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Study food science abroad

An in-depth guide to studying food science as an international student.

Food science degrees abroad

Food science is a wide-ranging subject that covers areas of science like human anatomy, microbiology, clinical nutrition and biotechnology. It applies these complex subjects to the production and processing of food, focusing on making sure what we eat is safe and of the highest possible quality.

The quality of our food is in the spotlight more than ever, and as a result, there’s a high demand for knowledgable food scientists. A food science degree will give you the skills and knowledge to help make sure that food production is high quality, safe and nutritious.

Many countries around the world offer food science programs, including the UK, US, South Africa, Canada and Australia. Industry and regulatory standards can differ depending on the country, and many programs will be accredited by the regulator of their country. This means you’ll be best placed to work in the country you study in after graduation.

Food science program structure

Food science is available to study as a BSc over three or four years. It is often combined with another subject like nutrition or technology, which can give you a more focussed education.

If you study in the US, a bachelor’s will take four years and you will study food science as your major alongside general studies and other minor subjects.

Some universities in the UK offer an integrated master’s program (MSci) which is available to undergraduates. The course lasts four years, and you will earn a master’s qualification at the end. You can also study an independent master’s program as an MSc over one or two years. PhD food science programs are also available, and can take four or five years to complete.

Food science programs are usually taught through lectures and seminars, but you’ll also get the chance to learn practical skills in workshops and placements. Your progress will be assessed through exams, written assignments, presentations and group work but the method will differ depending on the module.

The program content you’ll study will depend on what university you attend, but here are some of the core topics most food science degrees include:

  • Chemistry of food
  • Physiology for nutrition
  • Public health
  • Food microbiology
  • Food analytical techniques
  • Plant science
  • Food processing operations
  • Food economics

Types of food science degrees

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Food science study abroad programs

Food science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in food science

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    Baking Science and Technology (Management) - BSc (Hons) London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,735 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,780 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Food Science and Health - BSc University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,313 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,986 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Food Science - BSc (Hons) Edge Hill University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,655 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Animal Science: Meat Science - BSc University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,000 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Food Technology & Nutrition - BSc RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,386 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,520 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Diploma in food science

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    Food Science Technology - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,981 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Chemical Laboratory Technology – Pharmaceutical and Food Science - OCADip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,461 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,322 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in food science

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    Baking Skills - Cert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,981 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, July, September
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    Food Science & Management - Cert (with foundation) Technological University Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,658 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,650 EUR

    Start date
    September, January
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Food science graduate programs

Master's in food science

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    Food Science - MPhil University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,934 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 38,825 AUD

    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Agricultural Science, Food Science, Non-Thesis Option - MSc Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,868 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,868 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Food Science - MSc London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,014 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,250 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Food Science, research - MSc RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,906 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,600 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Food Science & Human Nutrition - MSc University of Wyoming, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,500 USD

    Start date
    May, September
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Doctorate in food science

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    Food Science - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,906 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,600 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Future food science careers

As a graduate with a food science degree, you will be well placed for a range of careers in the food and nutrition industries. Some popular roles for food science graduates include:

  • Food quality manager
  • Food technologist
  • Nutritional therapist
  • Food market researcher
  • Food production manager
  • Journalist
  • Teacher

A great way to work out what career might be right for you is to take advantage of any internship opportunities your university offers. This will allow you to experience the workplace and will improve your CV for when you’re looking for positions after university.