Master of Food and Nutrition Science

Transform the future of food

Food and nutrition science is all about what we eat, how it impacts our wellbeing, and ways we can change the game for longevity. It’s a growing field where expert-level skills are much sought-after. Be prepared to master contemporary food tech and drive innovation.

What will you do?

Our Master of Food and Nutrition Science is designed to develop specialist skills and empower future food visionaries. You will:

  • understand the importance of a secure, sustainable and healthy food supply
  • formulate and package foods with specific functional and nutritional properties
  • expand your knowledge of nutrigenomics and metabolic nutrition
  • apply sensory and flavour science to new product development
  • discover innovative and emerging processing and preservation techniques
  • critically evaluate legislative and regulatory policy
  • build peer relationships in your own learning space, within the University’s dedicated Food Innovation Laboratory
  • complete an independent capstone research project.

Where could it take you?

You could create and market previously undreamt-of sensory experiences. You might revolutionise nutritional therapy. Perhaps you’ll innovate in the beer and beverages world, make microalgae meats, or popularise new insect-infused edibles.


  • Brand new food science labs and kitchen facilities
  • Ranked in top 200 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 3CM256
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake July
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study Relevant Bachelor degree or equivalent in Science related field including (but not restricted to) Agriculture, Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Plant and General Science and Engineering, with a minimum GPA of 5.0. 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 5.0 then please consider applying to the Master of Global Food and Nutrition Science instead.

  • Admissions Transparency Data
    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2023
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    International students 1 50.0%
    All students 2 100.0%

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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:

Brand Manager;  Entrepreneur;  Flavour Chemist;  Food Engineer;  Food Marketer;  Food Production Engineer;  Food Scientist;  Food Scientist, Food Technologist;  Food Technologist

Degree Structure

Example Study Plan

Level I

Semester II

Semester I

Level II

Semester II

  • FOOD SC 7035AWT Global Food and Nutrition Science Capstone Project Part A
  • Approved Elective
  • Approved Elective

Semester I

  • FOOD SC 7034WT Reseach Methods and Data Analysis (Food & Nutrition)
  • FOOD SC 7035BWT Global Food & Nutrition Science Capstone Project Part B
  • Approved Elective
Approved Electives

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Last updated: Tuesday, 10 Oct 2023