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Entrance Year Sept 2024

Programme Code 15059-DFT or 15059-DPT

Stream Code DFT (full-time) or
DPT (part-time)

Mode of Study Mixed mode

Normal Duration 3 years (full-time) or
5 years (part-time)

Fund Type Self-financed

Credits Required for Graduation 51 credits

Initial Registration Credits 6 credits for local and non-local students

Tuition Fees HK$12,000 per credit for local and non-local students

Programme Leaders

Programme Leader
Prof. Sheng CHEN
Deputy Programme Leader
Dr James Kar-Hei FANG
BSc, MPhil, CBiol, PhD


Early applications are encouraged.

Aims and Characteristics

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The Doctor of Food Science and Management (DFSM) programme is designed to address the evolving needs of the food industry, where complex challenges demand professionals who possess advanced scientific knowledge and exceptional management skills. The DFSM programme is established with the following aims and characteristics:

  • to equip professionals with advanced scientific methodologies and management competencies that are tailored to the intricacies of the food industry;
  • to foster innovative thinking, ethical decision-making and strategic leadership within the dynamic and competitive food landscape;
  • to empower graduates to drive positive transformations, ranging from sustainable sourcing and production to responsible marketing and consumer education; 
  • to cultivate a global perspective, enabling graduates to navigate diverse cultural and regulatory environments.



Entrance Requirement

Applicants should hold a Master’s degree in food science, nutrition, management, business administration, or a related discipline, with at least five years of managerial experience.

Alternatively, applicants in senior management positions with a recognised first degree and membership of a recognised professional body in food science, nutrition, management, business administration, or a related field, or those with exceptional experience and outstanding contributions in the industry, may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirement^

For non-native English speakers who have received their Master's degree, Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualifications from institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, it is necessary to provide one of the following proficiency test results to meet the minimum English language requirement for admission purposes:

  • a score of 80 or above in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-Based Test taken within two years; or
  • an overall band score of 6.0 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Module taken within two years; or
  • a pass in an English written test organised by the English Language Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and satisfactory performance in the admission interview.

^The requirement is subject to periodic review based on the latest English language requirement for admission purposes as announced by the PolyU Academic Registry.


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