Bachelor of Science - Food Technology and Nutrition / Bachelor of Engineering - Chemical Engineering (Honours)

RMIT University

As an RMIT Food Technology and Chemical Engineering student you will study scientific and engineering principles, product development, large-scale materials processing and issues surrounding food for human consumption. This degree prepares you for professional employment in the food industry as well as other chemical process industries. Food science and chemical engineering subjects are studied in all years of the course. Later years of the course include a focus on food processing and product development, as well as projects in both the food and engineering areas. You will be required to undertake at least 12 weeks of engineering work experience during your study. Graduates find employment in a range of areas in the food industry, including planning, design, commissioning, operations and research

Course Fee:

Australian: $159,960
International: $185,760

Entry Requirements:

Year 12; Prerequisite: Units 3 and 4-a study score of at least 20 in Chemistry and Mathematical Methods (CAS) or specialist mathematics and a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English


Year 1 - You will be introduced to the fundamentals of chemical engineering and food technology through studies in chemistry and mathematics. Year 2 - In second year, you will focus on chemical engineering studies looking at processes, fluid flow and particle mechanics as well as heat and mass transfer. Year 3 - You'll gain hands-on experience at the RMIT food pilot plant, which will further develop skills in food technology. This will be complemented by chemical engineering studies that include analysis of the environmental and community effects of processes. Year 4 - You will undertake studies in various aspects of food processing, including packaging and non-thermal processing. Chemical engineering studies will focus on process control, design and economic analysis. Year 5 - You will consolidate your chemical engineering and food technology skills and apply them to major process design, food product development and research projects.

Subjects you can Study:

Bio-processing, Chemical engineering, Chemistry, Computer aided design (CAD), Computer modelling, Food chemistry, Food manufacturing, Food microbiology, Food preservation, Food safety, Food technology, Nutrition, Product development, Quality management.

Further information:

Food processing is Victoria's largest manufacturing industry and offers excellent employment opportunities for food and chemical engineers. RMIT graduates typically find employment in large food processing companies such as Nestle, Cadbury, Simplot or Kraft. Many work in research and development; others move into marketing or quality assurance. Graduates have also secured managerial roles.


Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST). The Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) degree is accredited by Engineers Australia and graduates are eligible to apply for graduate membership. The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), based in London, is the primary international professional society for the chemical engineer. All RMIT chemical engineering degrees fully satisfy the (UK) requirement for accreditation at the MEng level.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City No info No Full time 5 years
City No info No Part time

Why Study With Us

One of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with industry and the community.

RMIT is renowned for its excellence in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

RMIT prides itself on its strong industry connections forged over 130 years. Collaboration with industry is integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates.

RMIT is a values-led institution and is dedicated to operating sustainably, respecting Indigenous cultures and supporting intellectual freedom. 

RMIT has outstanding teachers and is one of the top ranked universities for staff qualification.

Facilities & Services

RMIT’s three campuses in Melbourne (City, Brunswick and Bundoora) are located on the unceded lands of the people of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation.

As a global university, RMIT has two campuses in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Spain. We also offer programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Belgium, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

Our cutting-edge facilities, including the newly opened New Academic Street, Swanston Academic Building and Design Hub represent our commitment to developing world-class learning, teaching, training and research spaces.

Students have instant access to a range of activities and programs designed to make the university experience unforgettable.

The support services and networks available at RMIT are designed to help students succeed and remain healthy and happy.

Student services include:

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Admission and selection

Applying to RMIT? Local and international students can access all information on the RMIT website

Study options

At RMIT, you'll experience an education that equips you with practical skills, inspires you with ideas and prepares you for the workplaces of the future. RMIT connects students with industry mentors and collaborate on projects with real organisations so that you can advance your career. 

RMIT provides you with a diverse range of education options, from apprenticeships, traineeships and certificates to associate and bachelor degrees, and postgraduate degrees by coursework or research. 

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The university also has a range of pathway programs that allow students to work their way from one program to another until they reach the degree they want. Our pathways are more than just regular pre-university programs – many give students guaranteed entry into higher qualifications, and credit to reduce the cost and time needed to complete a degree.

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