Master of Food Science and Agribusiness

Monash University

Program Overview

This postgraduate course is for students and professionals who wish to apply latest knowledge and practices into society at all operational and stakeholder levels, including personal entrepreneurship. It is aimed at those who wish to broaden and deepen their understanding and experience to work across public and private sectors of the food value chain. Graduates will become part of a network of professionals who develop and manage the supply of foods to meet individualised and population-based needs, with direct consequences for human survival and enterprise.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 46,700


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 79

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The course is structured in four parts. Part A. Food science foundation studies, Part B. Food agribusiness studies, Part C. Advanced food science and agribusiness studies, Part D. Advanced practice.

  • PART A. Food science foundation studies
    In these studies you will develop an understanding of primary science disciplines involved with food production and human nutrition and how they relate specifically to food.
  • PART B. Food agribusiness studies
    These studies will introduce you to the disciplines beyond science or cross-disciplinary aspects of agribusiness including global trade, consumer perspectives, future trends and a practical demonstration of concepts learned in Parts A and B.
  • PART C. Advanced food science and agribusiness studies
    In this part you will develop specialist expertise in topic selections of choice, either science, non-science or both, to reflect the aspect of expertise in the food industry or research to which you see your career advancing. You will become competent in the topic areas per se and the interdependencies and interactions of respective topics in decision-making.
  • PART D. Advanced practice
    In this part you will undertake experimental research or professional development that will permit advanced practice of knowledge and experience in your preferred area of specialisation. You have two options. The first option is a research project based at Monash University in any of the seven discipline areas covered in Part C. Students wishing to use this master’s course as a pathway to a higher degree by research should take this option. The second option is an internship in a food company or food industry service provider.

Minimum Entry Requirements (International students)


Entry level 1: 96 points to complete – Duration: 2 years full-time


  • An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in science, engineering, dietetics or health, with at least 60% (credit) average, or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.

English entry requirements

Level A

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall score, with minimum band scores: Listening 6.0, Reading 6.0, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0    
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 Overall score, with minimum scores: Listening 50, Reading 50, Speaking 50 and Writing 50    
  • TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 and Writing 21    

Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee

  • Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.
  • A$46,700
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