BH101 - Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar)(Honours)

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Plan: BH101FS - Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Food Science) (Honours)
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 (Dean's Scholar, Food Science) (Honours)
Award abbreviation: BSc(Dean's ScholarFSci)(Hons)
Total credit points: 384
Career: UGRD
Duration: 4 years full-time (International), 4 years full-time or 8 years part-time (Domestic)
Location: City Campus and Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 010000
CRICOS code: 0100986

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Food Science) (Honours) is a research-oriented, four-year undergraduate program in science which includes an integrated Honours year. After graduating from this program, you will be qualified to apply your advanced knowledge and research capability in your chosen discipline to professional work or further learning. This program is a preferred pathway into higher degrees by research such as a PhD program.

The program is about the science of manufacturing food and making it safe and nutritious.

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 work in the food industry. You are trained in the full range of theoretical and practical aspects of food technology and nutrition science.  You’ll be able to develop novel, healthy and functional food products that meet the consumer demands as well as industry’s strict safety and health guidelines.

The capstone experience for this program consists of the Science Honours Project Courses (Science Honours Project 1, 2, 3 and 4) along with the associated Project Planning course. The honours project is a culmination and application of knowledge and skills from your prior studies. Regular interactions with your supervisor(s) will allow you to obtain technical advice, plan and carry out an advanced project and get feedback on your progress. You will propose solutions to real world problems using the knowledge and competencies acquired during your program.

In addition, courses ONPS2509 Food Safety and Quality Assurance, ONPS2496 Product Development and/or ONPS2515 Community Nutrition are where all you have learned in previous courses come together to ensure healthy, nutritious and safe products.  We address the whole life cycle of the food industry, meaning that our graduates are job-ready to meet food industry needs.

You have the choice between a food technology major and a nutrition major. In the first year of study you will take foundation courses such as chemistry and microbiology, and are introduced to food processing and nutrition. Later your studies focus more on courses related to your major. The nutrition major focuses on human health and nutrition courses while the food technology major deals with traditional and novel technologies employed in the manufacture of food products, as well as sensory evaluation of foods, product development and quality assurance.

Courses in this program are taught face to face on the City campus and Bundoora campus.

This program is for you if you’re interested in:

  • Becoming the owner or manager of a food and/or food ingredient manufacturing company
  • Working in a large food processing company
  • Developing new food products with nutrition at their core
  • Developing food management programs for schools or healthcare facilities
  • As an entry point for further study in dietetics.
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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT programs enable students graduating from an RMIT qualification to achieve advanced standing in a higher level qualification.

If you have completed the first year of the Bachelor of Science (Food Technology and Nutrition) undergraduate program or an equivalent program with a GPA of at least 3.5, you will be eligible to apply for transfer into the second year of the BSc(Dean’s Scholar, Food Sci)(Hons) program.

Successful completion of this program provides you with pathways into masters by coursework, masters by research and PhD programs.

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    Entrance requirements

    Very Important: This plan is being phased out. 
    BH101FS - Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar)(Honours) plan has been discontinued and will no longer accept new students after Semester 2 2022.

    This program is intended for capable and highly motivated students who want research training through hands on participation in research projects throughout the program.  The number of places in the program is limited so entry is competitive. Prior tertiary study must show evidence of academic success.

    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 Country equivalents web page.


    Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 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

    This program is not accredited by an external body.

    There are two majors offered in the program, food technology and nutrition. Graduates of both majors are eligible for AIFST (Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology) membership, while Nutrition major graduates are also eligible for membership of the Nutrition Society of Australia.

    This program has a Industry Advisory Committee comprised of external members drawn from a diverse external industry base and institutions. These provide opportunities for networking and are a useful link in ensuring that the teaching material and student capabilities remain close to the needs to future employers. In addition, the academic area of biology has a number of industry contacts, relationships and adjunct professors who can help students with their study as well as offer advice on professional careers.

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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

    Resources available from the Library

    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 wireless network in most places on campus.

    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 students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

    You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

    Online learning tools and content

    As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT.

    Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT

    RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

    Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

    • transition to tertiary study and learning
    • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
    • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
    • career development and employment
    • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
    • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
    • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

    We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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