Engage with industry
Third year students recently undertook a project to develop exciting new food products which were presented to members of local industry at the 2016 New Food Product Development Expo.
Face to Face
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.
3 years full-time.
Face to Face
The speciality areas of food science and human nutrition are developing rapidly as technology becomes more sophisticated and the demands of an increasingly health-conscious society drive change. In response to these developments, research in food science and nutrition has grown to encompass both innovative and traditional areas of food, nutrition and biologically active natural products.
Students studying the Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition will apply their knowledge of the physical, biological, and chemical composition of various foods and their effects on the human body. You will study ways to improve food production processes, including nutritional content, design and packaging, and develop new food products for societal benefits.
You will be kept up-to-date on the latest scientific developments including molecular nutrition, nutritional genetics and functional foods, and will be equipped with the specialist knowledge and skills needed for a successful career as a scientist in the food, health and nutrition industries. You will learn from internationally recognised experts conducting research in the prevalent areas of food processing, functional foods, food chemistry, herbal therapies, xenobiotics, molecular nutrition, nutritional genetics and post-harvest technology.
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, which are combined with directed and elective courses based on your career interests. Core courses include:
Download a program plan for further details on what you will study.
These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.
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.
When you study Food Science and Human Nutrition at UON, 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 be given the opportunity to participate in work placement and field trips as components of your courses. These will enable you to apply real-life experiences to your studies and give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce.
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.