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Nutrition and Food Sciences

Interested in Nutrition and Food Sciences?

Benefit from industry-experienced teaching staff and state-of-the-art facilities including a dedicated nutrition and food sciences hub.

The growing awareness of nutrition and food quality as determinants of human wellbeing requires highly competent graduates who are capable of evaluating and communicating the most up-to-date findings in these fields. Become prepared 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 with our Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences.

Benefit from the unique opportunity to study a double degree, combining your interest in Nutrition and Food Sciences with either the Bachelor of Human Movement or Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science.


Key features

  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for careers and teaching quality in Science and Mathematics1.
  • Benefit from our strong industry partnerships and alliances.
  • Build your skills in two highly complementary fields with our double degree options.
  • Have the opportunity to complete placements across a range of industry settings including schools and sporting clubs, depending on your degree combination.
  • Learn from experts and world-class research, including Australia’s leading exercise scientists and experts in the field.

1QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Full-time Employment and Teaching Quality Indicators (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Why UniSA?

You’ll be taught by industry professionals and researchers including dieticians, nutritionists, exercise scientists and high performance coaches, depending on your chosen degree.

As future health professionals, we ensure that you’ll develop skills to prepare you for a career in the health industry. Our nutrition and food science degrees have industry knowledge embedded into them in a number of different ways. You may embark on placement, hear from industry guest speakers, attend field trips or work on industry projects. Graduates are ready to work in diverse, interdisciplinary teams as a health professional.

We’ve also invested millions of dollars in new buildings and facilities, so you’ll use the latest technologies and learn in ultra-modern teaching spaces, such as our Environmental Chamber, Chemistry laboratory and Commercial Kitchen.


UniSA offers 8 Nutrition and Food Sciences degrees

Choose your level of study

Short programs

Are you after a career change or looking to upgrade your existing skills? Or perhaps you just have an interest in a particular subject area and want to further your experience, skills and knowledge. We offer a suite of short programs that will allow you to build your knowledge and skill set.

Designed in collaboration with expert academics, program content is industry-relevant and up-to-date. Short programs for nutrition and food sciences include the Professional Certificate in Practice Education.

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

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Your career

As the health, nutrition and wellness industries continue to grow, employment prospects for graduates of this degree are promising. Careers to consider:

  • 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 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

If you finish your undergraduate degree with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or above, you may also be eligible for our one-year Bachelor of Biomedical Research (Honours) where you can further develop your research skills and prepare for a career in research.

Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We also have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Industry facts


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 


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


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

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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
Employment: Microbiology Specialist, Lion Australia and New Zealand

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Scott Woollett

Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences
<br />Employment: 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

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
Employment: Founder and Executive Director, Food for Education

Wawira Njiru

Wawira Njiru

Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences
<br />Employment: Founder and Executive Director, Food for Education

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:


Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.


Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-18 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.


A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017