Bachelor of Food and Nutritional Science

Federation University Australia

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00103D

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.


This program consists of 360 credit points. 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.


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

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 - Prerequisites Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English
  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of any Mathematics or any Science
  • ATAR. Non Year 12 - Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as the Federation University Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST)
  • Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher
  • Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies should include a personal statement detailing all relevant experience to strengthen their application.


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).

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 or 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.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Mount Helen (Ballarat) International: $83,400 No information available Yes No information available
Gippsland (Churchill) International: $83,400 No information available Yes No information available

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. The Online Learning option is not available to international students studying in Australia on student visas. Further information:

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