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Australia / New Zealand students

International students

COURSE

Master of Science (Food Science and Technology)

MC-FOODST

TAUGHT BY: School of Molecular and Life Sciences (MLS)

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

2years

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

400

About offering

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.

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

Why study Master of Science (Food Science and Technology)

  • 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.

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 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. 

Admission criteria

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

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

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.

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

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.

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C

Pearson Test of English Academic: 60

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 / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Student type Cost

Domestic

What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?

A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.

Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.

$22,500*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

International student indicative fees for 2018

International onshore – fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,300*
Indicative year 1 fee $36,600*
Total indicative course fee $74,600*
Indicative essential incidental course fee N/A

The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MC-FOODST
  • CRICOS code: 064466C
  • This offering was last updated on: August 20, 2018