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Master of Food Science and Agribusiness

Are you passionate about creating a better world with a focus on how food is created and managed?

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Course introduction

Monash University will be offering one of the first Master's degrees of its kind on food, in 2020. We are facing enormous world-wide challenges in coming decades, including a rapidly growing population, and one that is ageing quickly. The challenge is to achieve adequate supply of food under sustainable conditions. In fact, one of the major United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is 'zero hunger'. The United Nations has called for a rethink on our how we produce, process and consume food.

The application of existing and new technology by trained professionals will inform how these challenges are faced. The food industry will require greater global capability to address many challenges and opportunities, including:

  • Certain, sustainable and equitable supply of food
  • Nutrition that promotes health and longevity
  • Transformational and disruptive science and technology
  • Personalised consumer demand

If you are passionate about creating a better world with a focus on how food is created and managed, this course is for you.

Unlike many food science programs, the Monash offering is unique because it is the only 'post-farm gate'-focused Masters in food in Australia. That is, the course covers all aspects of food science, supply chain and marketing, including the future of food production and supply. The course addresses the value-addition that occurs along the supply chain, new technologies and trends that impact the business of food marketing, and the all-important interface with consumers.

Students are also guaranteed a head start in the work place by accessing industry internship placement, as supported by Monash Food Innovation, with its network of Australian and International industry linkages.

Career outcomes

Master of Food Science and Agribusiness graduates can expect excellent career opportunities upon graduating from this course.

Industry analysts have predicted a strong growth in the demand for food science and agribusiness graduates in the next decade, needed to manage the expanding industrial production of high quality food for a growing population that meets consumer preferences.

    Typical career paths include:
  • Regulatory officer
  • Food technologist
  • Product/process development scientist
  • Food microbiologist
  • Food chemist
  • Food product or ingredient development specialist
  • Food plant production supervisor/ manager
  • Researcher
  • Food policy officer
  • Academia
  • Entrepreneur and business owner

Course structure


At a glance

  • 2 years full time or 4 years part time
  • On-campus at Clayton: however, some business units require travel to the Caulfield campus
  • Qualification: Master in Food Science and Agribusiness
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For more information please read our Handbook.

YEAR 1

Semester 1

Study area

Food science foundation studies

Subject

Food chemistry and biochemistry

Food process and packaging engineering

Food microbiology and safety

Food nutrition and health


YEAR 1

Semester 2

Study area

Food agribusiness studies

Subject

Customer focused innovation

Challenges in global agribusiness

Challenges in future food supply

Food science in practice


YEAR 2

Semester 1

Study area

Advanced food science and agribusiness studies

Subject

Advanced food science and agribusiness studies and approved electives (24 points from list)


YEAR 2

Semester 2

Study area

Advanced practice

Subject

Food science and agribusiness research project (24 points) OR

Food industry internship (24 points)


Entry requirements

Entry level 1

96 points to complete

An undergraduate degree (equivalent to an Australian undergraduate degree) with at least first year of Chemistry* and at least 60% (credit) average overall, or qualification/experience that meets criteria of equivalence by the Science faculty. Limited credit for previous studies will be available in 2020. Please contact the Faculty for more information.

*Knowledge of topics in composition and nomenclature of matter; physical, chemical, electrochemical properties of matter; drivers of molecular interactions and stability; quantifying chemical reactions; principles of chemical analysis.

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