Where Can I Study Food Science In South Africa

What is Food Science?

Food science is the basic science and applied science of food; its scope starts at overlaps with agricultural science and nutritional science and leads through the scientific aspects of food safety and food processing, informing the development of food technology.

Where Can I Study Food Science In South Africa

  • Nelson Mandela University.
  • North-West University.
  • Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University ( SMU )
  • Stellenbosch University ( SU ) ( Universiteit Stellenbosch )
  • University of the Free State ( UFS ) ( Universiteit van die Vrystaat )
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)
  • University of the Western Cape (UWC)

Is Food Science a good career in South Africa?

Food Science degrees

Graduates can pursue careers such as Food Scientists, Quality Assurance Managers, Food Product Developers, Nutritionists, or Sensory Analysts. 

A Food Science degree offers diverse opportunities in the food industry, making it a valuable choice for people interested in the science behind food.

How long does it take to study Food Science in South Africa?


The BSc (Food Science) undergraduate programme is a three-year full-time degree programme. Food scientists are concerned with the chemical composition, structure and nutritional value of foods.

They monitor chemical, physical and biological changes that occur in foods during processing, preservation and storage.

What are the requirements for Food Science at Stellenbosch?

NSC or IEB aggregate of at least 5 (60%) (excluding Life Orientation) English or Afrikaans (Home Language or First Additional Language) 4 (50%) Mathematics 5 (60%) Physical Sciences (Physics & Chemistry) 4 (50%) *Admission requirements may differ on an annual basis, please refer to the official SU Yearbook.

Are food scientists in demand in South Africa?

The food industry is one of the biggest industries in South Africa. It is a provider of many business opportunities and employs in the order of 160, 000 people of whom about 15% have a post-matric qualification.