Master of Food Science

Course 439-FS (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Year and Campus: 2009
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


Dr Stirk Kyle
Course Overview:

The Melbourne School of Land and Enviroment at the University of Melbourne is proud to introduce you to its Master of Food Science.

The Master of Food Science has been developed for graduates holding a science or engineering degree seeking specialist training for a career in the food manufacturing industry. Each student completes a tailored program of coursework subjects incorporating core study areas and electives in addition to a research project in an approved area of food science.

As a graduate you will be well prepared to play a key role in research divisions within food companies and associated organisations, as well as in managing food production across the entire food supply chain.

  • Enable you to explore the inter-disciplinary nature of agriculture, food production and food science at an advanced level.
  • Provide you with a sound foundation in food chemistry, microbiology, quality and processing.
  • Introduce you to advanced research topics and the practical application of these topics within food science.
  • Develop competence in the design, conduct and analysis of experimental work.
  • Develop research skills in an aspect of food science and related technologies.
  • Introduce industrial applications of food science and technology and the commercial outcomes.
  • Increase the understanding of the specialised disciplines of food science, emerging technologies and the relevance of this to the future food industry.
  • Develop a critical understanding of the economic, social and ethical factors related to food production in Australia and globally.

Course Structure & Available Subjects:

A diverse range of elective subjects is offered enabling students to develop sufficenient familiarity with knowledge areas relevant to their research thesis, supplementing existing academic qualifications and industrial experience.

Students are expected to take their elective subject in the second semester of term.

Exit with Postgraduate Diploma of Food Science is possible on the completion of the first year of the Masters.


Master of Food Science

Core subjects

The Research Project may also be taken on its own over one semester.

Subject Options:

Master of Food Science

Core Subjects

The Research Project may also be taken on its own over one semester.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Semester 1, Semester 2
Approved Elective Subjects from within Melbourne School of Land and Environment
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Semester 2
Semester 1
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. This course requires all students to enrol in subjects where they must actively and safely contribute to laboratory activities and field trips. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and Disability Liaison Unit.
Graduate Attributes:

The Melbourne Experience enables our Graduates to become:

Academically excellent
Our Graduates will be expected to:

  • have strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
  • have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s)
  • reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
  • be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self directed learning
  • be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies

Knowledgeable across disciplines

Our graduates will be expected to:

  • examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
  • expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experinces in diverse subjects
  • have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
  • have a a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment.

Leaders in communities

Our graduates will be expected to:

  • initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces
  • have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations
  • mentor future generations of learners
  • engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs

Attuned to cultural diversity
Our graduates will be expected to :

  • Value different cultures
  • be well-informed citizens able to contibute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
  • have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community
  • respect Indigenous knowledge, cultures and values

Active global citizens
Our graduates will be expected to:

  • accept social and civic responsiblities
  • be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment
  • have a broard global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equality and ethics.

Generic Skills:
  • A profound respect for truth, intellectual and professional integrity, and the
    ethics of scholarship
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed
    learning and research
  • An ability to derive, interpret and analyse social, technical or economic
    information from primary and other sources
  • Awareness of and ability to utilise appropriate communication technology and methods
    for the storage, management and analysis of data
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation, through the application of skills and knowledge
  • Ability to integrate information across a relevant discipline to solve problems in
    applied situations
  • Highly developed computer - based skills to allow for effective on-line learning and
  • Highly developed written communication skills to allow informed dialogue with
    individuals and groups from industry, government and the community
  • Highly developed oral communication skills to allow informed dialogue and liaison
    with individuals and groups from industry, government and the community.
  • Appreciation of social and cultural diversity from a regional to a global context
  • Ability to participate effectively as a member of a team
  • Ability to plan work, use time effectively and manage small projects

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