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Certificate in Food Science and Biosecurity

Course Overview

Food science and biosecurity are fundamental tools required for the development of sustainable
agriculture and for the innovative advancement of food production, product development and services.
When integrated appropriately into the food sector, knowledge in this field will be of significant
assistance in meeting the needs of an expanding and increasingly urbanized population in the next
Food science is a discipline that encompasses chemistry, biology and nutrition to study the nature,
properties and composition of foods and the changes which they undergo during storage and
processing. Students will gain an understanding of operations and innovative procedures that are
applied for the preservation of foods, enhancement of texture, flavor and nutritional composition in the
food processing industry. Product development, quality management and food safety and hygiene will
also be covered. Biosecurity is a strategic and integrated approach that explores the policy and
regulatory frameworks that analyze and mitigate risks in sectors related to food safety, animal plant life
and health and associated environmental risks. Through this programme, students will learn how to
characterize plant pests and animal diseases, the impact of genetically modified organisms on the
food industry and management techniques of invasive alien species. Overall, the concept of
biosecurity has a direct relevance to the sustainability of agriculture, food safety and protection of the
environment, including biodiversity.

Study mode

Full time, Part time


Full Time – Minimum duration 1 year (2 semesters) Maximum duration 3 years (6 semesters) Part Time – Minimum duration 1.5 years (3 semesters) Maximum duration 3.5 years (7 semesters)

Awarding Body

Entry Requirements

As per UTM ‘Admissions Regulations’, and ‘Admission to Certificate and Diploma Programmes’