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Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science

Campus North Terrace Campus
Waite Campus
Regency Park

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 314761

CRICOS 068797G

This program provides students with skills and knowledge in food science and human nutrition. Students will learn how to design, formulate, produce and package everyday and specialty foods with specific functional and nutritional properties. They will learn the importance of developing a sustainable, nutritious and healthy food supply and complete a placement in the food industry or a nutrition/health related organisation. A pre-dietetics pathway is included in the program.



  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 314761
    2016 CSP ATAR 67.15
    Adelaide Approved Score 75
    2016 CSP IB 24
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
    Assumed Knowledge
    SACE Stage 2 Chemistry, Mathematical Studies

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent higher education study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Credit Estimator
      The Credit Estimator is an application that provides information about the possible credit you may receive at the University of Adelaide based on your prior learning.
    • TAFE/VET Credit Pathway
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 314761

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    International ATAR 70
    IB 25
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? No
    CRICOS 068797G
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Assumed Knowledge
    Chemistry and Mathematics is desirable
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 70
    IB 25
    A-Level 6
    UEC [Malaysia] 25
    SAT [US] 1540
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] [1] 70%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 65
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    Bradford Foundation Program 70
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,025

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,000


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    A wide range of career opportunities exist in the food industry, government and non-government organisations, including: quality control and auditing, nutritional advice and support, new product development, marketing and labelling, research in both food science and nutrition areas and public health nutrition. Our graduates secure roles with ample opportunities for career progression into management and leadership positions.

    Food Science Career Opportunities include: 
    •    food technologist, technical officer or manager
    •    laboratory assistant or manager
    •    marketing manager, Product development assistant
    •    quality assurance officer, supervisor or manager
    •    food scientist/researcher
    •    research student (honours and PhD)

    Opportunities for these careers exist in individual food industries and food companies; universities (eg FOODplus Research Centre); government and non-government organisations such as CSIRO, National Heart Foundation, South Australia Research Development Institute (SARDI) etc.

    Nutrition, Food & Health Career Opportunities exist in:
    •    Food Industry
          – providing nutrition & health support and advice in regard to product development and
             reformulation, marketing and labelling claims and  the development of education and
             promotional resource materials (eg Dairy Australia, Woolworths Fresh Kids site)
    •    Government & non-government organisations 
          – as a researcher, advisor or technical assistant/manager in the area of food, nutrition
             & health within organisations such as universities, hospitals, CSIRO, National Heart
             Foundation, Diabetes Australia and Foundations such as the Cancer Foundation,
             Osteoporosis Australia and other public health organisations etc
    •    Research Student (Honours and PhD)
    •    Post-graduate study (for example, Master of Dietetics degrees)

    Graduates of the BFNS are eligible to be recognised by the following organisations:
    •    Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST)
          - graduates can apply for graduate membership of the AIFST
    •    The Nutrition Society of Australia
          - initially, graduates can apply for registration as an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr)

    After three years of relevant experience, graduates may apply for registration as a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) with this organisation.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Professional Accreditation

    Graduates of the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science degree are eligible to apply for Registration as an Associate Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia, and Graduate Membership to the Australian Institute of Food Science Technology.

    Nutritionist Careers

    The Dietetics Association of Australia has information about what is required for registration and what universities do have registered programs

    The Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition (BFNS) degree does not allow students to practice as a "registered" Dietician/Nutritionist or be registered with the Dietetics Association of Australia (DAA). There is only one Undergraduate course in South Australia which does and it has a very high entry requirement and limited spaces.

    Pathways for students to become registered, students must first complete BFNS plus a one year honours degree and then complete one of two masters programs (one at Flinders and one at UniSA) that qualify graduate for registration with DAA.  Students will need to have a strong undergraduate "grade point average".

    Potential careers

    Food Scientist, Food Technologist, Food Standards Officer, Market Researcher, Science Communicators, Scientific Data Analyst, Scientific Officer, Government Officer, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Marketing - Agriculture, Food & Wine

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure
    Core science courses at the University of Adelaide are complemented by industry-focused, practical experience in sensory evaluation of foods, food safety, food processing technology and new product development at the TAFE SA Regency campus.

    Students gain experience in communication, project management, research and team work, they learn about regulatory frameworks ensuring that they can contribute to the food and health industries of the future.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year1S1 BIOLOGY 1101ND Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells
    (3 units)
    FOOD SC 1001WT Food and Nutrition I
    (3 units)
    CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA (3 units)
    CHEM 1101 Foundations of Chemistry IA
    (3 units)
    FOOD SC 1000RG Introduction to Food Technology I
    (3 units)
    S2 BIOLOGY 1201 Biology I: Human Perspectives (3 units) FOOD SC 1002RG Practical Food Production I (3 units) CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB (3 units)
    CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB (3 units)
    CHEM 1311 Chemistry IB(S)(3 units) [Summer School]
    STATS 1004 Statistical Practice I (Life Sciences)
    (3 units)
    Year2S1 FOOD SC 2505RG Food Quality & Regulation II (3 units) PLANT SC 2520WT Microbiology & Biotechnology II (3 units) Approved Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Elective 1 x 3 units
    S2 BIOCHEM 2501 Biochemistry II: Metabolism (3 units) FOOD SC 2502RG Food Microbiology II (3 units) FOOD SC 2510WT Nutrition II (3 units) Approved Elective 1 x 3 units
    Year 3S1

    FOOD SC 3510RG Food & Nutrition Science - Industry Placement III (3 units)


    FOOD SC 3520WT Nutrition Industry Placement III (3 units)

    FOOD SC 3505WT Public Health Nutrition III (3 units) PLANT SC 3530RG Food Preservation and Packaging Techniques III (3 units) FOOD SC 3540RG Food Chemistry III (3 units)
    S2 FOOD SC 3503RG Food Processing Technology III
    (3 units)
    FOOD SC 3502WT Nutrition III (3 units) FOOD SC 3021RG Food Product Development III (3 units) FOOD SC 3027RG Sensory Evaluation of Foods III
    (3 units)


    •  Varies with individual courses and includes a combination of oral   presentations, written assignments , practical or examination work
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