Undergraduate study in Food Science and Nutrition

Two food science students in the lab creating food product

What can you study in Food Science and Nutrition?

From 2019 you can study Food Science and Nutrition as a specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (BSc). This challenging and prescriptive specialisation offers two distinct pathways: the Food Science pathway and the Nutrition pathway.

If you follow the Food Science pathway, you’ll study areas such as:

  • Manufacturing, processing and production in food-related industries
  • Food components, their properties and ways in which they interact in food products
  • Nutrigenomics
  • Emerging technologies and their benefits
  • Food safety
  • Product development

If you follow the Nutrition pathway, you’ll study areas such as:

  • Human nutrition
  • Maintenance of good health
  • Wellbeing of populations
  • Environmental, social, economic and cultural determinants of eating behaviours

Structuring your programme

Preparing for your Food Science and Nutrition specialisation

Some students will feel more prepared for our Food Science and Nutrition courses if they have already studied some science subjects in high school.

Find out which school subjects will help you feel prepared by reading our Subject guide for school students.  

Entry requirements for Food Science and Nutrition

Entry to the Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition is limited. Selection into this programme will require a higher standard than some other programmes.

Secondary school qualification Rank score required
NCEA 200
CIE 200
IB 28

What if you don’t meet the entry requirements?

If you meet the entry requirements for other majors in the Bachelor of Science (such as Biological SciencesChemistry or Physiology), then you should apply for one of these majors.

Where can undergraduate study in Food Science and Nutrition take you?

Food Science graduates may find work in the food industry, research institutes and government departments, in areas such as:

  • Food analysis
  • Food and ingredient manufacturing
  • Food safety
  • Product development
  • Research
  • Sensory evaluation
  • Waste management

Nutrition graduates may find work in private practices, the food industry, research institutes, non-governmental organisations and government departments, in areas such as:

  • Health policy
  • Health programme planning
  • Health promotion
  • Nutritional consulting
  • Nutrition information services
  • Research

Further study options

Scholarships and awards

Each year we award scholarships and prizes to thousands of students.

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for, search available scholarships or begin an application by visiting Scholarships and awards.

Help and advice

For further information and advice, please contact the Science Student Centre.

Science Student Centre
Level G, Room G 20
(Beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020
Email: scifac@auckland.ac.nz
Web: www.food.auckland.ac.nz