Food Production Management PGDip


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PGDip Food Production Management
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
At least a second class (2:2) honours degree (or international equivalent)
Other requirements
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
Sutton Bonington Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This course is designed to equip students with knowledge of the special factors associated with food processing and food quality assurance, as well as the management skills required to contribute to the industry in both the developed and developing worlds.
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Food manufacture is one of the world's largest industries. The PGDip Food Production Management is an exciting and challenging degree that equips science and engineering graduates for a career in production or technical management in this industry.

You will acquire a basic knowledge of the special factors associated with food processing and food quality assurance. You will also be equipped with management skills that will enable you to contribute to this industry in both the developed and developing worlds.

A feature of the course is the strong interaction with the food industry. There will be an opportunity to visit a number of food factories and speakers from industry will make a significant contribution to the course. Many of the research projects will involve links with industry.

Key facts

  • The course is co-run by the School of Biosciences and the Business School. The Business School is an international leader in finance and management education and a research pioneer in entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability. The School of Biosciences is ranked the number one research environment in the UK for food science in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
  • Facilities available in the Food Processing Facility include the plant, equipment and test facilities that you would expect to find in a number of different food industries, for example: extrusion, bakery equipment, retorting facilities, a development kitchen, QC laboratory and sensory analysis area. The combination of these facilities in one building allows the development of new products from conception to consumption. An innovation area can be set aside for discreet development. 
  • The Food Sciences Division is well-equipped with a number of centres:

Starch and Lipid Processing Centre
EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Food
National Centre for Macromolecular Hydrodynamics
Food and Biofuel Innovation Centre
Sensory Science Centre
Food and Feed Analysis Consultancy and Training Service 
Microbiology Investigation Centre
International Centre for Brewing Science

  • The opportunity to do an industry placement in a food company in line with your individual career aspirations.
  • A series of off-site visits to food industries and events expose our students to a variety of real life experiences and the latest technologies in the food industry. 
  • External speakers with expertise in specific research areas and/or leadership in industry are often invited to give lectures, attend networking events or to supervise project work.


Course details

The PGDip requires 120 credits for completion. The course is the same as the masters degree, without the research project module (60 credits). 

Please see this page for details

The PGDip Food Production Management is delivered on a full-time basis over nine months to one year or part-time over 18 months to two years. The course normally commences at the beginning of October.

As a PGDip student, you may have the opportunity to progress to the MSc Food Production Management if you reach a certain pass mark during your studies.

Course venue 

The programme is taught at the University's Sutton Bonington Campus, 20km south of Nottingham. Sutton Bonington is an easy bus or car journey to University Park Campus and Nottingham city, with free bus service connections between campuses. Two other major UK cities, Derby and Leicester are nearby. East Midlands International Airport is 7Km away, plus there are fast rail links to London close by.



Modules taken on this course can be viewed on the masters course page.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



UK/EU students

The Graduate School website at The University of Nottingham provides more information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

International and EU students

The International Office provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, scholarships, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.



Food manufacture is one of the world’s largest industries, offering a broad range of career opportunities to science and engineering graduates in production or technical management within this industry.

The course is ideally suited to those wishing to pursue careers in food companies, eg quality assurance manager and sensory scientist, as well as those planning to advance to higher research degree (PhD) study.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 94% of postgraduates in the School of Biosciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £24,495 with the highest being £37,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers** and 
can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career. 

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and 
specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills 
workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

** The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.

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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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