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Master of Food Science and Technology

Overview

Make your mark in the world's largest industry, equipped with the latest knowledge in food safety and quality management, food preservation, processing, chemistry and microbiology.

UQ is a key research provider in food science and technology – ranked first in Australia. Your teachers are active researchers who'll share the latest knowledge in food safety and quality management, food chemistry and microbiology, food processing, and new food product development.

You'll refine your laboratory skills during practicals and research courses, gain access to the Food Science Innovation Precinct – a world-class teaching, research, training and development unit – and have the flexibility to tailor your studies to your interests and career goals, with specialised electives such as business, agriculture and biotechnology.

You can also undertake a 14-week industry experience, where you'll apply your theoretical knowledge to a food-related workplace situation, acquire a detailed understanding of industry operations, and gain professional skills to enhance your career opportunities.

As a graduate, you'll be able to apply leadership, research and problem-solving skills to meet the global challenges associated with feeding the world by contributing to the provision of high-quality, safe and nutritionally valuable food and food products, as well as having an understanding of the global policy dialogue on food and food products.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
2 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (20 Feb, 2023), Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2023)
Program Code
5576
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$44032 (2023 indicative per year)
Duration
1.5 Years full-time (only available as full-time study)
2 Years full-time (only available as full-time study)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (20 Feb, 2023), Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2023)
Semester dates for 2024 are yet to be confirmed
Program Code
5576
CRICOS Code
079385C
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Study at Australia's leading food science and technology research facility.
  • Refine your laboratory skills during practicals and research courses, and access the Food Science Innovation Precinct.
  • Acquire a detailed understanding of industry operations and gain valuable professional skills.
  • Tailor your studies to your interests and career goals with specialised electives.

13 in the world for food science and technology

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022

1 in Australia for food science and technology

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2023.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

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, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Food Safety and Quality Management
  • Principles of Food Preservation
  • Advanced Functional Foods
  • Food Processing Technology

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Food technologist
  • Food chemist
  • Food microbiologist
  • Laboratory supervisor
  • Process and product development manager
  • Quality control manager
  • Nutritionist
  • Agribusiness consultant
  • Food security adviser
  • Sustainable food production specialist

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

It's possible to complete this degree in 2 years or 1.5 years depending on your qualifications and experience.

You can apply for any duration as long as you meet the entry requirements. You may also be eligible to apply for credit or exemptions to shorten your degree further. You'll graduate with the same qualification no matter how long you take to complete the degree.

2-year degree (32 units of study)

To be eligible to complete the degree in 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)full-time (only available as full-time study), you'll need:

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, with first-year, university-level chemistry or biology, or
  • a graduate certificate (or equivalent) in food science and technology, or
  • to have successfully completed 3 years of study towards an approved qualification at an overseas partner institution, with a formal pathway to the Master of Food Science and Technology.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

1.5-year degree (24 units of study)

If you have relevant prior learning or experience, you can reduce the number of courses you need to complete and graduate in less time.

To be eligible to complete the degree in 1.5 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)full-time (only available as full-time study), you'll need:

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in food science, food technology or food engineering.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

Related programs

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Food Science and Technology are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

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Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Approximate yearly cost of full-time tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

AUD $44,032

2023

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

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Centrelink support

Scholarships

Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:

How to apply

Applying online

All international applications should be submitted to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Food Science and Technology is 5576.

This program is available in multiple durations. You can apply for any duration as long as you meet the entry requirements.

When you apply, select your preferred duration. If you don't meet the requirements for your first preference, we'll automatically consider you for entry into a longer duration.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study

Applying online

All domestic applications should be submitted to UQ.

The program code for the Master of Food Science and Technology is 5576.

This program is available in multiple durations. You can apply for any duration as long as you meet the entry requirements.

When you apply, select your preferred duration. You can also ask us to consider you for a longer duration if you don't meet the entry requirements for your first preference.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in Semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in Semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

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