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Food Science

Food Science

Undergraduate Major

MJRU-FOODS

Major
Food Science Major (BSc Science)
Credit
600

Outline

Food scientists

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You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

Careers in food science are diverse and challenging: one day you could be developing a new food product, and the next you could be solving technical issues on a processing line.

If you like working with food and enjoy science, then a career as a food scientist may be perfect for you.

Food scientists develop and improve ways to process raw ingredients – including grains, meats, milk, fruit and vegetables – into safe, tasty and nutritious foods.

The study of food science is multidisciplinary. It involves biology, chemistry, nutrition, microbiology and engineering, as well as the latest research in the handling, processing and packaging of foods – from the farm to the consumer’s plate.

This degree has been created to provide a pathway to a professional career or to further study in the expanding fields of food sciences and food securities.

You’ll find a range of interesting career opportunities in government agencies and private industry, in Australia and overseas. In both sectors, there is a high demand for graduates to work in product development, public health and nutrition education and consultancy.

There are also career options in research related to food and nutrition in health and disease.

Why study

Careers in food science are diverse and challenging. If you like working with food and enjoy science, then a career as a food scientist may be perfect for you.

You’ll find a range of interesting career opportunities in government agencies and private industry, in Australia and overseas. In both sectors, there is a high demand for graduates to work in product development, public health and nutrition education and consultancy.

How this course will make you industry ready

This degree has been created to provide a pathway to a professional career or to further study in the expanding fields of food sciences and food securities.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Career information

Careers

  • Food scientist / technologist
  • Food microbiologist
  • Food product development
  • Quality control technologist

Industries

  • Agricultural research
  • Airline and hospitality
  • Analytical laboratories
  • Education
  • Food manufacturing and supply
  • Food marketing and sales
  • Hospitals and health agencies
  • Research and development
  • Supermarket and grocery
  • Wine and viticulture

What you'll learn

  • Integrate discipline knowledge and evidence-based approaches to the principles of food science concepts in a range of theoretical and practical situations through research and practical application.
  • Access, evaluate and synthesize relevant information from a range of sources appropriate to the food science discipline, process and make critical judgements on the value of available knowledge to generate innovative and sustainable solutions to issues in food science.
  • Communicate information concisely, accurately and effectively by demonstrating the capacity to listen and respond (using both written and spoken language) to clients, staff, professionals, management and industry and conform to discipline standards in presentations and publications.
  • Participate in the generation and application of science in addressing global problems in food science while understanding international ethical and professional standards and practices in the discipline.
  • Work collaboratively and respectfully with professionals from a range of cultural backgrounds and understand the cultural issues that impact the broader profession; value professional and community partnerships through integrating socio-cultural contexts and ethics within food science.
  • Be able to work professionally and ethically as an independent food scientist and collaboratively within teams using effective industry-ready problem solving and decision making skills complying with appropriate legislation in the field of food science.

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-FOODS
  • Last updated on: September 29, 2020