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Bachelor of Science (Honours) Scheme in Food Safety and Technology

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Entrance Year Sept 2024

Programme Code JS3910

Mode of Study Full-time

Normal Duration 4 years

Programme Intake 35 (Subject to approval)

Fund Type Government-Funded

Credits Required for Graduation At least 122 credits (depending on student’s academic attainment) 

Programme Leaders Dr Marcus Wong
BSc, MSc, PhD


  • Students will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Food Safety and Technology upon successful completion of all graduation requirements.
  • An additional option of Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is available. Admission to the Secondary Major is on a competitive basis and subject to a different credit requirement for graduation. Please see the “Secondary Major Details” section for more information.

    Entry Scholarship
  • A departmental entry scholarship will be granted to students with high HKDSE achievements admitted via JUPAS and Non-JUPAS. The award criteria for the scholarship are listed on the Departmental webpage. Please contact the department for the most updated information.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

We aim to foster graduates who are skilled food technologists, food innovators and vigilant food safety officers, enabling them to become leaders in the food industry and the government to promote better and safer food to benefit the community.
Our programme equips students with the scientific and engineering skills needed to understand, characterise and manipulate food for various applications. The diverse and intricate training develops students into all-round competitive graduates who lead international programmes in professional knowledge, communication skills, intellectual curiosity and social responsibility. The programme emphasises analytical and critical thinking abilities, creativity, problem-solving skills, teamwork and global outlook. 

Programme Characteristics

The programme has an industry-oriented curriculum design. Students will be challenged with an active learning environment with engaging classes by a group of caring and supportive staff, supplemented with a wealth of outside classroom activities such as industrial visits (local and international), competitive internships, industrial and career seminars, research opportunities and academic exchanges. Students will also receive hands-on training on current techniques through extensive practical sessions.
Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be ready to take up careers in the food industry or enter postgraduate programmes. They will also be able to use the skills and knowledge that they gain from the programme for personal career development.

Recognition and Prospects


Professional Recognition

  • This programme is accredited to the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) by its Higher Education Review Board, the largest food professional association in the USA, and the undergraduate standard of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST), the largest global food professional association.
  • Students may earn the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Intermediate Certificate and will be issued an additional ISO22000 certificate upon completion of the core subject Food Sanitation and Safety Management.
  • Graduates are automatically recognised as Hygiene Managers by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department.
  • Graduates with 3 years of work experience in the food industry or a relevant industry are eligible to apply for the qualification “Certified Food Scientist” from the IFT. Please visit the IFT website for more information (

Career Prospects

There is a great need for competent and knowledgeable food scientists in the food industry worldwide and in our government. Graduates can pursue careers in the fields of production management, quality assurance, food product research and development, hygiene management, food analysis and marketing in local food manufacturers and traders, chain restaurants, supermarkets, hotels and catering companies. They may also seek employment in government departments (including the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department) as Health Inspectors and Scientific Officers. Graduates who wish to explore food science further may choose to pursue postgraduate studies at local or overseas universities.


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