Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This new degree, jointly delivered by Birkbeck and Le Cordon Bleu London, provides a firm foundation in culinary techniques and management studies that are not only applicable to food businesses but also across other service industries.

The programme addresses key concepts together with the project management and development skills required of managers in food businesses in the 21st century. You will gain experience of a real food business work environment through an internship component whilst also developing your academic, practical and interpersonal skills. The programme also enables you to develop your research and presentation skills together with your ability to design, develop and implement systems that assist in the successful operation of a food business.

The programme encourages forward thinking and the ability to develop ideas that may provide a positive contribution to the changing needs of the global food industry and the environment within which it operates. Once you graduate you will be equipped to enter a variety of management careers in the food industry.

Course Modules

You take compulsory modules in each year, plus 30 credits' worth of options in Years 2'3. You also complete a work'based project in Year 3.

Year 1:

Culinary Techniques;

Financial Accounting;

Management Studies I;

Management Studies II;

Personal and Professional Development I;

The Global Food and Beverage Environment;

Wine and Beverages.

Year 2 compulsory modules:

Development and Evaluation of Food;

Food and Beverage Business Concepts;

Food and Beverage Management;

Internship module;

Marketing Principles and Practices;

Personal and Professional Development II;

Principles of Project Management.

Year 2 option modules:

Digital Marketing;

Entrepreneurship and Small Business;

Services and Retail Marketing.

Year 3 compulsory modules:

Ethics and Sustainability in Food and Beverages;

Personal and Professional Development III;

Researching the Workplace (Final Project);

Service Operations Management.

Year 3 option modules:

Brand Development;

Management of Innovation.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Business Administration (with Honours) - BBA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Business Administration (with Honours) - BBA (Hons) £13,350 Overseas Fees