BSc (Hons) Food Bioscience (Direct entry)

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 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.

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Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU: £1,820*
International: £12,250

*Scottish and EU student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from rest of UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

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

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Study Options

  • 2020/21

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BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
29 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
D611
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 29 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2021/22

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BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
17 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
D611
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 17 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Year 2
A level: ABB (incl Chemistry, Biology and Maths) GCSE: B/6 (English)
College HNC: 15 credits in relevant Science subject - graded unit A (incl Genetics and DNA Structure/Physiology unit)

Year 3
College HND: Relevant subject - graded units AB (incl Genetics and DNA Structure/Physiology)

English language IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 (or equivalent)

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.

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

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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 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.