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.


This is part of the Bachelor of Science.

Start date: 2018

Start date: 2019

Year 1

Complete the following papers

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

Plus one of the following

SCIE503 Biophysics
ECOL501 Ecology and Evolution

Year 2 and 3

Level 6 papers

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

Plus three elective papers.

Level 7 papers

MICR702 Advanced Food Microbiology
FOOD703 Food Industry Legislation
BIOL712 Health Protection
FOOD741 Food Safety Systems

Plus four elective papers, or two electives and the Research Project paper.

Workplace experience

In your final year you can enrol in the Research Project paper (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

  • 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 papers (120 points) per year.

Postgraduate study options

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