Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Health

University of Limerick
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Health

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.

Admission requirements

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 addition, applicants 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.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

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Program content

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Biology 1
  • General Chemistry 1
  • Science Maths 1
  • Computer App for Scientists 1
  • Introductory Food Science and Health

Semester 2

  • Biology 2
  • Organic Chemistry 1
  • Principles of Human Nutrition
  • Physics for Environmental and Biosciences
  • General Chemistry 2 (Inorganic)
  • General Chemistry 2 (Physical)

Year 2

Semester 3

  • Biomolecules
  • General Microbiology
  • Organic Chemistry 2
  • Analytical Chemistry 1
  • Anatomy & Physiology

Semester 4

  • Food Chemistry
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Biochemistry 2
  • Analytical Chemistry 2
  • Technology Maths 4

Year 3

Semester 5

  • Microbial Technology 2
  • Analytical Chemistry 3
  • Food Engineering Principles
  • Food Processing Operations
  • Food Quality
  • Research Trends in Health & Food

Semester 6

Cooperative Education

Year 4

Semester 7

  • Project 1
  • Milk Proteins as Food Ingredients
  • Chemometrics
  • Advanced Nutrient Metabolism & Health

Semester 8

  • Project 2
  • Food Biotechnology
  • Food Production Systems
  • Advanced Food Chemistry
  • Food Microbiology

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Full Time Tution fee for 2021/2022:

  • EU Fee: 7,356€
  • Non EU Fee: 16,794€


NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

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

Continuing studies

  • MA in Business Management
  • MSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics
  • MSc in International Management and Global Business
  • MSc in Public Health
  • PhD in Food Science

Career paths

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

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University of Limerick

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University of Limerick

University of Limerick
V94 T9PX Limerick

Phone no: +353 61 202414
Fax +353 61 213062

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