Bachelor of Science (Food Safety)

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The Food Safety major is designed to address the importance of the food sector in local industry and reflect increasing public concern with food quality. Repeated incidents of New Zealand food exports being blocked by overseas markets indicate that there is a need to reassure New Zealand's trading partners about the safety of its food. Our reliance on a supply of safe food, together with the economic problems that arise from crop damage and food spoilage, means that graduates from this programme will be in high demand by the food and beverage industries.

The Food Safety major is an explicit response to market needs as a result of incidents related to food safety. The papers covered will help develop the future workforce by providing graduates with important practical skills in food microbiology, instrumental food analysis and food chemistry. These skills are exportable, and will be relevant and attractive to students from many countries outside of New Zealand.

Bachelor of Science: degree outline

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Below is a summary only. For a comprehensive overview of this qualification, please refer to the academic calendar.

You will study the following compulsory papers:

Year 1

Level 5

CHEM501 Principles of Chemistry
FOOD502 Food Science
HEAL506 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
CHEM502 Biological Chemistry
MICR501 Microbiology
HEAL507 Health and Environment
BIOL501 Biological Sampling and Interpretation


SCIE503 Biophysics OR ECOL501 Ecology and Evolution

Year 2 and 3

Level 6
STAT602 Quality Assurance
CHEM604 Analytical Chemistry
ENVS602 Environmental Risk Assessment
MICR603 Communicable Diseases
FOOD602 Food Microbiology
Level 7

MICR702 Advanced Food Microbiology
FOOD703 Food Industry Legislation
BIOL712 Health Protection

Plus 8 electives OR 6 electives and SCIE701 Research Project.

Research project
In the final year of your degree you will have the opportunity to enrol in the Research Project paper (30 points) if you obtain a B grade average in 60 points at level 6. This project allows you to explore a particular area of food safety in more depth. A variety of projects may be suitable for this paper, for example, an extended audit of premises or a laboratory-based project.

Other majors such as Food Science, or Chemistry, or Microbiology can be completed along with Food Safety within three years without doing more than the standard eight papers (120 points) per year.


The School of Applied Sciences offers competitive fee-only scholarships for the first year of Bachelor of Science (one for every major). Some of these scholarships are for the full 3 years and are co-funded by external institutions, such as the Department of Conservation.

Visit the scholarship website to find out more

Career opportunities

Graduates find a wide range of employment opportunities in food related industries. These include:

  • Food safety inspector
  • Food microbiologist
  • Foodservice executive
  • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) programme executive
  • Quality control
  • Risk communication specialist

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Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.38pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.