(Hons) Food Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    22400 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    7567 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #201 (WUR) ,
The BSc (Hons) Food Science degree from University College Dublin develops your scientific knowledge of how to produce high-quality, safe and nutritious foods for the global market. As a food scientist you’ll have a role to play in all aspects of the food chain, from production at farm level to the retailer, to the consumer.

About

The BSc (Hons) Food Science degree is offered by University College Dublin.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates have excellent employment prospects with national and international companies in:

  • Production management
  • Nutrition
  • Food quality and safety
  • Sales and marketing
  • New product development and research

There are also excellent graduate study opportunities available.

Professional Work Experience & International Study Opportunities

Five months’ PWE in the food industry in third year is an integral part of the degree. Students are also encouraged to take a semester abroad and participate on the Agriculture Study Abroad Programme.

Possibilities include:

  • Michigan State University, USA
  • Purdue University, USA
  • University of California, Davis, USA
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • Cornell University, USA

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First Year

Focuses on the core sciences of biology and chemistry. There is also an Introduction to Food, Diet & Health module to give a flavour of later stages of your degree.

Second, Third & Fourth Year

You cover the applied sciences, including:

  • Food Physics
  • Food Analysis
  • Microbiology
  • Sensory Science

You're introduced to Human Nutrition before progressing to the major food science modules, which include:

  • New Product Development
  • Food Chemistry
  • Food Processing

The last year focuses on the technology and chemistry of meat, dairy and fermented foods. Food safety and marketing are important aspects of the course. You also undertake a research project.

The course involves attending lectures and completing laboratory practicals and sessions to give first-hand experience of operating food processing equipment. There are also many opportunities to work on team-based assignments.

Assessment involves end-of-term written exams and a variety of continuous assessments designed to develop skills for success, including report writing, oral, poster and video presentations, and food formulation exercises.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade A):

    200

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Depending on your country of origin there are a number of ways that you can obtain a place on UCD undergraduate degree programmes.

To find out more about which application requirements apply in your case, select the description that best matches you: https://myucd.ucd.ie/admission/apply.ezc

Leaving Certificate: Passes in six subjects including English, Irish, Mathematics, one laboratory science subject & two other recognised subjects. You must obtain a minimum of Grade H5 in two subjects and a minimum of Grade O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects.

When submitting an application to the CAO it must be accompanied by the following documentation (or followed by the documentation if applying on-line):

  • Certified true copy of official transcripts of academic results.
  • A certified English translation of qualifications not issued originally in English, in addition to the certified copies of the documents themselves.
  • In some cases, the final school report is also required.
  • Proof of proficiency in English language if not through school-leaving qualifications.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22400 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7567 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7567 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.

Living costs for Dublin

1,100 - 1,800 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.