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Food Science & Nutrition

Food science is the study of the science behind food and nutrition – it applies chemical, biological, and physical sciences to solve challenges within the food system. This also involves aspects of sociology and psychology, integrating societal, consumer-based behavioural studies into the process. As such, it’s a multidisciplinary approach to designing and engineering innovative food, enhancing texture, taste and nutrition, developing sustainable ingredients and processes, and making food safe and affordable.

Y10 discover food science

Discover food science is an outreach programme for Y10 students who are interested in science and its practical application to the food science industry. This programme is for school groups only, click the link to find out more.

Y12 summer school

In July 2024 we will run our 2 night summer school for Y12 students who are considering applying to study food science at a higher education institution or university. Successful applicants will take part in practical labs, experiments, careers workshops, quizzes, bowling, and much more! You can find out more and apply to attend the summer here.

Y12 Taster Day

Are you a Y12 student who is interested in finding out more about food science and nutrition at higher education? Join us at the university of Leeds as we celebrate national sustainable gastronomy day 2024; we will be celebrating the science behind the food we eat, exploring sustainable gastronomy and thinking not just about the why, but the how!

Leeds futures - environment

We’re excited to launch our Leeds Futures - Environment programme for Year 12 students. Designed to help you develop your insight into the various courses available in the Faculty of Environment and show you what it’s like to study at a Russell Group University, the programme for 2024 is a mixture of on campus and online activities. You will be able to develop your skills and subject knowledge, as well as the opportunity to take part in talks, workshops, meet current students and academics, explore University of Leeds’ campus, and other enrichment activities alongside your current studies.

Student and alumni profiles

Click here to find out more about our students, past and present.

Food Science and Nutrition: From the Farm to You

The free online course will allow you follow food’s fascinating journey from the farm to your body and explore new food technologies and nutrition around the world; suitable for students from Y10 onward.

Food science youtube

Check out our dedicated youtube playlist for more information about the school of food science and nutrition.

Faculty of Environment Scholarships

Find out more about the scholarship opportunities for students studying subjects within the Faculty of Environment.