Food Science (Honours) - 3061

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

Contact: School

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 4 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 192

UAC Code: 425600

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Science (Honours)

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Program Description


Students interested in the one year Honours program should see Program 3065

The UNSW Bachelor of Science (Honours) in food science 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 learning 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 program is offered in 2 disciplines:

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

  1. Students should be able to demonstrate understanding and application of specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge, including established theories relevant to the discipline, professional field or highly-skilled work context.
  2. Students should be able to plan and execute a piece of research or a professional project with some independence.
  3. Students should be able to reflect critically on existing theoretical knowledge, ideas and practice within the relevant field to address the research topic.
  4. Students should be able to communicate their research ideas in a variety of formats to diverse audiences.
  5. Students should be able to demonstrate personal autonomy and accountability in the acquisition or application of knowledge or skills.
  6. Students should be able to demonstrate the ability to apply, the principles of teamwork and collaboration.
  7. Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of international perspectives relevant to the discipline or professional field.

Program Structure

Program Structure Rules
  • 168 UOC stream +
  • 12 UOC GenEd +
  • 12 UOC electives (Foundational Disciplinary or Disciplinary Knowledge Courses)*
* Courses to be taken from Professional Elective List specified by individual stream.

    Academic Rules

    Honours calculations

    Award of Class of Honours

    Class 1: WAM of at least 80 and Thesis Mark of at least 65
    Class 2 Division 1: WAM of at least 75 and Thesis Mark of at least 65
    Class 2 Division 2: WAM of at least 65 and Thesis Mark of at least 65

    Honours WAM

    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 Courses 4
    • First attempt counts
    • Honours WAM to be calculated to one decimal place

    To ensure that all students who complete the program attain the honours level learning outcomes of the program, the progression rules for the program are as follows:
    • No level 4 course until 102 UOC of the stream passed
    • No level 3 course until all Introductory core passed
    If any of the conditions below apply, students will be transferred to the Bachelor of Science program, with such transfer subject to appeal:

    o 2 fails in any given core course
    o After half or more of the stream attempted (more than 84UOC), less than 50% of stream courses have been passed
    o Prior to the final 48 UOC of the stream (120 UOC or more of the stream completed), a WAM of less than 50%


    Students may substitute up to 12 UOC of Advanced Disciplinary courses (Level 5) in place of Disciplinary Knowledge courses from a school specified stream list of courses with the approval of the Program or Stream Authority.


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