Study at one of the top UK universities for Food and Nutritional Sciences


The University of Reading has a long-standing reputation as being a world-leading destination to study Food and Nutritional Sciences. We have over 90 years of experience producing highly employable graduates who now occupy influential positions across the food industry.

Our courses are open to those who have already studied food and nutrition at degree level or those that have studied a more general science degree and want to focus on this fascinating area of science.

Why choose Reading?

We have one of the largest ranges of dedicated food teaching facilities in a UK university including:

 - 1000m2 pilot plant containing processing equipment for food product development

 - Advanced taste panel facilities

 - The Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition Studies

 - Specialist laboratories for assessing human gut microflora

You will join a community of alumni working across the food industry

You will benefit from cutting edge teaching informed by industry and research

100% of our research impact has been recognised as world leading or internationally excellent (Latest Research Excellence Framework, REF 2014)

Excellent industry links
and European Institute for Innovation & Technology (EIT) Food Core partner

Master’s pathways

Our range of master’s programmes will provide you with essential training need to work within the food sector:

MSc Food Science:
Build on your scientific undergraduate studies to gain an in-depth knowledge of the science of food. With topics including, food chemistry, food quality and safety, and the manufacturing and processing of food.

MSc Food Technology - Quality Assurance:
Learn to apply and maintain advanced food quality assurance systems that meet both UK and international expectations.

MSc Nutrition and Food Science:
accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN), the independent regulator for Registered Nutritionists. Your studies will explore the scientific aspects of food and nutrition and assess the wider implications of diet on health and wellbeing.

MSc Food Systems:
Part of a collaboration with EiT Food. Study at Reading and two other prestigious universities in Europe. This is a two-year master's programme that aims to promote a deep knowledge of the food system as an integrated value chain.

MSc Sustainable Food Quality for Health – ONLINE:
This unique course is specifically targeted at professionals currently working in the food and agricultural industries and can be taken as individual modules.

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