BH099 - Bachelor of Science(Food Technology & Nutrition)/Bachelor of Engineering(Chemical Engineering)(Hons)

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Plan: BH099FTNDD - Bachelor of Science(Food Technology & Nutrition)/Bachelor of Engineering(Chemical Engineering)(Hons)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Science(Food Technology & Nutrition)/Bachelor of Engineering(Chemical Engineering)(Hons)
Award abbreviation: BSc(FodTech&Nutr/BEng(CheEng)H
Total credit points: 516
Career: UGRD
Duration: 5 years full time
Location: Onshore, City Campus and Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 019905
CRICOS code: 079788F

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Purpose of the Program

The Food Technology and Nutrition part of program is about the science of manufacturing food and making it safe and nutritious. You are trained in the full range of theoretical and practical aspects of food technology and chemical engineering. In this program you learn to turn raw materials such as milk and cereal grains into food products such as ice-cream and breakfast cereals. You also learn to improve the quality of our manufactured food supply, creating safe and nutritious foods that taste good and have a long shelf life.
This program prepares you for the work in food industry.

The Chemical Engineering part of program enables students to:

  • develop an understanding of fundamental knowledge of Chemical Engineering principles and apply them to design sustainable processes and products for the benefit of society, environment, and businesses
  • engage with the processes of innovation and global change and to deal with new challenges.
  • develop sustaining values, including a commitment to their own learning.

You’ll be able to develop appropriate processes and equipment and develop novel, healthy and functional food products that meet the consumer demands as well as industry’s strict safety and health guidelines. The program addresses the whole life cycle of food manufacturing which means our graduates are job ready, meeting food industry needs.

The courses in this program are taught face to face on the RMIT city campus for the first three semesters. In later semesters, the Food Technology courses are taught at Bundoora campus in order to take advantage of the state of the art food processing pilot plant.

This program has capstone experiences: ONPS 2496 Product Development where you will develop a new product or reverse engineer an existing product, and OENG1167 Engineering Capstone Project Part A and OENG1168 Engineering Capstone Project Part B, where you will work on design projects based on industry input and involvement at various stages of the project.

Please Note: The title of this double degree reflects the titles of the two component single degrees. The Bachelor of Science (Food Technology and Nutrition) single degree offers a choice of specialisation for students – either Food Technology or Nutrition. However, the nutrition major available to students in the single degree is not available to students in the double degree. This double degree is targeted towards producing graduates with skills and capabilities relating to large scale production of food, and as such the nutrition major of the single Food Technology programs is not appropriate.

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Articulation and pathways


Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.  As a successful graduate of this program, you may (upon application) be eligible to proceed to a coursework Masters degree in Chemical Engineering or related fields, or even to a research degree including Masters by Research or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).  Acceptance into these programs would be subject to each programs' entry requirements.

Students who apply to transfer to one of the single degrees that are components of this double degree program, will be eligible for credit for any equivalent courses in the single degree structure, and may transfer credit for any other courses that can meet elective requirements of the single degree structure.

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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.  

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page (unresolved).


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 20 in Chemistry; and a study score of at least 20 in one of Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics; and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.   

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

Accreditation by Engineers Australia

This program is accredited by Engineers Australia. Graduates of the program will be eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia. Corporate membership may be obtained after an appropriate period of professional practice. This program will also be eligible for accreditation by the Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology.

The Washington Accord is an agreement amongst engineering professional bodies of Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, UK and US. Based on the Accord, the qualifications of graduates of RMIT Engineering programs that are fully accredited by Engineers Australia are also recognised by the other countries as being substantially equivalent to accredited or recognised qualifications within its own jurisdiction.

Accreditation by the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology

You are also eligible for student membership of Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST), which can be upgraded to professional membership after graduation. Professional members are allowed and encouraged to use MAIFST after their names.

Industry Links

Both programs have strong links with industry. Students undertake one week of work in industry in Year 3. Guest lecturers from industry join classes throughout the program. Research projects in the final year may be based on an industry project and design projects are based on industry input thus providing opportunities for work integrated learning (WIL). Students visit industry sites throughout the program.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

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Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

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Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
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