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Diploma in Food Science & Technology
(DFST) S47
School of Chemical & Life Sciences (CLS)

Be a part of the team that designs food to excite the taste and imagination through food science and technology. Come join the ranks of food scientists and technologists to launch innovative new products to meet the needs of today’s ever curious and adventurous consumers!

Through Design Thinking, innovative teaching and industry-linked projects, you will discover the world of food – from raw materials to ingredients, processes and packaging to finished consumer products! As a food scientist or technologist, you can play an important role in making our foods more appealing yet healthier and safer!

Come journey through the Diploma in Food Science and Technology (DFST) on a D.I.E.T. (Discover, Integrate and Express with Technology) by honing your skills through basic science modules and uncovering the mysteries of food in Year 1.

In Year 2, you will integrate your food science knowledge through opportunities in ideating food concepts, performing sensory evaluation and conducting shelf-life studies, to transform raw materials into consumer focused end-products.

In Year 3, you develop processes and design food packaging that reduce food wastage and achieve sustainability of future food products. You can do this by choosing your DFST path through internship or through actual experience by taking a B.I.T.E. (Business design Infused with Technology Experience) in commercial projects.

With so many choices, what’s holding you back from choosing DFST?

What makes DFST unique?

  • Well-equipped facilities such as the Food Creation Lab, Dough and Roll Studio, Food Analysis Lab, Food Processing Lab and Biotransformation Lab
  • Work with the Food Innovation & Resource Centre (FIRC) at SP – a one-stop centre that provides integrated consultancy advice and training for food companies
  • Successful commercialisation of a portfolio of food products including the Lemon & Kalamansi drink, Two-ply Noodles, XO Kaya, Yamie Rice, Rainbow Rice and the Love Letter Latte coffee blend
  • This course is internationally recognised by IUFoST (International Union of Food Science & Technology). The certificate is awarded to Food Science & Technology programmes which have met international standards and guidelines
  • Acquire a more global perspective on research, product development and food operations through overseas internship or learning journey

Applicants must obtain:

i) the following GCE 'O' Level grades at not more than two sittings and

ii) 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus points)

Aggregate Type: ELR2B2-C
Subject Grade

a) English Language

1 - 7

b) Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)

1 - 6

c) One of the following 3rd relevant subjects:

1 - 6

  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)

The Diploma in Food Science & Technology is a three-year full-time programme.

First Year

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Cell Biology
  • Communicating for Project Effectiveness
  • Engineering Mathematics I
  • Food Chemistry
  • Food Processing Principles
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Introductory Food Science
  • Laboratory Skills for Analytical and Physical Chemistry
  • Laboratory Skills for Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Physics
  • General Education 1
  • General Education 2

Second Year

  • Engineering Mathematics II
  • Food Ingredients
  • Food Microbiology
  • Food Preservation
  • Food Process Engineering
  • Food Product Design & Development
  • Food Safety & Quality Management
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Organic Chemistry – Reaction Mechanism
  • Quality Assurance and Statistics
  • Social Innovation Project
  • General Education 3

Third Year

  • Communicating for Professional Effectiveness
  • Internship
  • Food Packaging
  • Process Design & Implementation
  • Project

For a synopsis of each module, click here.

Exciting career opportunities include:

  • Food Technologist
  • R&D Technologist
  • Product Development Specialist
  • Food Safety Officer
  • Food Processing Technologist
  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Packaging Technologist
  • Production Supervisor
  • Quality Assurance Executive
  • Sales & Marketing Executive
  • Teacher/Educator

Further Studies

You can apply for related degree programmes at local or overseas universities such as the Degree in Applied Science – Food Science and Technology at the National University of Singapore; or the Degree in Biological Sciences with a Second Major in Food Science and Technology or the Degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a Second Major in Food Science and Technology or the Degree in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry with a Second Major in Food Science & Technology at Nanyang Technological University. You can also apply for admission to the Bachelor in Food Technology (Honours) programme or the Bachelor in Food & Human Nutrition (Honours) programme offered by the Singapore Institute of Technology.