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BSc (Hons) Degree in Food Technology

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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 Technology

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.

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 manufacture
  • Food packaging design
  • Food preservation
  • Food processing
  • Food product design
  • Work placement

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

  • Applied food processing
  • Business improvement
  • Environmental and quality management
  • Environmental and quality management
  • 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.

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.

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, please consult the UCAS website Tariff Tables. For those applying with Irish Leaving Certificate qualifications please refer to the Tariff Tables, Section 3 – International Qualifications where equivalent qualifications are listed in alphabetical order.

To apply to this course please follow this link to the UCAS website

UCAS Course Code

Institution code: A45 Couse code: D633

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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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Thomas Freeman

Thomas Freeman

“I completed the Level 3 course before enrolling on the BSc (Hons) in Food Technology. During the second year of the course I secured a bursary and work placement with Dunbia. I am working as part of the quality team to ensure high quality products are produced for our customers."

Dr Gillian Stevenson

Key Contact

Dr Gillian Stevenson
Senior Lecturer (Food)



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