Master of Food and Packaging Innovation

  • CRICOS code: 083118K

Course overview

  • 2 years full time / 4 years part time
  • On Campus (Parkville)
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Start Year Intake - February and Mid Year Intake - July


The Master of Food and Packaging Innovation is an advanced interdisciplinary degree that combines food science, entrepreneurship and innovation in product and packaging design.

You'll have the opportunity to gain industry experience through an internship with a dynamic business in the food sector to build your network and accelerate your career.

Study the world’s only masters degree in food and packaging innovation at Australia’s number 1 university1, and set yourself up for a career in leadership in a vital and growing sector.

Learn Industry-relevant skills

This unique course was developed in collaboration with the food and packaging industries to fill a need for food and food packaging product developers in Australia.

Scientists at the University of Melbourne are working to develop new food products and design innovative packaging to improve food quality and sustainability. Throughout your degree, you’ll be exposed to the latest research in food and packaging while hearing from industry experts via guest lectures.

Develop advanced knowledge

The core suite of subjects in the Master of Food and Packaging Innovation is designed to help you build the knowledge and skills required to develop and market new food products and innovative and sustainable packaging designs.

You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of food science, critical thinking, innovation, leadership and packaging, and discover advanced research and its practical application in commercial settings.

Choose from a wide range of elective subjects and focus on key aspects of food science, such as meat products and dairy, or key aspects of food industry, such as science commercialisation and value chain analysis.

Get hands-on experience

You can choose to undertake an internship as part of the Master of Food and Packaging Innovation. This unique placement opportunity provides access to some of Australia’s most well-known brands and state-of-the-art facilities, as well as providing opportunities for mentoring and network-building. You could intern at a leading food and packaging company such as Mondelēz International, Food Innovation Australia or Simplot.

Enter an exciting and creative field

The Master of Food and Packaging Innovation prepares you for a range of interesting and creative careers. You could:

  • Develop new food products
  • Design innovative food packaging to improve food quality and sustainability
  • Formulate strategies to market new products based on your scientific knowledge and business acumen.

You will analyse innovative food product and packaging designs from concept to delivery. This will allow you to develop the skills needed to create innovative food products that address key issues such as:

  • Transportability
  • Durability
  • Tamper proofing and perishability issues
  • Environmental, economic, social and ethical issues.

1Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022