Food Science is the discipline in which biology, physical sciences, and engineering are used to study the nature of foods, the causes of their deterioration, and the principles underlying food processing.
Food Technology is the application of food science to the selection, preservation, processing, packaging, distribution, and use of safe, nutritious and wholesome food
FST is a multidisciplinary subject which covers area in Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Nutrition, Microbiology, etc. FST is NOT a programme to enhance your culinary skills. FST undergraduates are required to spend one semester for industrial attachment with food related companies. As such, students in the FST programme are given the opportunities to learn basic sciences through applications in everyday life in the field of FST. FST graduate will receive a B.Sc. or B.Sc. (Hon).
Administratively, Food Science and Technology is a programme attached to the Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science, although its syllabus and academic matters are handled separately and independently from the Department of Chemistry.
Food Scientists and Technologists are usually working in the relevant companies, government agencies or research establishments, to help in product development, applying the findings from food science research in production, preservation, processing, packaging, distribution, and use of safe, nutritious, and wholesome food.
The list given here is not exhaustive: Quality control, food scientist, food technologist, food product development, research scientist, laboratory technologist, food health and safety inspector, food law enforcement officer, food technical manager, teacher, nutrition advisor, production supervisor/manager, flavour scientist/technologist, sensory scientist, technical sales and marketing, journalist etc. You can also start your own food business.
Most of these jobs are provided in food and allied industries, government and non-government organizations, and in education. FST graduates have been able to find jobs locally or abroad.
The salary levels vary with individual qualification, experience, employment setting, scope of responsibility etc. According to the Graduate Employment Survey; Honour Degree: Average of $3 300 per month.
Professional Placement Programme is an Industrial Attachment Programme which is compulsory for all applied science programme. Students will be posted to local/ overseas companies for on-the-job training and exposure with a minimum period of 16weeks. The normal stipend given for such attachment is ranging from $800 to $1200.
Every year we have around 3 to 5 students posted overseas. Company will normally give a monthly allowance to help with living expenses
There are many opportunities to go abroad. Mainly, the students can go abroad by applying for the Student Exchange Programme (SEP) or applying for an industrial attachment opportunity overseas. There are also other programmes to go abroad organized by the University or student organizations. In the last few years, our students had the opportunity to join summer programmes in Costa Rica, China, Europe and Indonesia. Students in FST are strongly encouraged to participate in such activities to broaden their horizons.
Many FST undergraduates participates in various other programmes in the University e.g. University Scholars Programme, Exchange Programme, Special Programme in Science, summer programme, double degree programmes, joint minor programmes, NUS overseas colleges etc. FST does not restrict students who wish to participate in any of such programmes. Students may also consider minor/s in other area to add value to their degree.
Awards are given based on merit to the most deserved students every year. Students may apply for scholarships when they are opened for application. The date will be announced in the class or transmitted through emails to FST students. Some awards and scholarships specifically for FST students only are listed here: Nestle Scholarship, F&N Scholarship, Ingredion Scholarship, PJ Barlow Book Prize, Givaudan Food Excellence Prize, KH Roberts Student Award, Firmenich Best Honours Student Award, SIFST Best Student Award, Abbott Academic Excellence Prize, etc.
Nutrition modules are offered as part of Food Science and Technology course. In addition, graduates in Food Science and Technology may practice as a Nutritionist.
Yes, FST is a direct honours programme, where you do not need to be conferred BSc before proceeding to honours. However, a minimum CAP of 3.2 is required for one to be eligible for an honours degree. Students who are eligible may also choose to proceed for an honours degree or not. The main advantage of this type of direct honours programme is to allow students to graduate after 3 years with BSc without having to stay 4 years for the same. This is unlike other type of direct honours programme which requires students to stay for 4 years regardless of their CAP while only awarding the honours degree to those meeting the CAP requirement specified by the university.
Within Singapore, the degree is recognized by professional organizations such as the Singapore Institute of Food Science and Technology (SIFST) and Singapore National Institute of Chemistry (SNIC).
NUS FST Programme has also obtained certification from the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST).
IUFoST is the global scientific organization for Food Science and Technology supporting programmes and projects to increase the safety and security of the world’s food supply. IUFoST is a not-for-profit country member organization, each country represented by its national food science organisation. IUFoST is one of 31 Unions worldwide elected to full membership in the International Council for Science (ICSU) and IUFoST represents food science and technology to other world bodies.
FST in NUS has obtained international accreditation from IUFoST (see above). The IUFoST accreditation certifies that the NUS FST courses meet international standards and guidelines for outcome-based academic programmes. The accreditation also facilitates mutual recognition of qualifications among the IUFoST accredited courses globally.
FST in NUS has over 15 years of experience in running the programme and has established relationship with local and multinational food companies with a proven track record. This is shown by the support we are receiving from these food companies in terms of research collaboration, scholarships and awards. Our programme is also backed strongly by our alumni who are now in the workforce.
For further more comprehensive comparison, students are encouraged to look at the curriculum offered by different universities.
In addition to the international accreditation and established track record mentioned above, NUS FST is offered as a first major and second major with primary major in Chemistry while in NTU, FST is offered only as a second major only. As first major, the curriculum offered is much more comprehensive. Students are given opportunities to groom themselves in a wider variety of niche areas as they advance in the course. In addition, the lecturers in NUS FST are also highly active doing leading-edge research programme that our student can benefit from to hone their research skills with the close supervision of senior researchers including research fellows and PhD students. Students may also choose to have a double major in Chemistry as primary major and FST as secondary major.
The postgraduate programme in NUS FST is by research only. Candidates must have at least BSc (Hons) with CAP higher than 4.0 before one can be considered for admission to the PhD programme. For MSc by research, the standard can be lowered a little. Further information on application can be found on our website: www.fst.nus.edu.sg. Historically, our graduates have secured entry to graduate programmes in a variety of areas in addition to food related areas such as medicinal science, material science, life sciences, chemistry, engineering, pharmaceutical science etc.
From AY2017-2018 onwards, our primary major in Food Science & Technology and second major in Food Science are directly admitted during the University Admission Exercise.
Polytechnic graduates with a good diploma awarded in food related courses may also be admitted directly to the programme through the NUS Office of Admission. Those with exceptionally strong academic record in other relevant areas may also be admitted.
There will be an add/drop period at the beginning that allows you to consider the option. However, any changes after this period is not encouraged as you may face difficulties in catching up with other modules required by the new major.
Applicants will be informed of the offer by the Office of Admissions directly.
Good ‘A’ level passes, H2 or equivalent in Chemistry and at least one other science subject (Physics, Mathematics or Biology) and good O-level pass, equivalent or higher in Biology. However, having met the minimum requirement does not guarantee one a place in FST since the cut-off point for admission differs from year to year. You may be able to obtain the cut-off point for any major in Faculty of Science for the intake of previous academic year during open house.
Polytechnic graduates with a good diploma awarded in food related courses may also be admitted directly to the programme through the NUS Registrar’s Office. Polytechnic graduates need not complete the application form mentioned above as direct admission to the programme will be offered. Those with exceptionally strong academic record in other relevant areas may also be admitted.
For admission to Food Science and Technology Programme, polytechnic graduates with diploma in food related courses are given an advantage e.g. Diploma in Food Technology and diploma in applied food science and nutrition.
Those with exceptionally strong academic record in other relevant areas may also be admitted. No exemptions will be given for food related modules. However, students may apply for exemption for CM (chemistry) or LSM (life science) modules from the relevant departments.
You may refer to Office of Admissions
Yes. FST will admit up to 60* students into the primary and secondary major programme in the academic year 2017/18. *This number is subject to change in the future. The chances of being admitted is dependent on the number of applications we receive. As long as you are able to meet the minimum requirement, you may apply. Most importantly, you must have passion in the subject.
An interview will be called only when necessary. It is not a concern if you have not been called for an interview.
”A/H2” level biology is not required for admission to FST programme. Candidates are required to have a good pass in ‘O’ or H1 level biology or Sec 4 biology for IP programme.
For further information or answers to questions not listed above, please email us or call our mainline 6516 1656.