Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science
Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 314761
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.
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I am a:
SATAC Code 314761 2016 CSP ATAR 67.15 2016 CSP IB 24 2016 Adelaide Approved Score 75 Deferment Yes - 2 year Mid-year entry Yes Enquiries Ask Adelaide
Alternative entry pathways
SATAC Code: 314761
- 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.
- Other Entry Pathways
CRICOS 068797G Intake February
English Language Requirements
Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide IELTS Overall 6 Reading 5.5 Listening 5.5 Speaking 6 Writing 6 TOEFL Overall 60 Reading 8 Listening 8 Speaking 18 Writing 21 Pearsons Overall 50 Reading 42 Listening 42 Speaking 50 Writing 50 Cambridge Overall 169 Reading 162 Listening 162 Speaking 169 Writing 169 Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
Academic Entry Requirements
Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 70 International Baccalaureate (IB) 25 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 9 United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 25 General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65 ISC & CBSE [India] 60% ISBE [India] 70% SAT [US] 1120 Abitur 3.7 Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.2 Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5 STPM or Matrikulasi 2.67 The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 70 Eynesbury Foundation Program 339 Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
Assumed Knowledge Chemistry and Mathematics is desirable
- Higher Education applicants
Fees and Scholarships
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I am a:
Annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place: $9,025
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
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.
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 AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
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.
The Dietetics Association of Australia has information about what is required for registration on their website at: https://daa.asn.au/find-an-apd
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".
Food Scientist, Food Technologist, Food Standards Officer, Market Researcher, Science Communicators, Scientific Data Analyst, Scientific Officer, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Marketing - Agriculture, Food and Wine, Health Promotion Professional, Community Nutritionist, Public Health Nutritionist, Research and Education, Government or Corporate Food and Nutrition
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.
Study Abroad and ExchangeThe Faculty of Sciences recommends students who want to undertake an exchange in an overseas university plan to go in Semester 2 of Level 2 and/or Semester 1 of Level 3. To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.
Degree StructureCore 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
*Students that wish to pursue a pre-dietetics pathway must choose as their level 2 electives:
Indicative study plan Year1 S1 BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells FOOD SC 1001WT Food and Nutrition I CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA
CHEM 1101 Foundations of Chemistry IA
FOOD SC 1000RG Introduction to Food Technology I S2 BIOLOGY 1201 Biology I: Human Perspectives FOOD SC 1002RG Practical Food Production I CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB
CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB
CHEM 1311 Chemistry IB(S) [Summer School]
STATS 1004 Statistical Practice I (Life Sciences) Year2 S1 FOOD SC 2505RG Food Quality & Regulation II PLANT SC 2520WT Microbiology & Biotechnology II *Approved Elective 1 x 3 units *Approved Elective 1 x 3 units S2 BIOCHEM 2501 Biochemistry II: Metabolism FOOD SC 2502RG Food Microbiology II FOOD SC 2510WT Nutrition II *Approved Elective 1 x 3 units Year 3 S1
FOOD SC 3510RG Food & Nutrition Science - Industry Placement III
FOOD SC 3520WT Nutrition Industry Placement III
FOOD SC 3505WT Public Health Nutrition III FOOD SC 3530RG Food Preservation and Packaging Techniques III FOOD SC 3540RG Food Chemistry III S2 FOOD SC 3503RG Food Processing Technology III FOOD SC 3502WT Nutrition III FOOD SC 3021RG Food Product Development III FOOD SC 3027RG Sensory Evaluation of Foods III
BIOCHEM 2500: Biochemistry II Molecular and Cell Biology
PHYSIOL: 2510 Physiology IIA: Heart, Lung & Neuromuscular Systems and
PHYSIOL 2520 Physiology IIB: Systems & Homeostasis
Varies with individual courses and includes a combination of oral presentations, written assignments , practical or examination work
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Last updated: Friday, 22 Sep 2017