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?
Our Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science prepares you to educate and innovate with food. You will:
- tackle global issues like food security and population health to help feed the world into the future
- learn about food systems and production from ‘farm-gate to fork’
- gain hands-on experience through 120 hours of placement in a food, nutrition or health organisation
- learn how to design, formulate, produce, package and market foods under industry conditions
- develop the skills to use and alter food to combat diet-related health issues
- experiment with chemical composition and flavour combinations in the lab
- explore ways of developing sustainable, nutritious, safe and healthy food supplies.
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.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|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|
(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 Pathway. 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 Pathway. 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 Pathway. 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.|
|Other Entry Pathways|
|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)
|(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)
|(D) Recent secondary education:|
|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||
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
|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%|
|SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||1120|
|AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||6|
|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 Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP)||56|
|University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program||4.0|
|Non-Go8 Foundation Score||70|
|SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate)||80|
|Gao Kao (China National College Entrance Examination)||60%|
|KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education)||B+|
|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|
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees||
Commonwealth-supported place: $9,525
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||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.
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 and intellectual breadth
- Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Professionalism and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
- Digital capabilities
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
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.
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, Farmer, Food Standards Officer, Flavour Chemist, 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
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
|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|
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
The Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science equipped me with a deep discipline knowledge of food biochemistry and nutrient physiology. Practical courses and placements provided me with hands-on experiences of what it is like to work in the commercial industry. This helped me to transition into the working environment. I also got my first full time job through my third year industry placement.
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Last updated: Monday, 14 Sep 2020