UQ tops in food science and technology

15 August 2017

Students seeking a fulfilling career in the food science sector need look no further than The University of Queensland, which has recently been ranked as Australia’s leading university for food science and technology.

Head of the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences Professor Neal Menzies said food technology and food science graduates were in high demand in Australia and globally, with the food industry being Australia’s largest manufacturing sector and has unmet demand.

He welcomed the latest accolade for the University’s Food Science and Technology teaching and research expertise in the Shanghai Ranking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects for 2017, recognising the breadth and quality of this discipline within UQ.

“UQ is the only Australian university in the top 100 in Food Science and Technology in the Shanghai rankings, with this news coming on the back of earlier results this year where we were ranked #1 in Australia for agriculture,” he said.

“We enjoy a long-established international reputation for research excellence, and UQ ranks consistently among the world’s top universities within the broad fields of agriculture and life sciences.

“Globally in Food Science and Technology, UQ is 39th in the world in the Shanghai rankings, with no other Australian University making the top 100. 

“So we are now Australia’s leading university for Agriculture and for Food Science, following our listing as #19 in the world and #1 in Australia for agriculture in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

UQ was also listed at number 23 in Agriculture in the Shanghai rankings, one of the top two in Australia.

Professor Menzies said the suite of UQ’s food programs were developed in close consultation with the food industry.

Students were exposed to the most current learnings from leaders in industry and focused on global productionAt undergraduate level UQ offers a Bachelor of Science program with majors available, among other streams, in Food Science and Technology (an extended major is also available), and Food Science and Nutrition, and a suite of postgraduate programs.

Professor Menzies said UQ’s academics and researchers were industry leaders, students also had access to UQ's world-leading specialist research centres and facilities, including the QAAFI Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences and the UQ Food Science Innovation Precinct.

UQ’s science-based programs prepare students for careers including:

  • food technologist
  • food chemist
  • food microbiologist
  • laboratory supervisor
  • production manager
  • process and product development manager
  • quality or safety control manager.

To learn more about studying Food Science and Technology at UQ, visit future-students.uq.edu.au

Watch Associate Professor Mark Turner provide an overview of UQ’s postgraduate programs in Food Science and Technology, or alumnus Jeremy Betros explains how he is creating change through food science.

Media: Professor Neal Menzies, n.menzies@uq.edu.au. +61 7 3365 1174 (St Lucia) +61 7 5460 1047 (Gatton).