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Food Science and Technology
Masters by Coursework
- Master of Science (Food Science and Technology)
Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.
- 2 years full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
Extend your food sciences learning with an independent research project under the guidance of an experienced supervisor.
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.
Graduates are eligible to apply for membership to the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology.
The food industry is one of the largest in the world. Its growth, particularly into the export market, requires a high level of technology as well as professionally trained individuals to apply that technology. Our postgraduate courses in this discipline can offer diverse and challenging careers and have been designed to provide professional training to those already employed in the food industry and those in other science fields.
This course extends the learning of the Graduate Diploma to incorporate an independent research project under the guidance of one of our experienced supervisors. To ensure you are ready to undertake this project you will be introduced to a variety of health research methods and learn to measure, interpret and describe the data effectively.
It is possible to exit this course with a Graduate Certificate in Food Science and Technology or a Graduate Diploma in Food Science and Technology once you have completed certain units.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
- These courses ensure you graduate with diverse career options.
- Our courses are well recognised, with a strong national and international reputation.
- Our staff maintains strong links with the food industry.
This course is professionally recognised by the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) and graduates are encouraged to become members.
The food industry is can offer a range of diverse and challenging careers. Upon graduation you may find work in professional areas such as food quality assurance, research and development of new products and processing technologies, microbiology, technical consulting, and sales and marketing. This program has an excellent reputation with government bodies and industries in Australia and overseas.
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
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 score||6.5|
Essential course prerequisites
A bachelor degree in an appropriate field or equivalent. You usually require a bachelor degree or advanced diploma but, in certain cases, relevant work experience may be recognised.
If you are studying in Australia on a student visa, you must study on-campus and full-time.
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.
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 at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
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
Fees & charges
International student indicative fees for 2020
Fee year: 2020
|International onshore – fee paying||Cost|
|Offer letter (100 credit) published fee||$19,100*|
|Total indicative course fee||$74,200*|
|Indicative year 1 fee||$38,000*|
Fees are indicative only.
*Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).
It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.
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- Curtin course code: MC-FOODST
- CRICOS code: 064466C
- Last updated on: January 16, 2020