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The UNSW Bachelor of Science (Honours) Food Science program is designed to equip you for a career as a professional food scientist. We provide you with a solid background in mathematics, natural and applied sciences that will prepare you for acquiring knowledge and skills in a food science specialisation. You will get the chance to apply yourself to food product design and enquiry projects, professional food practice, food systems management and conduct research towards your thesis project.

The four year Food Science program is offered in 2 disciplines:

Both of these options result in the award of a Bachelor of Science (Hons).



Study Level


Typical duration

4 Years

Delivery Mode


Intake Period

Term 1, Term 2, Term 3

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Bachelors Honours


Bachelor of Science (Honours) - BSc (Hons)

UAC Code




Program Structure

Students must complete 192 UOC as a standalone program.

168 UOC specialisation + 12 UOC General Education + 12 UOC electives (Foundational Disciplinary or Disciplinary Knowledge Courses)*
* Courses to be taken from Discipline Elective List specified by individual specialisation.

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Research-based Discipline Electives

Students planning for future research career may elect to take one of the following research course combinations, combining program discipline electives (12 UOC) and stream discipline electives (12 UOC):

- CEIC4002 Thesis A (6 UOC) and CEIC4003 Thesis B (6 UOC)
- CEIC4002 Thesis A (6 UOC) and CEIC9003 Advanced Thesis B (12 UOC)
- CEIC9002 Advanced Thesis A (12 UOC) and CEIC4003 Thesis B (6 UOC)
- CEIC9002 Advanced Thesis A (12 UOC) and CEIC9003 Advanced Thesis B (12 UOC)

Progression Requirements


University Medal

Honours Classes

Additional Information

Honours WAM weighting

Courses will be weighted according to the following:

  • General Education: 1
  • Level 1 courses: 1
  • Level 2 courses: 2
  • Level 3 courses: 3
  • Level 4 or above courses: 4

Honours WAM calculation notes

  • First attempt counts
  • Honours WAM to be calculated to one decimal place
  • Academic Withdrawal (AW) grades will count as fails
  • Courses above level 4 (postgraduate courses) will count as level 4 courses.


Introductory courses incorporate the understanding and application of areas that underpin food science and technology including mathematics, physics, information technology and chemistry (these are typical Level 1 courses).

Foundation disciplinary courses develop students' understanding and application of food science and technology fundamentals applicable to the discipline (these are typically Level 2 and 3 courses).
Disciplinary knowledge courses develop students’ in-depth understanding and application of specialist bodies of knowledge within the discipline (these are typically Level 4 courses).

Enquiry-based courses develop students' understanding of research-based learning, product design and/or students' ability to apply food science techniques to projects with some independence.

Engineering and Technical Management courses provide training in professional and personal attributes of importance for practising engineers including such areas as ethical conduct and accountability, team membership and leadership, and communication skills.

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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