Graduate Certificate in Food and Nutrition Science New

Taste-test a career in food science

Sustaining and improving food systems requires skilled workers who’re fascinated by chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, and engineering. In a field with huge potential for influencing how we survive and thrive—problem solving capabilities are also a must.

What will you do?

Delivered over six months full-time, our Graduate Certificate in Food and Nutrition Science will introduce you to the specialist skills and knowledge required to work in this exciting space. You will:

  • learn the importance of developing a sustainable, nutritious and healthy food supply
  • formulate and package foods with specific functional and nutritional properties
  • develop your understanding of microbiology
  • explore sensory and flavour science
  • study public health nutrition and food policies
  • build peer relationships in your own learning space, within the University’s dedicated Food Innovation Laboratory.

Where could it take you?

You might want to support established scientists in the lab or give yourself a competitive edge in food business. You could promote innovative composting solutions or help health-seekers eat for wellbeing. Perhaps you’ll go on to complete a master’s and become a leader in food sustainability!

  • Brand new food science labs and kitchen facilities
  • No. 1 in South Australia for Food Science and Technology*
  • Producing scientific research 'well above world standard'

*Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject, 2021

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
From 30 June 2023, in accordance with Australian government requirements, the University will be returning to face-to-face teaching for all students where it is safe and practical to do so. For students with circumstances where it would not be practical or safe to travel to Australia, exemptions may apply. Students are encouraged to regularly check Study in 2023 and International Student Covid-19 FAQ for information and updates.

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SATAC Code 3GC116
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake July
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study Relevant Bachelor degree or equivalent in a Science related field including (but not restricted to) Agriculture, Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Plant and General Science and Engineering, with a minimum GPA of 4.5

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $19,250

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Last updated: Wednesday, 19 Oct 2022