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.
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 prospects are excellent and include working in food manufacturing, production and safety, research and development, marketing and as a nutritionist or advisor.
What you will study
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.
Molecular Diagnostics, Biotechnology, Analysis of Food, Food Science, Food Commodities, Nutrition and Public Health, Core Skills in Food Bioscience.
Placement (double module), Quality Systems in Food Manufacture, Food Toxicology, Project and Workshop (double module).
Fees and funding
The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?
Tuition fees 2018/19
- Home: £1820
- RUK: £9250*
- EU: £1820
- International: £11,500
*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four-year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.
In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.
We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.
If you have any questions or inquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student inquiries team.
ABBB including Chemistry plus Nat 5 Maths, English, Biology at B
BCC including Chemistry plus GCSE Double Science, English and Maths at B/6
H2 H2 H3 H3 including Chemistry at Higher plus Ordinary level English, Maths, and Biology at 02
24 points including Chemistry and Biology
Level 3 Extended Diploma
DMM in relevant subject including Chemistry and Biology.
HNC in a relevant subject with B in the Graded Units and sufficient coverage of chemistry.
SWAP Access to Science programme.
Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.
ABB in Chemistry, Biology, and Maths, plus GCSE English at B
15 credits in the relevant science subject (must include Genetics unit) with A in the Graded Units.
HND in relevant subject with AB in the Graded Units
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 use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.
Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.
The learning and teaching methods we use to ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centered, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.
We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.
International student start dates
For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.
There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.
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