This degree provides the knowledge and practical skills to pursue careers in nutrition and health promotion, food innovation or quality and safety.
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Healthy eating is a vital part of wellbeing and there is more to healthy eating than you realise. This degree will help you understand nutrition and the science behind food. This course aims to provide students with sound knowledge and a practical background in nutrition and food sciences so you may pursue a wide range of careers in community nutrition and health promotion, ensuring healthy diets and lifestyles for good health, development of healthy and innovative new foods, or ensuring food quality and safety.
Nutrition and Food Sciences covers a range of units that include the nutritional benefits of particular foods, the development of new food products, food safety and medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, which are affected by diet.
This program covers specialised topics in food processing, quality assurance, product development, postharvest, packaging, microbiological and chemical analysis of foods.
You will have the option to take majors in the areas of Human Nutrition, Nutrition and Physiology or Food Science and Technology. You will also be able to select sub-major or elective units from other areas of science or non-science disciplines, including education studies.
You will complete a minimum of 10 weeks of approved industrial experience.
The course structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the units (subjects) you will be studying.
A major in Human Nutrition investigates healthy eating as a vital part of good health and health promotion. The program covers specialised studies in applied and community nutrition, metabolism and human physiology.
A major in Nutrition and Physiology is also available for students intending to study dietetics at postgraduate level.
A major in Food Science and Technology explores the science behind food, its preparation and manufacture. Students graduating from this major will be eligible to apply for graduate membership of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology.
Fees and delivery
Fees: Varies depending on units selected. View available units in our handbook. We have developed a student contribution fee calculator to help you work out what your contribution amount is per unit.
Delivery: On campus
Fees: AUD $29,040*
Delivery: On campus
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As a Nutrition and Food Science graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in:
- Community nutrition and health
- Food product research and development
- Food quality assurance
- Consumer relations
- Health promotion and education
- Regulatory affairs
Food Scientists are involved in new food product development, quality assurance, food regulations, research and development. You will use your understanding of the science behind food, its preparation and requirements to produce safe, nutritious and palatable food.
The Nutrition and Physiology major is for students planning to do postgraduate studies in nutrition and dietetics with the intention of becoming an Accredited Practising Dietician; or seeking a career in nutritional science and allied health fields.
Secondary Teacher in Food Technology
Students seeking a career in Secondary Teaching will be prepared to meet the requirements of the NSW Institute of Teachers for Food Technology, plus alternates in biology, chemistry, physics, or design and technology. Further study is required.
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The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.