Bachelor of Science (Honours) Food Science

Duration:3 years (full time)

Intakes:January, May, October

Campus:UTAR Kampar

Level of Study:Undergraduate

Faculty:Faculty of Science

Course Code:

About this course

Food Science is a multidisciplinary science that intergrates various fundamentals and potential aspects of food molecules, post-harvest processing and food quality assessment. Food science includes the application of scientific/technological knowledge in minimising post-harvest losses; increasing agricultural productivity, improving the quantity, safety and nutritional quality of crops and animals by all available “tools”, including biotechnology and food safety. Students pursuing the Food Science programme would be equipped with an in-depth understanding of science as it applies to foods and involves hands-on laboratory activities.

As food and its nutrients are essential for our survival, the opportunity to understand and tackle some of the greatest challenges facing mankind is one which you may find appealing. Food Science applies the pure science subjects, such as chemistry, biology, nutrition, biochemistry, and microbiology, to the study of the nature, properties and composition of food and the changes whcih they undergo during storage and processing.

It takes a scientific and technical approach to understand the nature of raw food materials and their transformation into final consumable products – “From farm to fork”. In fact, it plays an important role in producing safe, nutritious, and wholesome food to meet the high demand of the increasing global population.

In this programme, students will be introduced to the good laboratory practice, manufacturing practice, current food preservation techniques, food processing technologies, food microbial risk assessment and the industrial best practices and will apply them in the form of assignments and final year projects. 

Total Course Fees

RM45,000 (Local)
RM60,750 (International)

For scholarships enquiries please e-mail for more details.

Subject Listing

Core Courses:
  • Chemistry- Properties and Energetics
  • Co-Curriculum
  • Computer Systems and Applications
  • Elective I
  • Elective IV
  • English for Science
  • Food Biophysics
  • Food Chemistry
  • Introduction to Food Science
  • Introductory Microbiology
  • Mathematics for Bioscience
  • MPU1*
  • MPU1**
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Sun Zi’s Art of War and Business Strategies


Elective I – Choose 1 course(s)

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management Principles
  • Organisational Behaviour


Elective IV – Choose 1 course(s)

  • Food Biochemistry and Toxicology
  • Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals


MPU 1* – Choose 1 course

  • Hubungan Etnik – For Local Students
  • Malaysian Studies 3 – For International Students


MPU 1** – Choose 1 course

  • Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2 – For International Students
  • Tamadun Islam dan Tamadun Asia (TITAS) – For Local Students


Co-curriculum – Choose 1 course

  • Art, Craft, and Design
  • Arts and Cultural Performance
  • Business Plan Writing & Preparation
  • Community Project
  • Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Language, Culture and Social Study Aboard
  • Leadership and Teambuilding
  • Managing Personal Finance
  • Music Performance
  • Management of Martial Arts Activity
  • Management of Sports Activity
  • Oral Communication
  • Social Entrepreneurship Project
  • Study Soft Skills and/or Life Skills Abroad
  • Team Work and Collaborative Project
  • Work Ethics and EQ

Core Courses:

  • Design of Analysis and Experiment
  • Food Analysis I (Chemical Methods)
  • Food Analysis II (Instrumental Methods)
  • Food Microbiology
  • Food Preservation
  • Human Nutrition
  • Industrial Training
  • National Language/Other Languages
  • Sensory Evaluation
  • Unit Operations for Food Processing


National Language/Other Language – Choose 1 course

  • Bahasa Kebangsaan (A) – For Malaysian only, without SPM-BM credit
  • Communication Tamil For Health Sciences
  • Introduction to French
  • Introduction to German Language
  • Introduction to Japanese
  • Introduction to Korean
  • Introduction to Tamil Language
  • Introduction to Thai Language

Core Courses:

  • Elective II
  • Elective III
  • Elective V
  • Food Biotechnology
  • Food Packaging Science
  • Food Processing
  • Food Product Innovation
  • Food Safety and Quality Assurance
  • Food Standards, Food Laws and Regulations
  • Project


Elective II – Choose 1 course(s)

  • Culture and Communication
  • Introduction to Sociology


Elective III – Choose 1 course(s)

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Organisation and Human Resource


Elective V – Choose 1 course(s)

  • Food Shelf Life Evaluation
  • Leadership and Team Building

Entry RequirementsApplicants must have one of the following Entry requirements:

  • STPM with Grade C in 2 Science subjects including Chemistry


  • A-Level with Grade D in 2 Science subjects including Chemistry


  • South Australian Matriculation (SAM) with an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) 70 and Grade B in 2 Science subjects including Chemistry


  • Canadian Pre-University (CPU) with minimum of 70% in 6 subjects including Chemistry


  • Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) with Grade B in 5 subjects including Chemistry


  • Matriculation Certificate, Ministry of Education including Chemistry


  • Foundation in Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)


  • Diploma, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) in the relevant field


  • Foundation from other Institutions of Higher Learning in the relevant field


  • Diploma from other Institutions of Higher Learning in the relevant field


  • Other equivalent qualifications recognised by the Malaysian Government

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