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Food Science

Food Science and Technology

Masters by Coursework


Master of Science (Food Science and Technology)
2 years full-time


Across the world, the food industry is continuing to grow and offer diverse and challenging careers.

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Top 1%

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019)


Learn to apply your studies to real industry challenges and situations.

The food industry is one of the largest in the world. Its growth, particularly in the export market, requires both a high level of technology and the professional staff to apply that technology.

This master course is part of nested courses designed to provide professional training to those employed in the food industry or in other science fields. You can choose to exit the course with a graduate certificate or a graduate diploma, after completing requisite units.

In the Master of Food Science and Technology you'll be introduced to various health research methods and learn to measure, interpret and describe the data effectively. You'll then undertake an independent research project under the guidance of an experienced supervisor.

See our handbook for more course information. 

Why study

  • These courses ensure you graduate with diverse career options.
  • This program has an excellent reputation with government bodies and industries in Australia and internationally.
  • Our staff maintain strong links with the food industry.

Professional recognition

This course is professionally recognised by the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) and graduates are encouraged to become members.

Career information

The food industry offers diverse and challenging careers. Upon graduation, you may find work in professions such as food quality assurance, research and development of new products and processing technologies, microbiology, technical consulting, and sales and marketing.

What you'll learn

  • apply and integrate the principles and practices of food sciences and technology to the production, preservation and distribution of safe and healthy food
  • apply logical and rational processes to critically analyse issues relevant to food; think creatively to generate innovative solutions
  • access, critically evaluate and synthesise information from a wide range of resources using appropriate technologies
  • use oral and written communication effectively to scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • use appropriate technologies effectively, recognising their advantages and limitations
  • engage in self-directed learning and reflective practice habitually
  • recognise and apply international standards and practices within the discipline
  • value cultural diversity and recognise the impact of culture on food preferences and usage
  • exhibit professional behaviour and skills when working independently and collaboratively. Behave in an ethical manner

Admission criteria

A bachelor degree or equivalent (and may require relevant work experience), bachelor honours degree, graduate certificate or graduate diploma. 

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Overall band score6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:


Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.


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  • Curtin course code: MC-FOODST
  • CRICOS code: 064466C
  • Last updated on: October 28, 2021