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Master of Food and Packaging Innovation
Master of Food and Packaging Innovation

Master of Food and Packaging Innovation

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  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

  • an undergraduate degree (or a graduate certificate or graduate diploma) in any discipline with a weighted average mark of at least H3 (65%), or equivalent, or

  • an honours degree in any discipline, or equivalent; and

  • a curriculum vitae or resume; and

  • two academic referee reports; and

  • a personal statement of up to 500 words.

In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • prior academic performance; and if relevant

  • the professional or management experience; and

  • the curriculum vitae or resume; and

  • the referee reports; and

  • the personal statement.

English Requirements

For English language tests, we require documentary evidence of having obtained the minimum scores within the previous 24 months.

  • IELTS: 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0)

  • TOEFL (paper test): 577 with TWE 4.5

  • TOEFL (internet): 79 with Writing 21, Speaking 18, Reading 13, Listening 13

  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58-64 inclusive and no communicative skill below 50

Course Information

The Master of Food and Packaging Innovation is an advanced interdisciplinary degree that combines food science, entrepreneurship and innovation in product and packaging design.

You'll have the opportunity to gain industry experience through an internship with a dynamic business in the food sector to build your network and accelerate your career.

Study the world’s only masters degree in food and packaging innovation at Australia’s number 1 university1, and set yourself up for a career in leadership in a vital and growing sector.

This unique course was developed in collaboration with the food and packaging industries to fill a need for food and food packaging product developers in Australia.

Scientists at the University of Melbourne are working to develop new food products and design innovative packaging to improve food quality and sustainability. Throughout your degree, you’ll be exposed to the latest research in food and packaging while hearing from industry experts via guest lectures.

CRICOS Code: 083118K

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Course structure

  • 87.5 points of core subjects co‐taught across Faculties and Schools

  • 25 points of Internship subjects OR 25 points of Minor Project subjects

  • 87.5 points from a selection of existing elective subjects which will provide skills for diverse career opportunities

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Core Subjects

The following seven 12.5 point subjects are core to this degree:


  • Food Processing

  • Food Safety and Quality

  • Managing Innovation

  • Consumers and Consumption

  • Food Packaging Materials and Processes

  • Managing for Value Creation

  • Food Packaging Design

Students are required to complete 25 points of Internship subjects OR 25 points of Minor Project subjects

Internship Option

Students are required to enrol into an internship for a total of 25 points. It is recommended that the internship is completed across two semesters (FOOD90037 MFPI Internship Part 1 and FOOD90038 MFPI Internship Part 2). Students wishing to complete the internship across one semester (FOOD90036) will require approval from the subject coordinator and course coordinator.


  • MFPI Internship

  • MFPI Internship Part 1

  • MFPI Internship Part 2

Minor Project Option

Students are required to enrol into a research project for a total of 25 points. AGRI90070 Minor Research Project is just taken for one standard semester at 25 points. If you wish to study the minor project over an entire year you should enrol into AGRI90079 Minor Research Project Part 1 and AGRI90081 Minor Research Project Part 2 for a total of 25 points.


  • Minor Research Project

  • Minor Research Project Part 1

  • Minor Research Project Part 2

Elective Subjects

Students should select 87.5 points of electives from the following subjects (or other electives approved by the course coordinator).

Please note that you must be able to meet the prerequisites of any individual elective subject listed prior to enrolling in the subject.


  • Leadership

  • Sensory Evaluation

  • Procurement and Logistics

  • Management Competencies

  • Food Chemistry

  • Nutrition Politics and Policy

  • Commercialisation of Science

  • Decision Analysis and Project Management

  • Food Microbiology

  • Sustainable Food: Policy and Practice

  • Current Issues in Dairy Science

  • Meat and Meat Products

  • The Politics of Food

  • Value Chain Analysis

  • New Product Development

  • Plant Food Products

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

This flexible degree opens a variety of creative careers in the food industry at local, regional and global levels.

You could work with food sensory (tasting) panels to understand how to develop healthy and appealing products, create biodegradable packaging that also extends shelf life or take part in the development of new foods.

Potential careers include:

  • Food product development technologist: Develop innovative new food products and ways to present them

  • Packaging technologist: Identify new, unique and sustainable packaging for food that appeals to customers

  • Consumer insights specialist: Research consumer behaviour to identify product improvements or develop innovative

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