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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Graduate Certificate in Food Science and Technology

Expand your career prospects in the world's largest industry, equipped with the latest knowledge in food safety and quality management, food preservation, processing, chemistry and microbiology.

UQ is a key research provider in food science and technology, ranked first in Australia. The Graduate Certificate in Food Science and Technology is an ideal program for professionals seeking to expand their career prospects into a wide range of government, commercial, community-based or research roles in the broad field of food science and technology.

This six month program will enable you to develop theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to meet the many global challenges associated with feeding the world, maintaining our environment, biosecurity concerns, and competition for limited resources. 

You'll have access to the Food Science Innovation Precinct – a world-class teaching, research, training and development unit – and the flexibility to tailor your studies to your interests and career goals, with specialised electives such as business, agriculture and biotechnology.

As a graduate, you'll be able to explain and demonstrate advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in food science and technology. You'll analyse critically, evaluate and transform information within the discipline, analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex problems and be able to communicate with professional and non-professional audiences.

Program highlights

  • Study at Australia's leading food science and technology research facility.
  • Refine your laboratory skills during practicals and research courses, and access the Food Science Innovation Precinct.
  • Tailor your studies to your interests and career goals with specialised electives.
  • Enhance your professional standing in fields such as quality control, product development, research and innovation.

Campus Information

St Lucia

Situated on 114 hectares of Brisbane River-bound land, UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of majestic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes. Fanning out from the heritage-listed Great Court, you’ll find modern teaching and research facilities, including laboratories, lecture theatres, and Queensland’s largest research library. The expansive grounds are also home to a variety of sporting facilities, museums, cafes, and those famous Jacaranda trees. The St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, making it an appealing place to study, work or visit.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 28

Application Process


Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Career possibilities
Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Food technologist
  • Food chemist
  • Food microbiologist
  • Laboratory supervisor
  • Process and product development manager
  • Quality control manager
  • Nutritionist
  • Agribusiness consultant
  • Food security adviser
  • Sustainable food production specialist

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Bachelor degree in any field, with UQ or equivalent GPA of 5 or above on a 7 point scale, with approved tertiary level background in chemistry or biology; or
2 years of work experience in the same discipline.