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Food Industry Management - BSc (Hons) Degree


Key Facts

​​​​​UCAS Code: D600

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Course Length:
Three years full-time or four years full-time if undertaking the placement year. The programme is also available on a part-time basis.

Course Overview

The Food Industry Management degree leads and develops the skills and academic excellence that is paramount to the future growth of the food industry. 

You will be encouraged and challenged to become an ambassador for excellence in Food Industry Management, raising the standards that the public expects of this crucial industry to every nations health and prosperity. 

The Management and the Food Production modules will develop your skills, knowledge, procedures and practices for the Food Production Industry. 

The knowledge and skills that you develop throughout the modules of the programme will be applicable to many other manufacturing industries.

Course information on this page relates to September 2018 entry.

Course Content

The programme consists of 10, 20 an​d 30 credit modules.  Each student will study the equivalent of 120 credits per year. Students pursuing a BSc (Hons) will be required to complete 360 credits.

There are options to undertake industrial work placements both three and twelve months duration between level 5 and level 6. Past experience of the programme team has shown that such placements greatly enhance the student's performance and it enhances their professionalism and allows them to envisage their position and career path in their area of professional practice.

The degree structure has been specifically designed to address the needs of the industry sector. The structure has been informed through stakeholder feedback by senior managers from the industry sector, which has consistently identified skill and knowledge gaps, particularly with new technology graduates entering the industry, which the modular structure will address. Examples of the gaps identified by stakeholders include aspects of financial understanding and management, responding to change, sustainability, and understanding of product innovation and renovation among others.

The final degree awarded will be calculated based on 30% of level 5 and 70% of level 6 outcome.

The modular content and credits for each year is as follows:

Year One (Level 4)

  • Foundation Law (10)
  • Food Safety Management (20)
  • Professional Studies  (20)
  • Commercial Management for the Food Industry (20)
  • Food Raw Materials (20)
  • Introduction to the Food Supply Chain (10)
  • Food Preservation & Sensory Analysis (10)
  • Occupational Health & Safety Management I (10)

Year Two (Level 5)

  • Occupational Health & Safety Management II (10)
  • New Product Development I (20)
  • Employability Skills  (10)
  • Research Methods (20)
  • Processing Technology (10)
  • Applied Food Law (20)
  • Food Labelling & Composition (10) 
  • Human Factors in Organisational Performance (10)
  • Principles & Practice of Risk Assessment (10)
  • Marketing for the Food Industry (10)

Year Three (Level 6)

Option Modules:

  • Industrial Work Experience (12 Months) (20).
  • Industrial Work Experience (12 weeks) (10).
  • Applied Process Technology (10)
  • New Product Development II (20)

Delivered Modules:

  • Applied Quality Management  (20)
  • Strategic Management for the Food Industry  (20)
  • Applied Food Safety  (10)
  • Finance for the Food Industry (10)
  • Global Food S​ustainability (10)
  • Research project (30)

Learning & Teaching

Students spend on average, 30-35 hours class time for each 10 credits of study. This will involve lectures, seminars and practical sessions in our dedicated laboratories as well as undertaking applied practical sessions in the campus based Food Industry Centre.

Core food safety modules will be generically delivered across a number of degree programmes, which will include the Food Industry Management programme. In order to address the specific needs of the skill area, students will breakout into bespoke tutorial sessions, which will use the lecture material as the basis for directed learning.  In addition, key themes of management, which are central to the core management modules, are also embedded in specific food technology modules e.g. Applied Food Safety, Applied Quality Management and New Product Development I.

In addition students will follow the equivalent of 80 modules specifically studying commercial skills necessary to operate within the food industry and be able to apply food safety requirements with an understanding of commercial awareness.

This integrated approach will give students a firmer grasp of management fundamentals as it relates to the industry sector and a strong theoretical basis from which to work. Overall this tailored approach will further enhance the core management module delivery.


​You are assessed through a combination of coursework that includes essays, seminar presentations, laboratory reports, case studies, and examinations.

Employability & Careers

This course is aimed at students who wish to gain the knowledge and experience to achieve management status in the food manufacturing industry and allied industries including retail. The Aim of the course is to equip students with the necessary skills, knowledge, procedures and practices to attain the highest performance in both food production and management. Students will be encouraged to explore this growth industry with the most modern management theories and practices that are prevalent in other manufacturing organisations outside and allied to the Food Industry. Students will develop innovative ideas for the sustainable future of the food industry.

With the opportunity to spend time on industrial placements, students will be able to provide better context to their learning as well as enhance their CV's and their employability upon graduation.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Applicants should have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language), Mathematics* and Science at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) plus 112 points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent).  Typical offers may include:

  • 112 points from at least 2 A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject

  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma with Distinction Merit Merit

  • 112 points from at least 2 Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD

  • 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers with 3 x H2 grades.  Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4​

  • 112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma within a relevant subject

 *For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels or equivalent, this will be considered along with the rest of the academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff.

If you are studying combinations of the above or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Selection Procedure:​
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Part-time applications should be made direct to the University at

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff Met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Andrew Curnin: 
Tel: 029 2041 6854​​​​

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting