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Theme: Food Science and Safety


Programme Code

  • HP209 Year 1 & 2, Higher Diploma (HD)



QF Level: 4
QR Registration No.: 07/001903/4
Registration Validity Period: 05/05/2008 to ongoing
Successful completion of this programme leads to an award within The University of Hong Kong system through HKU SPACE

Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP)

In 2023-24 academic year, local students enroll and being offered the subsidised places of this programme under the SSSDP will receive a subsidy up to HK$39,140. After deduction of the subsidy, the annual tuition fee is HK$22,000.



HD Application Code: HDNFM_FS


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 themes 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

  • 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;
  • 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 

UGC-funded Universities

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 (including HKU).

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

  • 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 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 Biological Sciences
    BSc Applied Physics
    BSc Biomedical Sciences
    BSc Chemistry
    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 are also eligible to apply for the below degree programmes offered by other institutions:

Overseas Universities

  • Ulster University (UK)
    Part-time, 2-year, BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition^ offered locally by Ulster University in collaboration with HKU SPACE
    Full-time, final-year, BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition / BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition
  • Sheffield Hallam University (UK)
    Full-time, final-year, BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition
    Full-time, final-year, BSc (Hons) Nutrition, Diet and Wellbeing
  • Oxford Brookes University (UK)
    Full-time, final-year, BSc (Hons) Nutrition
  • Coventry University (UK)
    Full-time, final-year, BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition

^ 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 

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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.


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.

Effective from 2023-24 Academic Year:


Higher Diploma Year 1

  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I 
  • Elementary Statistics
  • 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

  • English for Academic Purposes II
  • English for Nutritional Sciences
  • Information Technology Fundamentals / Basic Engineering Mathematics
  • Food Safety and Management
  • Biochemistry
  • Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Food Chemistry
  • College Physics for Food Science
  • Food Microbiology
  • Laboratory Techniques in Food Sciences


* 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.