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Food and Consumer Science

If food is your passion this programme is for you. You will explore the relationships between food and the consumer and the socioeconomic, legal, technical, ethical and environmental factors that shape food supply and food choice.

Next Start Date: September

Degree type: BSc (Hons)


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


BSc (Hons) Food & Consumer Science 

BSc (Hons) Food, Nutrition & Health
Why choose this course?

  • You can opt to complete an Honours degree in three (rather than four) years - refer to the Accelerated Degree tab on this page for more details. 
  • The two-year common core programme allows students to transfer between our degrees at the end of year 2, in line with your career aspirations.
  • Work placement in Year 3 provides an opportunity to practice skills and test careers.
  • The course is vocationally relevant, with emphasis throughout on development of practical skills in labs and kitchens as well as academic learning.
  • The programme content is influenced by industry contact and close working with Food Innovation @ Abertay.
  • All programmes meet General Teaching Council requirements as a pre-requisite degree for Home Economics teaching.

If food is your passion, be it nutrition, health or consumer science, then these are the programmes for you.  The programmes are aimed at secondary school leavers, entrants from further education colleges and mature students who wish to pursue a career in a food related sector, or Home Economics teaching.  

Careers range from roles in the food industry - the fastest growing manufacturing sector in the UK - such as food technologists, quality control and quality assurance managers and hygiene officers.  Home economics teachers, nutritionists, community food workers, consumer advice officers and health promotion workers are other areas graduates can pursue careers.

Your graduate CV will be enhanced by your work experience placement, and an honours project linked to your area of interest and your chosen career path.  Vocationally relevant, you will develop practical skills in laboratories and kitchens, backed up by academic learning.  You will be trained by experts in their field, with hands on experience in industry-linked projects in association with FoodInnovation@Abertay (FIA).  FIA is a knowledge transfer platform based at Abertay, providing networking between students and the food industry.

On completion of this course, there is potential to progress to the postgraduate programme, MSc Food & Drink Innovation, which aims to train individuals for careers in the food and drink industry. 


What you study

What you study

You will learn the fundamentals of food science and nutrition, and develop practical professional food handling skills.  You will learn about the nutritional requirements of the individual through the lifespan, and explore the role of food in public nutrition and health.  You will understand what drives consumer food choices, and how to develop innovative healthy food products, ensuring they are safe for the consumer to eat.

For more information on the course content, download the programme information -  BSc with Honours in Food and Consumer Science

How you learn and are assessed

A variety of teaching methods from traditional lectures to tutorials and case studies, drawing examples from industry linked projects, through collaboration with FoodInnovation@Abertay. The students have an opportunity to gain real life experience through the 10 week-long placement at Year 3, giving them the opportunity to put into practice their academic learning.

You will be assessed by coursework, class tests, online assessments, exam presentations, vivas and projects. 

Entry routes

Minimum Entrance Requirements

Maths and English: 
All applicants must have a pass in Maths and English in any of the following: National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4

 BBBB; A Level CCC; Irish Highers H3H3H3H3; BTEC Extended Diploma MMM; International Baccalaureate 28 Points
Essential subjects: None‌
AHEAD - successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP - our Coming from College pages list approved SWAP courses

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 Coming from College pages list approved HNC/HND courses

HND -  our Coming from College pages list approved HND courses

Not sure if you are 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 know that some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university and that 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 3 Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have:

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

We encourage you to submit an application.

International Applicants
You must provide certified proof of your English language level (minimum requirements are listed here).  Our British Council accredited International English Foundation Course can help you reach that level or, if you would like further develop your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your full potential.

EU applicants:  Entry requirements can be found on our Europe pages.  Overseas (non-EU) applicants:  We're currently developing your country pages, so please email us details of your entry requirements.

Alternative Entrance Requirements
Please email us if you have other qualifications/experience not listed here.

Fees and scholarships

Fee Category Tuition Fees
Scholarships & Bursaries
Scottish and other EU students

Current fees

Other forms of support
English, Welsh and Northern Irish

Current fees

Bursaries & Scholarships
Overseas (non EU) students

Current fees

Overseas Scholarships

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

Additional costs

Students are required to purchase a set of kitchen whites and knives, at a cost of £113, and to make a one-off contribution of £50 to the cost of ingredients.

Accelerated Degree

Students who wish to undertake the accelerated degree will 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  Non-accelerated Route  Accelerated Route
 Year 1  Term 1 (Sept-Dec) Term 1  Term 1
   Term 2 (Jan-May) Term 2  Term 2
   Term 3 (May-Aug)     
 Year 2  Term 1 (Sept-Dec) Term 3  Term 3
   Term 2 (Jan-May) Term 4  Term 4
   Term 3 (May-Aug)      Term 5
 Year 3  Term 1 (Sept-Dec) Term 5  Term 6
   Term 2 (Jan-May) Term 6  Term 7
   Term 3 (May-Aug)     Term 8
 (Honours degree completed)
 Year 4  Term 1 (Sept-Dec) Term 7  
   Term 2 (Jan-May) Term 8
(Honours degree completed) 
   Term 3 (May-Aug)    

Further info

Career prospects

If your interests lie in food promotion and marketing, nutrition research, home economics teaching, consumer advice or community nutrition, our degrees could be your passport to success.  Your graduate CV 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 team work, or leading a team, you will be confident in presenting to audiences of all professional levels - all skills that are valued by employers in the food and health sector.

Our successful graduates have job titles including recipe food technologist, technical manager, food safety and quality assurance officers, hygiene officer, nutritionist, home economics teacher, community food worker, consumer advice workers and health promotion workers.

"I chose to study the food, nutrition and health course at Abertay as it seemed to be the best course for me in terms of gaining the pre-requisite experience required to become a Home Economics teacher.  During my time on the course, I have found the content diverse, interesting and challenging".  Adam, Dumfries

"From graduate to Quality Manager for a fresh food processing company in one year - my degree was so worth it!"  Sylwia, Poland

"I was given the chance to work in London for a major supermarket chain in 3rd year. The experience was inspirational, exciting and life changing.  Throughout my time on the food programme at Abertay, I have gained knowledge and understanding into the world of the food industry, and this has driven me into pursuing a career in food manufacturing."  Callum, Angus

Want to know more?

Student Recruitment Office
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"From graduate to Quality Manager for a fresh food processing company in one year – my degree was so worth it! "

Sylwia, Poland

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