Food Safety Major - Bachelor of Science

There's worldwide demand for scientists with an understanding of food safety. The Food Safety major in the Bachelor of Science addresses this need.

Food and beverage exports are critical to New Zealand’s economy but overseas markets want to make sure that these products are safe and of high quality. New Zealand organisations need to meet the necessary food safety standards to avoid being blocked from important markets. An understanding of food safety is also essential to minimise the economic impact of crop damage and food spoilage.

Through the Food Safety major you gain important practical skills in food microbiology, instrumental food analysis and food chemistry. These skills are highly transferable, and can lead to exciting careers around the world.

The Bachelor of Science information published here relates to 2022. The 2023 offerings for this degree are still to be confirmed and will be added as soon as available.

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This is part of the Bachelor of Science.

Start date: 2022

Start date: 2023

Year 1

Complete the following courses

CHEM501 Principles of Chemistry
FOOD502 Food Science
HEAL506 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
CHEM502 Biological Chemistry
MICR501 Microbiology
HEAL507 Health and Environment or MAOH501 Hauora Māori and Environment
BIOL501 Biological Sampling and Interpretation

Plus one level 5 elective

Year 2 and 3

Level 6 courses

CHEM604 Analytical Chemistry
ENVS602 Environmental Risk Assessment
MICR603 Communicable Diseases
FOOD602 Food Microbiology
SCIE602 Research Techniques

Plus three elective courses.

Level 7 courses

MICR702 Advanced Food Microbiology
FOOD702 Food Design and Packaging or MICR701 Biotechnology
FOOD703 Food Industry Legislation
BIOL712 Health Protection
FOOD741 Food Safety Systems

Plus four elective courses with at least one at level 7, or two electives and the Research Project course.

Workplace experience

In your final year you can enrol in the Research Project course (30 points) if you have at least a B grade average in 60 points at level 6. This may involve working on an industry-related project related to your major.

SCIE701 Research Project

The Bachelor of Science information published here relates to 2022. The 2023 offerings for this degree are still to be confirmed and will be added as soon as available.

  • Food safety inspector
  • Food microbiologist
  • Food service executive
  • Risk communication specialist
  • Food safety programme executive
  • Quality assurance officer
  • Quality control executive

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Food Science Careers

Other majors in the Bachelor of Science

You can combine this major with other majors like Food Science, Chemistry or Microbiology, and complete your Bachelor of Science within three years without doing more than the standard eight courses (120 points) per year.

Postgraduate study options

Key features
  • Global demand for food safety graduates
  • Critical food chemistry and microbiology skills
  • Opportunity to complete a research project and lab placement
See yourself as
  • Analytical, independent and critical
  • Knowledgeable about microbiological, chemical, and physical hazards in foods and food processing
  • Organised and attentive to detail

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

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