Food and Consumer Science

Choose an accredited Food and Consumer Science degree that offers specialist work experience through industry placements. Learn in £3.5 million, state-of-the-art facility at Scotland’s top modern university.

Course detail

Start Date

September

Duration

4 years

Award Title

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

DN69

Why Study Abertay's BSc (Hons) in Food and Consumer Science?

Are you fascinated by food and what drives our everyday food choices? Study in our £3.5m state-of-the-art laboratory facilities to learn about the relationships between food and the consumer, and discover how socioeconomic, legal, technical, ethical or environmental factors shape food supply and food choice. 

This degree is vocationally relevant and blends academic learning with practical skills honed in the state-of-the-art pilot plant and consumer science laboratories.  Our leading-edge experts will help you uncover:

  • The nutritional requirements of a person throughout their lifespan
  • What drives consumer food choices
  • What are the quality and safety requirements for manufacturing foods
  • How to innovate and make healthy delicious foods ensuring they’re safe to eat
  • How to improve products and processes to make the food industry more efficient and sustainable

This course is accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology. And according to Unistats, 6 months after taking the course, over 90% of our graduates are in employment.

The food industry is the fastest-growing manufacturing sector in the UK. Over the next 10 years, the Food and Drink Federation of Scotland has forecasted that there will be 27,000 new job opportunities for highly skilled food professionals who are capable of making the industry more efficient and sustainable.

Join the course and make an impact on the food and drink industry.

Our Food Sciences courses ranked 3rd in the UK and top in Scotland in the Guardian 2020 University Guide.

Abertay is widely regarded as THE place to come for high quality teaching. But don't take our word for it:

  • Sunday Times UK University of the Year 2020 for Teaching Quality.
  • Guardian University Guide 2020 Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction with TeachingCourse and Feedback.
  • National Student Survey 2020 Top 10 UK Universities for Student Satisfaction.

Always-On Online Open Day

We aim to immerse you in student life here at Abertay and give you a true feel for our courses and our amazing academic community.

Experience our Always-On Open Day anytime for a mix of:

  • Subject and course presentations and videos.

  • Campus tours, info on applying, funding, student support and accommodation.

  • What the city of Dundee is like to live in.

Take time to soak it all in.

SEE ONLINE OPEN DAY

 

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How the Course Works

Please note: the two-year common core programme allows you to keep your options open and transfer between BSc (Hons) Food and Consumer Science and BSc (Hons) Food, Nutrition and Health at the end of year 2, in line with your career aspirations. This programme also prepares you for careers in home economics.

Accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), this programme provides you with specialist work experience through industry placements as well as an honours project linked to cutting edge topics of interest and your chosen career path.

Learning and Assessment 

You’ll be assessed through a combination of coursework, class tests, online assessments, exam presentations, vivas (an examination in which you answer questions in speech rather than writing) and projects.

You will have an opportunity to gain real life experience through a 10 week-long placement in year 3, giving you the opportunity to put your academic learning into practice.

Accreditation

Entry Requirements

Please note: All applicants must have a pass Maths - National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4.  National 5 Lifeskill Maths not accepted in lieu of Maths.

Please visit our Entry from College pages for suitable College courses.

Republic of Ireland applicants, click on the UK tabs and scroll down to find your Entry Requirements.

See information about studying and applying to Abertay for International students.

Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher (standard entry) BBBB
Higher (minimum entry) We may make you an offer at the minimum entry grades if you meet the criteria. Find out if you're eligible for minimum entry (see below). BBC
A-Level CCC
Irish Highers H3H3H3H3
International Baccalaureate 28 Points
BTEC Extended Diploma MMM Applied Science, Applied Science (Medical Science), Business, Enterprise & Entrepreneurship, Environmental Sustainability, Health & Social Care, Hospitality, Sport, Travel & Tourism
AHEAD Successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP Access BBB Access to (one of the following): University Study, Life Sciences, Health & Life Sciences, Science, Biological Sciences, Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Advanced Higher BBB To include Health and Food Technology or Home Economics and Biology or Chemistry
A-Level BBB To include Home Economics or Food Studies and Biology or Chemistry
BTEC Extended Diploma DDD Hospitality
HNC/HND - Our Entry from College pages list approved HNC/HND courses
Qualification Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
HND - Our Entry from College pages list approved HND courses

Non-country specific qualifications

 

International Baccalaureate

28 points including S5 or H4 in one of the required subjects:

Country Specific Requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants from over the world. Select your country from the below options.