Bachelor of Food and Nutritional Science

Federation University Australia

If you enjoy science and are intrigued by the scientific basis of food production and nutrition, this is the ideal degree for you. If you would like to be a nutritionist, a product developer or a laboratory analyst, this in-depth course covers everything from the scientific study of ingredients to marketing the final product. Food and nutritional scientists are in high demand in the food industry to manage operations, develop new and better products and processes, and improve the efficiency and quality of the industry. This degree will take you through all aspects of food, from the raw product to how it ends up on the store shelf. You will learn about food processing, product development, quality assurance and how to market food products online and around the world. There is also a focus on the importance of nutrition to human health, and the sociological and cultural issues relating to food, including quality of taste for consumers. This course provides an ideal background for further studies in dietetics. This program contains compulsory online courses

Course Fee:

International: $83,400

Entry Requirements:

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English.; interstate or overseas equivalent; or mature age entry


Students will complete 20 core courses and 4 elective courses throughout the degree. The program is broadly divided into four streams being Chemistry and food analysis, Food processing and preservation, Applied and food microbiology, and Nutrition. The final semester of the degree is primarily project based. There is a strong emphasis on gaining practical skills that are desirable by the food industry.

Subjects you can Study:

Applied and food microbiology; Chemistry and food analysis; Food processing and preservation; Nutrition

Study Pathways:

Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications. If you are seeking alternate entry into the Bachelor of Food and Nutritional Sciences you can consider applying for the following programs: Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST) Program - designed to provide you an alternate entry into tertiary study This course provides an ideal background for further studies in dietetics.

Further information:

This program is available via Online Learning, in combination with one to two weeks (depending on the program) of compulsory on-campus laboratory sessions. These lab sessions are held in semester one and semester two in each year of the program. Students will also be required to complete examinations either on-campus, or at an approved remote exam location in their region, under supervision.


On successful completion, you will be eligible for membership with the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) and the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA).

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00103D

Related Careers:

Food Technologist, Nutritionist,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Mount Helen (Ballarat) No info Yes Full time 3 years
Gippsland (Churchill) No info Yes Part time 6 years
Gippsland (Churchill) No info Yes Full time 3 years
Gippsland (Churchill) No info Yes Online 6 years
Mount Helen (Ballarat) No info Yes Part time 6 years

Federation University Australia (FedUni) is one of the country’s leading universities, with an enviable reputation for teaching excellence and graduate employment rates.

Headquartered in regional Victoria, with campuses in Ballarat, Gippsland, the Wimmera and Berwick in Melbourne, FedUni’s standing is based on nearly 150 years of education delivery.

A new Berwick Campus caters for the growing south-east Melbourne area, while a new Brisbane Campus and student support centre in Malaysia cater to the international student market.

FedUni embraces the freedom and dynamism that come from being a progressive university with close links to industry, business, communities and technology.

It is also recognised as a welcoming and friendly university, with students drawn from regional centres and metropolitan cities as well as from overseas.

Known for its supportive, inclusive environment, FedUni offers affordable study options (including online), learning assistance to help you stay at uni, small class sizes, friendly staff and accessible academic support. We are also one of few universities that offer free on-campus parking for students.

Our students have the opportunity to stay on campus with a range of residential options. The university places great emphasis on the quality of its teaching and learning, the student experience, and importantly, employability once you have graduated.

As a dual-sector university, we deliver a range of programs through higher education and TAFE, and have the ability to find the right pathway for your success.

Facilities such as the Nanya Environmental Research Station in western New South Wales and the Manufacturing and Industry Skills Centre in central Ballarat anchor the range of programs that FedUni delivers.

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