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1.5 years FT / 2.5 years PT


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Birmingham College of Food
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1 year FT / 2 years PT


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Birmingham College of Food

Our courses have a global reputation within the food and hospitality industries

Boost your career progression prospects with an optional work placement

University College Birmingham is renowned for providing world-class food and hospitality training, and is recognised by industry as being one of the top culinary schools in the UK. You will be supported throughout your course by our outstanding kitchen and food development facilities and vastly experienced lecturers.

The management of professional culinary enterprises is both challenging and exciting, and a unique range of abilities are required to blend artistry, creativity and technique with the demands of business and management. Our Culinary Arts Management masters course will equip you with the advanced skills you need to carve out a dynamic career in the culinary world.

Our course will boost your knowledge of classical culinary technique and its adaptation within the modern international culinary environment. You will learn how to meet shifting consumer demands and trends in research along with the challenge of managing culinary enterprises as profit centres, with innovation, recipe and food product development forming the key components of your studies.

You will also have opportunities to put your culinary skills into practice in the real world with an optional industry placement for up to six months to help set the foundations for your senior management career.

“The kitchens were very well designed and would give students a first-hand experience of industry standards. In fact, some kitchens were better than 5-star hotel kitchens that I have worked in around the world."

Ajay Chopra Indian celebrity chef

Why should I choose this course?

  • WORK PLACEMENT – Start breaking into the food and hospitality sector while you study with the option of a six-month work placement before you graduate
  • EXPERT TUITION – Keep up to date with the latest academic research and industry developments, and draw upon the knowledge of our experienced lecturing team
  • EXCELLENT FACILITIES – Continue mastering your practical skills within our industry-standard kitchens and restaurant facilities at University College Birmingham

Our facilities

University College Birmingham is widely renowned for providing world-class training facilities for the food industry. As a student on our Culinary Arts Management master's degree or postgraduate diploma, you will have access to our industry-standard kitchens, state-of-the-art food development facilities and our award-winning training restaurant on campus.

Course breakdown

  • Postgraduate

Core Modules

Culinary Artistry - Contemporary Principles

In this module, you will learn about the principles of culinary artistry in a contemporary context and real life applications within the wider gastronomic landscape and potential market opportunities. A special emphasis is placed on building professional competency to support a sustainable culinary environment through strong focus on healthier cooking techniques, smart working approach and utilising modern technologies. This culinary insight will allow you to explore the relationship between classical cuisine and modern kitchen management, leading to informed recommendations and commentary as to the future direction of culinary artistry in a range of contemporary commercial settings.

Culinary Innovation and Product Development

Let your creativity flow in designing and developing new, exciting, and innovative food products, based on a brief from a real life industry scenario - from the initial idea to the market launch. This module will provide you with a unique opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of all the essential technical processes and theoretical models of commercial new product development. An additional learning focus will include healthier alternatives, considering consumer allergens and special diets e.g. vegan/vegetarian and free-from products.

Culinary Management Project

This module provides you with the opportunity to apply the process of project management to a specific food and beverage environment and involves an analysis of future product and potential market development activities for either a client organisation or to the context of a case study organisation.

Managing Across Cultures

Today's global hospitality industry requires employees to have an understanding of management and leadership across cultures, so you will explore the issues surrounding this while assessing the move away from local cultures to a more cosmopolitan environment. You will examine the management styles, motivation techniques and leadership theories as well as any complexities and contradictions that may occur.

Managing Profitable Food and Beverage Operations

Students focus on developing an understanding of the operational aspects of the restaurant and bar sector by evaluating and applying management concepts, models and techniques. You will look for innovative ways to improve outputs whilst considering any contemporary issues and how they may impact on this sector of business. By analysing and evaluating a range of business scenarios, you will seek to deliver efficiency and profitability.

Masters Research Project

This module introduces students to the disciplines and techniques required for critical appraisal of complex data and industry practice; creating research designs and accompanying research techniques; building theoretical frameworks, and the scheduling and execution of a research project. The module will develop students' skills and expertise in the essential research tools they will need for both successful Postgraduate study and as leaders in their chosen service industry sector.

Revenue & Performance Analysis

In this module, you will develop a critical perspective of the long and short term decisions faced by senior managers in your industry. You will develop a rich understanding of the business environment and global markets. You will learn how to analyse and visualise financial data to create value for senior stakeholders. In doing so, you will apply a range of financial methodologies that will advance your capability to make realtime-decisions in a professional environment.

Optional placement module

Postgraduate Work Placement

The Postgraduate Work Placement module provides students with the opportunities to further develop practical skills, relate theory to practice and to gain a sound base of experience. In addition, the module seeks to develop 'life skills' to assist students in progressing towards a career in management. The placement period offers the student the opportunity to experience work in the hospitality industry and to gain academic credit for their learning. It is important therefore that students are given the opportunity to work in an organisation which is both appropriate to their needs and has a professional approach towards training and development. Students' needs and any previous experience are taken into consideration, when introducing them to a suitable employer. The staff in the hired@UCB suite will draw on their extensive experience to ensure that the objectives are met as fully as possible.

The modules listed above are reviewed regularly to ensure they remain up-to-date as well as being informed by industry and the latest teaching methods. Occasionally we may need to make unexpected alterations to modules – should this happen, we will communicate with all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

A 3 Year Degree with an average of at least 60%
A 4 Year Degree with an overall average of at least 55%

Postgraduate diploma

Applicants holding a 3 Year Degree with an average between 55-60% or a 4 Year degree with an average between 50% and 55%, will be offered entry onto the Postgraduate Diploma in the first instance. Those achieving Masters level passes on the Postgraduate Diploma can proceed to the Masters gaining the award in the same amount of time as if they had initially registered on the Masters Programme initially.

English entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need a recognised English Language qualification to meet the entry requirements onto a degree programme.

English Entry requirements for students applying from India  

Board Minimum Requirement (2021)
CBSE B Grade
ICSE 60%
Cambridge B Grade / 6 Pointer
Maharashtra State 60%
Andhra Pradesh 60%
Kerala 60%
Karnataka 60%
West Bengal 60%

If you do not have one of the above qualifications, please see here for the full list of accepted alternatives.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS 6.0 with no element less than 5.5

Key information


An estimated breakdown of assessment for this course:

  • Coursework – 68%
  • Practical assessment – 22%
  • Written examinations – 10%

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024 (UK website).


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Work placements

Placements provide you with vital real-life experience and help build your skills and confidence before you graduate, as well as potentially leading to a job after your studies. Our dedicated hired@UCB employability team will help you to find your ideal placement.

Our MA/PGDip Culinary Arts Management masters course includes an optional three to six-month placement upon completion of the taught part of the course. Opportunities are available in the UK and around the world.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please be aware that opportunities to travel overseas for placements, residential trips or project work may be affected by government travel restrictions. Please see our Covid FAQs page (UK website) for more information.
I wanted a qualification that would prepare me for the real world. University College Birmingham seemed like the best place for that. One of the best things is learning directly from brilliant chefs in an environment that allows you to gain real insight into what it’s like to work in industry.

Nur Amirah Culinary Arts Management MA / PGDip

Career opportunities

  • Chef
  • Head chef
  • Catering manager
  • Product/process development scientist
  • Restaurant manager
  • Food business owner/restaurateur

Please note: The examples of roles are to serve only as a guide.


Our dedicated careers, employability and placements team is here to support you in every step towards your future.

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