• develop an in-depth appreciation for the research process;
  • develop individual investigative skills, critical thought and the ability to evaluate information and to analyse data;
  • increase knowledge and understanding of the discipline area;
  • develop academic research and academic writing skills.

Course Description

The Bachelor of Science with Honours in Food Science degree with the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Science will prepare you for a career in food science or research.

On completion of your Honours year you will have developed:

  • a detailed knowledge of scientific principles underpinning the conversion of raw agricultural products into safe, nutritious and interesting food;

  • an ability to understand the context of food production from different perspectives, including: the regulatory environment governing the supply of safe and high quality food; international trade; agricultural production and supply chain management; biotechnological innovation and food production;

  • skills to understand and analyse major emerging issues facing food production and the trends in processing science and technology being developed to solve emerging problems;

  • an understanding of the structure and organisation of the food processing industry and where this abuts agricultural production;

  • technical and leadership skills in the development of new processes and products;

  • skills to exchange, acquire and disseminate scientific information for the benefit of the food industry;

  • understanding of environmental issues relevant to food production and the technology needed to address these issues across the production chain;

  • a capacity and motivation for continuing independent learning; and

  • understanding of the rights, privileges and responsibilities conferred with the degree and memberships of professional associations.

The honours program in Food Science comprises advanced coursework and an individual research project designed to extend students’ knowledge and skills in solving food industry research problems. After successfully completing the program, students will be prepared to either enter the workforce pursuing a career with food and dairy companies, or enrol for further research study through applying for a Masters or Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Advanced coursework

  • two to four, 12.5-point honours or postgraduate level advanced coursework subjects.

The coordinator of the honours program in which the student is enrolled must approve each student’s advanced coursework program.

Each student’s advanced coursework program will comprise advanced coursework subjects offered by one or more departments teaching into the degree’s honours program, which may include cognate subjects offered in relevant Masters degrees where students meet the prerequisite requirements of those subjects.

The honours coordinator may approve a student including one 12.5-point Level 3 coursework subject. Inclusion of a Level 3 subject will also require approval of the appropriate subject coordinator. This option is only available if it specified in the details of the individual program which can be found using the links below.

Research project

  • A research project subject or subjects with total points value of between 50 and 75 points.

The research project provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and technical skills in a supervised research project and develop skills in experimental design, project implementation and in the communication of the outcomes of a research project. The project develops your technical and data acquisition skills and problem-solving,  your critical thinking capacities in the context of research, your skills in communicating to a variety of audiences and the application of appropriate risk assessment and ethical approval processes.

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