Food Production and Supply Management
This course provides a grounding in the science and technologies that define modern food production and explores the impact of rapidly evolving consumer science and behaviour on supply chain management.
UCAS code: D642
Mode of studyFull time / Part time
Programme managerDr John Dooley
The RAU provided a personal feel to my studies which allowed me to develop and progress as a student. I didn’t ever believe a degree would open up so many opportunities to me., Graduate
Food supply chains provide the link between primary producers and the consumer, through processors, manufacturers, suppliers, marketing organisations, wholesalers and retailers. These aspects must link together effectively whilst considering the economic, social and environmental impacts. As supply chains become more integrated, there is greater emphasis on food safety and quality, traceability, and public health.
The BSc (Hons) degree in Food Production and Supply Management addresses these issues while focussing on the management and quality enhancement of products from field to fork. Developed in consultation with major players within the agri-food sector, we have established relationships with a range of organisations which enable you to explore current case studies in food production. These close links are maintained through visits and guest speakers.
We have established a Food Training Centre on campus, which provides an invaluable resource for research into the nutritional evaluation of a range of dietary regimes, procurement of foods, practical food safety, and storage issues and healthy eating options.
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 the RAU.
The course will be delivered through lectures, tutorials, visiting lecturers, student and tutor-led seminars, directed reading, and case studies.
Modules are assessed through examinations and coursework, including real-life case studies, presentations and reports. There are timed, unseen examinations at the end of each year.
The Research Project is an integral part of the course. It provides the opportunity to study in-depth a subject of specific interest or of direct relevance to employment aspirations.
- 1003 Business Environment
- 1012 The Business of Food
- 1033 Business Finance
- 1034 Personal Development Planning
- 1045 Agricultural and Food Production Science
- 1046 Human Nutrition, Health and Society
- 1054 Introduction to Food Production
- 1228 Food Testing and Science
- 2036A Work Placement incorporating PDP
- 2041 Agricultural Marketing
- 2077 International Business (Agricultural Trade)
- 2084 Food Safety & Quality Management
- 2085 Consumer Science
- 2088 Fresh Produce Dynamics
- 2093 Agricultural Research Methods
- 2238 Food Supply Chains in Practice
Plus choice of ONE* elective, examples given below:
- 2004 Livestock Production 2
- 2019 Farm Enterprise Management
- 2020 Farm Business Management
- 2023 Financial Management
- 2026 Managing Human Resources*
- 2032 Marketing Management
- 2067 People Management and Organisation
- 2069 Rural Business Enterprise
- 2230 Management & Organisation Critical Perspectives in Global Food
- 2232 Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship and Enterprise Development
- 2235 Researching Business Management and Entrepreneurship*
- 2257 Aquaculture and the Supply Chain
* Please note that to achieve full credits for year two, students must select either ONE of the 15 credit electives or BOTH of the 7.5 credit electives.
- 3006 Emerging Agricultural Issues
- 3015 Honours Research Project
- 3086 Advances in Food Science and Technology
- 3087 Advanced Dairy Food Chains
- 3220 Global Red Meat Chains
- 3221 Global White Meat Chains
Plus choice of ONE elective, examples given below (See Programme Specification for further examples):
- 3008 Advanced Livestock Production
- 3010 Game and Deer Management
- 3011 Rural Business Diversification
- 3012 GIS Modelling of the Environment
- 3013 Sustainable Management of Soil and Water
- 3020 Advanced Crop Production
- 3030 International Agrifood Issues
- 3034 Marketing Communication
- 3038 Critical Issues in Organisation
Course modules are subject to change.
You will complete a 20-week work placement in your second year, following completion of the Easter term examinations. Additionally, you can opt to complete a full year in employment between your second and third year. You can apply for placements relevant to your interests and aspirations, and may choose to link these to your choice of electives in the final year or proposed dissertation topic.
Our students have secured a wide variety of challenging work experience opportunities at a range of national and international organisations, including AB Sugar, Food Animal Initiative, Dairy Crest, the International Rice Research Institute (Philippines), and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Work experience helps in the development of a range of skills that are appropriate for future employment and such contacts and networking can prove invaluable.
- A Level: BCC – min.104 UCAS Tariff points (to include at least three A Level passes – Preferably one science or technology subject. For Science subject: Pass in practical element is not required. General Studies & Critical Thinking are not included in the academic offer.)
- BTEC: DMM
- GCSE: (Minimum five GCSEs) - English and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) at Grade C / 4 or higher are required.
- International Baccalaureate: 26 points to include one science or technology subject at higher level.
- Access to HE: 45 credits at level 3, of which 21 must be awarded at Distinction and 15 at Merit or higher. (Pass at Literacy & Numeracy skills at level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)
- A period of practical experience is also highly recommended.
Alternative entry routes are available for a range of other qualifications. Prior experience is also considered, subject to approval by the programme manager and admissions staff.
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Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing modules, re-sit fees or coursework resubmission). Any costs associated with work placements will be the students responsibility.
- Fees for 2017 Applicants
UK and EU students
Full-time fees - £9,250 per year
Full-time fees - £10,000 per year
The tuition fees quoted for 2017 applicants may rise in line with inflation, subject to government policy.
For full details, please visit the fees and funding webpage.
- Fees for 2016 Applicants
UK and EU students
Full-time fees - £9,000 per year
Full-time fees - £10,000 per year
The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the scholarships, awards and bursaries available, please visit the scholarships webpage.
Our graduates are equipped with the skills necessary to manage key aspects of the complex and dynamic food sector, and have gone on to work for the following companies:
- Tebay Services
- Silver Crane Company
- Robin Appel Ltd
Pursuing career opportunities within:
- Food processing, manufacturing and distribution
- Food service and retailing
- Consumer research and trials
- Agricultural consultancy
- Grain trading
- 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.
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