Graduate Diploma in Food and Nutrition Science

Step up to your future in food innovation

Technological advances continue to create new possibilities for how we process, transport, consume and sustain our most vital energy source: food. Within this flourishing scientific field, opportunities abound for competent workers and tech-minded creatives.

What will you do?

Delivered over one year full-time, our Graduate Diploma in Food and Nutrition Science offers specialist skill-building to set you up for success in this evolving space. You will:

  • apply sensory and flavour science to new product development
  • expand your knowledge of microbiology
  • formulate and package foods with specific functional and nutritional properties
  • assess emerging processing and preservation techniques
  • investigate the crucial aspects of a secure food supply
  • evaluate legislative and regulatory policy
  • build peer relationships in your own learning space, within the University’s dedicated Food Innovation Laboratory.

Where could it take you?

By advancing your knowledge and technical skills, you could contribute to an expanding industry and take advantage of exciting growth and leadership opportunities. You might want to improve health outcomes as a nutritional therapist. You could take on a senior role in a research laboratory. Perhaps you’re looking to qualify your aspirations as a multi-sensory chef!

  • Brand new food science labs and kitchen facilities
  • Ranked in top 200 globally 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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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GD128
Deferment Yes - 2 year

February and 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 Diploma in Global Food and Nutrition Science instead.

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $40,500

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This is an Australian full-fee program. As a domestic student you may be eligible to:

  • receive a zero interest government assistance package to cover your course fees and
  • use over $100,000 in HELP assistance over your lifetime
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These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Potential careers

Graduates of this program have gone on to roles such as:

Flavour Chemist;  Food Engineer;  Food Production Engineer;  Food Scientist;  Food Scientist, Food Technologist;  Food Standards Officer;  Food Technologist

Degree Structure

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Last updated: Monday, 18 Mar 2024