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Nutrition and Food Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #151 (ARWU) ,
Learn about the science of nutrition and how to promote healthy diet behaviours to improve the nutritional status of populations. This science-based Nutrition and Food Science course from Curtin University provides you with high-level communication and teamwork skills.


Your first year will be interprofessional and taken with other health sciences students.

Your second year builds on this foundation and you will study sciences such as biochemistry and physiology in order to understand how the human body uses nutrients from foods to sustain life. Off-campus field trips will also help you experience food and nutrition issues in real-life settings.

In the second year of the course you will choose between two streams: Nutrition and Food Science.

The Nutrition stream further develops your understanding of the evidence of associations between diet and health outcomes, and you will explore the social and cultural influences that impact dietary decisions within the population.

You will also conduct a nutrition research project. Graduate nutritionists typically undertake further study to specialise in a professional area, including dietetics, research, food science and technology, health promotion or teaching.

In the Food Science stream you will focus on the nature and chemical composition of foods, ingredient behaviour under different processing conditions, and the application of this knowledge of food science to improve the safety and quality of food.

Nutrition and food scientists are also involved in the research and development of new food products and new technologies in the processing of foods. You will undertake a work placement with an external organisation which may be a government, research or food industry organisation.

Students in the Food Science stream undertake a practicum in their final semester of the course. Compulsory field trips are conducted throughout the course. 

Why study the Nutrition and Food Science course from Curtin University

  • Classes in this course are kept small to allow close liaison between students and staff, who bring practical and academic experience to their teaching.
  • This science-based course provides you with high-level communication and teamwork skills.
  • This course is the only undergraduate course in Western Australia offering a stream in food science. 
  • Course outcomes from the Nutrition stream meet entry requirements for Curtin’s Master of Dietetics course.

Career information

  • Home Economist

You will have a variety of interesting career opportunities in government agencies and private industry, both in Australia and overseas. Government organisations and the food industry create a high demand for graduates in a range of areas, including public health, nutrition education and advice, research related to food and nutrition in health and disease, and the development of new food products. 

Potential employers include health departments, community and public health centres, welfare organisations and non-government organisations, food suppliers and manufacturers, teaching institutions, and federal and state research laboratories.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    600 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Nutrition 
  • Food Science
  • Foundations for Professional Health Practice 
  • Food and Nutrition Principles 
  • Human Structure and Function 
  • Introduction to Biological Chemistry 

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              Academic Requirements

              CRICOS code: 003887J

              • An Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 70 or equivalent
              • English Language proficiency

              Tuition Fee

              • International Applies to you

                35700 AUD/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 35700 AUD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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              • Commonwealth supported: $9,570


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