Bachelor of Sustainable Food Systems

Develop practical and theoretical skills to deliver safe, nutritious and sustainable food into local and global markets.
3 years
(360 credit points = 3.0 EFTSL)
Guaranteed ATAR 50.00
 Lowest Adjusted ATAR - Less than 5 offers

Food sustainability is the study of food security, health, safety, quality and affordability, influenced by climate change and the environment.

With the world population expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050*, Federation University is creating new ways to help solve the problems of developing a safe, healthy and nutritious food supply for people worldwide.

This unique degree was developed in collaboration with food industry partners to fulfill the need for food specialists in Australia. The first half of the degree embeds a Diploma of Food Science and Technology (FBP50121) to develop your knowledge and core practical skills across food testing, quality and sustainability.

In the second half of the degree you will pursue an interest by selecting one of Food Processing or Sustainable Food Production, as well as undertake an industry placement providing valuable and relevant workplace experience.

You will also examine key aspects of sustainable food systems from different points of view: scientific, economic, environmental and ethical, whilst gaining a worldly perspective through a wide selection of subjects from biology to product and process design.

*United Nations: World Population Prospects: the 2019 Revision.

  • Food policy officer
  • Food sustainability officer
  • Food microbiologist
  • Sensory scientist
  • Food quality assurance officer
  • Food production development
  • Quality control technologist

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

SCBIO1001, 15 credit points
SCCHM1001, 15 credit points
SCCOR1300, 15 credit points
SCFSS1100, 15 credit points

Semester 2

SCCHM1002, 15 credit points
SCFSS1000, 15 credit points
SCFSS1101, 15 credit points
SCSUS1500, 15 credit points

Year 2

Semester 1

SCFSS1102, 15 credit points
SCFSS2100, 15 credit points
SCFSS2200, 15 credit points
SCMIC2001, 15 credit points

Semester 2

SCFSS2000, 15 credit points
SCFSS2300, 15 credit points
Food Processing Major (Y2 S1)

Sustainable Food Production Major (Y2 S1)

Electives (1)

Year 3

Semester 1

Electives (1)

Specialisation Elective (1)

Sustainable Food Producation (Y3 S1)

Food Processing Major (Y3 S1)

Semester 2

SCFSS3000, 30 credit points
SCFST3026, 15 credit points
Food Processing Major (Y3 S2)

Specialisation Elective (1)

Students enrolled in this program have many opportunities to develop employment-related generic skills. Practicals, research projects, internship and industry placement programs provide key opportunities to further develop and apply these skills, aligned with a wide range of career opportunities in related industries. Academic staff work with industry members to facilitate mutually beneficial opportunities and to learn about the expectations and requirements of industry. This also identifies current and future trends, ensuring the program will remain relevant into the future.

The program includes a 30 point course in the final year of study: SCFSS3000 Food Industry Internship. This course is developed to provide all students with experiential learning relevant to the food industry.

The practicum within the courses aim to give students experience using the Australian Standard methods and contemporary methods popular in industry for analysis of foods (chemical/ microbiological), processing of foods and product and process development

Entry requirements (year 12)

Applicants will have completed the equivalent of Victorian Year 12 with an English mark of at least 20; and a study score of at least 20 in one of any Mathematics or any Science or overseas equivalent.


Guaranteed ATAR

This program has a guaranteed ATAR.
If you meet the program pre-requisites and any ‘Essential Requirements for Admission’, we will guarantee you a place in this program with this ATAR. We use the adjusted ATAR, factoring in subject adjustments and SEAS as detailed below..

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Non-Year 12 applicants must have a HE or VET background and/or relevant work/life experience and must complete a personal statement.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700511511 (Mt Helen), 3700711511 (Churchill), 3700811511 (On-line Learning)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: FS5

CRICOS code: 106562G

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,301 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2023

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology (FBP40418)

Diploma in Food Science and Technology (FBP50118)

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per course, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department


Course coordinator

Andrew Greenhill
David Bean