Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science
Feed our future
Food is fundamental to our wellbeing as a society. New approaches to production and processing of food, as well as to our diet, are key for health and sustainability.
The Australian food and beverage industry exports $40 billion a year and is growing rapidly. There is a high demand for food and nutrition scientists able to tackle today's challenges and meet tomorrows global needs.
What will you do?
Ranked third in Australia and best in South Australia for food science, technology and nutrition*, our bachelor prepares you to educate and innovate in food. You will:
- understand food systems and production from ‘farm-gate to fork’
- learn how to design, formulate, produce, package and market foods
- experiment with chemical composition and flavour combinations in the lab
- build experience in sensory evaluation and project management
- explore ways of developing sustainable, nutritious, safe and healthy food supplies
- gain hands-on experience through 120 hours of placement in a food, nutrition or health organisation.
Where could it take you?
You could work in public health advertising, developing food and nutrition policy, regulations and resources. You might pursue microbiology and increase the nutrient density of plant-based protein products. Perhaps you’ll take on a role in food quality assurance, waste management or education. You’ll also be eligible to apply for registration as an associate nutritionist, or could use the program as a pathway into dietetics.
*Academic Rankings of World Universities by Subject 2018
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SATAC Code 314761 2019 CSP ATAR 67.1 2019 CSP IB 24 Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75 Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 24 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February and July Enquiries Future Students team
2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 64 Median ATAR to receive an offer 69.2 Highest ATAR to receive an offer 96.1 Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 67.1 Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 79.35 Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 98.9 Minimum eligibility score 65 Additional criteria considered Selection rank only Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2: Chemistry and Mathematical Methods (if studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies) Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), 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 2018). 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. Other Entry PathwaysSATAC Code: 314761
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2019 Number of students Percentage of all students (A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
7 17.5% (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/A (C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
7 17.5% (D) Recent secondary education:
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
- Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
- Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
N/A N/A International students 20 50.0% All students 40 100.0%
CRICOS 068797G Intake February and July
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 Selection Rank (International) 70 International Baccalaureate (IB) 25 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 17 United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 25 General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65 British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 4.6 Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 74 ISC & CBSE [India] 60% ISBE [India] 70% SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 1120 AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 6 Abitur 3.7 Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.2 Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5 STPM or Matrikulasi 2.67 Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 70 The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 70 Eynesbury Foundation Program 339 ANU Foundation Studies 64 Monash Foundation Year 67.5 Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 70 UNSW Foundation Year 6.5 University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.5 Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 56 University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.0 Non-Go8 Foundation Score 70 Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines 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 Pathway Programs
Assumed Knowledge Chemistry and Mathematics is desirable
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
Fees and Scholarships
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Annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place: $9,525
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Annual tuition fees International student place: $38,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Career ReadinessEmployment 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
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 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
Industry PlacementIn 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 AccreditationGraduates 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
Food Scientist, Food Technologist, Food Standards Officer, Market Researcher, Science Communicators, Scientific Data Analyst, Scientific Officer, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Health Promotion Professional, Community Nutritionist, Public Health Nutritionist, Research and Education, Food Engineer, Food Scientist, Sports Nutritionist
A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 available opportunities visit Study Overseas.
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.
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 Nutrition I CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA
CHEM 1101 Foundations of Chemistry IA
FOOD SC 1000RG 'Farm-Gate to Fork' - Food Production I S2 BIOLOGY 1201 Biology I: Human Perspectives FOOD SC 1002RG The Science and Technology of Food Production I CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB
CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB
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 Science Industry Placement III
FOOD SC 3520WT Nutrition Industry Placement III
FOOD SC 3505WT Public Health Nutrition III FOOD SC 3530RG Food Preservation & 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 3028WT 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: Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019