Bachelor of Science - Food Technology and Nutrition

RMIT University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00122A

As an RMIT Food Technology and Nutrition student you will learn about the science of large-scale food manufacturing as you develop novel, healthy and functional food products that meet consumer demand and comply with government and industry health and safety guidelines. The first three semesters are common to both streams and include studies in nutrition, food industry, food microbiology, food allergens, food science and chemistry. In the second year of the degree you will choose either the food technology or nutrition stream. At RMIT's Bundoora campus you will have access to state-of-the art facilities such as a product development laboratory; a fully-equipped, computerised sensory and consumer testing suite; food processing pilot plant and a food analysis and characterisation laboratory. You will graduate as a professional scientist who can operate effectively in all areas related to the processing and preservation of foods.

Structure

Years 1 and 2-In the first three semesters, you will study basic science courses such as chemistry, microbiology and mathematics, as well as courses that introduce you to the food industry and nutrition. In the second half of your second year, streaming into major areas begins. There are two majors available in this degree: food technology and nutrition. Year 3-In the food technology stream you will learn how to develop and manage the production of safe, healthy, nutritious and convenient foods that meet consumer expectations. The nutrition stream helps you learn to improve the nutritional quality of our manufactured food supply, creating safe and nutritious foods that taste good and have a balanced nutritional profile. In both the food technology and nutrition majors, you will undertake a second work-integrated learning course applicable to those disciplines.

Subjects

  • Bioprocessing, 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.

Standard entry requirements

Current Year 12 prerequisites units 3 and 4-a study score of at least 20 in mathematics (any) and a study score of at least 25 in any English (except EAL) or at least 30 in English (EAL).

Recognition

Graduates of both streams are eligible for Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) membership. Nutrition stream graduates may also be eligible to apply for registration as a nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia.

Study pathways

Graduates of the RMIT Associate Degree in Applied Science food science stream who achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 will be guaranteed entry with 1.5 years of credit (equivalent to 144 credit points) into the RMIT Bachelor of Science (Food Technology and Nutrition). Graduates with a GPA of less than 2.0 may apply, and if successful in gaining a place, may be eligible for credit. Graduates of the RMIT Associate Degree in Health Sciences who achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 will be guaranteed entry with six months of credit (equivalent to 48 credit points) into the RMIT Bachelor of Science (Food Technology and Nutrition). Graduates with a GPA of less than 2.0 may apply, and if successful in gaining a place may be eligible for credit.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
City International: $109,440
  • ATAR: 66.95
No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

Further information

Graduates of the food technology stream find jobs in large food processing companies such as Nestle, Cadbury, Simplot, Heinz and Kraft in research and development, marketing or quality assurance roles. Graduates of the nutrition stream generally work in food companies in areas of product development, marketing and regulatory affairs, or complete further study. Many past graduates have progressed to managerial roles in food companies, while some have taken up roles in government departments or regulatory bodies and others have worked in international food companies and many rural and Melbourne-centered smaller food companies or have started their own private businesses. There is also scope for nutrition stream students to select electives that will allow them to articulate into dietetics or diploma of education programs elsewhere.

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