Graduate Diploma in Global Food and Nutrition Science

Fight food insecurity on the global stage  

Earth’s capacity to renew its resources is in decline, but humanity’s need for nutritious food grows daily. Innovative science solutions are necessary for survival, and big picture thinking is critical for ensuring truly equitable outcomes across the globe.

What will you do?

Delivered over one year full-time, our Graduate Diploma in Global Food and Nutrition Science will equip you with the technical skills needed to enter this exciting field. You will:

  • expand your understanding of global food security, safety, and sustainability
  • critically evaluate local, national, and international legislative and regulatory policy
  • expand your knowledge of nutrigenomics and metabolic nutrition
  • apply sensory and flavour science to new product development
  • investigate emerging processing and preservation techniques
  • consider value-adding and reformulation advances
  • explore current food trends and opportunities for industry
  • tackle social justice issues in global food systems
  • build peer relationships in your own learning space, within the University’s dedicated Food Innovation Laboratory


Where could it take you?

You might create formulas for NGOs in developing nations. You could help coastal communities scale seaweed production. Perhaps you want to study the effects of COVID-19 on global food systems in preparation for future pandemics.  


  • 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 3GD129
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake July
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study 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.

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

Example Study Plan

To qualify for the degree of Graduate Diploma in Food and Nutrition Science, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following courses with a combined total of not less than 24 units. 

All courses are 3 units unless stated otherwise.

Core Courses

Students must complete all of the following:

FOOD SC 7001WT Foundations in Food & Nutrition

FOOD SC 7028WT Sensory Food Science

FOOD SC 7031WT Innovations in Food Processing

FOOD SC 7205WT Food Quality and Regulation

FOOD SC 7305WT Public Health Nutrition

FOOD SC 7502WT Food Microbiology PG

FOOD SC 7510WT Nutrition and Health Across Life-Stages

FOOD SC 7540WT Food Chemistry and Analysis


Assessment can vary from course to course and can include a combination of class work, tutorials, assignments, laboratory work, quizzes, project work and exams.

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Last updated: Friday, 1 Mar 2024