Expand your capabilities in food science from a science-based perspective. Develop your technical knowledge and ability to analyse food science problems and deliver solutions.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Master of Science
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
2 Year(s)

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.

Key features

You’ll learn strategies and tools to increase efficiency and performance, as well the opportunity to learn alongside like-minded industry professionals.

This degree enables students to meet or maintain professional accreditation standards and provides opportunities for continuing professional development, as well as the opportunity to interact with those at the cutting edge of their discipline. You’ll develop your technical knowledge and ability to analyse food science problems. You’ll also gain further skills in solving food science problems and justifying professional decisions.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

The Master of Food Science is delivered by the School of Chemical Engineering at UNSW. The School focuses on working with national and international partners to develop sustainable chemical solutions in the energy, resources, water, food and health sectors.

You’ll study in world class facilities alongside leading researchers who are also teachers and mentors. We were ranked five-stars in Food Sciences, the highest possible rating, by the ERA Research Excellence in 2019. The school has been delivering the best in research and teaching for over 65 years.  

Benefits of studying with us: 

  • Strong partnerships with industry such as Sunrice in education, research, training and employment 
  • Learn in new facilities with purpose built modern laboratories and collaborative learning spaces

The UNSW School of Chemical Engineering is focused on working with national and international partners to develop sustainable chemical solutions in the energy, resources, water, food and health sectors.   

We partnered with Goodman Fielder, one of the major flour millers in Papua New Guinea (PNG), to improve public health nutrition through micronutrient-fortified wheat flour. In a collaboration between universities, private companies and governments, this research initiative is providing better food sources for vulnerable communities. 

 

Program Code
8037
CRICOS Code
084283M
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
96
Indicative Enrolments
64

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Entry requirements

Admission to this program requires one of the following:

  • 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.

English language requirements​

 

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 you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

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. Learn more.

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.

Pathway programs

UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more.

English language requirements​


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:

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. Learn more.

Program structure

Our courses provide strategies and tools to increase efficiency and performance, as well the opportunity to learn alongside like-minded industry professionals.

You’ll also work on a complex, open-ended research-based project, requiring project planning and the ability to analyse, interpret and communicate results proficiently; the completion of this component provides a pathway towards postgraduate research degrees through the development and demonstration of research-related skills.

The program is designed to meet a number of academic and professional requirements including:

  • Updating technical knowledge and skills in an existing specialisation
  • Acquiring new knowledge and skills in a different specialisation
  • Updating qualifications and knowledge to meet or maintain professional accreditation standards
  • Providing opportunities for continuing professional development
  • Providing opportunities for interaction with those at the cutting edge of the discipline

Providing a preliminary step towards postgraduate research degrees.

Full program structure

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.

Future careers

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

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

Ready to apply?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$35,760*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$71,760*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

 

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$47,280*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$97,040*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

 

Scholarships

Our scholarships help you achieve your potential and enhance the experience of individuals who might otherwise struggle financially to maintain a place at university. The scholarships reward excellence, and encourage international mobility, diversity and equity.

Featured scholarship

The UNSW Women in Engineering Research Scholarship was established to assist women of high academic achievement with an interest in a research and/or an academic career in engineering. UNSW Engineering offers two Women in Engineering Top-up Scholarships every semester.  


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