Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Food Safety and Technology
Sept 2019 EntryProgramme code: JS3349
Duration and Credit Requirement
At least 122 credits (depending on the student's academic attainment)
Dr Li Shiying, Christine
BSc, MSc, PhD
- As the 2019/20 Academic Year is the start of the 2019-2022 triennium for which UGC-funded programmes are still subject to the Legislative Council's approval, the number of student intake places shown in this web page is indicative only and subject to change or confirmation at a later date.
- The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only and subject to review.
- Scholarships are available for students with outstanding academic performance.
Aims and Characteristics
This programme aims to provide a unique and profession-oriented educational opportunity and to produce well-trained food technologists and food safety officers to meet the needs of and benefit the community.
The objective is to develop students into all-round preferred graduates whose intellectual abilities, professional knowledge and skills are on a par with the international standards for a Bachelor's degree in food-related subjects. The programme also emphasises the enhancement of students' language abilities, social responsibilities, analytical and critical thinking abilities, creativity, problem-solving skills, teamwork and global outlook. The ultimate goal is to contribute to the well-being of Hong Kong society at large, particularly to its economy, and to the assurance of food safety for the community.
This programme is designed to meet the international undergraduate degree standards of both the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST). It is an applied and practical programme. Balancing the development of core competency and broadness, the programme emphasises the professional, intellectual and all-round abilities of students. It is achieved through a specially designed curriculum, modern learning/teaching methodologies, multiple assessment tools, workplace learning experience, a caring and supportive learning environment and extra-curricular activities. Moreover, our department has very experienced academic staff and modern equipment and instruments.
Upon successful completion of the programme, students should be ready to take up careers in the food industry or enter into postgraduate programmes. They can also utilise the skills and knowledge that they gain from the programme for personal career development as well as for the benefit of the community.
This is a full-time programme with a normal duration of four years. The nature of the programme is credit-based, and students are required to complete at least 122 credits. Like all undergraduate programmes in PolyU, students are required to complete 30 credits of General University Requirements which include language & communication subjects, broadening subjects, leadership training, service learning and freshman seminar, etc. The remaining 92 credits are for discipline specific requirements which include Compulsory and Elective Subjects. The curriculum offers a lot of flexibility and choices. Students are allowed to take the Compulsory and Elective Subjects in accordance with their own pace of study to enhance students' all-roundedness and competitiveness. The programme curriculum can be summarised as follows:
- In Year One, students are normally required to take the broad discipline subjects in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology in order to build a good foundation for studies in subsequent stages.
- In Year Two, students are required to take some general science subjects, for examples, Analytical Chemistry, Human Physiology, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Raw Food Materials.
- Year Three study generally includes Principles of Nutrition, Food Chemistry, Food Engineering, Food Microbiology, Food Analysis, Food Processing I and Sensory Evaluation of Food.
- In Year Four, students normally take more advanced Core Subjects in food safety and food technology, for examples, Food Processing II, Food Laws & Regulations, Food Toxicology, Quality & Food Safety Management, Sanitation & Food Hygiene Management and Project.
- Elective Subjects including business/management subjects and subjects in food safety and technology topics can be chosen in their Year Three and Four.
The Project in Year Four is a supervised project that could be an experimental investigation or a survey, in which students are required to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired to identify and solve a food safety- or technology-related problem in a real-world situation. More details on the curriculum and subjects offered in this government-funded programme can be obtained here. In addition to the curriculum above, the programme will also provide language-enhancement courses, attachment and exchange programmes, field trips/plant visits, Work-Integrated Education (WIE) and co-curricular activities to enrich students' learning experiences. The purpose is to enable them to be all-round preferred graduates. After graduating from the programme, students should be competitive enough to begin careers or enter into postgraduate studies in food-related areas.
Recognition and Prospects
This programme is accredited the undergraduate degree standards for IFT and IUFoST. Graduates with 3 years of work experience in the food safety/technology area can apply for being the certified food scientists.
Cases of food poisoning and food unsafe for human consumption have been making headlines recently, and the government has been urged to tighten the laws and regulations concerned. A Centre for Food Safety has been founded to ensure better control and the prevention of food hazards. Nutrition labelling has been mandatory for pre-packaged foods since 2010. The CEPA policy has also attracted many local manufacturers to invest in food production for export to the Chinese mainland. For these reasons, there is growing demand for food safety officers and food technologists in Hong Kong. Graduates of this programme should be able to find employment in the local food industry, commercial testing laboratories/centres, the government sector (including the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, the Government Laboratory and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department), catering companies, chain restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, food importers/exporters, education/research institutions, etc. Students with outstanding academic performance may also be admitted to postgraduate studies in local or overseas universities.
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