Master of Food Science

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2 years
February and September

Also available: Graduate Diploma of Food Science - 5037

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

My postgrad study helped me to form a comprehensive idea on my area of specialisation and allowed me to meet a lot of interesting people with great personalities and beautiful minds.

Fatma Bahwan Al Mukhaini – Master of Food Science Graduate

The UNSW Master of Food Science is a part-time, or two-year full-time postgraduate degree that teaches advanced principles and technologies associated with the food industry, including food technology, product development, food quality and food processing. The degree 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.

Our flexible, advanced options in food science and technology will provide you with a deeper understanding of the technological aspects of food processing, its chemistry, microbiology, toxicology, biochemistry and biotechnology. You will also explore the processing, nutrition, packaging, preservation, product design and development, components of flavour, and safety and quality assurance of food.

At UNSW, you’ll gain the strategies for value-adding to develop innovative products and tools to increase efficiency and performance, and the opportunity to learn the latest in food research alongside like-minded industry food professionals, food technologists, food chemists, microbiologists and nutritionists.

Food science is taught by the UNSW School of Chemical Engineering, which is ranked as one of the top Chemical Engineering Schools in Australia. Future students will have the chance to work on a complex, open-ended research project requiring project planning and management 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.

Sample Program Outlines*

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Course codeCourse nameNotes
FOOD8020Food Science and Technology Laboratory
FOOD8010Food Preservation
FOOD8030Food Safety and Quality Assurance
FOOD8110Advanced Food Chemistry
FOOD8320Food Microbiology
FOOD8403Advanced and Applied Nutrition
FOOD8801Unit Operations in Food Processing
CEIC6711Complex Fluids Microstructure and Rheology


Course codeCourse nameNotes
FOOD9100Advanced Processing Technologies
FOOD8450Advanced Food Engineering
FOOD9102Sensory Analysis of Foods
FOOD9103Advanced Food Microbiology


Course codeCourse nameNotes
CEIC9951Thesis A
CEIC9952Thesis B
CEIC9953Thesis C
GSOE9010Engineering Postgraduate Coursework Research Skills
GSOE9011Engineering Postgraduate Coursework Research Skills


Course codeCourse nameNotes
GSOE9510Ethics and Leadership in Engineering
GSOE9712Engineering Statistics and Experimental Design
GSOE9830Economic Decision Analysis in Engineering
Read moreEngineering and Technical Management Elective

* 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.