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Bachelor of Science (BSc) Majoring in Food Science

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


University of Otago


The Bachelor of Science (BSc) is a three-year undergraduate degree which enables each student to develop his or her own interests in a science subject (science major) and related subjects. Students have the flexibility to combine their major subject with other science subjects, as well as subjects from other disciplines across the University.

Why study Food Science?

Food Science is a portable degree. You can find Food Science jobs all over the world.

You can use both creative and technical skills in developing new food products.

Food Science is a very practical application of basic science (Chemistry, Microbiology, Biology) training with a product, consumer and market focus. There’s a mix of scientific research, practical application and consumer interaction required to get the job done.

What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Food Science provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the food industry, combining both theory and practical hands-on experience.

First year: You will study the basic sciences, including biology, chemistry and statistics as well as introductory food science.

Second year: You will apply the science you learnt in first year specifically to food. You will do papers in food chemistry and processing, food systems, sensory science and microbiology.

Third year: You will start to tailor your course to your own particular interests. You will take food product development, advanced food chemistry and food processing papers and can choose to include food microbiology, sensory science, food policy and consumer issues.

There are course advisers within the Department who can help you plan your study path.

Career opportunities

As a Food Science graduate, you will have good prospects here in New Zealand and also exciting opportunities overseas. Our graduates frequently find employment before they have even completed their final year at university.

You could end up working for a national or international food company specialising in dairy, confectionery, brewing, fruit and vegetables, seafood or any other foodstuff.

There are also positions for Food Science graduates in research institutes, for example Plant & Food Research, or government agencies such as the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Careers in areas such as product development, food quality management, chemical/nutritional analysis, sensory analysis, marketing and research will be at your fingertips.

Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) is also available.

A specific aim of the Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) degree is to develop advanced theoretical and research skills and in so doing to provide a platform for an advanced professional or academic career.

Entry criteria

We recognise many other qualifications as equivalent to the New Zealand qualification for entrance.

We also accept the following international qualifications:

  • International Baccalaureate: IB Diploma with a minimum of 24 points.
  • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) GCE Advanced Levels: minimum Numerical Score of 8
  • A minimum of CCC across the NCUK IFY
  • Satisfactory completion of one year's study at a recognised tertiary institution.

English language requirements

  • IELTS Academic - IELTS score of 6.0 in the academic module (with no individual band below 5.5). IELTS Online is also accepted.
  • Internet-based TOEFL - Score of 80 (writing 20)
  • Paper-based TOEFL - Score of 550 (TWE 4.5)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) & Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169)
  • CIE - E grade or higher in any one of AS English Language, AS Literature in English or AS Language & Literature in English; OR meeting the NCEA literacy requirements
  • GCE A or AS English Language, Literature in English, Language and Literature in English & GCE AS level General Paper (English) - Grade C or higher
  • IB - English at Higher or Standard level in Language A: literature, Language A: language and literature, or at Higher Level in Language B
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 50 with no communicative skills score below 42.
  • LanguageCert - International ESOL: C1 Expert (LRWS) with a pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill
  • NZCEL - NZCEL 4 Academic endorsement
  • ELA pathway programmes - Successful completion of the English Pathway for Undergraduate Studies (EPUS) with a C Grade
  • FCertEAP - Successful completion of the certificate with a C Grade

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