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Start Date
February

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IBNF

SATAC Code
414291 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 71.15 (for 2017)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 80.00 (for 2018)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Key features

  • Choose to specialise in either nutrition or food science.
  • Learn in a dedicated on-campus nutrition and food science hub.
  • Benefit from our strong links with the food industry and community.
  • Get a taste of what it’s like to work in the food and nutrition industry when you attend field trips to some of the state’s major nutrition and food providers.
  • Study a degree that is highly regarded - our graduates are in high demand.

Snapshot

Snapshot

This degree prepares you for a career in the health and food industry, where you will be involved in developing innovative foods, promoting and managing diets and lifestyles, and conducting research for enhanced wellbeing.

Our on-campus facilities are state-of-the-art, in fact, we have a dedicated nutrition and food science hub that is home to a $1 million commercial kitchen, sensory laboratory (one of only a few in Australia) and microbiology laboratory.

You will also learn from award-winning academics, and get a taste of what it’s like to work in the food and nutrition space when you attend field trips to some of the state’s major nutrition and food providers.

 

What you'll need

All students in the Division of Health Sciences who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must obtain a current National Police Clearance and a Current National Criminal History Record Check (Child-Related Clearance) from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). This certificate is valid for the duration of the degree.

 

Why Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Why this Degree

As awareness of food and nutrition is at an all-time high our graduates are in strong demand.

We offer some great on-campus learning resources, such as a commercial kitchen, sensory laboratory and microbiology laboratory, located in our dedicated nutrition and food science hub.

The commercial kitchen is where various interactive activities take place, such as practical cooking demonstrations. Our sensory laboratory is one of only a few in Australia and is an interactive tutorial room where you will complete group work and research on topics including environmental sustainable food practice. Our microbiology laboratory is a space where you will be able to analyse microorganisms and explore interesting topics like contamination. 

You will also benefit from our strong links with the food industry and the community, which will be beneficial as you begin to build important industry relationships and networks.

Real-world connections

You will be required to attend field trips to some of the state’s major nutrition and food providers as part of your studies – this glimpse into the food and nutrition world is a great opportunity for you to build industry relationships.

We also have strong industry links with the food industry locally and nationally, which can provide you with another valuable networking opportunity.

In addition, we host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

Nutrition and food science experts require an enthusiasm for food and its effect on health. You should also possess a variety of personal skills such as problem solving attributes, creative thinking and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.

As the health, nutrition and wellness industries continue to grow, employment prospects for graduates of this degree are promising. In fact, in Australia the nutrition industry is predicted to experience 37.1 per cent growth through to November 20201.

You may gain employment as a:

  • sports and fitness nutritionist: responsible for improving the health and optimising the performance of athletes
  • community nutritionist: create changes in attitude toward nutrition and health; provide advice, guidance and support to the community
  • health promotion officer: plan and coordinate health promotion programs for various community groups
  • research scientist: plan and conduct laboratory-based investigations, experiments and trials and analyse results in order to broaden scientific understandingfood policy advisor provide health and nutrition advice to the public 
  • food safety advisor: conduct food and safety reviews and monitor procedures to ensure standards are met 
  • product development manager: develop new and innovative products to meet strategic business objectives

 1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for professional membership of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST).

Graduates of the program are initially eligible to apply to the Nutrition Society of Australia for registration as an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr), leading to Registered Nutritionist (RNutr), usually after three years of experience.

Industry facts

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Employment for nutrition professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 2,400 (37.1 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Healthcare and social assistance in Australia has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s nationwide1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

What others are saying

While studying I attended many industry visits including: Golden North Ice-cream, Ingham’s, National Foods, and The West End Brewery. As well as these industry visits I was able to do a work placement at Rymill Winery in Coonawarra. The experiences were vital for showing us how an actual production plant works and is operated.

Scott Woollett, Microbiology Specialist, Lion Australia and New Zealand

Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences

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Scott Woollett, Microbiology Specialist, Lion Australia and New Zealand

Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences

I chose to study nutrition and food sciences as I wanted to combine my love of food with my interest in health and how food is used to nourish the body.  

Rhiannon Dick

Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Rhiannon Dick, Nutrition and Food Sciences student

Rhiannon Dick

Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences

While studying I undertook a valuable week-long field trip to Port Augusta, working with Aboriginal communities and school children. We worked with families and children to promote healthy eating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and volunteered for a local community festival.

Sophie Cheesman

Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Sophie Cheesman

Sophie Cheesman

Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Academics, staff and students at UniSA were very supportive. I also benefited from the diverse facilities and practical experience the degree provided, including an 8-week summer scholarship program, where I was exposed to health-orientated research and gained first-hand experience in data collection, entry and analysis.

Weike Zhang

Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences

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Weike Zhang

Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This unique degree offers practice-based and theoretical learning to ensure you are career-ready.

During the first two years you will explore both nutrition and food science topics, gaining a solid understanding of the key elements of each.

You will develop knowledge in:

  • biology
  • chemistry and quantitative methods
  • health and society
  • biochemistry
  • physiology
  • microbiology
  • food chemistry
  • relationship between food quality, functional foods and medicines
  • consumer education

In the third year you will choose to focus on either nutrition or food science.

If you choose to specialise in nutrition, you will focus on:

  • developing essential communication skills
  • understanding the economic, social and cultural influences that impact population dietary decisions
  • associations between nutrient intake, energy output and obesity

If you choose to specialise in food science, you will focus on:

  • food microbiology
  • product development, food processing and manufacturing
  • microbiology
  • food chemistry
  • food biotechnology

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week. 

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • quizzes
  • practicals
  • reports
  • assignments
  • examinations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Chemistry in Life 100 CHEM 1013 4.5
Introduction to Nutrition and Food Sciences BIOL 1041 4.5
Health and Society HLTH 1025 4.5
Molecules to Tissues A BIOL 1007 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Chemistry in Life 101 CHEM 1014 4.5
Statistics for Laboratory Sciences MATH 1040 4.5
Molecules to Tissues B BIOL 1012 4.5
Health Promotion (Theory and Concepts) HLTH 1041 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Microbiology BIOL 2051 4.5
Biochemistry BIOL 2014 4.5
Physiology BIOL 2035 4.5
Human Nutrition HLTH 2001 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Food Composition and Functions FOSC 2002 4.5
Food Safety and Regulation FOSC 2006 4.5
Lifespan Physiology BIOL 2052 4.5
Sensory and Consumer Evaluation of Foods FOSC 2004 4.5
THIRD YEAR - FOOD SCIENCE STREAM
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Food Quality and Regulation FOSC 3001 4.5
Food Processing and Manufacturing FOSC 3002 4.5
Product Development and Food Analysis FOSC 3009 4.5
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Molecular Food Microbiology FOSC 3015 4.5
Functional Foods, Nutraceuticals and Medicines FOSC 3013 4.5
Elective 2 4.5 Rule(s): 2
PLUS one course (4.5 units) chosen from the following:
Capstone in Nutrition, Food Sciences FOSC 3016 4.5
Advanced Biochemistry BIOL 3035 4.5 Note(s): 4
THIRD YEAR - NUTRITION STREAM
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Food Quality and Regulation FOSC 3001 4.5
Nutrition Communication and Food Studies FOSC 3014 4.5
Nutrition, Exercise and Weight Management HLTH 3001 4.5 Note(s): 2
Elective 1 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Functional Foods, Nutraceuticals and Medicines FOSC 3013 4.5
Elective 2 4.5 Rule(s): 2
PLUS two courses (9 units) chosen from the following:
Capstone in Nutrition, Food Sciences FOSC 3016 4.5
Sports Nutrition HLTH 3002 4.5 Note(s): 2
Project Management for Health Promotion HLTH 2023 4.5
Advanced Biochemistry BIOL 3035 4.5 Note(s): 4

I have an interest in microbial research, both how it relates to disease and food fermentations. I am also fascinated by how microorganisms are essential for the survival of animals, and the role they play in the planet’s ecology.

Dr Miguel De Barros Lopes

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study spaces

As a nutrition and food science student you will have access to:

  • commercial kitchen
  • sensory laboratory
  • microbiology laboratory
Your study spaces

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

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