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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 history:
Course code:
4 Years

Course leader:
Dr. Eibhlís O’Connor
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 202890
Tel: 00 353 61 202015

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.

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What you will study

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 Code Title
BY4001 Biology 1 BY4002 Biology 2
CH4701 General Chemistry 1 CH4102 Organic Chemistry 1
MA4601 Science Maths 1 BY4214 Principles of Human Nutrition
CS4001 Computer App for Scientists 1 PH4142
Physics for Environmental and Biosciences
FT4421 Introductory Food Science and Health CH4031
General Chemistry 2 (Inorganic)
    CH4041 General Chemistry 2 (Physical)
Semester 3   Semester 4  
BC4903 Biomolecules FT4204 Food Chemistry
BY4013 General Microbiology
FT4214 Public Health Nutrition
CH4103 Organic Chemistry 2 BC4904 Biochemistry 2
CH4303 Analytical Chemistry 1 CH4304 Analytical Chemistry 2
BY4204 Anatomy & Physiology
MA4704 Technology Maths 4
Semester 5   Semester 6  
BC4825 Microbial Technology 2 CO4320 Cooperative Education
CH4305 Analytical Chemistry 3    
FT4305 Food Engineering Principles    
FT4375 Food Processing Operations    
FT4447 Food Quality    
FT4457 Research Trends in Health & Food    
  Semester 7   Semester 8


Project 1


Project 2


Milk Proteins as Food Ingredients


Food Biotechnology




Food Production Systems


Advanced Nutrient Metabolism & Health


Advanced Food Chemistry




Food Microbiology


Elective - Choose 1


Elective - Choose 1



Effluent Control - Waste Management 1




Small Business Consulting

SS4217 Exercise and Health 1 AC4214 Accounting for Financial Decision Making

Entry requirements

CAO points history 464
Minimum grades

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.

Subject requirements

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.

Additional considerations

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.

Application information for mature student applicants (PDF)

Non-EU Entry Requirements

How to apply

Where are you applying from? How to Apply
Ireland Irish students must apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found here. 
The UK  Students who have completed their A-Levels can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website. 
The EU EU students can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website.
Non-EU country If you are outside of the EU, you can apply for this degre here.

Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€16,373
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website


These scholarships are available for this course

Title Award Scholarships available
Food Science and Health Academic Achievement Award
cash prize
Kerry Ingredients Prize
cash prizes
3 prizes

Your future career

Employability skills from this degree

  • Analysing, problem-solving and interpreting data
  • Conducting research
  • Conducting laboratory work and reporting
  • Attention to detail
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • IT skills
  • Numerical and statistical awareness
  • Time management

The year after graduating with this degree

The University of Limerick Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) is a detailed review of the employment outcomes of UL graduates conducted annually by the University and supported by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The survey forms part of a nationwide review of the employment outcomes of Irish University Graduates. The table below illustrates a five-year trend for UL graduate employment levels and location the year after graduation.

Employed in Ireland Employed abroad Further study Not available Seeking employment No. of responses Total no. of graduates Year
63% 4% 25% 4% 4% 24 29 2014
71% 12% 12% 0% 6% 17 18 2015
71% 11% 11% 2% 5% 44 51 2016
90% 4% 6% 0% 0% 49 65 2017
82% 3% 10% 3% 3% 39 47 2018

Further Study Options

Job titles for graduates with this degree

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on the Graduate Outcomes Survey by graduates approximately one year after graduation:

  • Culinary Technologist
  • Food Technologist
  • Laboratory Analyst
  • QA & Regulatory Technologist
  • Quality Analyst
  • Quality Technician
  • Sensory Analyst
  • Supervisor
  • Technical Sales Coordinator

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.