The University of Newcastle, Australia
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69.55 (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.


Central Coast

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021

AUD38,345 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
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English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 11680
CRICOS code: 055918K

Study food science and human nutrition

Food is an essential part of everyone’s lives. As an increasingly health-conscious society and population, new and innovative approaches are required for food processing and preservation as well as our diet to obtain health and sustainability. Food and beverage processing is Australia's largest manufacturing industry. This highly dynamic industry offers great opportunities for food and nutrition scientists to work in different areas, such as product development, food regulation, quality assurance, food safety and research.

With internationally recognised experts and many food companies in the region, studying food science and human nutrition at University of Newcastle’s Central Coast campus gives you up-to-date knowledge in food science and human nutrition, and enables you to gain plenty of practical experience from our well-equipped laboratories and the food companies. Our bachelor program covers a wide range of topics, which prepare you for leading roles as a food and nutrition professional and give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Why study with us?

  • Eligibility for industry body memberships - graduates are eligible to apply for membership with the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST), the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA).
  • Hands-on program that provides real world experience - our purpose-built food science facilities at our Central Coast campus include a modern food innovation center and sensory lab which will allow you to analyse and test food quality as well as develop new food products.
  • Work integrated learning (WIL) opportunities - the program is offered at the heart of NSW's largest food and manufacturing region (Central Coast, Hunter and Western Sydney), so you will have opportunities to gain industry experiences from the local food companies, giving you a competitive advantage when you enter the workforce.
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What you will study

Studying the Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition will give you a strong background in the principles underlying the sciences of food technology and human nutrition. This includes the basic sciences; the chemistry and biology of nutrients; and the attributes of foods, including food commodities and functional foods.

You will study a series of core courses in food science and nutrition, which are combined with directed and elective courses based on your career interests. Core courses include:

  • biomedical science
  • chemistry
  • food analysis
  • food and nutrition
  • food product development
  • functional foods and health claims
  • macronutrients
  • micronutrients
  • nutrition in health and disease
  • plant and animal food products

Advanced study options

With increasing competition in all sectors of employment, students who graduate with an Honours degree in food science have a distinct advantage in the nutrition and dietetics industries. It is often considered by employers as an added skill and has been used by previous graduates to pursue higher positions and salaries. As part of this degree you will develop and carry out research on a topic of interest  food science and nutrition, potentially leading to further academic study such as a research degree.

Student researchers are supervised and mentored by our team of research-active academic staff and members of the Nutrition, Food and Health Research Group.


Career opportunities

Graduates of our Food Science and Human Nutrition degree are in high demand. The industry is rapidly growing as society becomes more savvy and the thirst for transparency and nutrition information grows. Technological advances and investment in scientific research also mean there is growing use of food, diet and function food components to treat and prevent illness and disease.

Some typical roles include:

  • Food Scientist, Technologist or Chemist
  • Flavourist
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Nutritionist
  • Quality Assurance Technician
  • Catering Manager

Practical experience

Practical experience

When you study Food Science and Human Nutrition at The University of Newcastle, you will train in a test kitchen sponsored by Sara Lee Australia. This kitchen is part of the product development process where you can initiate and test product concepts, just like how it’s done in industry.

You will gain real industry experience and develop your skills and knowledge through field trips and work placement at various food companies, such as Sanitarium, MasterFoods, Life Health Foods, McCain Foods, Baiada, Ingham, Cordina, or related food and health organisations like Kellogg’s Nutrition, Australian Red Cross and the Central Coast Public Health Unit.

Most academic staff involved in the Food Science and Human Nutrition degree are active researchers, and many are leaders in their particular fields. The academic team is encouraged to use results of their research to inform their teaching, allowing students to learn alongside some of the world's leading researchers.

Additionally, Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition students are eligible to enrol in International study which offers you the opportunity to undertake an overseas placement to expand the knowledge and skills developed in this degree and apply these in an external and international context.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition