What will I learn?

This B.Sc. programme in Food Science and Health prepares graduates for careers in Ireland’s largest industry.

The Government has targeted the food sector as being of great strategic importance, capable of generating considerably more wealth and employment. Since there is a direct link between diet and health, consumers are becoming more health conscious and are demanding higher quality foods that maintain health and prevent disease.

This Food Science and Health degree programme has been developed to meet these needs among consumers, the food industry, academic and research organisations, and government agencies.

You will find the study of Food Science and Health challenging and rewarding. This degree programme will combine the study of nutrition, human physiology and diet-health relationships with classical food science and technology.

This broad-based degree programme covers such topics as:

food science and technology
food quality
food ingredients
food chemistry
food microbiology
diet and health
food processing
food safety
project management
human nutrition
public health nutrition
advanced nutrient metabolism
human physiology
food biotechnology

Outside of the food sector, non-food uses of existing and new raw materials are also considered.

The programme is four years in duration. The course starts with basic science, developing key areas such as chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology, human nutrition and physiology, together with introductory food science and health.

In the third and fourth years there is a series of modules dealing with:

Health and Food
Food Chemistry
Food Processing and Process Engineering
Food Quality and Food Microbiology
Food Ingredients
Food Biotechnology
Project Management

There are also elective modules in:

Business Consulting
Waste Management
Exercise and Health

Employability skills from this degree

Analysing, problem-solving and interpreting data
Conducting research
Conducting laboratory work and reporting
Attention to detail

Oral and written communication skills
IT skills
Numerical and statistical awareness
Time management

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
€16,794.00 (US$ 18,961) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 July 2022

More details

Start date

5 September 2022


University of Limerick


Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Be registered in the General Division of the Register of Nurses maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) or entitled to be so registered. Have a minimum of 6 months post-registration experience as an RGN* within the past 3 years, working a minimum of 78 hours per month. Irish Leaving Certificate English: Ordinary Level Grade D or above; TOEFL: 580 (paper based) OR 90 (internet based); IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any component; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Minimum score of 61 (with no section score below 59)

For international students

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate English: Ordinary Level Grade D or above

TOEFL: 580 (paper based) OR 90 (internet based)

IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any component

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Minimum score of 61 (with no section score below 59)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Limerick

The University of Limerick is an affordable place for students to gain a top-class education which will boost their future career prospects.

  • Named the Sunday Times Irish University of the Year 2019
  • Voted best Student Campus in Ireland in 2019 and 2020
  • 3rd in Europe for Employability and Career Preparation
  • Affordable cost of living, with scholarships available

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