Master of Biotechnology - Food Microbiology

RMIT University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00122A

Students will study molecular biology and immunology, and courses covering microbiology of foods with respect to food spoilage organisms and food-borne pathogens. Special emphasis is placed on the application of new technologies to solve problems like investigations of outbreaks of food-borne disease.


192 credit points. This incorporates the Graduate Diploma (96 credit points). Subjects include: Bioinformatics, Food Microbiology, Food Safety Plans, Gene Technologies, Microbial Evaluation of Food, Scientific Skills and Tools, Applied Biochemical Methods, Bacterial Infections, Biotechnology: Regulation and Law, Computational Biology, Food Processing Technologies, Food Quality Assurance, Food Chemistry, Industrial Microbiology, Pathogenesis of Enteric Infections, Protein Technologies, Research Methods, Research Project, Work Experience Practicum.


  • Biotechnology-food microbiology

Standard entry requirements

  • An Australian bachelor degree with a GPA of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 in Biological Sciences, Food Science/Technology, Biotechnology, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Agricultural Science or Chemical Engineering, or equivalent
  • And successful completion of a Chemistry or Biochemistry course in a bachelor degree, or equivalent


Depending on courses studied: The Australian Society for Microbiology, Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, American Society for Microbiology, British Mycological Society, Australian Institute of Biology, International Society for Human and Animal Mycology.

Study pathways

Relevant work experience at an appropriate level and duration is recognised as an equivalent to 1 full-time semester or 1 part-time year. Applications for recognition of work experience are assessed on an individual basis.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
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  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

Further information

If applicants have not successfully completed a microbiology course at undergraduate level, or an equivalent, they will be required to enrol in second year microbiology during their first semester.

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