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Associate Degree in Applied Science (Fermentation and Separation)

Use science to build a career in the food and beverage industry.

New Science and Technology HECS scholarship

The first four units you study as part of the Associate Degree in Applied Science will receive a 100% HECS (Higher Education Contribution Scheme) scholarship. This means the entire cost of the first four units of your degree is covered by a scholarship. Your next four units will receive a 50% HECS scholarship.

Overall, this means you will receive a 75% HECS scholarship (the equivalent of a tuition fee waiver) for the first year of your degree.

*** Note this offer is only available for domestic students commencing study in 2020. Please contact our team for further information 1800 788 244 or

Why study Fermentation and Separation?

If you love the idea of practical science and innovative industries, the Fermentation and Separation stream is for you. Use science to build a career in the food and beverage industry like creating the tasty brews, as markets see a growing taste for microbreweries and more interesting flavours. This course is perfect for you if you love beer, wine, cider or fermented food like sauerkraut and cheese and want to move into a career in the food and beverage industry.

Times are changing. Many traditional job roles are being left by the wayside as demand increases for entirely new kinds of skillsets. This two year, full-time Associate Degree offers you the opportunity to learn about some of Tasmania’s most up-and-coming, innovative industries within the food and beverage sector (beer, cider, wine, whiskey, gin, cheese and other fermented foods) and premium bio-industries (seaweed-based fertilisers, poppies, biodiesel and much more).

This practical course is designed to help you get your head around the basics first by studying core subjects, such as understanding science, quality management, sustainability and technology and innovation. Later, you can specialise in units like microbiology, applied chemistry and applied biology to meet your career aspirations.

Your hands-on learning experience will also involve access to industry guest speakers, industry visits, projects, case studies and internships. The result? Exposure to real-world problems and a deep understanding of how to apply key applied science theory and skills in the workplace.

Kick-start your fermentation science career today.


Two years full-time or part-time equivalent


Online and face-to-face (workshops, tutorials)


Cradle Coast campus
Newnham campus
Sandy Bay campus
Online (2020 intake)


Semester 1, 2021 and Semester 2, 2021


"I’ve wanted to study science for a long time but have had very limited options due to the fact I was working full time and living in Burnie.

When the Associate Degree came up it was the perfect way to study in the field I wanted to and maintain my lifestyle. Ideally, I’d like to move up into a quality management type role at work or maybe a research and development role, as I really enjoy all the science behind what we do."

Career Options

  • Brewing
  • Wine making
  • Fermented food and drink product manufacturing
  • Distillation
  • Alkaloids
  • Biodiesel
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Forensics
  • Essential oils
  • Water treatment

Program structure

The Associate Degree in Applied Science involves 16 units over 2 years of full-time study or 4 years of part-time study, delivered on campus in Launceston, Hobart and the Cradle Coast, and fully online in 2020. We offer evening tutorials to accommodate those already working full-time. The first year of the course acts as a foundation year, while the second year of the course provides you with the skills to apply your new science knowledge to a range of situations.

After the successful completion of year 1 of the Associate Degree, you can choose to exit the course and be awarded with a diploma qualification.

Subjects include:

  • Introduction to industry
  • Understanding science
  • Applied maths
  • Quality management
  • Applied chemistry
  • Applied biology
  • Fermentation Principles and Processes
  • Technology and innovation

For more detailed information, please visit the Course and Unit Handbook.

Extend your study into a Bachelor degree

By completing the Associate Degree in Applied Science (Z2J) you may receive some credit towards a bachelor degree at the University of Tasmania.  The amount of credit received will be subject to the University’s discretion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Bachelor degrees traditionally have a duration of three of more years, while an Associate Degree can take as little as two years when studied full time.

Our University College Associate Degrees have been uniquely designed to place equal emphasis on theory and practice. This is done by offering both discipline specific subjects and hands-on learning subjects (Practice and Portfolio) throughout your Associate Degree. By doing so, you graduate job ready with a firm understanding of how to apply the theory you have learnt.

The Associate Degrees are studied during the traditional university Semester study periods.

The new Associate Degrees are a formal qualification in their own right, offering pathways to new career opportunities or upskilling in a current career. These Associate Degrees also offer formal articulation pathways into specified bachelor degrees should you wish to continue studying.

Our Associate Degrees are likely to appeal to a wide range of people, including:

  • School leavers who achieve a TCE (or ATAR) but who are not eligible/prepared/interested in studying a bachelor degree;
  • students who want to gain skills and knowledge to start a career;
  • students interested in learning about innovation and future jobs;
  • students with industry/professional experience who would like to gain some academic credentials; and
  • non-school leaver and mature-age students seeking academic credentials and career advancement.

Our Associate Degrees are offered via a combination of face-to-face (workshops, tutorials etc.) and online study. The online component of our Associate Degrees are offered on each of the University of Tasmania campuses at Newnham, Sandy Bay and Cradle Coast.

No. For all University College units, assessments are built into the course content throughout the semester. If you undertake units from other parts of the University, you may be required to sit some exams. For more detailed information, please visit the Course and Unit Search.

If you successfully complete the first year of your Associate Degree and decide you no longer wish to study, you can graduate out of the course with a Diploma qualification.

Throughout your Associate Degree you will be exposed to a range of hands-on learning experiences such as live case studies, real-world business examples, industry speakers, job-focused programs, industry workshops, projects and internships.

By successfully completing one of our Associate Degree courses, you may be eligible to receive credit towards a relevant Bachelor degree offered by the University of Tasmania. Some of our Associate Degrees have specific credit pathways into a Bachelor degree, where you can receive up to 2 years full credit towards a specified Bachelor degree. For those Associate Degrees that do not have a specified credit pathway, or if you are wanting to receive credit into a different Bachelor degree than the one specified, you may receive some credit, subject to the College’s discretion.