About the Master of Food Science at UNSW

UNSW Master of  Food Science is a part-time, or two-year full-time postgraduate degree. You’ll be taught advanced principles and technologies associated with the food industry, including food technology, product development, food quality and food processing.  

The degree is designed for Food Scientists and graduates wanting to advance and expand their knowledge and upskill in their current area of expertise. It also caters for Engineers who want to move into food science from a science-based perspective or take a path towards postgraduate research. Our flexible, advanced options in food science and technology will provide you with a deeper understanding of the following technological areas:

  • Food microbiology
  • Food chemistry
  • Toxicology
  • Food biotechnology
  • Food allergy and food safety
  • Nutrition
  • Food processing
  • Sensory analysis
  • Product development

Your comprehensive study will involve examining issues that may affect business decisions encountered in the food industry. You’ll gain the strategies and tools required to create innovative products and increase efficiency and performance. This involves exploring the nutrition, packaging, preservation, product design and development, components of flavour, safety and quality assurance of food.

UNSW Master of Food Science students have the chance to undertake an extensive research project tailored to a topic they are passionate about. It requires project planning and management, practical application, critical thinking and the ability to analyse, interpret and communicate results. The completion of this component provides a pathway towards postgraduate research degrees through the development and demonstration of research-related skills. 

Admission to the program requires either completion of the UNSW Graduate Diploma in Food Science (5037) or a four-year Bachelor degree in Food Science (or equivalent). The degree must have involved sufficient industry experience with some basic studies in chemistry, food microbiology and biochemistry.

Why Study the Master of Food Science at UNSW

The latest 2019-2020 QS World University Rankings awarded UNSW as the top Engineering faculty in Australia and #38 in the world. For the past three years, we’ve received a five-star rating for employability, teaching and research.  

Benefits of studying with us include:

  • More postgraduate specialisations and engineering opportunities than any other Australian university. Allowing you to develop career paths in multiple industries 
  • Opportunities to conduct research in new Food Science and Technology laboratories 
  • UNSW School of Chemical Engineering is ranked one of the top Engineering Schools in Australia and in the world’s top 50 QS Rankings 
  • Close links and networking opportunities with key industrial, commercial and professional organisations 
  • Over 500 active and comprehensive research projects per year to upgrade your skills or extend your knowledge 

Your Career Opportunities

Food scientists have input all the way through the value chain - from farm input, food processing and production to research and development and consumers. Our UNSW Master of Food Science graduates go on to develop rewarding careers across a wide range of sectors, such as: 

  • Food Safety 
  • Health and Fitness 
  • Nutrition 
  • Agriculture 
  • Food Engineering 
  • Quality Assurance Management 
  • Toxicology 
  • Product Design 
  • Information Technology and Service  

Food Scientists are qualified to work for many employers, including food suppliers and manufacturers, hospitals, wine companies, institutions and research laboratories. Previous postgraduates have been employed within the following companies and industries: 

  • Mars Australia 
  • Givaudan  
  • Lion Co 
  • Uncle Toby’s & Kellogg’s 
  • CSIRO 
  • Food Safety Australia and New Zealand

What Our Graduates Say  

“My postgraduate study helped me to form a comprehensive idea on my area of specialisation. It allowed me to meet a lot of interesting people with great personalities and beautiful minds.”

Fatma Bahwan Al Mukhaini – Master of Food Science Graduate