Program Overview

The Master of Food Science is designed for food scientists and graduates wanting to advance and expand their knowledge and skills in their current area of expertise and for engineers who want to move into food science from a science-based perspective.

You’ll develop your technical knowledge and ability to analyse food science problems and gain a deeper understanding of the agrifood business, as well as meeting or maintaining professional accreditation standards and developing your career opportunities.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 49,205


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90

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The Master of Food Science is a two-year degree for students who want to move into the area or update their qualifications in Food Science. Upon completion of this degree you’ll have a specialised knowledge in Food Science and Technology.

In your first year you’ll study Advanced Disciplinary Core Courses and Disciplinary Knowledge Courses. Through these you’ll learn the technical knowledge and skills and also update your knowledge in cutting-edge developments in the area of Food Science. You’ll study core courses like:

  • Advanced Food Engineering

  • Advanced Processing Technologies

  • Sensory Analysis of Foods

  • Advanced Food Microbiology

Within your Disciplinary Knowledge courses, you can choose courses from the areas of:

  • Food Preservation

  • Food Safety and Quality

  • Food Chemistry

  • Food Microbiology

  • Nutrition

In your second year, you’ll study a variety of electives of your choice to further your knowledge in several areas of Food Science.

Towards the end of the degree, you’ll apply principles learnt in this degree and your professional experience towards a research-project looking at solving an open-ended problem in the area of Food Science. Before commencing your research you’ll study a course in Engineering Postgraduate Research Skills which will introduce you to research techniques for your thesis.

Admission to this program requires one of the following:

  • A 4-year Bachelor degree in Food Science (or equivalent) with a minimum 65% average; or

  • Completion of the 5037 UNSW Graduate Diploma in Food Science with a minimum 65% average; or

An equivalent qualification from another recognised university or tertiary institution.

  • You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

    If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • English language tests and university English courses

  • Prior study in the medium of English

  • Other qualifications

  • UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. 

    IELTS 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

    TOEFL 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)


2022 Indicative First Year Fee


2022 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


When you complete Postgraduate study in Food Science at UNSW you’ll open up a range of highly specialised and senior roles in the food science industry. Most roles for food scientists are in the private industry. Private industry has increased its demand for food scientists because their expertise is necessary for developing food products, along with ensuring quality and safety.

UNSW Food Science graduates are in high demand due to their high skill level, with excellent employment opportunities in the food and beverage industries, university and CSIRO research and government regulatory bodies such as FSANZ. 

As a food scientist or technologist you could work in laboratories, research departments, or in quality inspection and control on food processing/production lines.

Potential careers

  • Food safety

  • Nutritionist

  • Food engineering

  • Product design

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