Doctors/Masters Level

Master of Food and Packaging Innovation

2 years full time (part-time study options available)
Parkville campus
Available to Domestic and International
Course CRICOS code:083118K

The Master of Food and Packaging Innovation is a new cross-disciplinary degree offering a range of subjects for a career in different areas of the food and packaging industry. This unique course forms part of a joint University of Melbourne and Mondelēz International initiative with the support of the Victorian Government.

The program is flexibly designed for those already working in the industry and is ideal for both current industry employees looking to upskill and progress their careers and also for local and international students seeking a broader range of skills from food science to leadership.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will have gained practical skills and knowledge across many disciplines such as project management, managing for value creation, entrepreneurship and leadership.  In addition, there are the more science-based aspects in food chemistry, safety and quality, all together offering a wider range of employment pathways within the food and packaging industry.


Expert delivery

Food processing is a large and growing sector of Australian industry and through our Industry Advisory Group, a need for the skills this degree offers has been identified. The packaging subjects are interdisciplinary, with content developed to incorporate elements of marketing, safety, materials and processes. This is a university-wide course, with subjects taught across a range of faculties, ensuring expert knowledge transfer.
Delivery of content by:

  • Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
  • Faculty of Business and Economics
  • Melbourne School of Engineering
  • Melbourne Graduate School of Science
  • Guest lectures by some of the industry’s experts.

This program is delivered via a combination of online, evening and intensive delivery, including lectures from industry experts, and visits to manufacturers (within Melbourne and surrounds). The flexible nature of this degree allows students who are currently working full time in industry, to join this course on a part time basis, to be completed over 4 years.

The Master of Food and Packaging Innovation offers the option to complete a Minor research project on a topic that you and your course coordinator choose. 


Industry internship opportunities

The Master of Food and Packaging Innovation includes an internship subject.  This is a unique placement opportunity enabling access to some of Australia’s most well-known brands and state of the art facilities. There will be internship placement opportunities with several different leading food manufacturers.

This program provides a range of opportunities not only for existing employers but within multinational food companies, small and medium enterprises looking to break into international markets, distribution and logistics firms, food safety regulators and research institutions.


For a sample course plan and further details, please visit the course webpage.

Visit the Master of Food and Packaging Innovation website


Domestic fee place

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The typical course fee per year is calculated on the basis of one full-time year of study (1 EFTSL). If a course duration is less than one year, you will pay the indicative total course fee. Actual fees vary depending on the subjects you are taking. The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5% per annum. More information about tuition fees.

Credit/Advanced standing

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