Introduction to Food Studies

Why study food?

Providing a growing population with safe, wholesome, nutritious and affordable food, while addressing environmental concerns and limited resources is high on the UK's agenda. The food industry (and the supporting land-based sector) is constantly evolving to meet the expectations of the consumer. Increasingly, people are becoming better informed and more demanding about their food and its quality. However, right across the UK's food industry, there is a shortage of suitably qualified and experienced graduates with a technical understanding of food. At Harper Adams we offer food courses which develop multi-skilled graduates who will move ahead with the industry in a range of exciting and rewarding careers.


I chose my course because it was food science with an agricultural focus. The modules were varied and interesting, and we had quite a few visits over the years to see food such as cheese and vinegar being produced and processed. An evening trip to a local brewery for a 'sampling' session was definitely a highlight! I am now working in agriculture as a technical assistant with fresh produce, which is what I always wanted to do. Being a graduate has enabled me to compete for jobs with higher starting salaries.

Sophie Hennessy
BSc (Hons) Food Quality and Business Management


The food and drink industry is the UK's largest industrial employment sector, providing more than 470,000 jobs. The courses we offer cover a wide range of industries, including food processing, product development, marketing, quality assurance, food microbiology, supply chain management, retail and merchandising, buying and food design, and public health-based roles.


The department is staffed by experienced food technologists, and specialists in food production and manufacture, and human nutrition. They are well supported by laboratory technicians and visiting lecturers from both industry and the public sector.

The Regional Food Academy

Harper Adams is home to the Regional Food Academy, which offers students and visitors a range of food technology facilities, including a product development kitchen, processing hall, cheese room, state-of-the-art sensory valuation facility and instrumental analysis room with teaching in seminar rooms and a lecture theatre.

Professional links

We have strong relationships with some of the biggest names in the industry including Marks & Spencer, Dairy Crest, Florette, ABP Ltd., and Assured British Meats. Our links with the public health sector include Shropshire Environmental Health, Telford and Wrekin Primary Care Trust and the Food Commission.