BSc (Hons) in Food Business Management

Course aim

The Honours Degree in Food Business Management, validated by Ulster University, has been designed to equip graduates with the key skills required to apply management practices to the food chain, ensure differentiation, improve efficiency and build skills and capabilities within the global food marketplace. This degree is available to study on both a full-time or part-time basis.

The part-time Honours Degree in Food Business Management has been designed for key personnel, at both junior and middle manager level, currently working in the food industry. Part-time students will study the same modules as per the full-time provision.

Course content

Year 1:  Level 4

  • Digital marketing
  • Export marketing
  • Food enterprise studies
  • Food manufacture, safety and quality
  • Food packaging technology
  • Introduction to data management and analysis

Year 2:  Level 5

  • Business economics
  • Finance for non-financial managers
  • Food packaging design
  • Food product design
  • Sales management
  • Supply chain operations
  •  Work placement

Work placement with the option of 12 weeks for the 3 year structure or 48 weeks for the 4 year structure which leads to a Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) or Diploma in Professional Practice (International)

Year 3:  Level 6 (Year 4 if DPP is completed)

  • Business improvement
  • Environmental and quality management
  • Food retail environment
  • Research project
  • Strategic business management 


Progression opportunities and career destinations

Students may have the opportunity to progress on to relevant postgraduate studies. This course provides students with career prospects in a range of managerial posts in retailing, purchasing, distribution, sales and marketing. Graduates develop the skills which will enable them to make strategic decisions, analyse problems, provide solutions, develop action plans and effectively manage resources.


Students who opt for the three-year course will spend 12 weeks between Levels 5 and 6 on a work-based learning placement in a food business.

Students undertaking the four-year course will complete a one-year work-based learning placement in the food industry during year three of the programme. On successful completion of the 48-week placement a Diploma in Professional Practice will be awarded.

The work placement encourages students to develop practical and managerial skills, and gives them the opportunity to demonstrate transferable skills in ICT, problem solving and communication. Students can complete their work placement either locally or abroad.

Entry Requirements

104 UCAS tariff points, equivalent to two A2 levels at Grade B Business, Science or Home Economics plus four GCSE subjects at Grade C or higher including a Science subject, Mathematics and English Language or equivalent.

Please note we do not accept essential skills as an equivalent to GCSE English and Maths for this programme.

For other qualifications, please consult the UCAS website

Key staff

Dr Gillian Stevenson

Dr Gillian Stevenson

Senior Lecturer (Food) Food,
Loughry Campus