Universitat de Barcelona

Food Science and Technology

What you will learn

Academic training in the field of food science and technology is crucial to the ongoing improvement and diversification of the food industry, which must meet new needs, address new concerns and satisfy new interest in society. Emerging requirements call for professionals who can design and implement the best possible methods of producing, packaging and conserving foods, conducting the research into new formulations and technologies to comply with new demands for quality, safety and sustainability.

The bachelor's degree in Food Science and Technology provides multidisciplinary training. The aim is for students to gain an advanced level of professional training that leads to employment opportunities across all areas of food and nutrition and in related sectors. The agri-food industry is the largest single industrial contributor to GDP in both Catalonia and Spain. In Catalonia in particular, the sector is dominated by SMEs. This structure is potentially a barrier to global competitiveness, so dynamic professionals are needed to drive improvement and create new processes and products.

The bachelor's degree is predominantly a practical, applied course, with a large proportion of classes taught in laboratories or computer rooms. The Torribera Food and Nutrition Campus is the ideal environment for this practical training, offering specialized laboratory facilities for sensory analysis, instrumental analysis, basic and culinary biology, bioinformatics and molecular modelling, biotechnology, microbiology and parasitology, nutrition and dietetics, food chemistry and food technology.

Number of ECTS credits: 240
Branch of knowledge: Health Sciences
Faculty or school: Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Science

What you will need

  • Interest in learning about the scientific and technological aspects of food and nutrition, and in laboratory work.
  • A good level of chemistry, with basic knowledge of organic and inorganic chemistry, and general knowledge of biology.
  • Basic training in mathematics and physics.
  • User-level IT skills.
  • A good level of English, particularly reading comprehension.

Distribution of credits

Subject area typeECTS credits
Basic training60
Compulsory placements6
Compulsory final project6

Subjects (information available in Catalan)

Admission for students with studies completed outside Spain

Admission for students with studies completed outside Spain.

Applicants holding higher educational qualifications from a university outside Spain should consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications to find out about specific admission requirements.

Fields in which you can work

Although there is no specifically defined, regulated profession for food science and technology graduates, the syllabus of this bachelor's degree is designed to train experts whose professional profiles will enable them to work in the following areas:

  • Process and product quality management in agri-food industries
  • Development and innovation of processes and products in the food area
  • Analysis of foods, prevention and management of fraud
  • Food quality and safety
  • Legal, scientific and technical consultancy to the agri-food sector
  • Teaching and research in areas related to food and nutrition