BSc (Hons) Food Bioscience

Food Bioscience is the application of biological and related sciences to food issues; food bioscientists are much in demand to ensure food quality, safety and security.

This is the only Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) - approved Food Bioscience programme in Scotland; it satisfies the educational requirements for membership of the Institute. It is also approved by the Royal Environment Health Institute for Scotland (REHIS) to meet the pre-registration academic standard for the Scottish Food Safety Officers' Registration Board.

We are the only institution in Scotland to offer this type of programme and have the strongest emphasis of any Scottish university on food and its development. You will learn about food composition, the effect of chemicals and additives on consumers and food safety as well as genetics, biochemistry, microbiology and nutrition, combined with key industry skills and an understanding of food legislation.

There's a large practical component to complement the theory and an opportunity for a placement. This may comprise food processing, nutrition, clinical and nonclinical laboratory work or food research and development.

Students are often offered jobs by their placement company, even before graduating.

Your career

Career prospects are excellent and include working in food manufacturing, production and safety, research and development, marketing and as a nutritionist or advisor.

Year 1

Chemistry, Cells and Biomolecules, Physiology 1 & 2, Core Skills in Biosciences 1.

Year 2

Introduction to Microbiology, Mechanisms of Cellular Regulation, Core Skills in Biosciences 2, Immunology, Genomes and Bioinformatics, Fundamental Cell Biology, Practical Skills for Biomolecular Sciences.

Year 3

Molecular Diagnostics, Biotechnology, Analysis of Food, Food Science, Food Commodities, Nutrition and Public Health, Core Skills in Food Bioscience.

Year 4

Placement (double module), Quality Systems in Food Manufacture, Food Toxicology, Project and Workshop (double module).

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £1820** 
RUK: £9250*
EU: £1820** 
International: £11,845 

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.

**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

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Study Options

  • 2019/20

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UCAS

 

BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
D611
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2020/21

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Mode of study

Duration

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UCAS

 

BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
14 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
D611
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 14 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 1

SQA Higher: BBBB including Chemistry, one other science and essay-based subject such as English, History or Modern Studies Studies plus Maths/English/Biology or Human Biology at Int 2/ Nat 5 B.

A level: BBC including Chemistry plus GCSE Double Science, English and Maths at B/6

ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 including Chemistry at Higher plus English (or essay-based subject) plus 1 other science, plus Ordinary level English, Maths and Biology at 02

IB Diploma: 28 points including Chemistry at Higher Level and Biology at Standard level grade 5

BTEC: Level 3 Extended Diploma in relevant subject including Chemistry and Biology at DMM plus GCSE Double Science at BB is essential in addition to GCSE English and Maths

College HNC: Relevant subject which must include Genetics with B in graded units and sufficient coverage of chemistry.

SWAP: Science programme at BBB

Foundation Apprenticeship

Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.

Year 2

A level: ABB in Chemistry, Biology and Maths, plus GCSE English at B

College HNC: 15 credits in relevant science subject (must include Genetics and DNA Structure/Physiology unit) with A in graded units

Year 3

College HND: Relevant subject with AB in graded units.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

English language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

International pathways

This is the only Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST)- approved Food Bioscience programme in Scotland; it satisfies the educational requirements for membership of the Institute. 

It is also approved by the Royal Environment Health Institute for Scotland (REHIS) to meet the pre-registration academic standard for the Scottish Food Safety Officers' Registration Board.

For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

Find out more about international life at GCU.

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.





The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.