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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Culinary and Gastronomic Science (L8)

Galway International Hotel School
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025

About this program

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Culinary and Gastronomic Science (L8)

This exciting course will provide students with the key knowledge, creative and technological skills required in the food and culinary sector. Students will enhance their knowledge of the scientific principles through the study of food. The first two years focus on culinary skills and essential food science. The third year of both courses will focus on a new food product development, entrepreneurship, and introduction to sensory and consumer science. The final years of study will focus on the acquisition of scientific skills in food science, sensory and flavour science.

Admission requirements

The general minimum Leaving Certificate entry requirement is Grade O6/H7 or better in six Leaving Certificate subjects including English or Irish and Mathematics. Two of the six Leaving Certificate subjects must be passed in higher level papers at Grade H5 or higher with a minimum of 160 points.

English Language Requirements

  • Non-EU applicants: Non-EU applicants, who are not English speakers, must have a minimum score of 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS - Academic) or equivalent
  • EU applicants: EU applicants, who are not English speakers, are recommended to have a minimum score of 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS - Academic) or equivalent.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

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Program content

Year 1:

  • Professional Cookery Operations
  • Introduction to Live Kitchen Service
  • Food Science and Technology 1
  • Learning and Innovation Skills
  • Pastry and Bakery Fundamentals
  • Food Safety
  • Nutrition

Year 2:

  • Modern Classics and Global Cuisine
  • Live Kitchen Service 2
  • Industry Work-Based Learning
  • Modern and Innovative Pastry
  • Baking and Desserts
  • Gastronomy

Year 3:

  • Introduction to Sensory and
  • Consumer Science
  • Theory of new Food Product
  • Development
  • Advanced Food Science–Food Processes
  • Industrial Work Placement

Year 4:

  • Food Product Development – Concepts and Techniques
  • Advanced Food Science –Food Commodities and Ingredients
  • Flavour Science
  • Food Legislation & Regulatory Affairs
  • Applied Sensory Analysis
  • Food Packaging and Shelf Life
  • Research Methodology
  • Applied Project

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.


EU students

  • Student Contribution fee - €3,000
  • Tuition fee - €819
  • Total fee - €3,819

Non-EU students

  • Student Contribution fee - €3,000
  • Tuition fee - €6,950
  • Total fee - €9,950


  • Credits: 240
  • Award for Level 8: Honours Bachelor Degree, Higher Diploma

Continuing studies

GMIT honours (Level 8) qualifications are recognised worldwide for postgraduate entry.

Career paths

The food sector is an exciting, busy, and varied world with global opportunities for creative workers. Graduates from this program may work in various chefs’ roles and could also consider careers in food product development with the many organisations working in this specialism now. In addition, graduates could consider careers in food research, food processing and manufacturing or food entrepreneurship.

About this institute

Galway International Hotel School

Galway International Hotel School has an international reputation in offering courses to support the Tourism Industry. We were the first higher education institute in Ireland in 1977 to award degrees in Hotel Management and we have alumni working all over...

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Contact info

Galway International Hotel School

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Old Dublin Road
H91 T8NW Galway City Galway

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