Course Information and Fees

ND: FOOD TECHNOLOGY national diploma


ND: (national diploma)

Food technology is the scientific study of the large-scale production and preservation of foods as well as the development and analysis of foodstuffs in industrial food processing facilities. Food technologists are involved in the following areas of food manufacture: quality assurance, processing technology, chemistry and microbiology. In addition, they are trained to ensure that both legal and industrial food standards are monitored and maintained prior to marketing. They are also part of research teams and have to solve technical problems when raw materials are converted to preserved foods in factories.

Training takes place in modern, on-campus food processing facilities and well-equipped laboratories with motivated and well-qualified staff having a wealth of industrial and teaching experience. This facilitates the training of analytically-orientated graduates for a role in the development, production and analysis of better, safer, nutritious and more satisfying food products.

Career Opportunities
With population growth, new scientific and technological challenges present themselves daily in a career that can lead to rich rewards and excellent job opportunities, for both men and women.

Graduates apply proven techniques and procedures to the production, analysis, development and packaging of safe, nutritious and innovative food products involving a range of technical, engineering and managerial problems and solutions.

Qualified food technologists are employed in industrial food manufacturing concerns, such as bakeries, beverage manufacturers (soft drinks, beer and wine), bottling plants, canning companies, dairies, fish and meat processors. They are involved in production, quality assurance, and product development. Research opportunities exist in companies, as well as in research institutions.

The ND Food Technology also encourages an entrepreneurial spirit through the integration of appropriate business skills and incentives within the mainstream programme. The technical skills acquired should enable entrepreneurially-minded individuals to identify and develop viable business opportunities.

Admission requirements


For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements


For all Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements

Syllabus and fees

First Year

Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
16640 ZAR

Second Year

Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
17630 ZAR

Third Year

Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
16470 ZAR
Minimum number of subjects required for the National Diploma: 18

Offering Type and Duration
Full-Time / Three years, including 12 months of experiential learning

Course is offered on Bellville Campus.

For any queries get in touch with:

Contact: Dr Jessy Van Wyk
Telephone: +27 21 959 6176
Fax: +27 21 959 6095

Contact: Virginia Jackson
Telephone: +27 21 460 3176
Fax: +27 21 460 3217

NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2018 academic year and are provided to assist you in your planning.



This information is subject to change based on approval and accreditation of HEQSF aligned qualifications.

Admission requirements may therefore differ between the existing qualification and the HESQF aligned qualification. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page; however the University reserves the right at any time, if circumstances require, to make changes to any of the published details.