Food and Consumer Science

Abertay University


Are you fascinated by food and what drives our everyday food choices? Do you want to make a difference and design sustainable and nutritious foods for the future? This course delves into the complex relationships between food and the consumer while we teach you how to develop and produce safe, healthy, and nutritious foods, bearing in mind all the factors that impact on consumer choices.

This vocational degree covers all the factors that shape food supply and food choices. The university's academic experts will teach you:
The techniques and skills needed to develop new food products; How to innovate and make healthy, delicious foods that are safe to consume; The quality and safety requirements needed to manufacture foods; A person’s nutritional requirements throughout their lifespan; How to meet the needs of society, industry and consumers for sustainable food quality.

This degree is designed to make you industry-ready, blending academic learning with practical skills in our £3.5m state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. A work placement in the third year gives you real-life work experience and great networking opportunities for the future.

The course is aligned with the General Teaching Council (GTC) requirements for the PG Diploma in Home Economics teaching and is accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST).

Entry Requirements

2025 entry requirements

Standard entry: 4 Highers at BBBC plus English and Maths or Applications of Maths at National 5.

Widening access entry: 3 Highers at BBC plus English and Maths or Applications of Maths at National 5.

For entry to second year, you must have 3 Advanced Highers at BBB including Biology or Chemistry and Health and Food Technology.

Start Date





BSc Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


School of Applied Sciences


Engineering and Food Science

SCQF Level


Career Sectors


Chemistry and Materials Science

Food Science and Technology

Mathematics and Statistics


Science General