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Life & Health SciencesDietetics, Food & Nutrition

Advanced Certificate in Food Science

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Start Date
To be advised
5 months
Course Fee

This programme is designed to provide students with the knowledge of food science, including chemical and analytical aspects of food components, relation of microorganisms and food as well as principles of food processing and preservation techniques.

Programme Objectives
On completion of the programme, students should be able to:

1. examine and evaluate the impact of food-borne microorganisms in relation to health and disease. 
2. identify, evaluate and analyse the properties and functions of major and minor food components. 
3. evaluate and select appropriate techniques for the analysis of food components and nutrients. 
4. evaluate and integrate the methods of food processing and preservation. 
5. conduct experiments in food science by applying the knowledge and technique of food chemistry, analysis, processing and preservation.
Programme Outline
The programme consists of 4 modules:
Module A - Food Microbiology and Food Safety
This module consists of:
- Introduction to food microbiology
- Microbiology of food commodities
- Food microbiology and public health
- Beneficial uses of microorganisms in food
- Fermentation and enzyme technologies
- Methods for detection of foodborne organisms
- Controlling the microbiological quality of foods
Module B - Food Chemistry and Analysis
This module consists of:
- Properties of major and minor food components
- Food additives
- Food colorants and pigments
- Food colloids, emulsions, foams and gels
- Food enzymes & reactions
- Basic analytical skills for macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients
- Rheology and texture measurement
- Thermal and color analysis
- Principle and applications of modern technologies
- Sensory evaluation
- Sensory analysis in product development
Module C - Food Processing and Preservation
This module consists of:
- Physical and chemical methods of food processing and preservation
- Food packaging
- Shelf life determination
Module D - Laboratory Practical in Food Science
This module consists of:
- a series of laboratory sessions which cover topics in Food microbiology
- Food chemistry and analysis
- Food processing and preservation
A HKU SPACE Advanced Certificate in Food Science will be awarded to successful candidates.
Students who complete the Advanced Certificate in Food Science programme and the relevant programmes offered by HKU SPACE are eligible for entry into the two years part-time BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition programme offered by HKU SPACE in collaboration with the Ulster University, U.K.
Days / Time
  • Tuesday, and Friday evenings (6:45pm - 9:45pm); and some Saturday afternoons (Modules A, B and C)
  • Saturday, afternoons (Module D)
  • Approximately 5 months
  • Lectures will normally be held in HKU SPACE Learning Centres (usually Admiralty, Causeway Bay, Fortress Hill or North Point).
  • Laboratory sessions will normally be held in HKU Main Campus and HKU SPACE Learning Centre at Causeway Bay.
Applicants shall:
I.   A) i)  a)  hold a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognised university; OR 
                b) hold a higher diploma awarded by a recognised institution with at least 2 years related work experience e.g. food and catering industry;
         ii)  hold an Advanced Certificate in Nutrition awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE or equivalent;
     B) i)  a)  have gained in the HKCEE Grade E in 4 subjects (not including English
                  Language) with at least 5 years work experience; or
               b)  have gained in the HKDSE Examination level 2 in 4 subjects (not including English Language) with at least 4 years work experience;
         ii) a)  hold an Advanced Certificate in Nutrition; and
              b)  hold an Advanced Certificate in Food Service Management; and
             c)  hold an Advanced Certificate in Quality Control and Food Safety Management awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE or its equivalent     
II. provide evidence of English proficiency, such as
      A)  HKCEE English Language (Syllabus B) at Grade E or English Language (Syllabus A) at Grade C or English Language (in or after 2007) at Level 2; 
         B)  HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 2;
III. A)  have successfully completed the HKU SPACE Human Biology and Organic Chemistry I short course;
       B)  have a pass in the HKCEE Chemistry and Biology;
      C) have gained in the HKDSE Examination at Level 2 in both Chemistry (or Level 3 in Combined Science (Chemistry)) and Biology (or Level 3 in Combined Science (Biology)) or equivalent.
Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$15,900

Application Form Application Form

Enrolment Method

Interested candidates should apply by returning the special application form, together with relevant supporting documents, copy of Hong Kong Identity Card (or valid working/dependent visa with original entry permit) and an application fee of HK$150 cheque made payable to "HKU SPACE" (non-refundable) to either:

By post: Attn to Dietetics, Food and Nutrition, 13/F., Fortress Tower, 250 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong. OR

In person: any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Counters (Attn: Dietetics, Food and Nutrition). OR

By online: through HKU SPACE website.



As Hongkong Post adopted new postage rates on 1 January 2018, please make sure that sufficient postage is provided when you send us your supporting documents by post. For mails with postage underpaid, we shall return the mails to senders or ask them to pay for the shortage. Such actions may delay the processing of the applications concerned.

For new postage rates please refer to Hongkong Post

Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE enrolment counters.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify theprogramme title(s) for application and applicant’s name. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/MasterCard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or MasterCard, including the “HKU SPACE MasterCard”, at anyHKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE MasterCard can enjoy a 10-month interest-freeinstalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online payment (for the course/programme has online enrolment only)

The course fees of all open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes can be settled by using PPS via the Internet. Applicants may also pay the relevant course fees by VISA or MasterCard online. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or MasterCard if the course is to start shortly.

  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder’s credit card account.

  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses cannot be transferred from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on approved transfers.
  5. Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a completed form and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’. Such copies will only normally be issued at the end of a course.