Postgraduate study in Food Science

A student cutting a food material in the lab.

What can you study in Food Science?

Postgraduate study in Food Science will provide you with the skills to work in the food industry.

You will learn about topics such as the structure and composition of foods, food chemistry, nutritional and sensory qualities, food safety, preservation and evaluation. These underpin all aspects of manufacturing, processing and production in food-related industries.

Areas of research include:

  • Structure and composition of foods
  • Food chemistry
  • Nutritional and sensory qualities
  • Food safety, preservation and evaluation
  • Processing and production in food-related industries
  • Functional foods
  • Nutrigenomics
  • Emerging technologies and product development
  • Principal contaminants and their control
  • Science and management of food chains
  • Legislation and regulations that govern good practice
  • Theoretical and practical basis of food safety

Subject structure

Master of Food Science (MFoodSci) 180-point (18-month) masters

  • 90 points: CHEMMAT 757, FOODSCI 703, 706, 707, 708, 752
  • At least 30 points from: FOODSCI 715, 740, 750, 751
  • Up to 30 points from other 700 level courses offered at this University approved by the Programme Director
  • 30 points: FOODSCI 790 Research Project


  • 90 points: CHEMMAT 757, FOODSCI 703, 706, 707, 708, 752
  • 30 points from: FOODSCI 715, 740, 750, 751
  • 60 points: FOODSCI 791 Dissertation

Master of Science (MSc) in Food Science 120-point (one-year) research masters

Master of Science (MSc) in Food Science 240-point research masters

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Food Science

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons)) in Food Science


Where can postgraduate study in Food Science take you?

Our graduates can be found in a wide variety of research and development contexts, including commercial enterprises in the dairy and brewing industries, Crown Research Institutes, multinational food companies and government agencies.

Jobs related to Food Science

  • Compliance manager
  • Dietician
  • Food quality assurance officer
  • Food safety officer
  • Food technologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Production manager
  • Regulatory affairs manager
  • Toxicologist

Scholarships and awards

Each year we award scholarships and prizes to thousands of students.

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for, search available scholarships or begin an application by visiting Scholarships and awards.

Help and advice

For further information and advice, please contact the Science Student Centre.

Science Student Centre
Level G, Room G 20
(Beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020

To find a supervisor to work with you on your research project please see Postgraduate Research Topics, or contact Professor Siew-Young Quek