Study pathway to

Food Science

Part-time and accelerated study options available

Food science is the study of the physical, biological, and chemical makeup of food; and the concepts underlying food processing.

Food Science is considered one of the life sciences – it blends biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and nutrition to solve the problems of developing a safe, healthy, and nutritious food supply for people everywhere.

To become a food scientist:

Step 1
Undertake an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

Step 2
Choose the Master of Food Science at Melbourne.

Example pathway

Year 1 Undergraduate Year 2 Year 3   Year 4 Graduate Year 5
Bachelor of Agriculture Master of Food Science
Bachelor of Biomedicine    
Bachelor of Oral Health    
Bachelor of Science    

Or any approved undergraduate degree


About the Master of Food Science
Through the Master of Food Science, you will learn to manage innovative, sustainable and safe food production across the entire supply chain, and explore advanced research topics and their practical application in commercial settings.

A qualification in food science gives you the skills to play a key role in research and technical divisions within food companies and associated organisations. Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers including nutrition assessment and substantiation of product health claims, health promotion, food safety and regulation, production, policy and research and development. You may obtain work in the field, the classroom, the lab, or in policy-making from the office.

Entry requirements
This program may have specific entry requirements such as a minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) that must be completed to be considered for entry.

Guaranteed entry
The University offers guaranteed entry into selected graduate degrees to domestic and international students who have completed an Australian Year 12 or the IB in Australia. Eligible students must enrol in a University of Melbourne undergraduate degree immediately following year 12, or be granted a deferral by the University. These guarantees are usually based on your ATAR/notional ATAR.

Find out if you’re eligible for guaranteed entry.

Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship
Chancellor’s Scholars at Melbourne are guaranteed a place in the graduate program of their choice, and participate in a program of enrichment activities during their undergraduate studies.

Find out more about the Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship