Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Food Sciences and Technology

Victoria University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 084114F

Level of study: Postgraduate


Help resolve food security challenges facing growing populations with PhD in Food Sciences & Technology.

Become a leading scientific researcher in the increasingly important areas of food sustainability and nutrition.

PhD in Food Sciences & Technology program at VU

In your doctoral degree in Food Sciences and Technology, you’ll conduct original research at the forefront of its field. VU’s research in advanced food systems allows you to contribute real advances to the study of food-sustainability and innovative food production. These address the complex nutritional needs of industrialised and developing nations.

Within VU's research focus areas, we work closely with industry to discover scientific and technological solutions to food-related problems. Multidisciplinary food and nutrition research is undertaken in partnership with government, industry, not-for-profit organisations and other universities in Australia and overseas.

Throughout your study, you’ll have the support of leading scientific researchers. You’ll learn to present your findings clearly and effectively in a thesis, and through public presentations and publications.

Our food-science focus

The food science and technology program offers research specialisations in the following areas:

  • food processing
  • functional foods and nutraceuticals with emphasis on probiotics
  • enhancement of shelf life of foods
  • physical chemistry of foods
  • dairy and cereal science and technology
  • microbial and enzyme technology and engineering
  • analytical systems
  • food safety and risk management systems
  • food security.

Careers in food science and technology

Following your PhD, you’ll be ready for a scientific-research or advisory role. Opportunities exist in government, health care, food-science organisations, and universities.

Job Outlook:

  • R&D scientists
  • policy and planning managers
  • university lecturers

Course structure

The PhD is a research based degree with a maximum duration of 4 years (full time) and 8 years (part time).
As well as enrolling in Research Thesis units Doctor of Philosophy (Science) students will be required to complete two coursework units, ROP8001 and ROP8002.

An average result of 70% is required in the compulsory coursework units in order to proceed to candidature confirmation. Ongoing progression is subject to policy and procedures for candidature management as per the VU HDR Policy.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
32,800 Per Year
Read more16,400 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.
Feb 2022
Jul 2022
4 years Full time St Albans Campus
McKechnie Street
Melbourne Victoria 3021
32,800 Per Year
Read more16,400 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.
Feb 2022
Jul 2022
4 years Full time Werribee Campus
Hoppers Lane
Melton Victoria 3030

Entry criteria

Entry into a research program (postgraduate study) requires completion of: an honours degree, or a masters degree by coursework with a research component, or an equivalent qualification from an approved university.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)

TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 79 (Listening 19, Speaking 19, Reading 18, Writing 22)

Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 58 (no section score less than 50)

University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176. No individual band less than 169.

VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved


Victoria University
Footscray Park campus
Ballarat Road
Melbourne Victoria 3011
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