Graduate Diploma of Food Science

The University of Melbourne

Exploring the interdisciplinary nature of agriculture, food production and food science at an advanced level, the Postgraduate Diploma of Food Science provides a sound foundation in food chemistry, microbiology, quality and processing and introduces advanced research topics and their practical application. Graduates will support the health and wellbeing of Australian and international communities, managing sustainable food production across the entire supply chain.

Course Fee:

Australian: $27,616
International: $41,536

Entry Requirements:

An honours degree in a cognate discipline, or equivalent; or an undergraduate degree or graduate/postgraduate certificate in a cognate discipline with at a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent, or equivalent.


100 credit point program comprising six core subjects and two electives.

Subjects you can Study:

Food science

Study Pathways:

Completion of a Graduate Diploma in Food Science (or equivalent) may give an advanced standing of up to 100 points into the Master of Food Science, depending on subjects taken.

Further information:

Graduates can play a key role in research and technical divisions within food companies and associated organisations. Graduates are employed in nutrition assessment and substantiation of product health claims, health promotion, food safety and regulation, production, policy, research and development, and technical services.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00116K

Related Careers:

Food Technologist,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Parkville No info Yes Part time 2 years
Parkville No info Yes Full time 1 year
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Why study with us 

With a 160-year history of leadership in learning, teaching and research, the University of Melbourne has grown to be an internationally respected institution, consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading universities – number one in Australia and number 32 in the world*. 

The value of a Melbourne education is backed up by the fact we’re ranked sixth in the world for graduate employability by the well-regarded QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.


Facilities and services 

The Parkville campus, with new, state-of-the-art facilities springing up beside our heritage buildings, connects Australia’s leading health and biomedical precinct with our faculties and schools, while the Southbank campus – home to studies in fine arts, performance and music – is on the doorstep of the best museums, galleries, theatres and concert halls in Australia. 

Our regional campuses provide immersive experiences in specialty areas like veterinary medicine, agriculture, and forestry.

Alongside our industry-focused academics, there are internships and volunteering opportunities to give you real-world work experience and develop leadership qualities, while giving you the chance to contribute to the community.


Admission and Selection

The University of Melbourne’s Study website is a ready resource for everything you need to know about studying at Australia’s leading university. From eligibility requirements for domestic and international students and submitting an application through VTAC to applying for special entry schemes and scholarships, you’re set up for success from the get-go.


Study options 

Our approach means you can create your own study path based on your interests and abilities, but with flexibility to explore new options along the way. In a world where careers are changing fast and employers want analytical and adaptable thinking, this flexibility has never been more important. 

Our bachelor degrees are offered in: Agriculture, Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design, Fine Arts, Music, Oral Health, and Science and cover more than 100 areas of study. Our professional graduate programs include architecture, criminology, education, engineering, finance, law, medicine, nursing, optometry, psychology, urban planning, veterinary medicine and many, many more. 

We’ve also introduced a new suite of courses that bundle your undergraduate degree with your graduate study. These Graduate Degree Packages mean you’ll have the assurance of a guaranteed graduate place at the time you receive your offer. 

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