Food science and technology focuses on the physical, microbiological and chemical make-up and processing of food, with the aim of meeting increased global demand for safe, nutritious and transportable food.

As an undergraduate, you'll develop expertise in the science and technology that underlies processing, preserving, packaging, storing and distributing food to industry and government specifications and regulations. You'll also learn how to improve food production from post-harvest raw material to when it reaches the consumer. You'll gain an understanding of how the body processes food.

If you opt for the Bachelor of Food Technology (Hons) degree program, you'll complete a research project in your final year.

Postgraduate study will build on your existing theoretical and practical knowledge and expertise, and you'll gain an understanding of the policies behind safe food production and food science research.

Note: our degree programs don't cover the domestic cooking, catering or hospitality fields.

Why choose food science and technology at UQ?

Our academics and researchers are industry leaders, and UQ is ranked above world standard in food sciences.

You'll benefit from the combination of a strong theoretical understanding of food science and technology, and invaluable practical experience, networking opportunities and placements with our industry partners.

You'll also have access to UQ's world-leading specialist research centres and facilities, including the QAAFI Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences and the UQ Food Science Innovation Precinct.

The food industry is Australia's largest manufacturing sector, and has unmet demand for highly-qualified graduates. Our science-based programs prepare you for a career in roles such as:

  • food technologist
  • food chemist
  • food microbiologist
  • laboratory supervisor
  • production manager
  • process and product development manager
  • quality or safety control manager.

On graduation, you may be eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology.

What our graduates say

Jay Jayabalan

"A career in the food industry is not limited to a desk job or laboratory work. There's always something to match everyone’s need, whether in quality assurance, research, manufacturing sales, marketing or education. A degree in food science is multidisciplinary, which opens numerous opportunities. In India, UQ is perceived as one of the best universities in Australia, and especially strong in the field of food and agriculture."

Jay Jayabalan (Master of Food Science and Technology), research scientist

Read our full interview with Jay on UQ's Careers that started in science website.

View more international student testimonials.

Undergraduate programs

You can study:

Visit the Faculty of Science Study Planner website for more details about UQ science programs.

Higher degree by research

We offer:

Find out more about our HDR programs.

Watch our videos

Our videos show you a taste of what to expect when you study food science and technology at UQ.

Postgraduate options

Associate Professor Mark Turner provides an overview of our postgraduate programs in food science and technology. (Vimeo, 4m:26s)

Creating change through food science

Jeremy Betros, Bachelor of Food Science and Technology graduate, explains how he is creating change through food science. (YouTube, 2m:08s)