BSc in Food Science with Business

Bachelor of ScienceFood Science with Business

Full Time
2019 CAO range:
        222 - 566
Cork Road
3 years
180 ECTS

 What is Food Science?

Food science is the multidisciplinary study of food ingredients and food products. Food scientists have a role in all aspects of the food chain from production at farm level to consumption. They use their scientific knowledge to ensure that the production, processing, preservation, evaluation, and distribution of food are efficient and safe.

What is the BSc in Food Science with Business?

This is a three year full time course is designed to train you in modern food processing methods, food safety management, analytical testing relevant to the food industry. The programme also incorporates a range of business skills to allow you have knowledge of the financial and management environment for the food industry.

What subjects will I study?

At the outset there is a strong emphasis on the sciences such as biology, chemistry and physics to provide you with a good basis for the following years. In years 2 and 3 you will study specialist modules in food chemistry, processing, microbiology and quality management. You will also study modules in business, marketing and regulation giving you skills and knowledge to work in many sectors of the food industry.

What are the unique features of BSc in Food Science with Business?

In year 1 students study a module delivered in Kildalton Agricultural College by skilled Teagasc staff. Students are exposed to primary food production methods and gain a good understanding of quality food production on the farm.

In year 3 students complete an industrial placement to allow learners to apply and develop their skills in the food industry.

BSc in Food Science with Business industrial placement

A twelve week industrial placement in the food industry occurs in the third year of the course. This is supported by our food industry partners and is seen as critical to the overall learning experience and development of the students. The industrial placement will be organised by WIT staff and monitored by both the employer and WIT staff, with the student keeping a reflective work log. Work placement can be organised for Ireland or abroad.

The Industrial Placement will allow learners to apply and develop their skills in the food industry.  The placement is designed to meet the needs of industry whilst providing the student with a broader skills-base.  It is envisaged that the practical element of employment will complement the course content and help develop skills that are essential in today’s work environment.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Introductory Biology Cell Biology and Biochemistry
Introductory Chemistry Physical and Organic Chemistry
Introductory Physics Physics for Scientists
Introductory Mathematics Mathematics for Scientists
Introduction to ICT for Scientists Introduction to Food Science
Good Lab Practice & Core SkillsPrimary Food Production
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Food Analysis Food Microbiology
Microbiology 1Food Process Technology
Nutrition Food Marketing and Regulation
Laboratory Data Analysis & Presentation Environmental Monitoring
Accounting for Food Scientists Bioanalytical Methods for the Food Industry
Statistics for ScientistsThe Professional Individual
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
PlacementFood Formulation
Food Safety Management Systems
Food Business
Food-borne Pathogens
Total Quality Management
Introduction to Research Methods

Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for BSc in Food Science with Business

5 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for BSc in Food Science with Business:

Recommendations for applicants of the BSc in Food Science with Business

Applicants should note that a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science) at Leaving Certificate is recommended for this programme.

What career opportunities have I?

There are many career opportunities, for instance you could become a

• Quality Control supervisor

• Production manager

• Food product development scientist

• Sales and marketing representative


What follow on study options have I?

After completion of the programme you will be eligible to transfer into year 4 of the BSc (H) in Food Science and Innovation programme.

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