clear and lucid explanations of chemical concepts with a coherent problem solving approach. Building your understanding of the periodic table, atomic and molecular structures, pH, solutions, chemical reactions, model buildings and practical skills are the core elements of this module. The aim is to provide you with a toolkit of knowledge and practical skills within chemistry and linking to wider concepts within biological and physical sciences. Appropriate mathematical knowledge will be embedded throughout the module.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

You will select one of the following modules:

SCI1106Variation, Evolution and Heredity (20 credits)

Variation, Evolution and Heredity examines the molecular processes that cause genetic information held in DNA to be expressed in the form of proteins and how this in turn leads to variation in the phenotype. The module also studies how genetic information is passed on to the next generation. This is a fundamental feature of life and central to any understanding of biology. Moreover, molecular genetics concepts are central to a grasp of recent biomedical developments.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

SCI1113Biodiversity (20 credits)

Biodiversity provides an overview of the diversity of life, the major taxonomical groups and their phylogenetic relationship. Sub-divided into distinctive microbial (i.e. viral, bacterial and archaeal), plant, fungal, and animal sections, the module covers key findings on the definition, the origin, and the evolution of life. You will develop a range of subject-specific and transferable skills to enhance your employability, including microscopy and slide preparation, as well as information retrieval.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of SCI1106 Variation, Evolution and Heredity or SCI1113 Biodiversity.

Level 5 (Year 2 of Full-Time Programme)

SCI2342Introduction to Food Science (20 credits)

Introduction to Food Science provides an overview of the structure, function and interaction of food components. Practical activities will be carried out using a range of different food components. You will consider the importance of food quality, food safety and shelf life in terms of the need for the processing and preservation of foods. The chemical, physical, biological and nutritional changes that occur as a result of food processing and manufacturing will be identified with the addition of sensory and organoleptic food testing. Food-related experimental studies will also be conducted to investigate some of these changes.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

SCI2324Nutrition (20 credits)

Nutrition develops your understanding of the properties of food constituents. The acquisition of food and the anatomy of the digestive system will be investigated. You will gain an appreciation of the effects of nutrient deficiency and excess on the human body, as well as disease and disorders of the digestive process.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

SCI2308Research Methods in Biology (20 credits)

Research Methods in Biology develops essential biological research methods and data analysis skills, providing a sound base for a future dissertation. The module begins with sessions on experimental design and statistical analysis, working with varied types of data, and culminates with the design and implementation of a one-week research project.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SCI2339Chemistry of Food (20 credits)

Chemistry of Food uses a range of activities to explore the structural chemistry of food constituents, sources and properties. The chemical understanding of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals will help to examine the chemistry of food cooking, flavour changes, emulsifiers and fortification. Principles and application of electrochemistry, chromatography, atomic absorption, flame, UV and visible spectroscopy will be used for food samples analysis in the laboratory. Health and safety will also form part of discussions relevant to food industries for quality control. Appropriate mathematical knowledge will be embedded throughout the module.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SCI2340Food Microbiology (20 credits)

Food Microbiology provides an understanding of specialist areas of microbiology and its principles when applied to food. This will include food spoilage and preservation, food safety, food production where microbes are a fundamental part of the process (such as fermentation) and an introduction to quality control. You will also be introduced to advances in biotechnological applications and their importance in food production.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select one of the following modules:

SCI2335Introduction to Biotechnology (20 credits)

Introduction to Biotechnology provides a basic understanding of the principles of biotechnology and its practical applications. You will be introduced to the advances in biotechnological applications and their importance in a wide range of disciplines including agriculture, industry and medicine. The limitations of biotechnological applications will also be considered.

Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Written Exam(s): 60%.

SCI2338Plant Form and Physiology (20 credits)

Plant Form and Physiology provides you with an understanding of plant structure and physiology. You learn about basic leaf, root and stem structures, biochemical processes (for example, photosynthesis and water relations) and organism signalling. The module will also equip you with laboratory skills including microscopy, scanning electron microscopes (SEM), gas-analysis, porometry and thermal imagery.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

SCI2341Up-Canopy Biology (20 credits)

Up-Canopy Biology provides you with the essential knowledge and practical skills to study forest canopies. You will learn practical canopy access skills during a five day intensive Basic Canopy Access Proficiency (BCAP) course. The climbing course will have the option of external certification by Canopy Access Ltd who have over 20 years experience of providing rigging and technical rope training solutions for the wildlife film industry. You will learn how to access the canopy safely and the challenges associated with canopy climbing and sampling. The practical module components will be supported by a number of lectures and assessments that will introduce you to the ecology, physiology and diversity of forest canopies. You will also be introduced to the current and future challenges in the conversation and management of these systems.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

SCI2900Study Abroad Placement (40 credits)

Study Abroad Placement enables you to enhance your employability by spending a period of time studying abroad. The module involves undertaking part of your studies at a partner university in another country, experiencing a different culture and a different education system. It provides an opportunity to improve your language skills, stand out in the professional job market, and open up new opportunities in the competitive international marketplace. You will be asked to describe and reflect upon scientific techniques and investigations undertaken at the partner institution, where the curriculum content studied will be highly relevant to your degree.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

If you select SCI2900 Study Abroad Placement as your optional module in Year 2, this will replace one of the five compulsory modules. The compulsory module to be replaced will be determined by the composition of your overseas experience.

Level 6 (Year 3 of Full-Time Programme)

SCI3337Food Science Dissertation (40 credits)

Food Science Dissertation develops further understanding of the concepts, theories and skills acquired during earlier studies in food science. A dissertation is widely regarded as the pinnacle of undergraduate academic achievement as it enables you to draw heavily on your subject knowledge and understanding while at the same time putting your skills into practice. You will develop an initial idea of your own into a suitable project, undertake the practical work, summarise and analyse the data appropriately and then place your findings in the wider context of the subject.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SCI3338Field to Fork (20 credits)

Field to Fork provides a detailed analysis of alternative approaches to industrialised food production, based upon scientific, economic and other criteria. The major points along the food chain will be examined. Consideration of alternative approaches to intensive agriculture and mass production of highly processed food provides you with a broader context to the subject as a whole. This will be achieved through working closely with local producers alongside analysis of relevant data.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

SCI3339Food Technology (20 credits)

Food Technology provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the utilisation of science in the production of crops, their harvesting, storing and processing such that they are modiified and converted into saleable items of significant commercial importance. The manipulation of products through modern methods will be examined and this will be underpinned by a consideration of legal and ethical issues. alongside issues of scaling and quality assurance.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select two of the following modules:

SCI3314Current Issues in Biology (20 credits)

Current Issues in Biology considers the most recent advances across the field of biological science and explores how these discoveries are utilised by modern society. You will gain first hand insights from research-active experts whose work explores topics such as rare skin disorders, microorganisms of extreme environments and astrobiology, as well as species management, for example protecting rare insects or plant responses to changing climates. The module will equip you with a deeper understanding of applied aspects of the biological discipline and explore moral and ethical conflicts, as well as the public perception of science. Teaching approaches include discussion, debate and an exploration of scientific literature, furthering your skills in science communication to specialist and non-specialist audiences alike.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SCI3328Applications of Biotechnology (20 credits)

Applications of Biotechnology provides you with an advanced understanding of the applications of biotechnology within various industries including food, medicine, environmental management and agriculture.  The module will focus on the product development process within these different industries, from research and development, through to large scale production. Relevant legal issues will also be considered.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SCI3336Plants and People (20 credits)

Plants and People provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the importance of plants to human wellbeing in economic and broader cultural settings. The module equips you with knowledge of the importance of plants in terms of human utility and less easily quantified areas such as aesthetic, symbolic and general wellbeing. You will learn about the manipulation of plants through traditional and novel methods and develop a deeper appreciation of their importance to conservation. You will also study practical methods of ex-situ plant conservation, breeding and biotechnology including micropropagation, in addition to developing the ability to analyse data relating to ethnobotany and ecosystem services.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.


Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include Biology, Chemistry or Home Economics, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Other subjects will be considered if you have demonstrable interest or experience in food science.

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 112-120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBC-BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

This degree provides an ideal step towards a successful career in one of the many facets of food science as well as progression into many other areas of graduate employment. Alternatively, you may wish to train to teach or progress onto postgraduate study.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
  • Learning a Language – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21 are £12,250 per annum.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit, i.e. £1,540 per 20 credit module. 360 credits are required to complete an undergraduate degree.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2020/21 guide for your intended mode of study.

Financial support information for international students can be found at


ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


How to Apply

If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at Visit to find out more about the application process.

If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at

Further information for international students about how to apply is available at

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

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Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at

Request a Prospectus

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Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit or email with any queries about overseas study.

Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

11th March 2019 - Change of Module

SCI2342 Introduction to Food Science (20 credits) replaces HUG2316 Introduction to Food Sciences (20 credits) as a compulsory module in Year 2.

26th February 2019 - New Modules Added

SCI2341 Up-Canopy Biology (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 2.

22nd January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

112-120 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from September 2020 entry.

6th November 2018 - Withdrawal of Module

SCI2328 Biological Placement (20 credits) removed as an optional module from Year 2.