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Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition

The University of Newcastle

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About

The University of Newcastle has a comprehensive framework for managing health emergencies and business continuity. Our team is working closely with NSW Health to ensure our response reflects the most up-to-date University of Newcastle COVID-19 advice.

As an increasingly health-conscious society drives change, the specialty areas of food science and human nutrition require people with a passion for innovative thinking. As a food scientist, you could work to develop new food products before they hit the consumer shelf, ensuring the foods we eat are more nutritionally balanced, safe to consume and desirable to purchase. With a Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition you will stay up-to-date on the latest scientific developments and be equipped with the specialist knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in the food science, health and nutrition industries.

Areas of study

Biology and biochemistry, biomedical science, chemistry, essential nutrients, food marketing and consumer behaviour, food product development, food safety and microbiology, nutrition in health and disease.

Career opportunities

Flavourist, food consultant, food inspector, food product developer, food product marketer, food scientist technologist or chemist, health promotion officer, nutritionist, quality assurance officer.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible to apply for membership with the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology and the Nutrition Society of Australia.

Practical experience

Offered from our Central Coast campus (Ourimbah), you will train in the university’s Food Innovation Kitchen and Laboratory. You will design, test and analyse food products throughout the degree including labeling, marketing, nutritional and chemical composition, food safety and sensory analysis. There are also opportunities for work placement and field trips that enable you to apply real-life experiences to your studies and give you a competitive edge.

Honours

Available as an additional year (or part time equivalent) to meritorious students.

Fees and charges

Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Recommended studies: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics Advanced. If you have limited knowledge in these subjects you should enrol in bridging courses offered by the University's English Language and Foundation Studies Centre before you start the program.

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UON website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2020 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in 2016 to 2018) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites by publishing:
    • separate data for 2018 Year 12 students and 2016/17 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2019 – semesters 1 and 2).
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.

Abbreviations

– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

Course updates
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Honours 
Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.