Commencing semesters, 2018

Semester 1
Semester 2

Program level


Program code



Business, Economics & Law Fac
Science Faculty


School of Agriculture and Food Sciences


St Lucia

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Course List

View the course list for courses that can be studied as part of the Food Science single major.


Australian/domestic students

Faculty of Business, Economics and Law


Phone: 07 3365 9017

International students

International Student Advisor


Phone: Outside Australia: + 61 3 8676 7004
Within Australia (Free Call): 1800 671 980

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Why study Food Science?

Food science is a highly interdisciplinary science incorporating many different fields including microbiology, chemical engineering, and biochemistry. It deals with issues such as food safety, product development, the industrial processes used to manufacture food, food preservation, food technology, packaging, molecular gastronomy and sensory analysis. As one of the life sciences it is quite distinct from the field of nutrition.

As a food scientist you will examine all of the technical aspects of foods from 'field to fork' including the development of new foods, designing the processes to produce these foods, choosing the packaging materials for optimal storage and transport, conduct shelf-life studies and sensory evaluation of products with consumer panels as well as the microbiological and chemical testing of products for consumer safety.

More information about the Food Science Major.

What you can study

You will learn the processes involved in developing, producing and evaluating new foods; examine the causes and prevention of foodborne illnesses; acquire the methodologies for microbiological and chemical testing of food; discover the causes and prevention of quality degradation; study the physics and physical chemistry of food and apply your knowledge to industry based problems.

Food Science is also available as an extended major or as a Food Science and Nutrition dual major.


View the course list for courses that can be studied as part of the Food Science single major.

Employment opportunities

The food industry, Australia's largest manufacturing industry, has strong demand for highly qualified graduates in food science. You will find employment in:

  • food microbiology
  • food standards
  • food technology
  • process and product development
  • production management
  • quality assurance
  • research and development
  • technical sales.

What it costs

Please view the Bachelors of Commerce/Science for indicative fees.

How to apply

Please view the Bachelors of Commerce/Science for information on key dates and how to apply.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology