MC237 - Master of Food Science and Technology

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Plan: MC237 - Master of Food Science and Technology
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Food Science and Technology
Award abbreviation: MFoodSc&Tech
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 4 semesters full time
Location: Onshore, City and Bundoora Campuses
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 019905
CRICOS code: 094062G

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Purpose of the Program

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.

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.

You will acquire knowledge and skills in areas including food processing and preservation, the chemical properties of food, food safety, food packaging and labelling, and food product and process innovation as you study courses that are designed to support the wide range of technical positions required by the food industry. In addition, most courses touch on the foundation knowledge in business management and regulation to ensure that you are a productive member of a food industry team. 

This program has two capstone work integrated learning (WIL) experience options, you may complete either: BIOL2489/BIOL2490 Advanced Food Research Project and BIOL1302/BIOL2491 Work Experience Practicum 2 (you are expected to have a GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 (Distinction average) to enrol in these courses), or BIOL2487/BIOL2488 Food Research Project.

This program requires on campus attendance. Lectures occur at the City and Bundoora campuses. All practical sessions requiring the Food Pilot Plant are based in Bundoora. 

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Articulation and pathways

If you have completed the RMIT program, BP199 Food Science and Nutrition or equivalent, you may be granted credit toward particular courses within the MC237 program upon producing documentary evidence of completion of similar undergraduate courses. See Table A for credit point exemption details.

Note: You are only able to receive a maximum of 48 credit points in exemptions.

Table A Credit Point Exemptions

If you have completed     You will get credit for    
Course Title Credit Points Course Code Course Title Credit Points Course Code
Food Chemistry 12


Food Chemistry



Microbiology / Introduction to Microbiology for Food Nutrition 12 BIOL2158 / ONPS2555 Microbiology 12


Food Microbiology 12 ONPS2113 Food Microbiology 12 ONPS2752
Nutrition Principles 12


Nutrition Principles 12


Rheology and Biophysics 12 ONPS2435 Rheology and Food Biophysics 12 ONPS2758
Nutrition Health and Disease 12 OHTH2068/OHTH2172 Nutrition Health and Disease 12



Students from MC111 Master of Biotechnology who are considering changing to MC237 should check with the MC237 program coordinator regarding credit transfer arrangements.

If you complete this program successfully, including the 36 credit point of research project, you may be considered for admission to a PhD program, subject to availability of a supervisor.

For domestic students, the following exit award is available:

  • GD132 Graduate Diploma in Food Science and Technology is available if you choose to exit the Master's program after 96 credit points. This excludes any courses awarded as advanced standing.

The capabilities developed by the Graduate Diploma are consequently less comprehensive than those developed by the Master's program.

Note: GD132 exit award is not registered with CRICOS and therefore not available for international students.

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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements:

You must have successfully completed: An Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in science, engineering, agriculture, nutrition, veterinary science, medical or biomedical sciences with a GPA of at least 2.0 out of 4.0;

AND at least the equivalent of 12 RMIT credit points (0.125 EFTSL) in Chemistry or Biochemistry studied at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

AND at least the equivalent of 12 RMIT credit points (0.125 EFTSL) in Nutrition or Microbiology studied at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

English language entry requirements:

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 7.5, with no band below 7.0; or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

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 may be eligible to apply for student membership of AIFST, and upon completing this program you can upgrade your membership to Member. After completing 3 years of professional experience, you may apply to the AIFST to upgrade to Professional Member status.

There is an active Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) for Food Technology programs. Membership is chosen from food industry leaders. The IAC advises on program development and reviews program outcomes on a regular basis. In addition, many courses have industry practitioners who assist with the teaching.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

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Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a wi-fi connected device, you can access the RMIT University wireless network from most locations on campus.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

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