Food Science and Technology

ESTG - School of Technology and Management


Food Science and Technology is a diverse discipline that has evolved rapidly and encompasses diverse areas like quality control (chemical, microbiological, physical and sensory properties), production ( processing, product design, plant design, operation and maintenance), quality management (management and certification systems, laboratory accreditation), marketing and food product development.

Course Coordinator

Rita  Pinheiro

Course Aims

The course seeks to:

  • Provide technical training and learning, and the attribution of diplomas along the course that are relevant to market and industrial needs;
  • Guarantee adequate understanding and competencies in integrating quality and technical concepts, that is strongly focussed on national and international concerns and developments.

These objectives have been developed taking into consideration studies undertaken at an European Level by the ISEKI Food Association.

Length and Professional Profile

Generally, the 3 year undergraduate degree is divided into 3 major thematic areas that corresponds to 3 full academic semesters:

  1. Fundamental scientific and technical knowledge and competence;
  2. Food technology and manufacture, quality control practices;
  3. Product quality design and process improvement, quality assurance and management studies

Each thematic area is further sub-divided into semesters whereby the curriculum focusses and corresponds to professional training objectives in diverse fields that would provide adequate and relevant competencies in laboratory skills and practices, a broad knowledge and understanding of food processing technologies, relevant competencies in the handling of quality and environmental management systems and the ability to develop and design new food products and processes.

Career Opportunities

Opportunities for employment in the food and allied industries include positions in processing, quality assurance and control, technical and laboratory services, product and process development, sales and marketing, consultancy, retail and distribution, and professional training.

Study programme