Food science and technology focuses on the physical, microbiological and chemical make-up and processing of food, with the aim of meeting increased global demand for safe, nutritious, transportable and sustainable food. Food science and nutrition explores the relationship of food to health and the role of nutrition in disease prevention.

As an undergraduate, you’ll develop expertise in the science and technology that underpins processing, preserving, packaging, storing and distributing food to industry and government specifications and regulations.

You’ll also learn how the body processes food and how to enhance food production from post-harvest raw material to when it reaches the consumer.

Our Bachelor of Science (Honours) program provides an opportunity to pursue an independent research project in either food science and nutrition or food technology.

As a postgraduate, you’ll build on your existing theoretical and practical knowledge, skills and expertise. You’ll gain an understanding of food science research and get industry experience through a placement.

Note: our programs don’t cover domestic cooking, catering or hospitality.

Why choose food technology, food science and nutrition at UQ? 

You’ll learn from industry-leading academics and researchers, with access to world-class facilities at UQ St Lucia, including QAAFI’s Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences and the UQ Food Science Innovation Precinct.

You’ll gain a strong theoretical understanding of food science and technology and benefit from invaluable practical experience, networking opportunities and placements with our industry partners.

The food industry is Australia’s largest manufacturing sector and has unmet demand for highly qualified graduates. Our science-based programs prepare you for a career as a food technologist, chemist, microbiologist, production manager, quality or safety control manager, new food product developer, and more.

While studying, or once you graduate, you may be eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology.

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