BSc (Hons) Food Production and Supply Management

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  • Food production

UCAS Code: D642

Mode of study: Full-time or part-time

Programme manager: Dr John Dooley

Telephone: 01285 652531 Ext: 4445

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Food supply chains provide the link between primary producers and the consumer through intermediaries such as processors, manufacturers, ingredients suppliers, marketing organisations, wholesalers and retailers. Not only must all of these aspects of the food supply chain link effectively together, but they must address the issues of sustainability by considering the economic, social and environmental aspects and impacts of food supply.

As supply chains become more integrated, there is also greater emphasis on food safety and quality, traceability and public health. Primary producers now have to work as part of the chain to meet the needs of consumers in a dynamic marketplace. This degree, therefore, focuses on addressing these issues, as well as the management and quality enhancement of products from field to fork.

Course Structure

This innovative, three-year course aims to prepare you for one of the largest and most dynamic sectors and provide valuable industry experience through the work placement. It is grounded in the science and technologies that define modern food production, processing and supply. At the same time, the course explores the rapidly evolving areas of consumer science and behaviour and the influences these have on supply chain management. 

We have established relationships with employers ranging from large retailers and logistics companies such as Waitrose, Morrisons and DHL to primary producers such as cheese producer, Alvis Brothers. These relationships enable you to undertake up-to-date, whole chain case studies in food production to consider the integrated context of regulation, market dynamics, logistics and consumers. 

The course has been developed in consultation with major companies within
the agri-food sector. In addition, we have established a Food Training Centre on campus which provides an invaluable resource for this course by allowing research into the nutritional evaluation of a range of dietary regimes, procurement of foods, practical food safety, and storage issues and healthy eating options. 

Close links are further maintained with the food and farming industries through visits, guest speakers and the 20-week work placement in the second year of study. 

RAU Students have spent their placements in the UK and abroad, based at companies such as British Sugar, Food Animal Initiative, Westmorland Food Services, Dairy Crest, Highland Game Limited, International Rice Research Institute (Philippines), and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. You are also encouraged to participate in research and development work carried out by our staff for the agri-food industry through Food Chain Research – a specialist research and consultancy group based at here.

Course Content

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Introduction to Food Production

Food Safety and Quality Management

Emerging Agricultural Issues

Soil and Environmental Science

Consumer Science

Advances in Food Science and Technology

The Business Environment

Food Supply Chain Logistics

Advanced Dairy Food Chains

Business Finance

Fresh Produce Dynamics

International Agrifood Issues

Agricultural & Food Production Science 

Food & Agricultural Marketing

Honours Research Project

Human Nutrition, Health and Society

International Business

Operations Management

Personal Development Plan

Work Placement

Free Elective Choice

The Business of Food

Free Elective Choice


Course modules are subject to change.

Entry Requirements

2015 Entry

UCAS score of 260 points or more, normally from subjects passed at A2 level, one of which should be classed as a science subject (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, etc). We will also accept AS points from subjects additional to those studied to A2 level in order for candidates to meet the tariff for entry. You should also have achieved GCSE passes at Grade C or above in English and Mathematics.

Alternative entry routes are available if you have other qualifications, including a Diploma, AVCE, GNVQ, overseas qualifications and prior experience, although entry is subject to approval by the course manager and admissions staff.

2016 Entry

A typical offer for this course will be A Level BCC (minimum two A2 Level passes) it is desirable that one should be classed as a science subject (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, etc.) or BTEC DMM. You should also have achieved GCSE passes at Grade C or above in English and Mathematics. 

Alternative entry routes are available for a range of other qualifications, including Scottish Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate at Higher level, International Baccalaureate, Diploma, AVCE, GNVQ, overseas qualifications and prior experience are also available subject to approval by the course manager and admissions staff. 

Career Prospects

Food businesses need innovative graduates who are able to manage key aspects of this complex and dynamic sector and improve the communication and links along food supply chains. As such, there are significant career opportunities ranging from consumer research, food service and retailing, through food processing, manufacturing and distribution to primary production and the industries supporting agriculture and horticulture. Additional hygiene qualifications gained throughout the course enable graduates to enter supply chains at various stages as technical or operational managers, buyers and safety managers.

Recent surveys of 2013 graduates reveal that 96.3% of undergraduates are in employment or further study within six months of leaving the RAU. For more information click here.

Recent Graduate Jobs

Below are a few examples of the jobs and the companies which graduates have gone on to work for after their studies.

  • Graduate Agricultural Consultant, ADAS
  • Graduate Technologist, Tesco Ltd
  • Farmer, Morris-Eyton & Son