Curtin University

Graduate Diploma in Food Science and Technology

Curtin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00301J

Graduate Diplomas prepare students to develop advanced knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled work and further learning corresponding to AQF level 8 qualifications.The food industry is the largest industry in the world and needs highly trained professionals in food science and technology to ensure the supply, quality and safety of food. This field offers diverse and challenging careers and has been designed to provide professional training to both those already employed in the food industry and those in other science fields such as: agriculture; nutrition; engineering; environmental health; consumer science and other related disciplines. It is ideal for those wishing to increase their professional status and to diversify their career opportunities by providing an increased knowledge base in the food science and technology field.

Designed for

Graduates in science, engineering, nutrition, environmental health, agriculture, and related disciplines


Detailed information about the course structure is available through official Curtin pages:


  • This course combines lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and industry site visits to ensure students gain considerable knowledge and hands-on experience. Specialised units in food science include food engineering, food processing and preservation, food microbiology, functional foods containing bioactive components, analytical food chemistry, post-harvest handling, processing and packaging of foods from the farm to the consumer's plate including red and white meats, dairy and eggs, and cereals. This course provides the opportunity to select other units for professional development. This course is designed to accommodate students from varying backgrounds. Students are required to complete a number of core units depending on the nature of their previous studies and experience. Those who have completed some or all of these units, or their equivalent, in previous courses may select another option or options which may include appropriate professional development units.

Standard entry requirements

Specifically, applicants require an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised tertiary institution, in science, engineering, nutrition, environmental health, home economics, agriculture or other appropriate discipline. Applicants with other qualifications and expertise are considered for admission, but may be required to complete appropriate bridging units in order to meet the required entry standards.


The Graduate Diploma in Food Science and Technology is recognised by the professional industry body the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Study pathways

Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. Further information can be found at

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Curtin Perth Domestic: $24,388
International: $40,083
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 1 year

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