DCFS Application Code: DCFS-NFMT
HD Application Code: HDNFMT
This programme was formerly known as Higher Diploma in Nutrition and Food Management (Theme: Food and Nutritional Sciences), and has been replaced by Higher Diploma in Nutrition and Food Management with effect from the 2024-25 academic year. The former is awarded within The University of Hong Kong system through HKU SPACE.
Food and nutrition are important factors in the maintenance of good health throughout the entire life course. A healthy diet throughout life promotes healthy outcomes, while imbalanced or poor diet may lead to specific nutrient deficiency, and these in turn may increase the risk of a variety of health problems. There is growing public interest in the relationship between diet and health, and as a result there are increasing demands from the public for reliable, evidence-based and trustworthy information. Given this background, nutrition is expected to be a central focus of health care in the future. The Higher Diploma in Nutrition and Food Management programme equips students to continue their education at the degree level or to pursue professions in the food and nutrition sectors.
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;
This programme aids students in acquiring transferable skills, such as laboratory techniques, data analysis, information technology, interpersonal, and teamwork abilities, preparing them for future study or employment in the field of food science and nutrition;
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, or work in the areas of health promotion and food safety management.
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, 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.