Honours Degree of Bachelor of Food & Nutrition Science

Feed our future—from out in front

Our direct-entry Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science (Honours) provides high achieving students with automatic entry into an honours year, provided a 4.5 grade point average (GPA) is maintained.

The sustainable production of quality food and nutrition—fundamental to human health and wellbeing—is a thriving, multi-billion-dollar global industry. This degree will equip you to enter this exciting and rewarding field with advanced capability and an employability edge. 

What will you do?

Like the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science, the direct-entry Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science (Honours) prepares you to educate and innovate in food. During the first three years, you will:

  • tackle global issues like food security and population health to help feed the world into the future
  • understand 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
  • 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.

Then, in your honours year, you’ll deepen your knowledge through a major research project, acquiring significant research skills along the way.

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate with the food and nutrition world at your feet. The bachelor degree’s same vast range of career paths will of course be open to you including a pathway to dietetics. With your additional honours qualification—and the enhanced capability it signifies—you’ll immediately stand out to potential employers.


  • Brand new food science labs and kitchen facilities
  • Partner with leading researchers
  • World-leading academics, including member of UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

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 354481
2021 CSP IB 26
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 24
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer N/A
Median ATAR to receive an offer N/A
Highest ATAR to receive an offer N/A
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
Minimum eligibility score N/A
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.
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: 354481


Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $8,655

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Scholarships

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Last updated: Wednesday, 10 Nov 2021