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What is the BSc in Food Science?

This is a three year full time course is designed to train you in modern food processing methods, food safety management, analytical testing relevant to the food industry. The programme also incorporates a range of business skills to allow you have knowledge of the financial and management environment for the food industry.

What subjects will I study?

At the outset there is a strong emphasis on the sciences such as biology, chemistry and physics to provide you with a good basis for the following years. In years 2 and 3 you will study specialist modules in food chemistry, processing, microbiology and quality management. You will also study modules in business, marketing and regulation giving you skills and knowledge to work in many sectors of the food industry.

What are the unique features of BSc in Food Science?

You will learn key practical skills in SETU Waterford laboratories, which are highly valued by employers in the food industry. You will also learn quality management systems relevant to the food industry in addition to a range of business skills. Our close links with industry ensure that you will be trained in all the current technologies used in the Irish food industry. In year 3 students complete an industrial placement to allow learners to apply and develop their skills in the food industry.

BSc in Food Science industrial placement

A twelve week industrial placement in the food industry occurs in the third year of the course. This is supported by our food industry partners and is seen as critical to the overall learning experience and development of the students. The industrial placement will be organised by SETU staff and monitored by both the employer and SETU staff, with the student keeping a reflective work log. Work placement can be organised for Ireland or abroad.

The Industrial Placement will allow learners to apply and develop their skills in the food industry.  The placement is designed to meet the needs of industry whilst providing the student with a broader skills-base.  It is envisaged that the practical element of employment will complement the course content and help develop skills that are essential in today’s work environment.

Innovative teaching

This programme recently won the ‘Most impactful use of Pearson courseware or services’ award in recognition of the blended learning approach in the delivery of the programmes. The common science programmes use an integrated on-line tutorial system that is delivered to small groups in an IT room supported by one or two members of staff. These weekly formative tutorials allow students to apply or practice the material covered in class that week and student receives individual attention and help at tutorials.


Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Introductory Biology Cell Biology and Biochemistry
Introductory Chemistry Physical and Organic Chemistry
Introductory Physics Physics for Scientists
Introductory Mathematics Mathematics for Scientists
Introduction to ICT for Scientists Introduction to Food Science
Good Lab Practice & Core Skills Primary Food Production

Year 2

Semester 3 Semester 4
Food Analysis Food Microbiology
Microbiology 1 Food Process Technology
Nutrition Food Marketing and Regulation
Laboratory Data Analysis & Presentation Environmental Monitoring
Accounting for Food Scientists Bioanalytical Methods for the Food Industry
Statistics for Scientists The Professional Individual

Year 3

Semester 5 Semester 6
Placement Food Formulation
Food Safety Management Systems
Food Business
Food-borne Pathogens
Total Quality Management
Introduction to Research Methods

Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for BSc in Food Science

5 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for BSc in Food Science

Recommendations for applicants of the BSc in Food Science

Applicants should note that a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science) at Leaving Certificate is recommended for this programme.

Students who complete this level 7 degree programme can choose either to graduate after three years or progress on to a related level 8 degree.

Information on how to progress is on our advanced entry page.

What career opportunities have I?

There are many career opportunities, for instance you could become a

• Quality Control supervisor

• Production manager

• Food product development scientist

• Sales and marketing representative


What follow on study options have I?

After completion of the programme you will be eligible to transfer into year 4 of the BSc (H) in Food Science and Innovation programme.

What career opportunities have I?

There are many career opportunities, for instance you could become a

• Quality Control supervisor

• Production manager

• Food product development scientist

Completion of a level 8 programme will also enable students to undertake taught Masters programmes or Masters degrees by research at SETU or other third-level colleges.


Course Leader

Dr Elaine Duggan

Lecturer in Food Science -

Call: +35351302623

Email: [email protected]