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Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) majoring in Consumer Food Science
Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) majoring in Consumer Food Science

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) majoring in Consumer Food Science

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

English Requirements

  • IELTS Academic, IELTS score of 6.0 in the academic module (with no individual band below 5.5). IELTS Online is also accepted.

  • Internet-based TOEFL, Score of 80 (writing 20) TOEFL iBT Home Edition is currently accepted for applications for intakes commencing semester 2 2022 and 2023 intakes. The University of Otago TOEFL institution code is: 9483 (Please note we do not accept MyBest TOEFL scores).

  • Paper-based TOEFL, Score of 550 (TWE 4.5) The University of Otago TOEFL institution code is: 9483

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169)

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169)

Course Information

Why people eat what they eat.

Consumers are becoming increasingly demanding in what they choose to eat: low carb, vitamin enriched, fat free, organic, sustainably produced, isotonic, carbon neutral, fortified, genetically modified, healthy... and then there’s flavour, safety and affordability. Finding out what people in different markets around the world want and then how to produce it and get it there in top condition is a real challenge for food producers!

That’s where Consumer Food Scientists come in. Their goal is to help turn product ideas into reality. Consumer Food Science students learn about the technical, socio-economic and psychological factors influencing food choice, food production, the subtle art of advertising, food labelling and the regulatory environment.

Why study Consumer Food Science?

Consumer Food Science gives you the opportunity to work with food and people. You’ll study how people make food choices, bringing together elements from many different subjects.

You can make a contribution to the fast moving and dynamic food industry and will gain an understanding of the marketing that helps to sell a product.

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  • FOSC 111  Food Principles

  • FOSC 112  Introduction to Food Marketing

  • STAT 110  Statistical Methods, or STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics

  • CELS 191  Cell and Molecular Biology (recommended) or another paper, 18


  • FOSC 201  Food Systems 1

  • FOSC 202  Food Systems 2

  • FOSC 213  Sensory Science, 18


  • FOSC 306  Advanced Sensory Science

  • FOSC 308  Food and Consumers

  • FOSC 311  Food Product Development, 18

  • 162 further points, including either requirements for an approved minor or approved second major subject or other approved papers, 162

  • Total 360

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Consumer Food Science encompasses many different subjects and applications, and that’s reflected in the breadth of job opportunities. Our graduates frequently find employment before they have even completed their final year at university. You could end up working for a national or international food company specialising in dairy, confectionery, brewing, fruit and vegetables, seafood or any other foodstuff.

Graduates go into research institutes, for example, Plant and Food Research, or government agencies such as the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). There are exciting career options in food quality management, food promotion, sensory analysis, teaching, marketing, consumer research and the hospitality industry.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Health Insurance: 600 per year

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