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BSc (Hons) Degree in Food Innovation and Nutrition

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Course Duration

Full-time: 3 years or 4 years including Diploma in Professional Practice.

Course Location

Loughry Campus

BSc (Hons) Degree in Food Innovation and Nutrition

The Honours Degree in Food Innovation and Nutrition, validated by Ulster University, has been designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to enter the food industry at trainee manager level and develop innovative, nutritious foods which meet consumer demands.

Course content

Modules (Level 4:Year 1)

  • Food chemistry and nutrition
  • Food manufacture, safety and quality
  • Food microbiology
  • Food packaging technology
  • Introduction to data management and analysis
  • Sensory perception

Modules (Level 5:Year 2)

  • Applied food science
  • Food and health
  • Food packaging design
  • Food preservation
  • Food product design
  • Human physiology
  • Work placement
Course content

Modules (Level 6:Year 3/Year 4 if work placement is completed)

  • Business improvement
  • Contemporary global issues in food and nutrition
  • Environmental and quality management
  • Food innovation
  • Research project
Work placement

Students undertaking the four-year course will complete a one-year work based learning placement in the food industry during year three of the programme. On successful completion of the 48-week placement a Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) 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 recognised qualifications to complement their course, which can give a competitive advantage in employment or career progression.

Course Progression

Students may have the opportunity to progress onto relevant postgraduate studies.

This course provides students with career prospects in a range of managerial posts in areas such as new product development, quality assurance, packaging and research in food manufacturing and related industries.

Fees and funding support

For information about fees and funding support click here.

Course Entry Requirements

104 UCAS tariff points at A2 level to include a Grade B in either Nutrition and Food Science or a Science subject plus four GCSE subjects at Grade C or higher including a Science subject, Mathematics and English Language or equivalent.

In addition to meeting the course entry requirements applicants must also meet the General Entrance Requirements for Ulster University

For other qualifications, including Irish Leaving Certificate, please consult the UCAS website Tariff Tables.

How to apply

To apply to study the course full-time please follow this link to the UCAS website

To apply to study the course part-time please follow this link to the CAFRE online application system

UCAS Course Code

Institution code: A45 Couse code: DB64

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Loughry Campus aims to develop learners’ skills and competitiveness through education, training, business and technology programmes to meet the needs of the food industry.

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      Shaping the future of Higher Education with:

      Jillian McCarragher

      Jillian McCarragher

      "My placement within the Kerry Group has given me the opportunity to develop functional skills including; risk assessments, managing quality systems, HACCP and allergen awareness. As well as behavioural skills; time management, delegation, communication and relationship building. It's helping me develop so much."

      Hear from a student - Jack Coulter

      Dr Gillian Stevenson

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      Dr Gillian Stevenson
      Senior Lecturer (Food)



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