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Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Health

Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Health
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

CAO points:
Course code:
4 Years

Course leader:
Dr. Eibhlís O’Connor
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 202890

Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus


Why Study Food Science and Health at UL?

This B.Sc. programme in Food Science and Health prepares graduates for careers in Ireland’s largest industry. About 40,000 people are employed in the food industry which generates an annual gross output of approximately €15.6 billion. The Government has targeted the food sector as being of great strategic importance, capable of generating considerably more wealth and employment. Since there is a direct link between diet and health, consumers are becoming more health conscious and are demanding higher quality foods that maintain health and prevent disease.

This Food Science and Health degree programme has been developed to meet these needs among consumers, the food industry, academic and research organisations, and government agencies.

You will find the study of Food Science and Health challenging and rewarding. This degree programme will combine the study of nutrition, human physiology and diet-health relationships with classical food science and technology.

This broad-based degree programme covers such topics as:

  • food science and technology
  • food quality
  • food ingredients
  • food chemistry
  • food microbiology
  • diet and health
  • food processing
  • food safety
  • project management
  • human nutrition
  • public health nutrition
  • advanced nutrient metabolism
  • human physiology
  • food biotechnology

Outside of the food sector, non-food uses of existing and new raw materials are also considered.

The programme is four years in duration. The course starts with basic science, developing key areas such as chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology, human nutrition and physiology, together with introductory food science and health.

In the third and fourth years there is a series of modules dealing with:

  • Health and Food
  • Food Chemistry
  • Food Processing and Process Engineering
  • Food Quality and Food Microbiology
  • Food Ingredients
  • Food Biotechnology
  • Project Management

There are also elective modules in:

  • Business Consulting
  • Waste Management
  • Exercise and Health
  • Accounting

A project which is undertaken throughout the final year allows the in-depth analysis of a relevant topic that gives you the opportunity to carry out independent research.

During the Spring Semester of year three and the subsequent Summer, a period of Cooperative Education provides industrial work experience in a food enterprise.

  Semester 1     Semester 2  
Code Title Credits Code Title Credits
BY4001 Biology 1 6 BY4002 Biology 2 6
CH4701 General Chemistry 1 6 CH4102 Organic Chemistry 1 6
MA4601 Science Maths 1 6 BY4214 Principles of Human Nutrition
CS4001 Computer App for Scientists 1 6 PH4142
Introduction to Physics
FT4421 Intro to Food Science and Health 6 CH4031
General Chemistry 2 (Inorganic)
      CH4041 General Chemistry 2 (Physical) 3
  Semester 3     Semester 4  
BC4903 Biochemistry 1 6 FT4204 Food Chemistry 6
BC4803 Microbial Technology 1 6 FT4214 Public Health Nutrition 6
CH4103 Organic Chemistry 2 6 BC4904 Biochemistry 2 6
CH4303 Analytical Chemistry 1 6 CH4304 Analytical Chemistry 2 6
BY4204 Principles of Human Physiology 6 MA4602 Science Maths 2 6
  Semester 5     Semester 6  
BC4825 Microbial Technology 2 6 Cooperative Education Cooperative Education 30
CH4305 Analytical Chemistry 3 6      
FT4305 Food Engineering Principles 6      
FT4375 Food Processing Operations 6      
FT4447 Food Quality 3      
FT4457 Research Trends in Health & Food 3      
  Semester 7     Semester 8  
Code Title Credits Code Title Credits
FT4407 Project 1 6 FT4408 Project 2 6
FT4437 Food Ingredients 6 FT4468 Food Biotechnology 6
MA4505 Applied Statistics 6 FT4458 Food Production Systems 3
FT4355 Advanced Nutrient Metabolism & Health 6 FT4428 Advanced Food Chemistry 6
      FT4438 Food Microbiology 3
Specialist Elective





Specialist Elective


Choose 1

Fundamentals of Project Management


Waste Manag 1


Exercise and Health 1

6 Specialist Elective




Specialist Elective



Choose 1

Business Consulting


Accounting for Decision Making


Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

In additionapplicants must hold a grade O3/H7 grade in Mathematics and a grade H4 in any one of the following: Applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Biology, Agricultural Science.

A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Careers open to you with a degree in Food Science and Health include;

  • Food Scientist/Technologist
  • Dairy Industry Scientist
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Brewer
  • Environmental Health Officer

UL Food Science and Health graduates find employment in a diverse range of key roles in areas such as;

  • Food Microbiology
  • New Product Development
  • Process Development
  • Technical Management
  • Food Ingredients
  • Food Safety
  • Ready-to-use Foods
  • Functional Foods/Nutraceuticals

Outside of industry, career opportunities arise in the public service and with regulatory agencies. The programme also prepares graduates for postgraduate academic research.

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Student Profile - ​Alannah Murphy

I’ve always had a passion for food, where it comes from and how it’s produced as well as nutrition and all kinds of cooking. The Food Science and Health course here at UL intrigued me with the range of modules that it covered from introductory chemistry and biology to food engineering and biotechnology, nutrition and public health. The opportunity to gain experience working with a company in the food industry and learn what happens in the real world sealed the decision for me and I put the course at the top of my CAO choices.

This degree offers a broad range of subjects with the first half of the 4-year programme focusing on the core science subjects. This has given me a great scientific background when studying topics like chemistry of foods, food processing, health, nutrition and biotechnology.

I organized my own Co-Op placement and worked with Goatsbridge Trout Farm in Co. Kilkenny. During my time there I was part of the New Product Development team and assisted in the development and launch of their Heavenly Hot Smoked Trout Pate. As it is a small business, I was involved in so many different aspects of the business and learned the real meaning of multitasking. This Co-Op opportunity gave me so much drive to one day work in such a motivated and hard-working company and possibly even set up my own one day. With the insight I gained through my Co- Op placement, I feel I am better prepared for the ‘real world’ as a food science graduate and have so much more to offer future employers.

Graduate Profile - ​Lorraine Stone

A day in the Life of an R&D Technologist

The role of R&D technologist is very varied and involves project management, recipe formulation and product development right from the concept stage up to industrialisation and product launch. The role also involves dealing with stakeholders and global markets in the development of new products within safety, regulatory and market speci c requirements. Innovation and idea generation are key activities as well as keeping on top of industry trends including new launches. It is a challenging job, which requires both creativity and logic. My degree at UL prepared me for my career by providing me with a strong scienti c base, skills in independent project work and a fantastic opportunity to build real world experience through the Co-Operative Education work placement scheme.

Lorraine’s tip:

Make sure you enjoy and are passionate about the subject area you choose to study. Try to get relevant work experience wherever you can as it will strengthen the knowledge and understanding you are building up in your coursework. Enjoy the great facilities, clubs and societies that UL has to offer - they are second to none and you will make life-long friends.

Lorraine is currently employed as a Research & Development Technologist with Wyeth Nutrition (Nestlé Research).

Graduate Profile​ - Cathy Cope

Current employment: Glenpatrick Spring Water Company Ltd., Powerstown, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

I chose UL because I liked the course and all the college facilities. I was always interested in science, especially food related, nutrition etc. My current job involves product development of beverages (all kinds including, flavoured water, iced tea, juices, alcoholic). It involves dealing with customers, both internal and external. There is a lot of project management, bringing products from development stage to production and launch. It is a very busy job, with a huge turnover of projects.

Cathy’s tip:
It is always difficult to decide what to do, but whatever programme you choose, try to make the most of it. Many programmes start out broadly and become more specialised as the years go on. Avail of as many of the college facilities as you can, you will not have such a huge choice when you leave.