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BSc (Hons) Food Bioscience


Food Bioscience is the application of biological and related sciences to food issues; food bioscientists are much in demand to ensure food quality, safety and security.

This is the only Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) – approved Food Bioscience programme in Scotland; it satisfies the educational requirements for membership of the Institute. It is also approved by the Royal Environment Health Institute for Scotland (REHIS) to meet the pre-registration academic standard for the Scottish Food Safety Officers’ Registration Board. 

We are the only institution in Scotland to offer this type of programme and have the strongest emphasis of any Scottish university on food and its development. You will learn about food composition, the effect of chemicals and additives on consumers and food safety as well as genetics, biochemistry, microbiology and nutrition, combined with key industry skills and an understanding of food legislation. 

Quick Facts

Duration: 4 years (full-time)
Starting Date: September
Tuition Fee: £11,500 / year (intl. students)
Location: Glasgow, UK

There’s a large practical component to complement the theory and an opportunity for a placement. This may comprise food processing, nutrition, clinical and nonclinical laboratory work or food research and development.

Students are often offered jobs by their placement company, even before graduating.

Career Opportunities

Career prospects are excellent and include working in food manufacturing, production and safety, research and development, marketing and as a nutritionist or advisor.

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Course Contents

  • Chemistry

  • Cells and Biomolecules

  • Physiology 1 & 2

  • Core Skills in Biosciences 1

  • Introduction to Microbiology

  • Mechanisms of Cellular Regulation

  • Core Skills in Biosciences 2

  • Immunology

  • Genomes and Bioinformatics

  • Fundamental Cell Biology

  • Practical Skills for Biomolecular Sciences

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