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Birmingham College of Food
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Global reputation within the industry for food-related degrees

Optional work placement to enhance your career progression

Managing professional culinary enterprises is an exciting challenge. Blending artistry, technique and creativity with the demands of management and business requires a unique range of abilities. Our Culinary Arts Management postgraduate course will arm you with this advanced skill set, driving you towards a dynamic career in the culinary environment of the hospitality industry.

University College Birmingham is internationally renowned for food and hospitality training, and our course will enhance your knowledge of classical culinary technique and how to adapt it to the modern international culinary environment. Innovation, recipe and food product development will form key components of your study, while you’ll also learn how to meet changing consumer demands and research trends, as well as the challenge of managing culinary operations as profit centres.

Not only will you be supported on campus by our vastly experienced lecturers and our outstanding kitchen and food development facilities, but you’ll also have the chance to prove your culinary skills and knowledge in the industry through an optional placement for up to six months, setting the foundations for your career in senior management.

Why should I choose this course?

  • WORK PLACEMENTTake up our optional six-month placement and get your foot in the door within the food and hospitality industry before you even finish your studies
  • EXPERT TUITIONDraw from our lecturers’ wealth of experience and keep up-to-date with the very latest industry developments and academic research
  • EXCELLENT FACILITIESDevelop and apply your skills within our industry-standard kitchen and restaurant facilities on campus
There are lots of reasons why we think you should study with us, but here are our top 5. View video.

Our facilities

University College Birmingham is renowned for its outstanding food industry training facilities. As a student on our Culinary Arts Management master’s degree or postgraduate diploma, you will have access to our professional standard kitchens, award-winning restaurant and state-of-the-art food development facilities.

Course breakdown

  • Postgraduate

Core Modules

Culinary Artistry - Contemporary Principles

In this module, you will learn about the principles of culinary artistry in a contemporary context and real life applications within the wider gastronomic landscape and potential market opportunities. A special emphasis is placed on building professional competency to support a sustainable culinary environment through strong focus on healthier cooking techniques, smart working approach and utilising modern technologies. This culinary insight will allow you to explore the relationship between classical cuisine and modern kitchen management, leading to informed recommendations and commentary as to the future direction of culinary artistry in a range of contemporary commercial settings.

Culinary Innovation and Product Development

Let your creativity flow in designing and developing new, exciting, and innovative food products, based on a brief from a real life industry scenario - from the initial idea to the market launch. This module will provide you with a unique opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of all the essential technical processes and theoretical models of commercial new product development. An additional learning focus will include healthier alternatives, considering consumer allergens and special diets e.g. vegan/vegetarian and free-from products.

Culinary Management Project

This module provides you with the opportunity to apply the process of project management to a specific food and beverage environment and involves an analysis of future product and potential market development activities for either a client organisation or to the context of a case study organisation.

Managing Across Cultures

Today's global hospitality industry requires employees to have an understanding of management and leadership across cultures, so you will explore the issues surrounding this while assessing the move away from local cultures to a more cosmopolitan environment. You will examine the management styles, motivation techniques and leadership theories as well as any complexities and contradictions that may occur.

Managing Profitable Food and Beverage Operations

Students focus on developing an understanding of the operational aspects of the restaurant and bar sector by evaluating and applying management concepts, models and techniques. You will look for innovative ways to improve outputs whilst considering any contemporary issues and how they may impact on this sector of business. By analysing and evaluating a range of business scenarios, you will seek to deliver efficiency and profitability.

Masters Research Project

This module introduces students to the disciplines and techniques required for critical appraisal of complex data and industry practice; creating research designs and accompanying research techniques; building theoretical frameworks, and the scheduling and execution of a research project. The module will develop students' skills and expertise in the essential research tools they will need for both successful Postgraduate study and as leaders in their chosen service industry sector.

Revenue & Performance Analysis

In this module, you will develop a critical perspective of the long and short term decisions faced by senior managers in your industry. You will develop a rich understanding of the business environment and global markets. You will learn how to analyse and visualise financial data to create value for senior stakeholders. In doing so, you will apply a range of financial methodologies that will advance your capability to make realtime-decisions in a professional environment.

Optional placement module

Postgraduate Work Placement

The Postgraduate Work Placement module provides students with the opportunities to further develop practical skills, relate theory to practice and to gain a sound base of experience. In addition, the module seeks to develop 'life skills' to assist students in progressing towards a career in management. The placement period offers the student the opportunity to experience work in the hospitality industry and to gain academic credit for their learning. It is important therefore that students are given the opportunity to work in an organisation which is both appropriate to their needs and has a professional approach towards training and development. Students' needs and any previous experience are taken into consideration, when introducing them to a suitable employer. The staff in the hired@UCB suite will draw on their extensive experience to ensure that the objectives are met as fully as possible.

The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements


MA Culinary Arts Management: A grade classification of 2:2 is required or international equivalent.

PGDip Culinary Arts Management: A grade classification of third-class is required or international equivalent.

A subject-related UK or International honours degree from a recognised institution.


We also consider applicants who are currently employed and wish to apply to University College Birmingham.

To apply, you must have 5 years of relevant managerial work experience, demonstrating in-depth knowledge of the sector for the subject matter you are interested in pursuing.

A reference detailing your roles and responsibilities from your line manager and a meeting with the programme team will usually be scheduled prior to a place being offered.

EU/international students

For Academic and English entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.


If your degree is not related and you do not have relevant managerial work experience, please contact Admissions so that we can discuss your application on an individual basis before you apply.

If you have any questions, please complete our enquiry form:

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I want to tell you how amazing this course is. My favourite part of this module is the practical sessions, so students can apply what they have learned in the class...for example, working in the kitchen as a team to develop a new food product based on a brief from a real life industry scenario.

Culinary Arts Management MA / PGDip

Key information

Teaching and assessment


Below sets out our intention for how teaching will look in the 2021/2022 academic year for each level/year of this course. You can view more information on our teaching plans here.


Estimated breakdown of assessment for this postgraduate course:

  • Coursework – 68%
  • Practical assessment – 22%
  • Written examinations – 10%

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

UCBconnect - meet other students on your course

Starting university is an exciting time, but we understand that it can sometimes feel a little daunting. To support you, we have created a platform called UCBconnect, where you can meet other students who have applied for the same course at University College Birmingham, before you start studying here.

As soon as you have been made an offer, you will be sent an invitation via text and email to complete your user registration and join UCBconnect. For more information, please visit

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Work placements

Work placements are vital for gaining real-life experience and for building your confidence and skills before you finish your course – and they may even lead to a job when you graduate. Our hired@UCB team can help find the ideal placement for you.

Our MA/PGDip Culinary Arts Management course features an optional work placement for three to six months following completion of your taught modules, with opportunities in the UK or overseas.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, please be aware that opportunities to travel abroad for placements, project work or residential trips may be affected by government travel restrictions. Please visit our updates and FAQs page for information.
I wanted a qualification that would prepare me for the real world. University College Birmingham seemed like the best place for that. One of the best things is learning directly from brilliant chefs in an environment that allows you to gain real insight into what it’s like to work in industry.

Nur Amirah Culinary Arts Management MA / PGDip

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.


Average salary: £20,000 - £30,000

Head chef

Average Salary: £40,000

Catering manager

Average salary: £22,000 - £45,000

Product/process development scientist

Average salary: £32,000 - £40,000

Restaurant manager

Average salary: £22,000 - £40,000

Food business owner/restaurateur



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