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Introduction

Nowadays, the public places a very high importance on food science and nutrition. This programme emphasises the scientific understanding of food and nutrition, enabling you to apply this knowledge to a range of contexts such as new product design, quality and safety, and the identification of relationships between dietary intake and health which will ultimately combine to satisfy the needs of society. 

This programme also emphasises your development of practical laboratory-based skills, and you will be introduced to related matters such as the importance of government and international food and nutrition policies.


 

Programme Features

High ranking
Northumbria is ranked 11th in the UK for Food Science (Complete University Guide 2023)


Student achievements
20% outstanding students awarded Government Scholarships in 2021 and 2022.


Employable graduates
100% graduates in 2021 (FT) were employed within 6 months upon graduation.  Our past graduates have been employed as Research & Product Development Manager, Hygiene Inspector Quality Assurance Officer, etc. by the government’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and prominent companies/institutions such as Hong Kong Maxim's Group and Vitasoy International Holdings Limited.

Further studies
Some of our graduates have pursued master’s degrees in science in reputable universities in Hong Kong, such as MSc in Food Industry/University of Hong Kong.

 

Modules

Biological and Food Sciences Research Project 

This module enables you to engage in a research project and to present their evaluation of the relevant primary literature and their own findings in an oral presentation and written report. Laboratory and/or computer-based work will provide you with the appropriate practical skills, and independent and directed learning will be used to facilitate literature evaluation and thesis writing.

Food and Nutrition - Policy and Issues 

This module gives you the opportunity to examine how external factors and novel research impacts on the present state and future of food and nutrition. You will be encouraged to critically analyse complex issues in relation to consumers, industry and Government. Lectures and seminars will introduce national and global factors shaping the landscape of food and nutrition and case studies. Current and often contentious issues will be researched by you allowing you to explore the scientific basis of popular health claims. 

Food Processing and Preservation

  (CEF Code: 42Z139114)

This module is designed to provide you with an understanding of the principles and practices involved in the food processing with emphasis on food preservation. Food Processing operations are central to food quality, safety and product shelf life and as such an understanding of the main processes and principles that are involved in food processing is of paramount importance to the food scientist. Therefore, knowledge and in-depth understanding of the content provided as part of “Food Processing and Preservation“ is envisaged to be a key strength in your employability within the food industry.

Product Development and Sensory Analysis 

  (CEF Code: 42Z139122)

This module is designed to provide you with an understanding of the main drivers of food choice, current and future market trends in food and nutrition as well as the principles and workflows related to sensory analysis of foodstuffs. The module is also designed to provide you with knowledge of the main workflows pertinent to New Product Development (NPD) and insights on how those workflows could translate into a successful product. The module will introduce you to a series of current issues in the field of Food Formulation on pertinent topics such as novel ingredients, novel processing and packaging methods as well as current and future market trends in food and nutrition. 

Food Quality and Safety 

   (CEF Code: 42Z139130)

For part-time mode only. This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under Continuing Education Fund. The mother course (BSc (Hons) Food Science and Nutrition) of this module is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 5). 

 For part-time mode only. This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under Continuing Education Fund. The mother course (BEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering) of this module is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 5). 

Assessment

Oral presentation, assignment, examination, laboratory and practical report.

 

 
Recognition

QF Level

QF Level : Level 5
QR Registration No. : 14/000002/L5
Validity Period : 01/09/2014 to 31/08/2026

 

Importance of choosing a non-local top-up with QF Level 5

Employment
  • Degree qualifications pitched at QF Level 5 are formally recognised by the HKSAR Government for employment purposes within the Civil Service for graduate posts.
     
Further Studies
  • Having been recognised at QF Level 5, this top-up degree programme meets the standard of locally-accredited bachelor's degree programmes.  Upon graduation, students can pursue their further studies at Master’s degree level in Hong Kong or Overseas.
  • Graduates of this top-up degree programme can enjoy a 20% alumni tuition fee discount when they study a Master’s degree at Northumbria University’s UK campuses (London or Newcastle)

Financial Assistance and Scholarships

 

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Holders of a VTC Higher Diploma (HD) in a relevant Science subject area:
  • HD in Food Technology and Safety
  • HD in Applied Nutritional Studies
  • HD in Food and Nutritional Sciences (Applied Nutrition)
  • HD in Food and Nutritional Science (Technology & Safety)
  • HD in Fitness and Exercise Nutrition

OR

Holders of Higher Diploma (HD) or Associate Degree (AD) or equivalent qualification in a relevant Science subject area awarded by a recognised institution will also be considered.


 

English Proficiency Requirements

  • Applicants holding post-secondary qualifications (e.g. Higher Diploma, Associate Degree) taught and assessed in English for at least 2 years from recognised institutions;

OR

  • At least an overall IELTS score of 6.5, or TOEFL 575, or Pearson 62, or equivalent.

 

 

 

Fees & Funding

Fees

  • Application Fee : HK$200 (No application fee before the deadline!)
  • Registration Fee : HK$3,500
  • Tuition Fee : HK$82,450 by 2(FT) or 4(PT) instalments 
     (Deduct up to HK$33,200 via NMTSS)


The tuition fee is as low as HK$9,250 if you are eligible for NMTSS and receive SPSS Outstanding Performance Scholarship (OPS).
(i.e. Tuition Fee HK$72,300 - NMTSS HK$33,200 - OPS HK$40,000)

Eligible students for NMTSS only need to pay the tuition fee net of NMTSS. After admission, students with outstanding academic performance at sub-degree level will be nominated for OPS and the awardees will receive the scholarship around July/August next year. The disbursement of NMTSS and the award of OPS will be subject to the final approval by the Education Bureau (EDB).


Scholarships

A variety of attractive scholarships are available to current and graduating SHAPE students.

 

 

"I enjoyed the UK teaching style and learning about the UK culture at SHAPE. I’m aspired to be a nutritionist and I can apply the knowledge learnt in practice."

Chan Hoi Ki
BSc (Hons) Food Science and Nutrition

  • HKSAR Government Talent Development Scholarship

 

Financial Aids 

The following HKSAR Government financial assistance schemes are available to eligible students who pursue this programme at SHAPE:


Financial Assistance Schemes
 
Amount (HK$)
Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme (NMTSS) Up to $33,200 per year 
[AY2022/23]
Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP)

 Up to $89,080
(Tuition fee grant)

Up to $8,620
(Academic expenses grant)

Up to 55,560
(Living expenses loan)

[AY2022/23]

Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS)  Up to the annual tuition fees payable in the academic year


For details including eligibility and subsidy amount, please refer to the hyperlink of each scheme.
* Please refer to the Programme Content section of this programme for the reimbursable courses under the CEF

 

 

Career Prospects/ Further Studies

Career Prospects

Our graduates are highly sought-after in the industry, 100% graduates in 2021 (FT) were employed within 6 months upon graduation.  Our past graduates have been employed as Research & Product Development Manager, Hygiene Inspector Quality Assurance Officer, etc. by the government’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and prominent companies/institutions such as Hong Kong Maxim's Group and Vitasoy International Holdings Limited.
 

Further Studies

  • Having been recognised at QF Level 5, this top-up degree programme meets the standard of locally-accredited bachelor's degree programmes.  Upon graduation, students can pursue their further studies at Master’s degree level in Hong Kong or Overseas.
     
  • Graduates of this top-up degree programme can enjoy a 20% alumni tuition fee discount when they study a Master’s degree at Northumbria University’s UK campuses (London or Newcastle)

 

 

"This programme has provided me with comprehensive insights in the industry.  Through conducting scientific researches and practices in a well-equipped food laboratory at SHAPE, I had learnt the importance of food safety and quality, allowing me to explore different career paths in the food industry."

Eric Liu

BSc (Hons) Food Science and Nutrition

  • Quality Assurance Officer, Yuet Wo Sauce and Preserved Fruits Ltd.
  • MSc in Food Industry: Management and Marketing, HKU

 

 

 

Student Awards

Student Awards
 

Student Award
Or Yin Yu HKSAR Government Outstanding Performance Scholarship 2021-22
Chan Bak Ki HKSAR Government Outstanding Performance Scholarship 2020-21
Cheuk Wai HKSAR Government Outstanding Performance Scholarship 2020-21
Lai U Yat HKSAR Government Outstanding Performance Scholarship 2020-21
Ng Kai Ying HKSAR Government Outstanding Performance Scholarship 2020-21
Tang Chi Him HKSAR Government Outstanding Performance Scholarship 2020-21
Wong Chun Yam Pit HKSAR Government Outstanding Performance Scholarship 2020-21
Chan Hoi Ki HKSAR Government Talent Development Scholarship 2021-22
Chung Lau Wai HKSAR Government Talent Development Scholarship 2021-22
Lai Tsz Ting HKSAR Government Talent Development Scholarship 2021-22
Leung Ka Shing HKSAR Government Talent Development Scholarship 2021-22
Woo Jireh HKSAR Government Talent Development Scholarship 2021-22
Chau Ming Yui HKSAR Government Talent Development Scholarship 2020-21
Cheung Shut Ying HKSAR Government Talent Development Scholarship 2020-21
Ho Kwan Ching HKSAR Government Reach Out Award 2020-21
Siu Kin Shun HKSAR Government Reach Out Award 2020-21
Wong Cho Wan HKSAR Government Reach Out Award 2020-21
Wu Mei Fong HKSAR Government Reach Out Award 2020-21

 

 

Connect with Us

Enquiries

Programme Coordinator

Mr. Vincent Yu

Tel. no.

2595 8234

Email

vincentyu@vtc.edu.hk

 

 

General Enquiries

Mr. Ming Tao

Tel. no.

2595 8359

Email

hmtao@vtc.edu.hk


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Registration No. : 251919. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.