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Stream: Food and Nutritional Sciences

HIGHER DIPLOMA IN NUTRITION AND FOOD MANAGEMENTStream: Food and Nutritional Sciences

Programme Code

  • HP001 Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS)
  • HP209 Year 1 & 2, Higher Diploma (HD)

DFS Application Code: HP 82-109

HD Application Code: HP 82-209

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More programme information and activities details could be found on the HKU SPACE HPSHCC Food and Nutrition Facebook page. 

 

Food and nutritional science is a fast-growing discipline devoted to the understanding of the relationships between food and human health. The food industry which is the largest industry in the world employs a significant number of food and nutritional scientists and safety officers. The Higher Diploma in Nutrition and Food Management curriculum prepares students to further continue their studies at degree level or to develop careers in the food and nutrition industries. The programme allows students to specialise in one of the following streams and provides depth and breadth of a specific area:

  • Food and Nutritional Sciences
  • Food Science and Safety

 

Award Title

Graduates will be awarded Higher Diploma in Nutrition and Food Management.

 

Programme Aims and Features

  • Provides students an in-depth knowledge of basic sciences such as biology, chemistry, biochemistry and physiology, so as to enable them to pursue degree studies in a relevant field at both local and overseas universities;
  • Lecturers are dedicated and experienced, and some specialism courses are taught by practicing dietitians, nutritionists and professionals in the food and nutrition industry;
  • The curriculum emphasises both the fundamental scientific knowledge of the theory and practice, as well as offers hands-on practicals in a well-equipped food and nutrition laboratory;
  • Each student will carry out a food and nutrition related research project in the final year;
  • Learning experiences outside the classroom includes practicum and site visits to local or overseas institutions, nutrition facilities and food companies;
  • Graduates may continue their studies at degree level or enter the food or nutrition industries, pursue careers such as nutrition assistants, patient care assistants, food quality officers, health promotion and food safety management.

 

Opportunities for Further Studies 

Programmes offered by local universities

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes in Food and Nutritional Science, Dietetics, Community Health, Biochemistry, Food Safety and Technology, Bioengineering, Exercise Science, Chemistry, Life Science, Gerontology, Health Education, Biology and Biotechnology offered by local (including HKU) universities.

The list below shows the UGC-funded degree offers that our graduates/ students received in the past*:

  • The University of Hong Kong
    Bachelor of Nursing
    Bachelor of Science
    BSc (Information Management)
    BSc (Major in Food and Nutritional Science)
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Bachelor of Nursing
    BSc Biochemistry
    BSc Community Health Practice
    BSc Exercise Science and Health Education
    BSc Natural Science
    BSc Public Health
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    BSc Biotechnology
  • City University of Hong Kong
    BA English Studies
    BEng Bioengineering
    BSc Applied Biology
    BSc Biomedical Sciences
    BSc Environmental Science and Management
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    BA (Hons) Applied Ageing Studies and Service Management
    BSc (Hons) Food Safety and Technology
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
    BSc (Hons) Applied Biology – Biotechnology Concentration

*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.

Programmes offered by overseas universities

Graduates are also eligible to apply for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes in Food and Nutritional Science, Dietetics, Community Health, Biochemistry, Food Safety and Technology, Bioengineering, Exercise Science, Chemistry, Life Science, Gerontology, Health Education, Biology and Biotechnology offered by overseas universities:

  • Part-time, 2-year, BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition^ offered locally by The University of Ulster (UK) in collaboration with HKU SPACE;
  • Full-time, final-year, BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition / BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition, The University of Ulster (UK);
  • Full-time, final-year, BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition, Coventry University (UK);
  • Full-time, final-year, BSc (Hons) Nutrition, Oxford Brookes University (UK);
  • Full-time, final-year, BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition, Sheffield Hallam University (UK);
  • Full-time, BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition, University of Westminster (UK);
  • Full-time, Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics / Bachelor of Nutrition Science, Queensland University of Technology (Australia) (graduates can have 1-year credit exemption);
  • Full-time, Bachelor of Technology / Advanced Diploma in Food Safety, Memorial University (Canada).

^This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualifications to which this course may lead.

 

Career Prospects 

Graduates will have a range of career opportunities in the food, nutrition and catering industries such as health and nutrition-related commercial companies, food manufacturing, food trading, restaurants, airline caterers or institutional food service companies, school meal caterers, elderly homes, sport and health institutions, government agencies and hospitals.

 

Press Interview 

Apple Daily 13 July 2014

2-year Higher Diploma Programme

  • Obtain Level 2 or above in 5 subjects* including English Language and Chinese Language# in the HKDSE Examination, AND have obtained Level 2 or above in one of the following HKDSE subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Combined Science, Integrated Science or Technology and Living (Food Science and Technology), or equivalent; OR
  • Hold a recognised Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme, AND have taken one of the following HKDSE subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Combined Science or Integrated Science or Technology and Living (Food Science and Technology), or equivalent; OR
  • Hold a Diploma Yi Jin; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.

Applicants whose HKDSE results do not meet the entry requirements of the 2-year Higher Diploma Programme should apply for admission to the Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS) programme.

 

Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme

  • Level 1 or above in English Language and Chinese Language#, and have taken one of the following HKDSE subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Combined Science, Integrated Science, Technology and Living (Food Science and Technology), or equivalent; AND at least 6 points+ in the best 5 subjects*^;
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.

 

Mature Students

Applicants who do not possess the above academic qualifications, but are aged 21 or above and with relevant work experience will be considered on individual merit.

 

*Applicants are allowed to use not more than 2 Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. The recognition of the ApL subjects is as follows: 

“Attained with Distinction (II)” is deemed equivalent to Level 4 or above;
“Attained with Distinction (I)” is deemed equivalent to Level 3; and 
“Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2 in the HKDSE Examination.

#ApL Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students) would be accepted as an alternative Chinese Language qualification.

^ If the candidate has attempted less than 5 subjects but obtained 6 points or above, the application will still be considered.

+ Level 5** = 7 points; Level 5* = 6 points; Level 5 = 5 points; Level 4 = 4 points; Level 3 = 3 points; Level 2 = 2 points; Level 1 = 1 point.

Diploma in Foundation Studies

  • General English I & II 
  • College Speaking
  • College Writing / Foundation English
  • Foundations of Chinese Language 
  • Chinese Language Enhancement / Western Images of China
  • General Mathematics
  • Foundations of Biology
  • Foundations of Chemistry
  • Elements of Business

 

Higher Diploma Year 1

  • Introduction to Academic English 
  • English for Academic Purposes I 
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Daily Life Applications
  • Practical Chinese*
  • Human Physiology and Anatomy
  • Basic Chemistry for Biological Sciences
  • Fundamentals in Biology
  • Introduction to Food and Nutrition
  • The Science and Technology of Food
  • Lifecycle Nutrition

 

Higher Diploma Year 2

  • Information Technology and Applications / Basic Engineering Mathematics
  • English for Academic Purposes II
  • English for Nutritional Sciences
  • Food Safety and Management
  • Biochemistry
  • Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Food Chemistry
  • Diet, Health and Disease
  • Project Work
  • Food Service Practice 

 

* Non-Chinese speaking students or students who have not received sufficient training in the Chinese language may apply for exemption from the Chinese course(s), and alternative courses may be assigned.