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Nutrition and Food Sciences

Interested in Nutrition and Food Sciences?

Understand the science behind innovative foods, promote and manage diets and lifestyles, and conduct research for enhanced wellbeing when you complete a nutrition and food sciences degree at UniSA.

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

You will also benefit from our strong industry links with the food industry locally and nationally, and learn 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.

Key features

  • Learn in a dedicated on-campus nutrition and food science hub.
  • Study a degree that is informed by our well above world-class research1.
  • Build your knowledge in nutrition and food science, before selecting a specialist stream to focus your undergraduate studies. 
  • 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.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Why UniSA?

Our graduates are in demand, which makes UniSA a great choice is you're considering a career in Nutrition and Food Science. 

We offer state-of-the-art learning facilities, such as a sensory laboratory, microbiology laboratory and commercial kitchen to ensure you graduate with the required practical skills. You’ll also be taught by industry professionals and will benefit from our very practical approach to learning - real-world projects are a major focus, and you will gain direct practical experience and enjoy strong links with the food industry and community.

Want more? We’re Australia’s youngest university to receive five-stars in research1 and this excellence shines through our teaching. We are inspired by challenges and opportunities, and partner with local icons and international heavyweights to deliver impact and change.

1 2017 QS Stars Rankings  

UniSA offers 6 Nutrition and Food Sciences degrees

Choose your level of study

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

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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

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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

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:

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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.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destination Survey 2014-2016 Full-time Employment Indicator

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A five star university

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