Master of Global Food and Nutrition Science

Feed the world

Creating safe, nutritious, sustainable, and equitable food systems is a growing global challenge. New ways of thinking and problem-solving are needed to secure and stabilise our future. Make the most of your talent for chemistry and engineering by developing sought-after specialist skills and become a leader in this expanding field.

What will you do?

Our Master of Global Food and Nutrition Science is technology and innovation focused, with global relevance at all levels. You will:

  • 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
  • deep dive into current food trends and opportunities for industry
  • critically evaluate local, national, and international legislative and regulatory policy
  • tackle issues of equity and social justice
  • 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 might become a leading scientist in wood-derived fibre alternatives or de-stigmatise insects for eating. You could change the future of sustainable packaging. Perhaps you’ll revolutionise first foods for infants or be an expert in antimicrobial resistance.

  • Brand new food science labs and kitchen facilities
  • Ranked in top 200 globally for Food Science & 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 3CM257
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 5.0.

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:

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

Degree Structure

To qualify for the Master of Global Food and Nutrition Science, students must satisfactorily complete a program of study consisting of the following courses with a combined total of not less than 48 units, comprising:
  • Core courses to the value of 27 units
  • Capstone Project to the value of 12 units
  • Elective courses to the value of 9 units

Example Study Plan

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 27 units.
Core Courses
All of the following courses must be completed:
AGRIBUS 7053 Globalisation and Agriculture in Emerging Economies
AGRIBUS 7055 Global Food and Agricultural Markets
FOOD SC 7029WT Nutrition Metabolism
FOOD SC 7030WT Advanced Food Chemistry
FOOD SC 7031WT Innovations in Food Processing
FOOD SC 7032WT Global Food Safety
FOOD SC 7033WT Sensory and Flavour Science
FOOD SC 7034WT Research Methods and Data Analysis (Food and Nutrition)
PLANT SC 7330WT Food Production in a Future Climate
Capstone Project
All of the following courses must be completed:
FOOD SC 7035AWT Food and Nutrition Science Capstone Project Part A
FOOD SC 7035BWT Food and Nutrition Science Capstone Project Part B

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Last updated: Monday, 23 Oct 2023