Graduate Certificate in Food and Nutrition Science

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
  • ranked globally in top 200 for Food Science and Technology*
  • Producing scientific research 'well above world standard'

*Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject, 2022

Entry Requirements

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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. Please note: If you have a relevant Bachelor's degree or equivalent, in the fields of food science, food technology, food engineering and nutrition, with a minimum GPA of 4.5 then please consider applying to the Graduate Certificate in Global Food and Nutrition Science instead.

Fees and Scholarships

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Last updated: Wednesday, 13 Sep 2023