University College Dublin Eligible Degree and Option: B.S. Food Science

Location: Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.


Contact: Prof. James Lyng
Tel +353 (0)1 7167710
Fax +353 (0)1 7161147


Program Description

University College Dublin (UCD) offers a 4 year full time BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) degree in Food Science (CAO Code: DN261).  In terms of content, the first year focuses on the core sciences of Biology and Chemistry. There is also an Introduction to Food, Diet and Health module to give a flavour of later stages of the degree. Second, Third & Fourth Year cover the applied sciences, including Food Physics, Food Analysis, Microbiology and Sensory Science.  Students are also introduced to Human Nutrition before progressing to the major food science modules, which include New Product Development, Food Chemistry and Food Processing.  The final year focuses on the technology and chemistry of meat, dairy and fermented foods. Food safety and marketing are important aspects of the course. Students also undertake a research project. The course involves attending lectures and completing laboratory practical’s 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.

In terms of career and graduate study opportunities, graduates have excellent employment prospects with national and international companies in Production Management, Nutrition, Food quality and safety, Sales and marketing and New product development and research.  There are also excellent graduate study opportunities available and graduates have excellent employment prospects with national and international companies.