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Writing for Food Science

If you are studying food science and need to write assignments, essays, etc., then these pages can help!

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Food science is highly transdisciplinary in nature and involves the application of the physical sciences and different branches of engineering to the study of food. It includes the study of the make-up of food, as well as its production and processing from the field to the consumer.

To write assignments about food science, the first thing you need to know is the vocabulary. We've analysed high-scoring student assignments to find the words that are used most often. For exercises about vocabulary related to food science go to this page:

Food Science Vocabulary

Secondly, and most importantly, you will need to learn how to write certain types of assignments ('genres'). In food science, you will probably write: 

  • Methodology Recounts, where you practise recording experimental findings by describing your methodology
  • Public Engagement, where you write about your subject so that it can be understood by non-specialist readers

Each of these genres has an individual style you will need to learn. If you're short of time, you can go directly to the pages about these genres, but we recommend you start at the beginning of 'Writing for a Purpose' and work through all of it. 

If you read all the materials, you'll be better able to identify what sort of assignment you have to write – your tutor usually won't tell you. Also, not all food science courses are the same and they might include assignments in different genres from the two typical ones above.