Program Overview

Food scientists study the properties of food and ingredients to ensure their safe use and consumption. The Food Science (Honours) degree is designed to provide you with a solid background in mathematics, natural and applied sciences to equip you for a career in a variety of professions.


You'll have the opportunity to apply yourself to food product design and enquiry projects, professional food practice, food systems management, research towards your thesis project.


The four-year Food Science degree is offered in two disciplines: Food Science and Technology and Food Science and Nutrition.



  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 49,670


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90

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Degree structures can vary depending on your specialisation of choice, the number of courses you choose and timetabling, to give you an indication you can consider the below.


When studying the Bachelor of Food Science (Honours) you’ll be able to specialise in either:  

  • Food Science and Technology 
  • Food Science and Nutrition 

In your first year you’ll study various introductory courses which will equip you with the skills required for the rest of your Food Science degree, these courses include:

  • An Introduction to Food Science (including courses in Sustainable Food Product Manufacturing and Molecules, Cells and Genes) 
  • An Introduction to Engineering Chemistry 
  • An Introduction to Computing for Engineers  
  • An Introduction to Physics
  • An Introduction to Mathematics 

In your second and third year you’ll undertake courses from your selected specialisation, depending on your specialisation your studies may include courses in:

  • Biochemistry 
  • Food Chemistry
  • Food Microbiology 
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Physiology  
  • Epidemiology
  • Food Technology 
  • Food Nutrition

In your fourth year you’ll study advanced courses related to your specialisation and complete a Product Design Project Thesis. 


During your degree you’ll be required to complete two General Education electives. These courses help you broaden your education by completing two courses from outside the engineering faculty strengthening your cross-disciplinary thinking, developing a flexible approach and enhancing your critical analysis skills. 


You can also take part in a Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) within UNSW Engineering’s exciting ChallENG program. VIP projects engage students in long-term, multidisciplinary project teams that are led by UNSW researchers. 

Admission pathways

UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more.

English language requirements

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • English language tests and university English courses
  • Prior study in the medium of English
  • Other qualifications

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