BP289 - Bachelor of Food Technology and Nutrition/Bachelor of Business

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Plan: BP289FTNDD - Bachelor of Food Technology and Nutrition/Bachelor of Business
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/Bachelor of Business
Award abbreviation: BFoodTech&Nutr/BBus
Total credit points: 432
Career: UGRD
Duration: 4 years full-time, 8 years part-time
Location: RMIT University, City and Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/science
ASCED code: 019905
CRICOS code: 111274F

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Purpose of the Program

The double degree has a real-world focus with a problem/project based active learning approach and the learning activities and experiences are designed to foster your development as an independent learner so you will be able to extend your capabilities once you graduate. The teaching methods may include lectorials, seminars, tutorials, workshops, practical and laboratory sessions, site visits and provision of online materials.

The Bachelor of Food Technology and Nutrition 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 manufactured food supply, creating safe and nutritious foods that have 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 provision of online materials. 

This program focuses on 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 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 

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. 

The Bachelor of Business is a generalist business education degree that prepares you for careers in diverse business professions and environments, within a global context. The degree is flexible, allowing you to develop generalist business knowledge or undertake more focused studies through a choice of majors, minors and cross-disciplinary study options. As a graduate of this program, you will develop the skills and knowledge for employment in large corporations, government, small to medium enterprises and small business, and not for profit organisations.

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to pursue traditional business specialist careers, such as an auditor, HR professional, investment advisor, legal and marketing professional.In addition, roles that have a cross-disciplinary perspective, such as global procurement, logistics, transformation manager, business behaviorist and digital marketing analyst.

The Bachelor of Business also provides a capstone experience at the conclusion of the program that is embedded in course BUSM2582 Business Graduate Folio. In the final year, this practical-based capstone course integrates outcomes of your self-directed journey for the purpose of careers, employability, further study, research, professional learning and/or self-reflection and celebration.

While most courses in the program are delivered on the City and Bundoora campuses, other courses are delivered wholly online or via a combination of predominantly online activities supported by some campus-based activities. 

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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. 

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. 


Outstanding graduates from this program may be able to proceed to a research degree including Masters by Research or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), subject to meeting the general admission criteria.

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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, or equivalent studies 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 (NSA).  

Industry Links

As this is a double degree program, both qualifications have strong links with industry.  

The Bachelor of Food Technology and Nutrition 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. 

The Bachelor of Business is closely linked to industry. This takes place in various forms. In the curriculum, some courses are designed as 'work integrated learning' (WIL) courses involving discipline related industry projects as part of learning. The College of Business and Law has established Industry Advisory Committees comprising of high-profile industry representatives. The role of the committees ensures the College of Business and Law's links with industry standards and practices remain current.

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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

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 disciplines, 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.

Specialist Laboratories

The schools teaching into this program have many laboratories, often with specialised equipment, to support the relevant teaching and learning activities, and most of these labs have been upgraded in recent years, to ensure that you have access to modern computers and equipment that you are likely to use in industry.

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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