Food and Health Science (BSc Degree)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Biological Sciences

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  • Type of Study:

    Full time

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Course Duration:

3 Years (6 Semesters)

Course Summary

The Bachelor of Science in Food and Health Science is a long-standing and well-recognised course, which has continually evolved to meet the changing needs of the Food, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries for technicians and analysts.

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements


Leaving Certificate in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.

Work Placement

At present, students generally spend four months in appropriate work placement in third year. The placement can be organised for Ireland or abroad.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics are the most helpful Leaving Certificate subjects for the course


Biological Sciences

Further Study Courses

Suitably qualified graduates of the BSc in food and Health Science may apply for entry to Year 4 of CIT’s Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nutrition and Health Science.

Related Courses


CAO Code CR 006 Applied Biosciences

If you wish to graduate with a BSc in Food and Health Science you need to apply through the CAO using the CAO Code CR 006 Applied Bioscience.

Years 1 and 2 are common. At the beginning of Year 3, students choose their preferred qualification (BSc in Food and Health Science OR BSc in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology).


Additionally, on completion of the BSc in Food and Health Science and subject to certain conditions you may apply for entry to Year 4 of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nutrition and Health Science.


*Please note: Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and do not wish to progress to Year 3 will receive the Higher Certificate in Applied Biosciences.


This course provides students with a broad scientific education. The basic concepts of the biological sciences, biochemistry, cell biology, immunology, microbiology and molecular biology are emphasised. Knowledge of environmental science, analytical techniques, quality management and bioprocessing are seen as key requirements and these disciplines are studied in detail. Laboratory work forms a substantial part of the course and classes are held in modern well-equipped laboratories. The development of high-level laboratory skills and the ability to use them in the service of advanced industrial biology are key aims of the course.


Considerable emphasis is placed on the development of self-reliance, project skills, teamwork and quality in all areas of operation. Successful students, having mastered the specific knowledge and skills of the individual subject areas, are in great demand from multinational pharmaceutical companies, as well as the traditional employers in the food and drink sectors.


Years 1 & 2 (Common)

The course is taught through formal lectures and extensive laboratory work. The high emphasis on practical laboratory work differentiates programmes at MTU Cork from those at University.


Opportunities currently exist for a number of students on courses to participate in EU funded exchange programmes involving colleges and enterprises in France, UK, Germany, Finland, Spain and Sweden. In addition, students from these countries join our programmes at different levels every year.


Course Programme

The academic year is divided into two semesters. The course is taught through formal lectures, tutorials and laboratory work, with a very strong emphasis on practical work. The structure of the course is modular and each module is examined through continuous assessment and/or examinations upon its completion.


Work Placement

At present, students generally spend four months in an appropriate work placement in Year 3. The placement can be organised for Ireland or abroad.

Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:

Bachelor of Science in Food and Health Science CR006

Higher Certificate in Applied Bioscience

The Bachelor of Science in Food and Health Science has a long tradition and a well earned reputation for producing graduates who are able to function effectively and productively in employment, without the need for additional extensive training. The applied orientation of the course, the emphasis on the use of modern techniques and the flexibility of the graduates, are features that employers have found attractive. Advanced manufacturing in the food, health care, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and chemical industries have been employment destinations for graduates of this course as well as state and local authority laboratories

For application enquiries, please email Dr Deirdre Gilroy at

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Dr Deirdre Gilroy

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