Food Development and Innovation has evolved from the successful and long-running Food and Consumer Management degree.
While the core values of the previous course have been retained, it has been enhanced to reflect the development of our Food Science and Innovation Suite and feedback from the industry. The top-up course combines up-to-date technical knowledge with the practical skills required by the food industry.
Innovation and creativity in food development is crucial if the industry is to meet the challenges posed by a diverse market and changing consumer trends. Technology is constantly evolving to meet the demands of a nutritious, safe and sustainable food supply.
This course is designed for individuals who are seeking a management career in the food, beverage and retail industries. The food industry is diverse, consisting of small and niche businesses, blue chip manufacturers and major retailers. Additionally, this course is designed for those interested in food media and food technology education.
While analysing the industry in its broadest sense, module options allow specialisation in areas such as Brand Management, International Marketing and Principles for Teaching and Learning with Food.
You will assess new food ingredients, identify appropriate market applications and learn how to enhance the sensory attributes of products and recipes, ensuring food delivers the consistent quality expected from manufacturers, retailers and consumers.
Why should I choose this course?
- You will learn about food commodities, nutrition and food safety through practical application and development work.
- You will examine current trends within the industry such as health, food availability, food security and the rise in food costs.
- You will get the chance to work in our Food Science and Innovation Suite, which features the latest food testing and diagnostic technology alongside state-of-the-art development kitchen facilities.
- Well-developed links with industry are reflected in the design and delivery of this course. Industry-led projects and assignments have a strong industrial focus ensuring students experience real live projects.
Innovation and creativity are essential in the food, beverage and retail industries. This course will give future industry managers and leaders the knowledge and understanding to succeed at the highest level.
Food Science & Innovation Suite
Our new multi-million pound, state-of-the-art Food Science & Innovation Suite comprises: two specialist kitchens, a bespoke sensory evaluation room, a pilot plant and science facilities. All laboratories in the innovation area have been designed with the help of the food industry and replicate the environment that a student will work in after graduation.
As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). The scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You could even qualify for an additional £500 per year.
Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about University College Birmingham and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day.
Accreditations and Endorsements
Teaching & assessment
Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 17 teaching contact hours made up as follows:
- Large group lectures: 5 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
- Smaller group teaching: 2 hours of seminars in small groups discussing the topics presented in lectures
- Practical sessions - 6 hours of teaching in practical environments for skills development, sensory and food analytical activities and microbiology
- Tutorials - 2 hours of tutorials, being a mixture of personal, group and academic success tutorials per week
- Subject advice sessions - 2 hours per week across a range of topics
In addition, you are likely to need to commit 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.
Assessment is designed to provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used. There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course including live project work and group assessment.
An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:
- Coursework - 53%
- Practical assessment - 32%
- Written examinations - 15%
Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.
Academic: A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Food, Culinary Skills, or Food Technology, with 240 credits.
If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email: email@example.com
Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer)
If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email
Plus one option from:
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated,
the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs,
we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
UCB encourages you to seek as much industry experience and exposure throughout your studies and we work with industry providers to offer you a variety of opportunities (paid and voluntary).
Over the years, we have developed close working relationships throughout the culinary sector in the UK and internationally. Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding work that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to move into a wide variety of areas including developing new products, reformulating old ones, marketing, education or the media.
On successful completion of this course students can pursue career paths in:
- Quality assurance
- Food selection and buying
- Health promotion
- Research and development
- Food consultancy
Graduates have also chosen to continue their studies and undertake postgraduate level studies in subjects including education, environmental health, food sustainability and business.
hired@UCB is our new student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills.
Located on the ground floor of Moss House, the hired team comprises specialist staff with knowledge and experience of:
- Careers advice and guidance
- Placements, work experience and volunteering
- Employer engagement
- Part-time and seasonal work
- Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
- Graduate schemes and alumni support
- Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency
Find out more about hired@UCB services.
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Food Development and Innovation
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