The expertise of our staff is much sought-after by industry, professionals and the academic community.
The Division of Food and Drink is responsible for the innovative design, development and delivery of courses in food-related disciplines. The Division’s programmes are designed so that students have an excellent practical grounding and students are also able to gain real experience of working in their chosen sectors often via work or research placement.
The Division has strong links with the food and drink industry - the largest manufacturing sector in Scotland, generating over £9.5 billion per annum - operating in a highly competitive market and continually offering new and innovative products. The food and drink industry also works closely with the health and environment sectors to respond to the challenges of ever-higher consumer expectations. To do so, the industry requires highly qualified graduates with a clear understanding of food, nutrition, health and environmental impact.
The Division of Food and Drink offers a range of innovative degree programmes in the areas of food and consumer science relevant to the 21st Century. All of our undergraduate programmes are vocationally orientated and offer the opportunity to undertake a work placement within their area of study. The programmes on offer are:
A feature of these programmes is the exposure to the professional world through workshops, lectures delivered by practitioners, field visits and work-based placements.
The Division also offers a unique the postgraduate programme, MSc Food and Drink Innovation, which has been specifically designed in discussion with industry bodies such as Scotland Food & Drink, Skills Development Scotland and Interface Food & Drink, to develop professional skills and knowledge relevant to the food and drink industry. There are also opportunities for suitably qualified candidates to study for the degree of Masters by Research.
The Division hosts Food Innovation@Abertay (FIA), which is a practical innovation support service for the food and drink industry. FIA provides expert support and practical advice to businesses, particularly in new product development, food safety and production techniques and can also arrange consumer analysis as well as access to our dedicated food photography studio and development kitchens. For further details see FIA’s website. Research in the Division also includes microbial physiology, environmental microbiology and technology, yeast biotechnology and biofuels.
For details of staff research output please see the University research pages.
Abertay has invested £3.5 million in fantastic new science facilities, which opened in May 2017.
As a student within the Division of Food and Drink, you will have access to: