The Master of Food Science 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. You will develop your technical knowledge and ability to analyse food science problems and gain a deeper understanding of the agrifood business, as well as meeting or maintaining professional accreditation standards and developing your career opportunities.

Our courses provide strategies and tools to increase efficiency and performance, as well the opportunity to learn alongside like-minded industry professionals. You will also work on a complex, open-ended research-based project, requiring project planning 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.

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Why choose this degree?

This degree allows you to update your technical knowledge and skills in food science, or to take a step on the path towards a postgraduate research.  

Who should choose this degree?

People who are looking to move professionally into food science, or who already work there but wish to upskill, choose this degree. 

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Food safety
  • Nutritionist
  • Food engineering
  • Product design

Entry requirements

Admission to this program requires one of the following:

  • A 4-year Bachelor degree in Food Science (or equivalent) with a minimum 65% average; or
  • Completion of the 5037 UNSW Graduate Diploma in Food Science with a minimum 65% average; or
  • An equivalent qualification from another recognised university or tertiary institution.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

Alternative entry or pathways

5037 Food Science



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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