Bachelor of Science (Food Technology and Nutrition)


  • Program code: BP199
  • 2014 Clearly-in ATAR:


  • Campus: City campus

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The food technology and nutrition program is about the science of large-scale food manufacturing and making it safe and nutritious to meet consumers’ needs.

This program offers you the opportunity to learn the application of science in a socially responsible way and the skills required to develop goods and services for the marketplace to meet those needs.

It prepares you for work in a broad range of roles in the food industry. You’ll be trained in the full range of theoretical and practical aspects of food science and technology, and nutrition. You’ll also be able to develop novel, healthy and functional food products that meet consumer demands and comply with government and industry’s strict safety and health guidelines.

This program is unique in helping you develop practical hands-on skills in a pilot plant setting that simulates industrial production. All courses in this program have face-to-face interaction as well as online teaching and learning facilities that make your learning flexible and student centred.


3 years full-time or part-time study may be available.

Program structure and features

Learning and teaching

RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.

You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.

Program structure

This Bachelor of Science (Food Technology and Nutrition) program helps you develop practical hands-on skills in a pilot plant setting that simulates industrial production.

All courses in this program have face-to-face interaction as well as online teaching and learning facilities that make your learning flexible and student centred.

During Year 1, all students share basic science courses like chemistry, biology and mathematics, as well as core courses in an introduction to the food industry, food preservation and nutrition.

Streaming into major areas begins from the fourth semester.

In the food technology stream, you learn to turn raw materials like milk and cereal grains into food products like ice-cream and breakfast cereals.

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 Years 2 and 3 of the program you develop different products in a pilot plant setting and make several industry visits.

Handbook (program guide)

To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).

Industry connections

The third year science project may be linked to an industry.

Typical projects have involved working in a research and development department to design new processes or formulate new food products, or being involved in a labelling project that promotes a product's nutritional profile.

The food industry is directly involved with our quality assurance course. Projects are designed and assessed by representatives of the industry.


This program prepares you for work in a broad range of roles in the food industry.

Graduates of the food technology stream find jobs in large food processing companies like Nestlé, 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 graduates have progressed to managerial roles in food companies, while some have taken up roles in government departments or regulatory bodies.

Others have worked in international food companies and rural and Melbourne-based 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.

Professional recognition and accreditation

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

Global opportunities

You can take one or more semesters at an overseas institution through the Education Abroad program at more than 120 partner universities.

Recent graduates have spent a semester or two in food science and technology programs in England, Germany and other European countries.

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

Program entry requirements


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).

Selection tasks

Form: All applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online.

How to apply

Equity access

If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.


Tuition fees vary according to program and are adjusted annually.

In a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

  • pay all or part of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
  • defer your tuition fees through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.

Other fees

You're required to purchase textbooks, manuals and protective clothing. There will be a small fee to cover the cost of excursions.

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF). You may be able to defer the fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.


Depending on the stream chosen, graduates of the Associate Degree in Applied Science who achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or greater will be able to claim credit and are guaranteed entry into this program.

Graduates with a GPA of less than 2.0 can still apply and may be eligible for exemptions if successful in gaining a place.

Graduates of the Diploma of Food Science and Technology may also be eligible to apply for exemptions.

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

Owning school

Applied Sciences

Contact details

Info Corner
330 Swanston Street (cnr La Trobe Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260
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Frank Sherkat
School of Applied Sciences
Building 14, Level 5, Room 4

View PDF brochure for this program.


Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.