Diplomas and degrees in Food Technology provide students with a thorough theoretical, as well as practical and hands-on approach to applied food chemistry, microbiology, process engineering and production, and quality assurance techniques. This is done to foster an understanding of the physical and chemical changes in foods during processing, as well as during the application of appropriate preservation techniques.
Food Technologists are trained in all aspects pertaining to the processing, preservation and development of high quality foods. They are responsible for ensuring that processing and preservation of foodstuffs is carried out effectively, thereby eliminating spoilage and waste, and they often end up managing processing plants or quality assurance laboratories. In addition to working in the larger food manufacturing industry, Food Technologists may also be employed by research institutes, or by government bodies charged with the monitoring of food quality standards.
Food technology training
Food Technology Diploma and Degree-courses are offered at the following universities of technology: Durban University of Technology, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Johannesburg.
Training at these universities involves fundamentally similar, three-year National Diploma courses in Food Technology which include a one-year experiential learning period in industry. During the experiential learning period, students work in approved food factories, laboratories, or other related institutions, and they are exposed to many aspects of food production, quality assurance, food product development and other important tasks. After a further two years of study, the B.Tech-degree in Food Technology can be obtained. Candidates who proceed to the B.Tech-degree have the opportunity of specialising in areas such as: Food Production, Food Product Development, and Food Quality Assurance as main fields of study.
Further studies in food technology
Studies towards Masters and Doctoral degrees can be undertaken at some of the institutions. Research programmes, which offer students the opportunity of specialising in a field of interest of their own choice, are frequently available.
More information on university of technology courses
More information on diploma and degree courses at universities of technology can be obtained on the following websites:
Enquiries regarding entrance qualifications, course duration and other requirements should be addressed to The Registrar (Academic), at any of the Universities listed below:
Cape Peninsula University of Technology, P O Box 1906, Bellville, 7535
Durban University of Technology, P O Box 1334, Durban, 4000
Tshwane University of Technology, Private Bag X680, Pretoria, 0001
University of Johannesburg, P O Box 17011, Doornfontein, 2028