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Food and Consumer Sciences
BSc (Hons)

Follow your passion for food and embark on a journey that explores the fascinating relationships between food and the consumer.

Course detail

Start Date

September

Duration

4 years (full-time) or 3 years (accelerated)

Degree Classification

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

DN69

Why Study Food and Consumer Sciences?

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 at Abertay.  You’ll learn practical skills alongside leading-edge experts to 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

The food industry is the fastest growing manufacturing sector in the UK. Over the next 10 years, the Food and Drink Federation Scotland has forecasted 27,000 new job opportunities for highly skilled professionals who are capable of improving products and processes to make the industry more efficient and sustainable.

Your Journey Starts Here

Learn how to make and test foods, explore sensory science, uncover the principles of nutrition, and use cutting-edge technology in our state-of-the-art facilities. If food is your passion, this is the programme for you. 

Entry Requirements

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

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

Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher BBBB -
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 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

Information for International Applicants

Please provide certified proof of your English language level. Our accredited International English Foundation Course can help. To further enhance your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your potential.

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Not sure if you're eligible for entry?

If you have the potential and motivation to study at university, regardless of your background or personal circumstances, we welcome your application.

We understand some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university, which is why we consider the background in which your academic grades have been achieved when making an offer.

If you expect to receive passes in three Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have either ...

  • been in care
  • participated in a targeted aspiration-raising programme such as LIFT OFF, LEAPS, FOCUS West, or Aspire North
  • no family background of going to university
  • attended a school or lived in an area where not many people go to university

... we encourage you to submit an application.

Accelerated Degree

If you’re keen to undertake the accelerated degree, you’ll complete the first two years of the degree programme alongside those students following the non-accelerated route.

Acceleration starts in May at the end of second year. The table below illustrates the difference between the two routes.

Academic Year Term Accelerated Route Non-Accelerated Route
Year 1 Term 1 (Sept-Dec) Term 1 Term 1
Year 1 Term 2 (Jan-May) Term 2 Term 2
Year 1 Term 3 (May-Aug) - -
Year 2 Term 1 (Sept-Dec) Term 3 Term 3
Year 2 Term 2 (Jan-May) Term 4 Term 4
Year 2 Term 3 (May-Aug) Term 5 -
Year 3 Term 1 (Sept-Dec) Term 6 Term 5
Year 3 Term 2 (Jan-May) Term 7 Term 6
Year 3 Term 3 (May-Aug) Term 8 (Honours degree completed) -
Year 4 Term 1 (Sept-Dec) - Term 7
Year 4 Term 2 (Jan-May) - Term 8 (Honours degree completed)
Year 4 Term 3 (May-Aug) - -

Key Modules (2017/18)

Fundamentals of Nutrition (FOD101)

This module provides students with fundamental knowledge of nutrition, metabolism and digestion to o

Biology 1: Biology Principles and Practice (LSC101)

This module aims to provide a broad introduction of the theory and practice of biology.

Properties of Food (FOD104)

This module develops the understanding of physicochemical characteristics and functionalities of mac

Nutrition and the Consumer (FOD105)

Food behaviour investigated: examining individual and global food choice models.

Safe Food Handling (FOD106)

This module is intended to provide the student with fundamental knowledge of different food commodit

Food Design and Promotion (FOD203)

A practical based module in which students develop an understanding of functionality of food ingredi

Nutrition through the Lifespan (FOD205)

In this module nutrient needs, nutritional status and associated nutritional issues are explored usi

Law (LAW251)

This module concentrates on the fundamental areas of civil law. The foundation for the study of

Food Characterisation (FOD204)

Analysis of food and drink is a major activity for the industry and a very important part of produc

Public Health Nutrition and Health Promotion 1 (FOD201)

This module covers the concepts of public health, development of public health policy and key public

Quality And Safety Management Systems (FOD306)

The module deals with issues related to the management of food safety and quality systems in food en

Food Processing (FOD303)

This module introduces the student to the basic unit operations and food processing technologies use

Professional Development For Placement (FOD301)

This module is aimed at preparing the student for the Placement period and to develop realistic expe

Placement for FNH/FCS (FOD302)

The placement is a planned part of a student?s education. It is designed to complement and extend th

New Product Development 1 (FOD403)

This is a project based module where qualitative and quantitative techniques will be applied to deve

Current Topics in Food (FOD405)

This module develops the awareness of the students on the contemporary national and global issues ar

Project Research Methods (2) (FOD407)

The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the statistical; and management skills require

New Product Development 2 (FOD404)

The development and design of a product formulation and production process for a defined food produc

Honours Project (2) (FOD408)

This module allows the student to develop their own intellectual processes and communication skills

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.

For more information on the course content, please download the Programme Information - BSc (Honours) Food and Consumer Science

Accreditation

About Your Modules

The module information shown here describes the modules our students are taking this year. The modules do change over time to keep our programmes up-to-date and relevant. This means the exact modules you take could be different. If you receive an offer to study with us, you will receive a Programme Information document that sets out exactly which modules you can expect to take as part of your Abertay degree programme.

Please note: As well as Key Modules outlined above, you may also be required to choose Elective Modules.

 

Scholarships

Rest of UK Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

International Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from international countries (outside of the EU) to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

In addition, we offer a range of corporate/philanthropic scholarships shown below, which are available to all students to support your studies with us. 

The Lothian Family

A £5,000 award for undergraduate students with financial or social difficulties which may prevent them from studying at Abertay.

The Robert Reid Bursary

Two £500 awards for students who have overcome challenges to attend university.

Programme Fees for 2018

Scottish & EU students

£1,820

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Additional Costs

Students are required to purchase two lab coats (one for use in the labs and one for use in the kitchens), and to make a one-off contribution of £50 to the cost of ingredients.

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

£9,250

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Additional Costs

Students are required to purchase two lab coats (one for use in the labs and one for use in the kitchens), and to make a one-off contribution of £50 to the cost of ingredients.

International Students

£13,800

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Additional Costs

Students are required to purchase two lab coats (one for use in the labs and one for use in the kitchens), and to make a one-off contribution of £50 to the cost of ingredients.

Programme Leader - Food and Consumer Sciences

Dr Athina Tziboula-Clarke

Dr Athina Tziboula-Clarke

School of Science, Engineering and Technology | Lecturer

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Careers

If you have a passion for food innovation, new product development, food science or food technology, food promotion and consumer advice, food quality and assurance, food safety or home economics teaching, this Food and Consumer Science programme could be your passport to success.

Your career prospects will be enhanced by your relevant work experience placement and projects linked to health and nutrition, food quality and safety or new product development.

Trained to maximise your own potential, either contributing to teamwork, or leading a team, you’ll be confident in presenting to audiences of all professional levels – a combination of skills that are highly sought-after by employers in the food sector.

 

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Choose Your Path

Many of our graduates have gone on to secure roles in areas such as:

  • New Product Development
  • Technical Manager
  • Food Safety Manager
  • Quality or Assurance Managers
  • Hygiene Officer
  • Consumer advice
  • Home Economics teaching

In addition, this programme meets the General Teaching Council requirements as a pre-requisite degree for Home Economics teaching.

There is also the potential to progress to the postgraduate programme, MSc Food and Drink Innovation, which aims to train individuals for careers in the food and drink industry.

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