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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 degree is ranked third in Australia and best in South Australia for food and nutrition science and technology.

The Australian food and beverage industry exports $40 billion a year and is growing rapidly. There is high demand for food and nutrition scientists who can identify new products and services that meet the needs of tomorrow's global customers.

In this degree, you'll learn how to design, formulate, produce and package foods; plus the fundamentals of developing a sustainable, nutritious and healthy food supply.

Career opportunities include the food industry, quality auditing, new product development public health nutrition, food and nutrition policy development, research and education.

You’ll gain hands-on experience by completing 120 hours of placement in a food, nutrition or health organisation.

As a graduate, you’ll be eligible to apply for registration as an associate nutritionist, or use the program as a pathway into dietetics.
  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 314761
    2017 CSP ATAR 65.4
    2017 CSP IB 24
    2017 Adelaide Approved Score 75
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Mid-year entry Subject to availability
    Intake February and July
    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 and Mathematical Methods (if studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called 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 2018. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2017 or 2016), 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 2016). 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
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 314761

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 068797G
    Intake February
    Selection Criteria
    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 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 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
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,000


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

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Employment opportunities

    The food industry is growing rapidly in Australia and all over the world.

    This degree offers a wide range of career opportunities including:
    • quality control and auditing
    • nutritional advice and support
    • new product development
    • innovative food technology
    • marketing and labelling
    • public health nutrition
    • research in food science and nutrition
    • policy development
    • education

    Our graduates have ample opportunities for career progression into management and leadership positions.

    You could be:

    Providing nutrition and health support and advice on product development and reformulation, marketing and labelling claims and the development of education and promotional resource materials (e.g. Dairy Australia, Woolworths Fresh Kids site), working as a researcher, advisor or technical assistant/manager in the area of food, nutrition and health within organisations such as universities, hospitals, food industries, CSIRO, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, SARDI and Foundations such as the Cancer Foundation, Osteoporosis Australia, National Heart Foundation, Diabetes Australia, and other public health organisations.

    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

    Industry Placement

    In your third year you’ll gain practical industry experience in a food or nutrition and health organisation.

    This provides hands-on experience in a potential career pathway. Experiences may include: recipe, new product and menu development, nutritional composition and analysis, sensory testing, application and development of hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) plans, working with innovative food manufacturing and processing techniques and the application of public health nutrition policies, such as healthy eating and dietary guidelines to real-life situations. You gain experience in teamwork, work, health and safety (WHS) and evaluation.

    Professional Accreditation

    Graduates are eligible for registration as an Associate Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia and after three years of relevant experience, can apply to be a Registered Nutritionist. You are also eligible for Graduate Membership to the Australian Institute of Food Science Technology.

    A note on nutrition and dietetics accreditation:

    A nutritionist is a tertiary qualified nutrition professional that has the expertise to provide a range of evidence based nutrition services related to nutrition, public health nutrition, policy and research, and community health (1).

    Food and Nutrition Science graduates who would also like to be able to practice as an accredited dietitian, will need to complete a post-graduate degree in Dietetics (generally an additional 2 years of full-time study on top of the undergraduate food and nutrition science degree).

    The Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science offers a pre-dietetics pathway for those students interested in continuing with postgraduate study in order to become an accredited dietitian. To be eligible for most Masters of Dietetics programs in Australia, students must complete the pre-dietetics elective pathway and achieve a grade point average of at least 5 out of 7, on finishing the food and nutrition science degree.

    (1) Dieticians Association of Australia

    Potential careers

    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

  • 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.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    The 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 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 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)

    Year2S1 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 3S1

    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

    *Students that wish to pursue a pre-dietetics pathway must choose as their level 2 electives:
    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: Thursday, 19 Oct 2017