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3 year(s) full-time


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Assumed Knowledge

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)

Degree overview

  • Study a degree that is highly regarded - our graduates are in high demand.
  • Benefit from our strong links with the food industry and community.
  • Be taught using a combination of flexible learning techniques.
  • Be supported by a dedicated team of academic support staff.
  • Be taught by world-class leaders in research.
  • Study a degree that is accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications.



This unique degree prepares you for employment in the food science and nutrition industry where you will be involved in developing innovative foods, promoting and managing diets and lifestyles, and conducting research for enhanced wellbeing.

Practical experience will be gained in our on-campus facilities, which include a sensory laboratory as well as various cooking equipment. 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 city's major nutrition and food providers.

This degree is only available to students living and studying in Hong Kong, and it is managed by Hong Kong Baptist University in collaboration with the University of South Australia. Students can attend a graduation ceremony in either Hong Kong or Adelaide. There is one annual intake in September, and the degree is delivered over three study periods. Students are generally expected to complete degree requirements in 12 months.  

This degree has been designed specifically for students with an existing qualification, which means you will be eligible for course credit.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This unique degree offers practice-based and theoretical components to ensure you are career-ready. The curriculum has been designed specifically for students with an existing qualification, which means you will be eligible for course credit for subjects already studied. Students beginning the degree would normally achieve credit for up to 12 courses, with a remaining 12 courses to be completed as part of the degree. 

You will study a number of specialised food courses, covering topics such as:

  • food safety
  • microbiology
  • quality and regulation
  • product development
  • processing and manufacturing
  • research

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Biochemistry BIOL 2014 4.5
Food Safety and Regulation FOSC 2006 4.5
Sensory and Consumer Evaluation of Foods FOSC 2004 4.5
Physiology BIOL 2035 4.5
The Chemistry of Food FOSC 2002 4.5
Food Microbiology and Quality Assurance FOSC 3018 4.5
Functional Foods, Nutraceuticals and Medicines FOSC 3013 4.5
Lifespan Physiology BIOL 2052 4.5
Molecular Food Microbiology FOSC 3015 4.5
Product Development and Food Analysis FOSC 3009 4.5
Food Processing and Manufacturing FOSC 3002 4.5
Capstone in Nutrition, Food Sciences FOSC 3016 4.5



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

  • practical projects
  • quizzes
  • research assignments
  • examinations

Why Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences (Food Sciences) - HKBU

Why this Degree

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

You will benefit from our strong links with the food industry and the community, which will be important as you begin to build industry relationships and networks. You will also benefit from practical experience as you undertake various interactive activities in our sensory laboratories, such as group work and research on topics including environmental sustainable food practice.

This degree has been designed specifically for students with an existing qualification, which means you will be eligible for course credit.

Real-world connections

We have strong industry links with the food industry locally and internationally, which provides a valuable networking opportunity for students. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

This degree prepares you to work in the health and food industry - developing innovative foods, improving global food and nutrition, promoting and managing diets and lifestyles for optimum health, and conducting research for enhanced wellbeing. Health, nutrition and wellness are big business, and with an ageing population there has never been a better time to be involved in this growing industry.

You may gain employment as a:

  • Microbiology specialist: work in food manufacturing or government to research microorganisms in order to prevent disease.
  • Food Scientist: use chemistry and biology to look at the microbiological, chemical and physical properties of food and ingredients. Analyse nutritional content, discover new food sources, and ensure that the manufacturing process is safe.
  • 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: use social and environmental interventions to improve the health of groups and individuals.
  • Research scientist: plan and conduct laboratory-based investigations, experiments and trials and analyse results in order to broaden scientific understanding.
  • Food 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.

How to apply

Please contact the School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Your study experience and support

At present there are over 6,300 full-time students and approximately 8,200 part-time students enrolled in degrees at various levels from certificates, diplomas, higher/professional diplomas, as well as associate degrees and higher degrees. In addition to offering degrees awarded by the Hong Kong Baptist University, HKBU's School of Continuing Education (SCE) has also provided various degrees collaboratively with different overseas institutions since 1985.

You will benefit from the modern facilities and be taught by academics who are experts in their field.

Student services

Student services

We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • a dedicated website for Hong Kong students
  • access to Hong Kong Baptist University Main Library, and the School of Continuing Education resource library
  • access to UniSA on-line library database
  • medical and dental benefits (HKBU)
  • academic counselling (HKBU and UniSA)
  • access to online academic workshops
  • dedicated myUniSA site for Hong Kong students

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language.

Your program director

The courses in this degree are taught by a group of expert staff who provide recent development in all aspects of nutrition and food science. Our students are educated with practical and theoretical knowledge, enabling them to make an immediate impact in industry and the health sector.

Dr Permal Deo

Program Director

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Dr Permal Deo

Program Director


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