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This program will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills required to operate effectively in the food industry at various professional and management levels.
The Australian food sector has developed a world-renowned and enviable reputation in producing quality products that are sought after globally. To maintain this global position, it is vital for the industry to have access to a highly qualified workforce.
The Master of Food Science and Technology is designed to provide you with professional training in food science and technology if your background is in science, engineering, agriculture or other related disciplines. If you have previously undertaken studies in food science and technology, this program will enhance and expand your knowledge in the area.
You will be fully equipped to participate in the rapidly advancing field of food science and technology with advanced technical expertise and research skills and the ability to apply this expertise in inter-disciplinary contexts.
You will develop skills and knowledge of food processing and preservation, chemical properties of food materials, food safety, packaging and labelling, food product and process innovation. You will also undertake courses to support the wide range of technical positions required by the food industry. In addition, several courses touch on the foundation knowledge in business management and regulation to ensure that you are a productive member of a food industry team.
The program has strong links to industry which are demonstrated through two capstone work integrated learning (WIL) experiences. You will develop new products and/or manufacturing processes with the input of industry partners, and you will develop a food quality assurance plan with the guidance of industry experts.
You will experience a wide range of learning environments: lectures, tutorials, laboratory and pilot plant practicals, factory visits, online delivery and individual and/or group presentations.
Of particular importance is the high proportion of time spent in the laboratory and pilot plant. These provide a practical emphasis to your learning, encouraging you to develop teamwork and time management skills.
The final semester is mainly devoted to an integrated capstone research project. In this semester you will apply the skills and advanced knowledge acquired in this program to an industry-focused research project. Students are encouraged to complete the research project in industry, when possible.
While there is no professional body in Australia that accredits food science and technology programs, the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) is the professional body for the Australian Food Industry. RMIT staff are members of AIFST.
All Food Technology students are eligible to apply for student membership of AIFST, and upon completing this program you can upgrade your membership to Member. After completing three years of professional experience, you may apply to the AIFST to upgrade to Professional Member status.
There is an active Program Advisory Committee (PAC) for food technology programs. Membership is chosen from food industry leaders. The PAC advises on program development and reviews program outcomes on a regular basis. In addition, many courses have industry practitioners who assist with the teaching.
Qualified food scientists and technologists are in high demand for research or industry-based careers in Australia and overseas.
Graduates may work in the fields of product or process innovation, product development, ingredient application, quality assurance, quality control, food safety and nutritional documentation and claims. Graduates may also work in manufacturing for a range of commodities including the dairy, meat, fish or poultry industries, grain-based commodities, fats and oils, confectionery and chocolate manufacturing as well as beverage industry and horticultural-based processes.
Professional recognition and accreditation
Food technology students are eligible to apply for student membership of AIFST.
Graduates can upgrade their membership to Member and after three years of professional experience, you may apply to the AIFST to upgrade to Professional Member status.
Program and course information
Gain skills in the advancing field of food science and technology
The postgraduate program in food science and technology can help you move into the field or enhance and expand your knowledge in this area.