Postgraduate study
Develop your knowledge and skills in food processing, quality assurance, and business management to pursue a career in the global food industry.
PGDip Food Production Management
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2:2 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
UK/EU fees
£5,490 - Terms apply
International fees
£16,020 - Terms apply
Sutton Bonington Campus



Food manufacture is one of the world's largest industries. 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.

  • Off-site visits to food industries and events give you a variety of real life experiences and the opportunity to see 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
  • Our specialist Food Processing Facility provides plant, equipment and test facilities to replicate industry including: extrusion, bakery equipment, retorting facilities, a development kitchen, quality control laboratory and sensory analysis
  • The opportunity to do an industry placement in a food company in line with your individual career aspirations
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Key facts


Full 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.

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 and Jubilee Campus, with free buses between campuses.



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

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and funding

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.


Careers and professional development

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 2017, 100% of postgraduates in the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,000 with the highest being £65,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. 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 2013-2017, High Fliers Research.


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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