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Nutrition and Food Sciences

Interested in Nutrition and Food Sciences?

Be at the forefront of innovation in the food and nutrition industries, with opportunities to embark on health, scientific and advisory roles.

Food plays an enormous role in our health and wellbeing. Studying nutrition and food sciences will prepare you for an unstoppable career promoting healthy diets and lifestyles, driving innovation and change in global sustainable food production, and making a difference in how we see, approach, and nurture health through nutrition.  

The Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences will give you the skills to educate and innovate with food. You will develop a strong understanding of both nutrition and food science topics, and gain the skills to conduct research into enhanced wellbeing, develop innovative and sustainable foods, and more. Choose from two specialised stream options to tailor your study to your career goals, and benefit from field trips and industry engagement during your studies.

For those interested in exercise and nutrition, enhance your career prospects with double degree options within the complimentary fields of Human Movement or Exercise and Sports Science.

Key features

  • Be at the forefront of innovation and implementation in food and nutrition, with opportunities to go into healthcare, scientific, and advisory roles.
  • Study at the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers in health.1
  • Benefit from UniSA's strong links with the food and nutrition industry.
  • Join a university with well-above world-class research in nutrition and dietetics.2
  • Expand your career options with double degrees in two highly complementary fields – Human Movement or Exercise and Sports Science.
  • Complete placements across a range of industry settings, including schools and elite sporting clubs, depending on your degree combination.
  • Learn from Australia’s leading nutrition experts and exercise scientists in state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020-22, Health Services and Support – Overall Employment Indicator (Domestic Undergraduate). SA public universities. 22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Learn more about nutrition and food sciences at UniSA

Explore a degree in nutrition and food sciences and learn how you’ll be involved in developing innovative foods, promoting and managing diets and lifestyles, and conducting impactful research for enhanced wellbeing.

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Why UniSA?

UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities1, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

As Australia's future health professionals, you’ll develop skills to prepare for a career in the health industry, and to confidently work across multi-disciplinary healthcare teams. Our nutrition and food science degrees have industry knowledge embedded into them in a number of different ways. You'll benefit from placements, hear from industry guest speakers, attend field trips or work on industry projects. 

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

You’ll use the latest technologies and learn in our dedicated nutrition and food sciences hub, which includes a $1 million commercial kitchen, sensory laboratory (one of only a few in Australia), and microbiology laboratory.

1Ranked #43, 2024 THE Young University Rankings.

UniSA offers the following 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 Clinical Education and the Professional Certificate in Brewing and Fermentation Science.

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

Nutrition is high on Australia’s health and wellness agenda. In Australia, the nutrition profession is expected to grow by 7.2% by November 2026.1

Your unstoppable career in nutrition and food sciences could lead you to exciting jobs such as:

  • Sports and fitness nutritionist: improve the health and performance of athletes.
  • Community nutritionist: influence attitude changes 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: broaden scientific understanding by planning, conducting and analysing laboratory-based investigations, experiments and trials.
  • Food policy advisor: communicate 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.
  • 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 a 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 National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021.

Your Career

Global networks

As 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 7.2% by November 2026.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

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To November 2026, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 301,000 jobs.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

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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 National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

 

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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

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

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

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*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019-21 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.

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