Culinary Arts Management - BSc (Hons)

2024/25 Full-time Undergraduate course

Award:

Bachelor of Science with Honours

Faculty:

Ulster University Business School

School:

Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Campus:

Belfast campus

UCAS code:

D690
The UCAS code for Ulster University is U20

Start date:

September 2024

With this degree you could become:

  • Chef Proprietor
  • Development Chef
  • Entrepreneur
  • Food stylist
  • Head Chef
  • Owner Manager
  • Lecturing

Graduates from this course are now working for:

  • Sainsbury's
  • Moy Park
  • L'Enclume
  • Cartmel
  • Holohans
  • Ardtara Country House Hotel

Overview

Develop the culinary skills and management knowledge necessary for a vibrant global career.

Summary

BSc Hons Culinary Arts Management is designed to meet the needs of those who want to work in culinary arts management, within one of the world’s largest industries. You will develop a detailed knowledge of entrepreneurial leadership and the practical culinary skills necessary for management in this dynamic and exciting industry.

We are 1 of only 5 UK universities that offer a world class learning environment (visit The Academy website), allowing you to put your business management principles into practice in the realistic work environment of the award winning Academy restaurant. Ulster University is 2nd in the UK for Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism (The Guardian University Guide 2024).

Academy - Northern Ireland Centre of food, drink and culture, is a multi award winning learning space for students on the BSc Culinary Arts Management. It features a fully functioning restaurant, wine school, cookery school and conference facilities.

Our main focus is to produce graduates who are work-ready and many of our past students have progressed on to successful careers across a number of sectors.

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About this course

About

The BSc Hons Culinary Arts Management at Ulster University has been designed to meet the needs of those who wish to work in the food management industry. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of culinary arts and the management skills necessary for this dynamic and highly customer-focused industry.

The degree is based on creativity, innovation and experiential learning in order to provide you with the best learning experience possible. You will enhance your knowledge in key areas of management and business, including strategy, marketing, finance, human resource management, operations management, entrepreneurship and personal development.

You will also gain valuable industry experience and put your business management principles into practice as you work in our award-winning Academy restaurant and kitchens.

100% of the teaching team have achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and 7 of these team members have Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Attendance

The programme can be completed in one to four years, depending on level of entry. You will typically complete three modules per semester, with class contact time approximately three hours per week per module. In addition, in Years 1 and 2 you will receive further class time as part of The Academy based modules. Normally, you will be attending the Belfast campus for a minimum of four days per week. You will be expected to undertake independent study of around 10 hours per week per module.

Start dates

  • September 2024

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Managerial and culinary competencies are developed during the course through a unique blend of learning and teaching methods. The course is one of the few at university level that offers the practical learning environment of a fully operational restaurant, coupled with the theoretical underpinning. Furthermore, all years avail of industry visits and talks from industry leaders. The placement year allows you to hone your skills prior to completing your final year and graduation.

The development of your own learning and the ability to research and to critique your own performance enables you to reach a level of performance commensurate with this qualification. Competencies are tested in written assignments, examinations, practical course work and seminars and case study scenarios.

Attendance and Independent Study

The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:

  • Attendance and Independent Study

    As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.

    Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10, 20, or 40 credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate courses typically 15 or 30 credit modules.

    The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Teaching and learning activities will be in-person and/or online depending on the nature of the course. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.

    Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.

    Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.

  • Assessment

    Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes.  You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessments. This feedback may be issued individually and/or issued to the group and you will be encouraged to act on this feedback for your own development.

    Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification, the assessment timetable and the assessment brief. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised. The module pass mark for undergraduate courses is 40%. The module pass mark for postgraduate courses is 50%.

  • Calculation of the Final Award

    The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).

    Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.

    All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study.

    In Masters degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

    Figures from the academic year 2022-2023.

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 60% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (19%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (22%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic and learning support staff (85%) are recognised as fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) by Advance HE - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise.  The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff.  This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

Figures from the academic year 2022-2023.

Belfast campus

Accommodation

High quality apartment living in Belfast city centre adjacent to the university campus.

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Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

Year one

Hospitality Business Operations

Year: 1

Food and Beverage Operations introduces a wide range of commodities, processes and operations which are the foundation for food production and service in the international hospitality and catering industry. The integration of theory and practical skills give students an appreciation of the knowledge and procedures that are fundamental to the efficient running of a catering operation.

Gastronomy and Society

Year: 1

This introductory module introduces students to the key concepts involved in the study of gastronomy and culinary arts, including principles and practices within gastronomy, the historical development, and the impact of, and current and future trends in gastronomy.

Contemporary Gastronomy

Year: 1

This module focuses specifically on advancing the culinary skills and techniques in contemporary gastronomy. It confirms and develops the theoretical basis of production and applies this to the development, preparation and presentation of contemporary hot and cold culinary dishes, to prepare students with the management and leadership skills required for a Food Culture environment.

Pastry & Confectionery

Year: 1

This module focuses specifically on pastry and confectionery production in the culinary operation. It develops the theoretical basis of pastry and confectionery and applies this to the development, preparation and presentation of hot and cold pastry and confectionery dishes, and the development of the student's management and leadership skills.

Management in Action

Year: 1

This module examines the principles of management and applies them to the practice of operational management. The module is both people and action-oriented and examines a range of topics including the development of management theories, the impact of the internal and external business environment and how management contributes to sustainable business futures.

Year two

Hospitality Business Operations Management

Year: 2

This module develops the students' knowledge, management and leadership skills, through helping them understand the food and drink industry, by gaining practical insights working in commercial environment, where they have responsibility for the planning, design and analysis of a culinary/hospitality operation. The practical element of this module helps the student to develop their employability/entrepreneurship skills, through being responsible for the managing a team of their peers in the Academy Restaurant. The student must then reflect on the operation and provide feedback, on their personal performance and that of their peers in planning, execution and outcomes for then practical operation.

Fundamentals of People Management

Year: 2

People management forms a large part of every manager's job whether they work in a large multinational organisation, a not-for-profit organisation, or a charity. People management processes are usually designed by HR specialists within the organisation; however, line managers play a pivotal role in implementing and enacting HR policies and practices. Where employees feel positive about their relationship with their line managers, they are more likely to have higher levels of job satisfaction, commitment and loyalty, which are in turn associated with higher levels of performance.

Accounting Studies

Year: 2

This module focuses on managerial decision making for both SMEs and larger corporations in the tourism and hospitality sectors. The content includes costing, budgeting, investment appraisal and working capital management. The student will be expected to apply knowledge to the decision-making process and discuss alternatives relevant to the service industries.

Advanced Culinary Operations

Year: 2

This module develops specialist knowledge whilst encouraging creative and innovative thinking and the application of it in menu planning, production and preparation. Students will have developed confidence and can demonstrate their management and leadership skills within this creative field of food, drink and culture.

Contemporary Marketing Practice

Year: 2

Within this module, the key concepts and practices of contemporary marketing are introduced. The module defines marketing and explores the marketing environment and key aspects including segmentation, consumer behaviour, the marketing mix, sustainability and digital marketing. The inquiry-based learning assessment provides the opportunity to apply these concepts to today's evolving marketplace developing employability and innovation skills.

Digital Innovation in Hospitality

Year: 2

The principles and theories of digital transformation and innovation management are explained to enable the students to gain an understanding how new digital tools and technologies can be adopted by businesses within the hospitality industry to deliver customer service and operational excellence. This module highlights the importance of managing and leading change within an organisation when evaluating and adopting new digital innovations and capabilities within the hospitality industry.

Year three

Industrial Placement

Year: 3

This module is optional

Placement provides students with 48 weeks of professional work experience where they can enhance their management and leadership skills. Work placement also provides an opportunity for students to gain a knowledge and understanding of the employment context of their academic discipline and will enable each student to satisfy specific learning outcomes based on organisational, course and personal employability and entrepreneurship development needs.

Study Abroad

Year: 3

This module is optional

The Study Abroad option is a complement to, and an extension of the learning engaged in relation to food, drink and culture, at the guest institution and provides the opportunity for each student, to enhance specific learning objectives for management and leadership, by studying in an institution with a different cultural and educational environment. Study abroad allows students to experience the food, drink and culture of another country, but also learn about sustainability, equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) practices in that country.

Year four

Innovative Food

Year: 4

This module explores the roles, experiences and influences of the Head Chef/Chef Manager, emerging trends and the practices and processes required to deliver, manage and sustain in the development of innovative food items and menu concepts. Key areas include nurturing culinary enterprise, benchmarking successful food innovation and consideration of innovative and menu development to an award-winning standard in a business environment.

Data and Performance Metrics Analysis

Year: 4

The topics included in this module will support the development of the student's management and leadership skills through understanding the application and practice in relation to the core Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), ratios and consumer behaviour analytics used in the hospitality and culinary industries. It will also introduce to revenue management, property management and other digital solutions used in the hospitality sector.

Business and Professional Attributes

Year: 4

This module will develop and enhance the student's ability to carry out research within their chosen business field, by applying all their graduate attributes through their abilities, strategies and habits. The students will learn the main concepts and principles encountered in research design, and each student will be required to write a research proposal on a contemporary issue. Through embedding the graduate attributes in this module, we can ensure our graduates are work ready developing their management and leadership skills, to be able to respond to real-world challenges.

Strategic Leadership 

Year: 4

This module is designed to provide knowledge and critical understanding of the process of strategic management and leadership development. As hospitality, tourism and event leaders of the future, students will develop those transferable strategic perspectives and skills which are key to innovative and sustainable business success.

The Business Plan

Year: 4

This module is optional

In this module students are engaged in practical entrepreneurship and will develop their knowledge of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial process. This will be evidenced through the development of a business plan for new venture creation, enterprise development, project management or a community-based development project.

Current Trends in People Management

Year: 4

This module is optional

The contemporary workplace is changing and there has probably never been a more challenging time to be responsible for managing and leading people. Human Resource teams and Line Managers have a major role to play in driving performance, productivity and achieving sustainable competitive advantage. This module provides an opportunity for students to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills needed to help attract, engage and retain the best and most diverse talent pool nationally and internationally.

Research Paper

Year: 4

This module is optional

Within this module, students will complete individual research on a topic of interest related to their course and chosen industry. Such inquiry-based learning allows students to further develop key employability and innovation skills while presenting the opportunity to become a subject specialist in their field.

Management Accounting

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module focuses on managerial decision making for both SMEs and larger corporations in the tourism and hospitality sectors. The content includes costing, budgeting, investment appraisal and working capital management. The student will be expected to apply knowledge to the decision-making process and discuss alternatives relevant to the service industries.

Digital Marketing Management

Year: 4

This module is optional

Within this module, the pivotal role of digital marketing management is examined. The key elements and practices of developing and executing comprehensive digital marketing strategies, to create impactful campaigns are explored and applied. The inquiry-based and authentic learning approach allows students to enhance vital employability skills and digital innovation capabilities while applying strategic concepts to drive sustainable business growth.

Standard entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

A level

Grades BCC

Applied General Qualifications

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma

Award profile of DMM

We will also accept smaller BTEC/OCR qualifications (i.e. Diploma or Extended Certificate / Introductory Diploma / Subsidiary Diploma) in combination with A Levels or other acceptable Level 3 qualifications.

To find out if the qualification you are applying with is a qualification we accept for entry, please check our Qualification Checker - https://www.ulster.ac.uk/study/entrance-requirements/equivalence

We will also continue to accept QCF versions of these qualifications although grades asked for may differ. Check what grades you will be asked for by comparing the requirements above with the information under QCF in the Applied General and Tech Level Qualifications section of our Entry Requirements - https://www.ulster.ac.uk/study/entrance-requirements/undergraduate-entry-requirements

Irish Leaving Certificate

104 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum of five subjects (four of which must be at higher level) to include English and Maths at H6 if studied at Higher level or O4 if studied at Ordinary Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate UCAS Equivalency

Scottish Highers

Grades BCCCC

Scottish Advanced Highers

Grades CDD

International Baccalaureate

Overall profile is minimum 24 points (including 12 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall profile of 60% (120 credit Access Course) (NI Access Course)

Overall profile of 12 credits at Distinction, 30 credits at Merit and 3 credits at Pass (60 credit Access Course) (GB Access Course)

GCSE

For full-time study, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass at Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Maths.

Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills - Communication will be accepted as equivalent to GCSE English.
Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills - Application of Number will be accepted as equivalent to GCSE Maths.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Acceptable alternative qualifications include:

Pass HND with overall Merit to include 30 distinctions in Level 5 credits/units may be specified.

Pass HNC with overall Distinction to include 60 distinctions in Level 4 credits/units may be specified.

You may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of different qualifications to the same standard as recognised by the University (provided subject requirements as noted above are met).

Exemptions and transferability

If you have already obtained the required grade in the relevant Foundation Degree you can opt to complete bridging modules prior to progressing onto the final year of the course. Other qualifications may be considered for exemptions and/or advanced entry based on your prior certificated learning or prior experiential learning.

Based on recent and successfully completed accredited learning, students can seek exemptions from the programme. The Course Director can advise candidates as to the eligibility of their accredited course.

When accepted on the Course you are asked to complete an exemptions form, which is reviewed by the Course Director and exemptions are then agreed during the Induction process.

Careers & opportunities

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course are now working for:

  • Sainsbury's
  • Moy Park
  • L'Enclume
  • Cartmel
  • Holohans
  • Ardtara Country House Hotel

Job roles

With this degree you could become:

  • Chef Proprietor
  • Development Chef
  • Entrepreneur
  • Food stylist
  • Head Chef
  • Owner Manager
  • Lecturing

Career options

Industrial forecasts predict an acute shortage of highly skilled executive chefs. Graduates can choose from a wide range of career pathways within the industry from Michelin star restaurants to multinational food service companies to becoming a culinary entrepreneur. Alternatively, there are numerous opportunities in the wider food industry as food product development chefs, food writers or stylists.

You may also proceed to related post graduate study within the school such as the MSc in Food Design and Innovation, MSc in International Hospitality Management or the MSc in Events Management.​

Work placement / study abroad

During year three of the course, you have the opportunity to complete a work placement or study abroad. This may be a 48 week work placement with a range of companies including Disney World, Florida; Fairmont Chatueu, Whistler; The Ritz, London; The Muddlers Club, Belfast; Solis Lough Eske Castle and in food product development environments. The satisfactory completion of placement leads to the award of Diploma in Professional Practice/ Diploma in Professional Practice (International) upon graduation.

Alternatively, you can opt to complete a period of study abroad. During this period, you spend two semesters in an educational institution, which will provide exposure to alternative business cultures and protocols and enhance your personal and professional development. Successful completion of the placement leads to the award of the Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS) upon graduation.

Professional recognition

Institute of Hospitality (IoH)

Accredited by the Institute of Hospitality that academic, vocational and professional standards achieved are appropriate and programme content and delivery meet international Institute of Hospitality benchmark standards.

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Start dates

  • September 2024

Fees and funding

Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and EU Settlement Status Fees

£4,750.00

England, Scotland, Wales and the Islands Fees

£9,250.00

International Fees

£16,320.00

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Institute of Hospitality, Student Management Potential Award.

Hospitality Ulster’s Rising Star Award.

The Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, supported by Mount Charles Group, offers the Mount Charles Scholarship for full-time first year students from the BSc Culinary Arts Management.

Each scholarship is valued at a total amount of £16,500 and will be paid to students in three (£5,500) instalments in year 1, 2, and final year of their programme.

The scholarship funding will support one student and will be used to pay course tuition fees with any remaining funds to be utilised by the student in support of costs related to their studies, for example, books, laptop or travel expenses.

Additional mandatory costs

Students are required to purchase both front of house and back of house appropriate dress for training in the realistic work environment of the 'Taste of Ulster' award winning Academy restaurant and kitchens. The cost of this is approximately £150.

It is important to remember that costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges) and normal living will need to be covered in addition to tuition fees.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses (in addition to tuition fees) we make every effort to highlight them above. We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals, as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free Wi-Fi are also available on each of the campuses.

There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as a part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs, as well as tuition fees.

See the tuition fees on our student guide for most up to date costs.

Contact

We’d love to hear from you!

We know that choosing to study at university is a big decision, and you may not always be able to find the information you need online.

Please contact Ulster University with any queries or questions you might have about:

  • Course specific information
  • Fees and Finance
  • Admissions

For any queries regarding getting help with your application, please select Admissions in the drop down below.

For queries related to course content, including modules and placements, please select Course specific information.

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  1. Although reasonable steps are taken to provide the programmes and services described, the University cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility and the University may make variations to the contents or methods of delivery of courses, discontinue, merge or combine courses and introduce new courses if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key staff, changes in legislation or government policy including changes, if any, resulting from the UK departing the European Union, withdrawal or reduction of funding or other circumstances beyond the University’s reasonable control.
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Testimonials

I can safely say, without the tutelage and support, even as a post graduate, I received from the Culinary Arts Management degree course, and from all the team at the Belfast campus, I would not be the proud owner of two city centre restaurants. As a restaurant owner, I cannot stress enough how important is to have facilities such as the Academy Restaurant, producing top quality hospitality operators at such a high standard.

Calvin Holohan – Owner/Manager of Holohans at the Barge and Holohans Pantry.