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Diploma in Food Science & Nutrition

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Course Aim

The Diploma in Food Science & Nutrition course aims to develop competent professionals with the skills; knowledge and attributes in food chemistry, food microbiology, ingredient application, preservation & process technology, nutrition science and effective communication. The skills and attributes will allow them to contribute effectively and pursue a career in research & food product development, food safety & quality management, applied nutrition and food marketing in the food science, food manufacturing and nutraceutical industries.




Course Educational Objectives

DFSN graduates will be equipped to do the following within the first few years of graduation:

  • Gain successful employment in the food industry or nutrition related field, or acceptance into related/relevant undergraduate and/or professional training programs.

  • Demonstrate technical competencies in the fields, and able to integrate and apply them effectively.

  • Communicate and collaborate effectively in a multi-disciplinary environment.

  • Demonstrate innovative and enterprising behaviours and sustain continuous improvement.

  • Demonstrate awareness of social responsibility and professional ethics at the workplace.

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Course Learning Outcomes


Course Learning Outcome Description


Apply fundamental knowledge of mathematics, sciences and technology to food science and nutrition disciplines.


Apply concepts of applied food science, food chemistry and analysis, food microbiology and safety, food technology and business to fields of manufacturing, quality control, research and development, and process design in the food industry.


Apply knowledge of nutrition science to health and nutrition related fields.


Conduct experiments, analyse data and interpret results to obtain valid conclusions.


Integrate cross-disciplinary knowledge to solve problems effectively.


Apply written, oral, and graphical communication and to identify and use appropriate technical literature


Commit to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement


Function effectively as a member of a team


Recognise the need for and engage in innovative and enterprising activities


Recognise the need for and engage in continuous personal and professional development.


Recognise the need for and comply with safety, health and environmental regulations and practices in the workplace.


Recognise the need for and commit to uphold personal and professional ethics, including a respect for diversity and care and compassion for the community


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Course Highlights

Preparing for your future: Study Trip
- Blandford Lodge, Reading University, UK, Sep 2013.
Integrating knowledge and skills at the Food
Application Laboratories.
Experiencing food culture and research during Overseas Industrial Placement Programme
- Jiangnan University, China,
Sep-Nov 2013.


This course is internationally recognised by IUFoST
(International Union of Food Science & Technology).
The Certificate is awarded to Food Science & Technology
programmes of study globally which have met international
standards and guidelines.


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Career Opportunities

Agnes Neo, Class of 2012
Food Technologist, Zingrill Holdings Pte Ltd

I have never regretted studying in NYP. Besides well-equipped facilities, the lecturers are committed in their teaching. The Diploma in Food Science & Nutrition course prepared me well to step into the food industry. I was able to assimilate well into the working world with the knowledge and skills acquired in school.


Equipped with a strong scientific foundation in food science and product development, with skills related to microbiology, chemistry and economics, graduates will have the opportunity to work in the following areas:


Research and Development (R&D)

As food technicians in food companies working in the area of product development or modification.


Production/ Manufacturing

As executives in food manufacturing / production companies ensuring consistent, safe and cost efficient manufacturing of food products.


Quality Control/ Quality Assurance

As QC/ QA executives to implement and ensure production/ manufacturing processes are carried out in compliance with government regulations and certifications requirements.


Dietetics and Nutrition

As dietetics and nutrition assistants in the healthcare sector and health product manufacturing & sales companies.


Public Health and Community Nutrition

As public health and community nutrition officers with the health promotion agencies, such as the Health Promotion Board.


Sales and Marketing

As business development, technical sales or marketing executives identifying new market trends, conducting market research and providing technical support such as trouble-shooting.



As regulatory and legislative executives involved in inspecting and certifying food companies in areas such as food hygiene, HACCP, halal, kosher and ISO certifications.


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Further Studies


Students who aspire to pursue a degree and meet the entry requirements of the local and overseas universities can progress into the bachelor degree course in areas such as Food Science & Technology, Nutrition, Chemistry, Dietetics, etc.


Students who have graduated from this programme have been admitted into various universities. Some have been listed below:



  • National University of Singapore
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Singapore Institute of Technology (Newcastle University)



  • University of Queensland
  • Curtin University
  • Flinders University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of New South Wales


United Kingdom

  • Newcastle University

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1. What is the Diploma in Food Science & Nutrition (DFSN) about?

It is a 3-year full time diploma which trains food technicians/ technologists in the area of R&D, manufacturing, executives in area of quality control & quality assurance, business development and sales & marketing. Students will also gain knowledge in applied nutrition science which prepares them for the healthcare sector.



2. Is GCE 'O' level in Food and Nutrition a prerequisite for Diploma in Food Science & Nutrition (DFSN)?

No. All applicants are required to obtain the minimum GCE ‘O’ level results based on an aggregate computation of five subjects (English, Mathematics, Science and two best subjects).



3. Can I work as a nutritionist/dietitian after graduating with a Diploma in Food Science & Nutrition?

This course will lay a strong foundation for students who are interested in continuing their studies in nutrition. To be qualified nutritionist/dietitian, graduate with a Diploma in Food Science & Nutrition must go through a degree course in Nutrition/Dietetics at local or overseas universities.


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