The processed food and beverage industry is the largest manufacturing sector in Australia.

With a world population of approximately eight billion people and growing, food is increasingly becoming a global issue.

The Food Science major will prepare you to play an important role in meeting the expanding needs of the local and international food industries. You will build on a firm foundation in the basic sciences to develop sound skills and knowledge in food biotechnology or food science and technology.


Su Chin Oh

"My favourite subject is Food Microbiology because it is very interactive. Food tasting sessions were held during lectures that covered topics on fermented food products. Not only did my lecturer ignite my passion for food microbiology, she also encouraged me to think and question critically."


  • Career Outcomes

    Career choices for Bachelor of Science graduates with a Food Science major are vast and growing. These include research and product development, food safety and regulation, as well as quality assurance in a food processing company.

    You can be employed by companies that support food manufacturers by supplying food additives and ingredients, processing equipment and packaging materials. If you have an interest in teaching and research, you can find rewarding careers in universities and research institutes.

    Career opportunities are not limited geographically and you may also find work with international bodies such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation or the World Health Organisation.

    Employment in Food Science is projected to grow strongly to 2019. Food Scientists have an above average proportion of full-time jobs, earnings are high and unemployment is average.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Science graduates with a Food Science major are very well prepared for graduate studies in food science, which will lead to key roles in food production and product development. You will also be well-placed to apply for:

    • Professionally focused graduate degrees in the sciences and technology, including biotechnology, environmental systems, informatics and nanotechnology;
    • Graduate degrees preparing for a wide range of professions including engineering, law, medicine and other health sciences, and teaching;
    • Masters and Honours pathways to research higher degrees in the sciences and technology within the Faculty of Science, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Melbourne School of Engineering, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Sample Course Plans
Majoring in  Food Science

The flexibility of the BSc means you can adapt your study plan to your situation, or combine your major with another study area of interest. See some examples below.

Major Core Prerequisite
Major core
Complementary / Recommended
Major Selective Prerequisite
Major Selective
Breadth subject / Science Elective