BSc (Hons) Food Technology*

*subject to revalidation

Course aim

The Honours Degree in Food Technology, validated by Ulster University, has been designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to enter a competitive global food processing industry. This degree is available to study on both a full-time or part-time basis.

The part-time Honours Degree in Food Technology 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

  • Business data analysis
  • Food chemistry and nutrition
  • Food manufacture, safety and quality
  • Food microbiology
  • Food packaging technology
  • Food supply chain

Year 2: Level 5

  • Food composition
  • Factory design
  • Food manufacture
  • Food processing and preservation
  • Food product design
  • Research and development
  • Sensory perception
  • Work placement (12 weeks for 3 year programme or 48 weeks for 4 year programme)

Year 3: Level 6 (Year 4 if Diploma in Professional Practice is completed)

  • Applied food processing
  • Environmental and quality management
  • Food technology developments
  • Lean manufacture
  • Research project/dissertation
  • Resource management


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

Students undertaking the four-year course will complete a one-year 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.

Additional qualifications

During the course, students may have the opportunity to achieve additional, nationally recognized qualifications to complement their course, which can give a competitive advantage in employment or career progression. These qualifications include:

  • Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Food Safety Certificates
  • Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Foundation Certificate in Health & Safety in the Workplace.

These programmes are classified as short competency-based courses and are widely recognised by the industry.

Progression opportunities and career destinations

Students may have the opportunity to progress onto relevant postgraduate studies. This course provides students with the competences to enter into the industry in a range of managerial posts in areas, such as, production, quality, technical, food packaging, and product development in food and drink manufacturing and related sectors.

Entry Requirements

104 UCAS tariff points at A2 level to include a Grade B in either Home Economics or a Science subject 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