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What will I learn?

The B. Sc. (Hons) Food Science & Technology was initiated in July 1999 and set out to provide an undergraduate degree programme to produce the technical managers of the food industry of the 21st century. Whilst providing an academically rigorous programme, it had the advantage of not being confined by history and has thus developed to reflect the current demands of the university but also those of the modern food industry. The major themes running through the programme are food safety, new food product development, food processing and Nutrition, all are crucial factors in the modern day food industry. The programme is currently based in the Department of Chemistry but is truly a cross faculty activity calling on input from a range of Departments and Faculties.

A suite of laboratories was dedicated to the subject area which includes food chemistry, food processing, food analysis and food engineering. The aim is to provide students with sufficient skills and knowledge required by the food industry.

In view of the applied nature of the subject, all students are required to spend a minimum of 4 months working within the food industry. The demands to take the students on industrial placement have been overwhelming. Placements are primarily in Singapore but to reflect the global nature of the modern food industry, some placements have also been secured in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Europe.

Support for the FST Programme by the food industry is also evidenced by provision of the scholarships and prizes for all levels students (level 1 to 4). In addition, it has been possible to take students on industrial visits and to invite speakers from the industry to enrich the lecture programme.

Currently the Undergraduate Programme has 140 students, most of them being Singaporean but the cohorts also contain students from Malaysia, Indonesia, Mauritius, Vietnam and mainland China. It is hoped to attract students soon from further a field including USA, Australia and Europe.

Teaching and learning on the Programme have been developed to encourage students to take some responsibility for their own learning. Innovative modules in the early years include a problem based learning module on food analysis and a major part of one module (on new food product development) based on peer assessment and part assessment by government and industry representatives. Students not only develop their scientific and technical skills but also focus on personal life long skills such as problem solving, team working, multi-disciplinary approaches to problems, innovation, confidence and being commercially aware.

Generally, students admitted to the Programme are academically sound and the programme team expects that 10-15% of the students will stay on at the University (subject to financial considerations) for graduate studies. Undergraduate students could select UROPs modules to develop their interest in research as part of their portfolio.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
SG$17,550.00 (9,76,085) per year
Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

Faculty of Science

Block S16, Level 9,

6 Science Drive 2,

117546, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should have completed a high school. English Language Requirements: EL1119 minimum acceptable score C6; IELTS - 6.5 overall with 6.5 in Reading and Writing components; MUET-200; TOEFL - 580 for paper-based / 92-93 for internet-based.

For international students

Good ‘A’ level passes, H2 or equivalent in Chemistry and at least one other science subject (Physics, Mathematics or Biology) and good O-level pass, equivalent or higher in Biology.” to “Good pass in H2 Chemistry and A Good pass in H2 Biology or H2 Computing or H2 Mathematics or H2 Further Mathematics or H2 Physics, and at least a pass in O-level in Biology.

English Language Requirement: Applicants may present any of the following to fulfill the English Language requirement: IELTS - 6.5 overall with 6.5 in Reading and Writing components; MUET – 200; TOEFL - 580 for paper-based / 92-93 for internet-based; EL1119 - C6.

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