B.Sc. Food Business Management Degree Program

B.Sc. Food Business Management Degree Program

Year I Semester I

FBM11012 Principles of Management
FBM11022 Principles of Marketing
FBM11032 Principles of Economics
FBM11044 Fundamentals of Food Science & Introduction to Food Industry
FBM11053 Mathematics
FBM11062 Principles of Human Resource Management
AG 11030 English  I
AG 11040 Computer Science I
AG 11010 Personality Development
AG 11020 Sri Lankan Studies and Current Affairs


Year I Semester II

FBM 12013 Marketing Management
FBM 12023 Marketing Communication in Food Business
FBM 12033 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition
FBM 12043 Applied Statistics
FBM 12053 Fundamentals of Food processing Technologies
AG 12010 English  II
AG 12030 Computer Science II
AG 12020 World Studies and Current Affairs


Year II Semester I

FBM21013 Consumer Behavior in Food Marketing
FBM21023 Human Resources in Food Business
FBM21033 Entrepreneurship and Food Innovation Management
FBM21042 Customer Relationship Management in Food Business
FBM21053 Food Microbiology
FBM21063 Food Retailing
AG 21010 English  III
AG 21020 Computer Science III


Year II Semester II

FBM 22014 Finance and Accounting
FBM 22023 Brand Management
FBM 22034 Quantitative Methods in Business
FBM 22043 Strategic Management
FBM 22053 Food Safety and Quality Management
AG 22010 English  IV
AG 22020 Computer Science IV


Year III Semester I

FBM 31014 Business Research Methods
FBM 31023 Advanced Food Marketing
FBM 31033 Food Value Chain Management
FBM 31043 E- Business in Food Industry
FBM 31053 Business Economics
FBM 31063 Restaurant Management
AG 31010 English  V
AG 31020 Computer Science V


Year III Semester II

FBM 32013 Research and Development in food industry
FBM 32023 Advertising & Promotion in Food Business
FBM 32033 Legal Aspects of Food Business
FBM 32043 International Food Business and Trade Operations
FBM 32053 Total Quality Management in Food Business
FBM 32062 Current Issues of Food Industry


Year IV Semester I

FBM 420112 Industrial Training


Year IV Semester II

FBM 42028 Research Project


Admission Requirements

In order to be eligible for admission to a four year special degree programme leading to B.Sc (Food Business Management)  offered by the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka a candidate should have qualified university admission with at least “S”  grades for any of the three subjects in following subjects at the G.C.E (A/L) examination.

Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Combined Mathematics, Agriculture, Business Studies, Economics, Accounting   

Also the applicants should have a credit pass (C) or above for Science, Mathematics and English at the GCE (O/L) examination to be eligible to apply for this study programme.

Z- Score for 2015 Admission



Why food Business Management

Food businesses operate in a rapidly changing environment where well informed and timely decision making is crucial to business doability and success of a food business venture.


What does it include

  • an understanding of the Sri Lankan  food industry in a global context
  • the economic, social and political challenges facing food businesses
  • importance of governments interventions in food markets
  • trends in food consumption and consumer behaviour
  • business and marketing strategy, branding and advertising in food industry
  • key principles of financial, human resource and value chain management
  • quality aspects and innovation in the food industry        
  • research methods to systematically explore real world food business issues     

Career prospects

Demand for well trained graduates in the business management and marketing functions of the food industry is strong. Potential employment areas include:

  • Business Management
  • Marketing
  • Market Research
  • New Product Development
  • Sales
  • Buying
  • Retail Management
  • Value Chain Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Policy Analysis
  • Management Consultancy
  • Finance and Accounting In Food Industry

Structure of the degree program

First year, compulsory modules provide the essential foundation material in business management, marketing, economics and food science together with a range of modules describing the characteristics and problems of food businesses, the 'food chain' linking agriculture to the final consumer, and agricultural and food markets in Sri Lanka, Asia and the world.

Second and Third years, these elements are progressively developed, with the emphasis shifting towards a critical appreciation and application of the techniques and concepts covered onto the wide range of contemporary issues faced by the food sector's decision makers. A further important dimension is the study of how government policy impacts on agricultural and food markets and the businesses operating within them. In all three years students can select modules outside the main subject area of the degree.

Fourth year of the programme offers students with the opportunity to spend a year to gain experience in industry and complete a research project on a theme of student’s own choice within the scope of the degree.