Diploma in Food Science & Nutrition
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The Diploma in Food Science & Nutrition will give students a comprehensive foundation in the food industry, with emphasis in food science. They will be trained particularly in the areas of food safety and quality, regulatory affairs, food chemistry and microbiology, and product development. Apart from understanding the science involved, students will also be taught the basics of business and marketing to facilitate better understanding of the competitve food business.
This course is internationally recognised by IUFoST (International Union of Food Science & Technology).
In this course, students will gain a comprehensive foundation in food & nutrition science and how it relates to the food & beverage as well as health care industry.
The course equips students with:
The knowledge of basic food science, processing technology and applied nutrition science essential to understanding the food and beverage industry, as well as the healthcare & nutrition sector
A strong foundation in the areas of chemistry, microbiology and business to provide a foundation for specialized topics, including food safety and quality, regulatory affairs, food chemistry and microbiology, product development, food ingredients, applied nutrition, food business, and food marketing and innovation
Expertise in a wide variety of laboratory techniques employed in food chemistry, food microbiology, food processing technology and nutrition science
A sound understanding of the business concepts and issues relating to the food & beverage business
Analytical, independent and collaborative learning, research, communication and interpersonal skills
Preparing for your future: Study Trip
Integrating knowledge and skills at the Food
Experiencing food culture and research during Overseas Industrial Placement Programme
This course is internationally recognised by IUFoST
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.
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.
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
- University of Queensland
- Curtin University
- Flinders University
- Queensland University of Technology
- Newcastle University
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.
2. What is the difference between the Diploma in Food Science & Nutrition (DFSN) and the Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology (DMB)?
The DFSN graduates will be equipped with adequate skills to work in small and medium enterprises (SME) as well as multi-national companies (MNC) in the areas of food research and development, production / manufacturing, quality control / quality assurance, sales & marketing as well as accreditation firms.
Graduates from DMB are geared towards product research and development, business development, sales and marketing functions in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical devices companies.
3. What is the difference between the Diploma in Food Science & Nutrition (DFSN) and the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences (DPS)?
Graduates from DFSN will be equipped with adequate skills to work in small and medium enterprises (SME) as well as food multi-national companies (MNC) in the areas of research and development, production/manufacturing, quality control / quality assurance, sales & marketing as well as accreditation firms.
The DPS graduates will be equipped with adequate skills to work in clinical research organizations, hospital and retail pharmacies and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.
4. Is GCE 'O' level in Chemistry a prerequisite for Diploma in Food Science & Nutrition (DFSN)?
Applicants are allowed to combine their GCE 'O' level results of up to two sittings (any 2 years and do not need to be consecutive).
5. Can I work as a nutritionist/dietitian after graduation 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 overseas universities.