Master of Food and Packaging Innovation at University of Melbourne

18 August 2014

The Master of Food and Packaging Innovation is a new cross-disciplinary degree offering a range of subjects for a career in different areas of the food and packaging industry. This unique course forms part of a joint University of Melbourne and Mondelēz International initiative with the support of the Victorian Government.

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The program is flexibly designed for those already working in the industry and is ideal for both current industry employees looking to upskill and progress their careers and also for local and international students seeking a broader range of skills from food science to leadership.
Upon completion of this program, graduates will have gained practical skills and knowledge across many disciplines such as project management, managing for value creation, entrepreneurship and leadership.  In addition, there are the more science-based aspects in food chemistry, safety and quality, all together offering a wider range of employment pathways within the food and packaging industry.

Expert delivery

Food processing is a large and growing sector of Australian industry and through the Industry Advisory Group, a need for the skills this degree offers has been identified. The packaging subjects are interdisciplinary, with content developed to incorporate elements of marketing, safety, materials and processes. This is a university-wide course, with subjects taught across a range of faculties, ensuring expert knowledge transfer.
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This program is delivered via a combination of online, evening and intensive delivery, including lectures from industry experts, and visits to manufacturers (within Melbourne and surrounds).
The Master of Food and Packaging Innovation offers the option to complete a minor research project on a topic that you and your course coordinator choose.
Over the next 40 years, the world will need to produce 50% more food to feed a rapidly increasing world population. There will be 1.6 billion new middle class Asian consumers by 2050! Indonesia will grow by an estimated six million middle class consumers each year, while the Chinese middle class will earn similar salaries to their European counterparts. Food and packaging innovation knowledge and skills will be highly regarded in a booming industry.

Internship opportunities

The Master of Food and Packaging Innovation includes an internship subject.  This is a unique placement opportunity enabling access to some of Australia’s most well-known brands and state-of-the-art facilities. For example, Mondelēz’s Asia Pacific Chocolate and Confectionery Centre for Excellence in Ringwood is a facility with 100 food innovators co-located with infrastructure and world-class technologies. This Centre offers pilot manufacturing for new products, from concept to completion utilizing a variety of cutting edge technologies such as 3D print. A combination of lectures and site visits will provide students with firsthand knowledge of food packaging materials and processes.  Some of the curricula will be taught by industry experts with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
There will be internship placement opportunities with several different leading food manufacturers.
This program provides a range of opportunities not only for existing employers but within multinational food companies, small and medium enterprises looking to break into international markets, distribution and logistics firms, food safety regulators and research institutions.
Program: Master of Food and Packaging Innovation
Location: Parkville campus, Melbourne
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline:  October 31, 2014
Entry requirements
1. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant’s ability to pursue the course successfully using the following criteria:

  • an undergraduate degree with at least H3 (65%) average over all years, or
  • a graduate or postgraduate certificate in any discipline with at least H3 (65%) average, or
  • a graduate or postgraduate diploma in any discipline, with at least H3 (65%) average, or
  • an honours degree in any discipline, or equivalent; and
  • a curriculum vitae or resume; and
  • two academic referee reports; and
  • personal statement of up to 500 words.

2. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and may call for further referee reports or employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.

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