BP199 - Bachelor of Food Technology and Nutrition

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Plan: BP199P23 - Bachelor of Food Technology and Nutrition
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 Food Technology and Nutrition
Award abbreviation: BFoodTech&Nutr
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years full time or 6 years part time
Location: RMIT City and Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/science
ASCED code: 019905
CRICOS code: 110979C

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Food Technology and Nutrition is about the science of manufacturing food and making it safe and nutritious.

In this program you will 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 manufactured food supply, creating safe and nutritious food that has a long shelf life. You will be trained in the full range of theoretical and practical aspects of food technology and nutrition science. You will develop novel, healthy and functional food products that meet the consumer demands as well as industry’s strict safety and health guidelines.

The teaching approach in this program is designed to foster your development as an independent learner so you will be able to extend your capabilities once you graduate. The teaching method includes lectorial, seminar, tutorial, practical and laboratory sessions, and the provision of online materials.

In this program you will have the opportunity to focus on one or both of the Food Technology and Nutrition majors. In the first year of study, you will take foundation courses such as chemistry and microbiology as well as being introduced to food processing and nutrition. Later, your studies focus more on courses related to your majors. 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.

The program prepares you to work in roles in various sectors of the food industry including:  

  • 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

BP199 Bachelor of Food Technology and Nutrition provides you with a capstone experience, which will give you the opportunity to integrate, critically reflect on and consolidate what you have learnt in your program. Your capstone experience in ONPS2719 Food Formulation and Design is designed to address the whole life cycle of the food industry by bringing together all you have learned in previous courses and thereby preparing you for being job-ready for a career in the food industry. You will experience Work Integrated Learning (WIL) through activities in courses OHTH2173 Applied Nutrition, and ONPS2510 Rheology and Food Biophysics,

While most courses in the program are delivered face-to-face at the City and Bundoora campus, others courses are delivered wholly online or via a combination of predominantly online activities, supported by some campus-based activities. Some courses will be delivered completely online.

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Articulation and pathways


Graduates of the RMIT AD012 Associate Degree in Applied Science will be guaranteed entry into the BP199P23 Bachelor of Food Technology and Nutrition program and receive credit to a value of 84 credit points (Note: A standard year of full-time undergraduate study at RMIT University is 96 credit points) 

To be eligible to enter the BP199P23 program with 84 credit points of credit, graduates of the AD012 program must meet the following requirements: 

As per agreement 

Course Code 

Course Title 

Must complete to get credit for ONPS2700: 


Scientific Research Skills 

Must complete to get credit for ONPS2699: 


Biological Principles 

Must complete to get credit for OHTH2068/2172: 


Health and Nutrition 

Must complete to get credit for CHEM1239/1240: 

CHEM1256  Chemistry 

Must complete both to get credit for ONPS2555: 


Microbiology (AD) 

BIOL2362 Applied Microbiology 

Must complete to get credit for ONPS2702: 



STEM for Sustainable Development 

Must complete to get credit for Approved Studies 1: 



Professional Practice in Applied Science 

NB: While the total value of the credit offered is equivalent to 1 standard year of full-time study, the amount of time required to complete the remaining study may exceed 2 years. 


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 MC237 Master of Food Science and Technology or other postgraduate programs. Acceptance into these programs would be subject to each program's entry requirements.

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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.


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 — a study score of at least 20 in one of: Maths: General Mathematics or Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: 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 any external industry or professional body.


Graduates of this program are eligible for membership with the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) and Nutrition Society of Australia. 

Industry Links  

This program has an Industry Advisory Committee (IAC). Membership is diverse and drawn from external industry and professional institutions. This committee helps inform program development and ensure that program content and student learning outcomes remain closely aligned with the needs of future employers. In addition, academic staff maintain connections with industry to develop and deliver work integrated learning experiences 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

Library resources and services 

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study space. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases. Computers and group study rooms are available at each Library. One-on-one study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, referencing, maths and study skills. To contact Library staff for help, phone, email or chat via the Ask the Library service. 

For recommended texts and databases relevant to your discipline, refer to https://rmit.libguides.com.    

Find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

IT and Wireless 

If you have a laptop or other wireless-enabled device you can connect to RMIT’s fast Wi-Fi. While on campus, no matter how you work or where you work, you’re able to connect, collaborate and create using this secure network. 

In addition, with myDesktop, you can access your RMIT desktop and applications from home or wherever you have an internet connection. 

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 https://www.rmit.edu.au/students

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. You can find more information at: www.rmit.edu.au/students

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