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Diploma in Food Science & Nutrition

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Course Introduction

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).



Course Aims

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

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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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