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

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 3 August 2020
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 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 3 August 2020

AUD38,345 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

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

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 at The University of Newcastle 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 learn how to 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.

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.

Kim's story: A tasty career ahead

ERA 5 ? 'well above world standard' for nutrition and dietetics research
87.5% Employed ? within four months of graduation

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.


This degree is also available as a combined degree:

  1. Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition / Bachelor of Business

Related undergraduate degrees

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