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.


  • Brand new food science labs and kitchen facilities
  • No. 1 in South Australia for Food Science and Technology*
  • 120 hours of professional work experience

*Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject, 2021

Entry Requirements

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.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 314761
2021 CSP ATAR 65.1
2021 CSP IB 24
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 26
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 55.15
Median ATAR to receive an offer 69.25
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 92.5
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 65.1
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 75.8
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 95.9
Minimum eligibility score 65
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
Selection Criteria
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
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 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 314761

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2021
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
10 21.7%
(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)
<5 N/A
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
11 23.9%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
N/A N/A
  • 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)
<5 N/A
International students 20 43.5%
All students 46 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

Scholarships

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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. 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, 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

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
Year1 S1 BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells

FOOD SC 1001WT  Nutrition I

CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA
Or
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
Or
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

or

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

*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

Assessment

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

Testimonial

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: Tuesday, 21 Sep 2021