Food Process Engineering

Master of Engineering Science
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Fatma Bahwan Al Mukhaini – Master of Engineering Science (Food Process Engineering)

My postgrad study helped me develop a comprehensive understanding of my area of specialisation and allowed me to meet a lot of interesting people.

Fatma Bahwan Al Mukhaini – Master of Engineering Science (Food Process Engineering)

The UNSW Master of Engineering Science in Food Process Engineering is a two-year postgraduate degree that teaches the engineering principles associated with food processing and food manufacturing. As a part of the School of Chemical Engineering at UNSW, students will be exposed to the latest processing technologies and taught the fundamentals of food engineering with a focus on process control, product quality, food safety, food packaging and food technology best practices.

Our flexible, advanced options in Food Science and Technology provide students with a deeper understanding of the agrifood business. At UNSW Sydney, you’ll gain the strategies and tools to increase efficiency and performance in the manufacturing and processing of food products, and the opportunity to learn alongside like-minded technologists and industry professionals.

This program is designed for engineers who want to specialise in the area of Food Process Engineering. It provides a thorough study of factors affecting the science, such as processing technology, the physical properties and engineering of different foods, shelf-life, thermal processing and the life cycle of plants. Students also study issues that may affect business decisions encountered in the food industry. Expect a comprehensive postgraduate coursework program for the food or chemical engineer wishing to upgrade their skills or extend their knowledge.

Inherently multidisciplinary, the Master of Engineering Science in Food Processing Engineering degree opens a myriad of opportunities across food engineering, food microbiology, food chemistry and biochemistry, food allergy and food safety, nutrition, product development, sensory analysis, and food packaging.

The Master of Engineering Science program promotes flexible learning as a keystone of the program – it’s designed for students who already have a four-year accredited engineering degree and who now wish to broaden their job prospects through cross training, retraining or specialisation. This program takes two years to complete, and students may be granted credit for some courses. Those with a degree or extensive professional experience in a related area can apply for credit of up to 50% of a program. Note it is a non-accredited program and does not offer industrial training.

UNSW Engineering is Australia’s largest and longest-standing engineering faculty and is home to a plethora of internationally recognised degrees. UNSW has been teaching Food Science for over 65 years and is a pioneer in the field of food science and nutrition. The UNSW School of Chemical Engineering is ranked as one of the top Chemical Engineering Schools in Australia and offers local and international students the very best research training.

Sample Program Outlines*

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Course code Course name Notes
CEIC6711 Complex Fluids Microstructure and Rheology
FOOD8010 Food Preservation
FOOD8020 Food Science and Technology Laboratory
FOOD8030 Food Safety and Quality Assurance
FOOD8110 Advanced Food Chemistry
FOOD8220 Nutrition
FOOD8320 Food Microbiology
FOOD8403 Advanced and Applied Nutrition
FOOD8801 Unit Operations in Food Processing


Course code Course name Notes
CEIC8102 Advanced Process Control
FOOD9100 Advanced Processing Technologies
FOOD8450 Advanced Food Engineering

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Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9701 Engineering Economics and Financial Management
CVEN9731 Project Management Framework
CVEN9888 Environmental Management
CVEN9892 Sustainability Assessment and Risk Analysis
GSOE9017 Managing Energy Efficiency
GSOE9210 Engineering Decision Structures
GSOE9340 Life Cycle Engineering
GSOE9510 Ethics and Leadership in Engineering
GSOE9712 Engineering Statistics and Experimental Design
GSOE9810 Process and Product Quality in Engineering
GSOE9820 Engineering Project Management
GSOE9830 Economic Decision Analysis in Engineering


Course code Course name Notes
CEIC9951 Thesis A
CEIC9952 Thesis B
CEIC9953 Thesis C
GSOE9010 Engineering Postgraduate Coursework Research Skills
GSOE9011 Engineering Postgraduate Coursework Research Skills

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Course code Course name Notes
Courses can be chosen from Disciplinary Knowledge course list
Courses can be chosen from Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge course list
Read more Courses can be chosen from Engineering and Technical Management course list
Students can also choose other courses from across the Faculty if they meet the requirements for the course

* The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides.

† Minimum 70% average as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator  in a relevant discipline. (Minimum 75% from a non-211 university in China). Find the Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator here.