Graduate Certificate in Food Science and Technology
DurationFull-time 6 months
LocationBundoora, Melbourne City, Online
AU$16,320 (2021 total)
Next intakeNot applicable
Join the well-regarded Australian food sector and build practical and theoretical skills to help you pursue an exciting and important career in food science.
The Graduate Certificate in Food Science and Technology has been designed to provide you with professional training in the field. If your background is in science, engineering, agriculture or other related disciplines, this graduate certificate will enhance and expand your knowledge in the area, and equip you with the essential knowledge and skills required to join the food industry at all levels.
Throughout your studies, you will explore key areas of food processing and preservation, structural properties of food and product development, and the safe production of food. The topics and subjects you cover are designed to support the wide range of positions required by industry. You will also learn important job-ready skills, including management and regulation, to ensure that you are a productive member of industry.
Your learning experiences in this graduate certificate will be online, and will contain a broad mix of study modes, including lectures, seminars, webinars, virtual classrooms, and online collaborative project work.
Your study will cover essential areas of this field, including rheology and food biophysics, food microbiology, consumer behaviour, and more.
Your assessment may include indepedent and group assignments and projects, reflective journals, assessed tutorials and presentations, and self- and peer-assessment. RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. As a student enrolled in this graduate certificate, you will:
- undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice
- interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities
- complete these activities in real work contexts or situations.
These interactions and the work context provide a distinctive source of feedback to you to assist your learning. Any or all of these aspects of a WIL experience may be in a simulated workplace environment.
As part of your studies, you will explore key learning areas that include:
- Dairy Science and Technology
- Rheology and Food Biophysics
- Sensory Evaluation and Consumer Behaviour
- Food Microbiology
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0.5 years full time
0.5 years full time
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Program code: GC190
Graduates may find work in areas including:
- product and process innovation
- product development
- quality assurance and control
- food safey
- nutritional documentation.
They may work beverage, dairy, meat, fish or poultry industries, grain-based commodities, fats and oils, confectionery and chocolate manufacturing.
You must have:
- An Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in science, engineering, agriculture, nutrition, veterinary science, medical or biomedical sciences.
- at least the equivalent of one course (subject) in Chemistry or Biochemistry studied at University,
- at least the equivalent of one course (subject) in Nutrition or Microbiology studied at University
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Credit and recognition of prior learning
Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience. Find out if you might be eligible.
2021 indicative fees
Full-fee places: AU$16,320.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$313 maximum fee for 2021.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amount quoted is the 2021 total program tuition fee, and is based on a total annual load of 48 credit points. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for postgraduate study.
Payments and refunds
For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.
Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
This program is approved for income support.
You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.
If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2021 is $313.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.
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