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RMIT University

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PhD (Food Science)

  • Doctorate (PhD)

Develop your research skills in food science and contribute to the field through research and knowledge discovery.

Key details

Degree Type
Doctorate (PhD)
4 - 8 years full-time
Course Code
DR232, 079685B
Study Mode
In person
International Fees
$33,600 per year / $134,400 total

About this course

Use your advanced research skills to contribute to new developments in food sciences.

RMIT's clinical and experiential research projects contribute to the growth and development of food sciences in Australia.

Under expert supervision, you will develop your skills and join researchers already active in:

  • application of nanotechnology to food products
  • bioprocessing
  • biosensors, food microbiology and safety
  • encapsulation of micronutrients, enzymes, probiotics and essential fatty acids
  • emerging technologies for improving cheese flavor
  • food, nutrition and health (nutrigenomics, proteomics, metabolomics, nutritional immunology)
  • functionality of dietary fibre from agricultural byproducts and native foods
  • gut microflora, probiotics, prebiotics and health
  • non-thermal technologies for added value
  • structure-function relationships of dairy proteins for food products.

This PhD may be undertaken in a project, thesis with publication or thesis mode. Prospective candidates should discuss these modes of submission with their potential supervisor/s.

The School of Science is renowned for our technical expertise and understanding of the commercial realities and needs of different industry sectors. We partner with industry leaders and work collaboratively with experts from other disciplines, shaping a range of solutions to world problems.

In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia assessment, food sciences at RMIT was ranked as world class.

Entry requirements

The minimum requirements for admission to a PhD program are:

  • a bachelor degree requiring at least four years of full-time study in a relevant discipline awarded with honours. The degree should include a research component comprised of a thesis, other research projects or research methodology courses that constitute at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent). The applicant must have achieved at least a distinction average in the final year; or
  • a master degree that includes a research component comprised of at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent) with an overall distinction average or a master degree without a research component with at least a high distinction average; or
  • evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and/or experience that satisfies the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Training and Development or nominee that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the proposed program.

At RMIT a grade of distinction represents academic achievement of 70% or higher and a high distinction is 80% or higher.

If you are a current master by research candidate, you are able to apply for a transfer to a doctor of philosophy program through the process prescribed in the RMIT Higher Degree by Research policy and processes.

Study locations


Melbourne City

Career pathways

You will be able to pursue an academic career in a university or be employed in senior leadership and management positions in government, scientific and industrial research laboratories.