DCFS Application Code: DCFS-FSS
HD Application Code: HDFSS
This programme was formerly known as Higher Diploma in Nutrition and Food Management (Theme: Food Science and Safety), and has been replaced by Higher Diploma in Food Science and Safety with effect from the 2024-25 academic year. The former is awarded within The University of Hong Kong system through HKU SPACE.
Food science is a broad industry and discipline that is necessary in the modern world and it is highly connected to our daily life. It is the broad-ranging field of science for solving real-world problems surrounding the complex food system. One of the roles of a food scientist is to safeguard the safety of foods. Food safety saves consumers from various health issues as unsafe food can be a disaster for both consumers as well as producers. Health issues nowadays are closely related to the idea of food safety globally, which is regarded by people as a highly important and pressing issue. The course material provides a solid basis for students who want to explore the knowledge in food science and food safety. The Higher Diploma in Food Science and Safety curriculum also prepares students to further continue their studies at degree level or to develop careers in the food and nutrition industries.
Programme Aims and Features
Equips students with an in-depth knowledge of basic sciences such as biology, chemistry, biochemistry and physiology, as well as food science, food safety, quality control and operations management;
Provides comprehensive training in food microbiology, instrumental food analysis and food chemistry which enables them to work in the food safety field and food industry, or to progress to further studies towards a degree in the relevant fields;
This programme aids students in acquiring transferable skills, such as laboratory techniques, data analysis, interpersonal, and teamwork abilities, preparing them for future study or employment in the field of food science and food safety;
Lecturers are dedicated and experienced, some specialism courses are taught by professionals in the food and nutrition industry;
The curriculum emphasises both theory and practice, as well as practical skills in science and food laboratories. These skills and knowledge will equip students to enter employment in the fast-moving and competitive food industry;
Learning experiences outside the classroom such as practicum and site visits to local or overseas institutions, nutrition facilities and food companies will be arranged;
Graduates will be capable of entering the food industry and pursue careers such as quality control and quality assurance officers, health inspectors, food technologists or work in the areas of food product research and development.
Opportunities for Further Studies
Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes in Food and Nutritional Science, Dietetics, Food Safety and Technology, Analytical Sciences for Testing and Certification, Nursing or related disciplines offered by local universities.
The list below shows the degree programmes that our graduates may apply for further studies*:
- The University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Nursing
Bachelor of Science
BSc (Major in Food and Nutritional Science)
BSc Information Management
- The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Nursing
Bachelor of Science
BSc Community Health Practice
BSc Exercise Science and Health Education
BSc Natural Science
BSc Public Health
- Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
- City University of Hong Kong
BA English Studies
BSc Biological Sciences
BSc Applied Physics
BSc Biomedical Sciences
BSc Environmental Science and Management
- The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
BA (Hons) Applied Ageing Studies and Service Management
BSc (Hons) Applied Biology with Biotechnology
BSc (Hons) Analytical Sciences for Testing and Certification
BSc (Hons) Food Safety and Technology
- Hong Kong Baptist University
BSc (Hons) Applied Biology – Biotechnology Concentration
BSc (Hons) Chemistry
*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.
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.