About Food science

Study the physical, biological, and chemical properties of food, and the concepts underlying food safety and processing. You'll blend food chemistry, food processing and preservation to help solve the problems of developing a safe, healthy, and nutritious food supply for people everywhere.

This knowledge gained from your study is also strongly applicable to product development, policy and business management in the food industry.

You can enter a wide variety of roles including discovering healthy new foods, investigating the effects of bioactive food components like prebiotics and antioxidants on health, helping to regulate food safety, maintaining quality in food manufacturing or making foods that remain safe and stable longer.

Discover the Food Science major

Learn about the Food Science major at the University of Melbourne. What will you study, and where will your major take you?

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Why study Food Science at the University of Melbourne

Advanced food science facilities

Advanced food science facilities

Learn in our food and nutrition building with teaching and research laboratories designed for food microbiology and chemistry, nutrition science, food processing and collaborative learning.

Learn from global experts

Learn from global experts

You'll learn from experts in their field who are working with leading companies and organisations in Australia and internationally to solve global challenges and meet industry needs.

Prepare for a career with real-world impact

Prepare for a career with real-world impact

Graduate with the skills and knowledge to sustainably grow and manufacture nutritious, equitable food while reducing its environmental impact.

Hear from our students

Find out what motivated our current students to choose Melbourne, and the impact studying with us has had on their lives and careers.

With my pursuit of knowledge in science, I believe that Unimelb offers one of the top research technologies and facilities to accommodate my studies.

Gaby Leonita Arifin, Bachelor of Science, Food Science

Every inch of the Melbourne culture is diverse and unique so you will gain a lot of experiences from new point of views.

Steven Hadinata, Bachelor of Science, Food Science

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