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Master of Food Science

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


18 months

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


University of Auckland


The MFoodSci programme includes a mix of taught courses and a research project conducted under the supervision of a food science academic.

The programme provides a bridge for students with an undergraduate degree in food science related disciplines to move into the food science area.

Postgraduate students in food science have a good record of employability in industry.

Programme structure

The MFoodSci is an 18-month, 180-point programme with the option of starting in Semester One or Semester Two, and completed over three semesters full-time, with part-time options available.

The programme will be delivered by lectures, seminars, laboratory work, fieldwork and research supervision.

The degree will include 90 points of compulsory taught courses (which includes a 15-point research proposal) and a research project of either 30 points or 60 points.

The research project or dissertation may be undertaken in collaboration with an industry partner, with the research being conducted on campus or at the industry partner site.

A minimum GPA will be required in order to enrol in the dissertation. Students doing the research project will predominantly be those wanting to enter the workforce. MFoodSci graduates will be eligible to apply for entry to a PhD.

Entry criteria

Taught180 points: An undergraduate degree in Food Science, or another relevant subject. You need GPE 4.0.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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