Start date
February

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IBNF

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2022: AUD$ 34,800 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.5]
  • IELTS writing [6.5]
  • IELTS speaking [6.5]
  • IELTS listening [6.5]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
036238C

Degree overview

  • Be at the forefront of innovation in the food and nutrition industries, with opportunities to go into scientific and advisory roles.
  • Study both food science and nutrition and then choose your specialisation.
  • Learn from a university with well-above world-class research in nutrition and dietetics, and clinical sciences.1
  • Learn from industry experts in our dedicated on-campus nutrition and food science hub.
  • Benefit from UniSA’s strong links with the food and nutrition industry.
  • Build industry connections while you study, with industry placements and field trips to the state’s major nutrition and food providers.
  • Study a degree which is highly regarded - UniSA graduates are in high demand.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Snapshot

Nutrition and Food Sciences students in the biology lab Start your unstoppable career in the health and food industry, where you can drive innovation and change in food product development and community health.

With this degree, you’ll be actively involved in developing innovative foods; promoting and managing diets and lifestyles; and conducting research for enhanced wellbeing. You'll be ready to make an immediate impact on healthy eating habits across the greater community.

What you'll need

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.

Students 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 demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, child related employment clearance and immunisation requirements.

Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists.

 

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This unique degree offers practice-based and theoretical learning to ensure you’re primed for a healthy career.

During the first two years you’ll explore both nutrition and food science topics, gaining a solid understanding of the key elements of each. You’ll complete group work and research on topics, including environmentally sustainable food practice, in the sensory lab. You’ll get to analyse micro-organisms and explore key topics like food contamination in the microbiology lab. 

Your knowledge will be developed in:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • health in our society
  • human and lifespan nutrition
  • biochemistry
  • physiology
  • the chemistry of food
  • food quality and safety
  • relationships between food bioactives, functional foods and medicines
  • consumer education
  • influences of the senses on consumer food choice
  • food sustainability.

In your third year you’ll specialise in either a nutrition or food science stream.

If you choose nutrition, you’ll get to develop:

  • essential communication skills across a variety of platforms
  • skills to promote good health through food and nutrition in the community
  • personalised dietary and exercise plans to manage weight
  • nutrition for sports, exercise and activity.

If you choose food science, you’ll focus on:

  • food microbiology
  • quality assurance in food processing and manufacturing
  • developing safe, nutritionally and environmentally sound foods for the marketplace
  • food and beverage fermentation.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Chemistry 100 CHEM 1006 4.5
Introduction to Nutrition and Food Sciences 1 BIOL 1041 4.5
Health and Society HLTH 1025 4.5
Biology A BIOL 1007 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Chemistry 101 CHEM 1007 4.5
Statistics for Laboratory Sciences MATH 1040 4.5
Biology B BIOL 1012 4.5
Introduction to Nutrition and Food Sciences 2 BIOL 1055 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)
The Chemistry of Food 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 Microbiology and Quality Assurance FOSC 3018 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
PLUS 9 units chosen from the following:
Capstone in Nutrition, Food Sciences FOSC 3016 4.5 Note(s): 5
Advanced Capstone in Nutrition and Food Sciences FOSC 3020 9 Note(s): 5
Elective 2 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Medical Biochemistry BIOL 3035 4.5 Note(s): 4
THIRD YEAR - NUTRITION STREAM
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Community Nutrition Promotion FOSC 3019 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
PLUS 13.5 units chosen from the following:
Capstone in Nutrition, Food Sciences FOSC 3016 4.5 Note(s): 5
Advanced Capstone in Nutrition and Food Sciences FOSC 3020 9 Note(s): 5
Elective 2 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Sports Nutrition HLTH 3002 4.5 Note(s): 2
Medical Biochemistry BIOL 3035 4.5 Note(s): 4

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, as well as to 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
  • projects designing health promotion activities and nutrition information
  • placements
  • research reports
  • examinations.

In your last year of study, the assessment tasks will reflect the sort of work you will be doing in your career.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Why Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Nutrition and food science hub with a sensory laboratory The growing awareness of nutrition and food quality as determinants of human wellbeing requires highly competent and skilled graduates, and UniSA is renowned for some of the best.

With UniSA, you'll develop your knowledge and skills in the scientific basis of food and nutrition, which will prepare you to work in multidisciplinary teams in a range of health and industry settings.

You’ll learn from award-winning academics and industry experts in UniSA’s on-campus state-of-the-art facilities, with a dedicated nutrition and food science hub, which is home to a $1 million commercial kitchen, sensory laboratory (one of only a few in Australia) and microbiology laboratory.

The commercial kitchen is where interactive food preparation and cooking activities take place. Get involved in cheese making, adapting recipes to make them nutritionally sound for different life stages, texture modification of foods for the elderly, designing food quality assurance plans (in line with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) and food and beverage fermentation.

Real-world connections

You’ll get a taste of what it’s like to work in the food and nutrition industry by attending field trips to some of the state’s major nutrition and food providers. This is a great opportunity to build industry relationships.

Whilst each year offers different opportunities, you’ll visit organisations like manufacturers of spreads and dips, beer and wine, as well as Australian native food bush tucker farms. You’ll also have insight into the health and ageing issue in Australia, with visits to aged care facilities, focusing on food safety and food modifications for the elderly.

In your final year you’ll gain practical experience by completing an industry placement specialising in food science or nutrition, as part of the capstone subject.

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

Career outcomes

Your career

Nutrition is high on Australia’s health and wellness agenda. In Australia, the nutrition profession is expected to grow very strongly over the next five years, with 5,000 new job openings expected.1

Employment prospects are promising, and your job will impact all members of society. Through scientific advancements in food and nutrition, you’ll have a positive impact on the whole community – from children, teens and parents; to adults of all ages and abilities to support positive behaviour change.

You could gain employment as a:

  • Community Nutritionist: change attitudes toward food and health; provide advice, guidance, and support to people.
  • Health Promotion Officer: use social and environmental interventions to improve health.
  • Sports, Exercise and Fitness Nutritionist: optimise the performance of athletes and physically active people.
  • Food Scientist: use chemistry and biology to look at the microbiological, chemical and physical properties of food and ingredients.
  • Product Development Manager: develop innovative products and solutions to meet strategic business objectives.
  • Microbiology Specialist: work in food manufacturing or government to research microorganisms to prevent food-borne diseases.
  • Food Policy Advisor: offer qualified health and nutrition advice to the public.
  • Food Safety Advisor: conduct food and safety reviews and monitor procedures to ensure standards are met.
  • Quality Assurance Officer: conduct assurance audits of production facilities to oversee quality, efficiency and production issues.
  • Research Scientist: conduct lab-based investigations, experiments and trials to broaden scientific understanding; as well as non-lab based field research and clinical human trials.
  • Food Technician: conduct research and experiments on food products involved in the production process.
  • Flavour Technologist: sample products and conduct experiments to alter the ingredients in food and beverages to make it taste better, replicate a taste, or develop a new taste.

Upon graduation from the Master of Teaching (Secondary) and successful registration with the Teachers Registration Board, graduates can also teach Nutrition up to Year 12 and Junior Science up to Year 10. Visit the How do I become a secondary nutrition teacher webpage for more information.

1Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2023 Small Business Projections.

Professional accreditation and recognition

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

job-listings

Employment for nutrition professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 10.4% by November 2025.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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To November 2025, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 249,500 jobs.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

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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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gainaccess to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. 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 lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest 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 international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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.

Student services

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

Rhiannon Dick, Nutrition and Food Sciences student in sensory laboratory

You’ll have access to some of UniSA’s state-of-the-art nutrition facilities, such as the:

  • Commercial kitchen
  • Sensory laboratory
  • Microbiology laboratory
  • Physiology laboratory
  • Biology laboratory
  • Chemistry laboratory

Your program director

In this degree, we have a team of passionate teachers and researchers who strive to provide graduates with expert knowledge and a practical background in nutrition and food sciences. Our graduates are able to enter the workforce with expert knowledge and practical skills to begin their career in this rewarding field.

Dr Evangeline Mantzioris

Program Director

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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

Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Microbiology Specialist, Lion Australia and New Zealand

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Scott Woollett

Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Microbiology Specialist, Lion Australia and New Zealand

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

I arrived at UniSA wanting to make a difference back home in Kenya. Whilst studying, I learned that one in four children in Kenya had stunted development because of poor nutrition. This formed the basis of my work with Food for Education, which I founded through community fundraising. Since 2012, the organisation has provided over 120,000 school meals which have contributed to improved nutrition status, school attendance and performance.

Wawira Njiru

Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Founder and Executive Director, Food for Education

Wawira Njiru

Wawira Njiru

Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Founder and Executive Director, Food for Education