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Follow your passion for food to create a rewarding career in one of Australia’s largest industries.

We integrate theory with practice. Learn about the scientific composition of foods and the chemical reactions that take place during processing.

Study key aspects in the development of food products and develop your expertise in food preservation, processing operations, quality assurance and consumer product testing.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

You'll then have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and build your industry connections with work placements at leading food manufacturing organisations.

You'll be prepared to work in areas such as product development, quality assurance and food safety, food microbiology, research and development, food standards and policy or sales and marketing.

Highlights

23 in the world for food science and technology

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2023

1 in Australia for food science and technology

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2023

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Food technologist
  • Quality systems coordinator
  • Product development technologist
  • Research and development coordinator

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)

$40K–$85K

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How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Food Chemistry
  • Food Microbiology I and II
  • Food Process Engineering I and II
  • Food Policy, Safety and Quality Management
  • Food Product Development

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