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Major in Food & Nutritional Science


About the Major

The Major in Food and Nutritional Science aims to offer an exciting, dynamic, and challenging environment to prepare the students for career opportunities in food and nutritional science. The goals of the programme are to provide the students with: (a) critical knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of food science and technology, and nutrition and their relationship to human health; (b) critical knowledge and understanding on the relationship between food and a wide range of social, legal, technological and environmental factors; (c) a curriculum meeting the requirements for higher degree in MPhil and PhD and or the taught Master of Science degrees in the field of Food industry: Management and Marketing, Food Safety and Toxicology and the postgraduate diploma related to health sciences.  The curriculum is designed for students to select studies in Nutrition and Public Health in preparation for postgraduate diploma in dietetics or human nutrition. Study in Food Security is an innovative programme that entails scientific and social approach in food, nutrition and environment, allowing students to relate global challenges in industry, society and government levels.

The mission is to provide a progressive and effective programme that integrates theoretical and experiential learning to better prepare students for the challenges of the workplace. Throughout the curriculum, there is consistent emphasis on experiential learning through laboratory studies, internship training, research-based learning, debate and presentations, designed to enhance the student’s critical thinking, communication and collaboration, tackling of ill-defined problems, development of individual learning objectives and self-evaluation of performance. Internship experiences can be gained in medical centres, schools, industries, government and community setting. Students majoring in this programme are prepared for diverse careers in the food industry, government or private sector food and nutrition agencies, and scientific research laboratories, health-care and fitness facilities, hospitals, nutrition edition and communication enterprises.

Career Prospects

  • Given Hong Kong’s position as an importer of raw materials, a manufacturer of food products, and a re-exporter of packaged products, plus its close connection with the fast-developing food industry in Mainland China, many graduates secure positions in local and multinational companies, government departments and laboratories;
  • Upon graduation, graduates have secured positions as nutritionist, quality assurance officer, research & development officer, health promoter, medical sales assistant, marketing assistant and management trainee;
  • Qualified graduates can pursue research studies leading either to an MPhil or PhD degree, a postgraduate diploma in dietetics, an MSc in the field of Food Industry: Management and Marketing or an MSc in Food Safety and Toxicology.


Programme Highlights

How to become a professional dietitian?
Currently, there are around 300 professional dietitians in Hong Kong, and the demand for them remains high.

A typical educational path for Hong Kong students to become a professional dietitian:


Employment in public or private hospitals, private clinics, pharmaceutical companies, food laboratories, health related organisations, fitness centres, social services agencies, hotels and catering services etc.

(Video) Introduction of the Major


Student Sharing 


Marsena Jasiel ISMAIAH

2018 BSc graduate (major in Food & Nutritional Science)


"My experience in the Food and Nutritional Science major was a fruitful and enriching one. The structure of the curriculum allowed me to explore different possibilities within the topic of food and nutrition in the first two years and later specialize in food science and technology area. Aside from the in-depth lectures, I found the laboratory sessions especially helpful for me to get a hands-on experience on the topics studied. At the end of my study, the capstone experience further helped me to integrate the knowledge I have learned in the past years and to decide my future career plans. Besides the program, the FNS teachers were extremely helpful and knowledgeable in their field and were willing to guide me throughout my study. Indeed, the major has built a solid foundation for me to start my career in the field.”