Undergraduate course

Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition

Are you passionate about the role of food in health and wellbeing, human performance and illness prevention? Build your skills in human nutrition bioscience, food science and food biotechnology, nutrition marketing, sports nutrition, food production, agri-nutrition and nutrigenomics research.

What type of student are you?

Murdoch code

B1389

Study mode

Part Time or Full Time

Duration (years)

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Selection rank

70

CRICOS code

0101649
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World leading research

Our research in clinical sciences and medical microbiology is ranked well above world-standard, and immunology and genetics above world standard. 1

Enjoy state-of-the-art facilities

You’ll study in the heart of the Murdoch health precinct, which includes 3 hospitals and a medical research institute.

Grow your industry connections

Interact with researchers and scientists, with strong industry links, from Murdoch's world-class research centres.

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Overview

This course prepares you for a career in many fields relating to the promotion of health at individual and community levels through the improvement of the food supply. You’ll study subjects such as the chemistry of food, human physiology, food analysis, food safety, food preparation, food product development, the impact of nutrition on human health, disease and sports performance, and the social and public health aspects of nutrition.

3 reasons to study Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition at Murdoch

  • Five-star rating for overall experience, teaching quality and skills student support for Health Services & Support.* 
    *Source: Good Universities Guide 2021
  • You’ll study in the heart of the Murdoch Health Precinct, which includes public and private hospitals and leading medical research institute, the Australian National Phenome Centre.
  • Take advantage of our living labs to grow your food production research knowledge, including at our Whitby Falls farm on the outskirts of Perth.

Develop your skills

Build essential skills and knowledge to meet your career or study goals. Topics you’ll cover include:

  • The role of food and nutrition in human health and illness prevention.
  • Food composition knowledge and cooking / culinary skills.
  • Novel food product design.
  • The role of food and nutrition in sport performance and cognitive performance.
  • An understanding of food and its impacts on the human microbiome.

Your career

When you graduate from this course you are likely to find work in a health field, in the food sector or a human nutrition science field. Employers may include metropolitan or regional community health centres, government organisations in food policy, non-government health organisations, food industries, food manufacturers, food marketing, sports clubs, and hospital food service facilities. Careers could include:

  • Nutritionist or Public Health Nutritionist
  • Food Scientist or Technologist
  • Product Manager
  • Food Safety Officer
  • Food Marketing and Food Media
  • Manager in educational health and wellbeing and community programs

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition may apply for membership with the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA). Membership may be subject to additional requirements such as work experience in the field and ongoing professional development following completion of the degree. Completion of core units in food science and food biotechnology will enable you to apply for membership of the Australian Institute of Food Science Technology (AIFST).

Graduates of this course will have completed the pre-requisite requirements for entry into postgraduate courses in dietetics.

For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.

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Structure

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English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which can be demonstrated through either English proficiency testsuniversity preparation coursesEnglish language coursesprevious tertiary study or vocational education.

 

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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Adjustment for Murdoch RISE

Murdoch RISE is a selection rank adjustment, as part of our commitment to helping students from regional, Indigenous and low socio-economic backgrounds gain university entry.

If you achieve an ATAR of 60.00 - 89.95, a Murdoch RISE adjustment factor of up to 10.00 points may help you get into your preferred course. Murdoch RISE can increase your selection rank up to a maximum of 90.00.

There’s no application or need to register. If you are eligible, the adjustment factor is automatically added to your raw ATAR score when you apply.

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

Find out more

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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