The Food Technology is the application of food science to the selection, preservation, processing, packaging, distribution, and use of safe, nutritious, and wholesome food.

Food scientists and food technologists study the physical, microbiological, and chemical makeup of food. Depending on their area of specialisation, Food Technologists may develop ways to process, preserve, package, or store food, according to industry and government specifications and regulations.

Structure of the BFoodTech

Full-time students can complete the BFoodTech in 4 years by passing 4 courses each semester.  Students have an option of completing the 4th year as an Honours year.  To enter Honours, students must have an overall GPA of 5 for #32 from Part A.  Please refer to the rules for further information.

Each UQ course has a "unit value" with most courses worth 2 units (#2). To earn a BFoodTech you must choose a major and complete a total of #64 (approximately 32 courses, each worth #2) according to the BFoodTech requirements. The program requirements are listed below:

Students are required to obtain #64 from the BFoodTech course list comprising -

  • all the courses from Part A (compulsory); and
  • the balance from Part B.

Further information about the BFoodTech rules and requirements.

Placement courses

There is a 20 week (1 semester) placement in the food industry in the third year, where students gain a taste of working in a food company, and experience food technology in action. Students often gain their first job, after graduation, with the food company that they undertook their industry placement in.

Study Planner Information

What will I study?

You will apply your knowledge in all stages of food production from raw material harvesting until it reaches the consumer. You will examine the optimisation of food quality, quantity and processing, food safety and nutritional value, and means of production, processing, preservation, distribution and use. You will learn what happens to food when we consume it.

This program prepares you for employment in technical and scientific food manufacturing industries and does not cover the domestic cooking, catering or hospitality fields.

Students will plan and execute research in one or more of the disciplines in food science and technology, including food chemistry, food microbiology, food technology and sensory science. Often projects are conducted in conjunction with food companies.

Year 1 to 3 Study Planners

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory Courses– all students must complete this course
  • Elective Courses- choose an elective from the list
Year 1-Semester 1
BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution Compulsory
CHEM1100 Chemistry 1 Compulsory
FOOD1001 Principles of Food Preservation Compulsory
and #2 Elective (from Part B) Elective


Year 1-Semester 2
BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms Compulsory
CHEM1221 General, Organic & Biological Chemistry Compulsory
PHYS1171 Physical basis of Biological Systems Compulsory
and #2 Elective (from Part B) Elective


Year 2-Semester 1
NUTR2101 Nutrition Science Compulsory
STAT1201  Analysis of Scientific Data Compulsory
and #4 Elective (from Part B)  Elective


Year 2-Semester 2
CHEM2003 Food Chemistry Compulsory
FOOD2000 Food Science Compulsory
FOOD2003 Food Process Engineering I Compulsory
MICR2001 Food Microbiology I Compulsory


Year 3-Semester 1
CHEM3015 Chemical Food Analysis Compulsory
FOOD3008 Food Process Engineering II Compulsory
FOOD3017 Food Safety & Quality Management Compulsory
MICR3860 Food Microbiology II Compulsory
Year 3-Semester 2
FOOD3009 Professional Practice Compulsory


Semester 1
BIOC2000 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
FOOD3601 Special Topic
LAWS2111 Law of Contract A
MKTG2501 Consumer Behaviour
NUTR3011 Understanding Population Nutrition
Semester 2
AGRC1016 Food & Fibre in the E-Landscape
FOOD3601 Special Topic
NUTR3012 Community & Public Health Nutrition
NUTR3201 Advanced Nutrition Sciences
Semester 1 or 2
MGTS1601 Organisational Behaviour
MKTG1501 Foundations of Marketing
PSYC1020 Introduction to Psychology: Physiological & Cognitive Psychology
PSYC1030 Introduction to Psychology: Developmental, Social & Clinical Psychology


Year 4 Study Planner

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory Courses– all students must complete this course
  • Elective Courses- choose an elective from the list

Options for PASS:

Year 4-Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirement
AGRC3032 Research Methodology for Agriculture Compulsory
FOOD3007 Food Structure & Sensory Science Compulsory
FOOD4611 Research Project1  Compulsory
and #2 Elective from (Part B) Elective
Year 4-Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirement
FOOD3000 Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals Compulsory
FOOD3011 Food Product Development Compulsory
FOOD4611 Research Project1  Compulsory
and #2 Elective from (Part B) Elective

Option for HONOURS: 

Year 4
Semester Compulsory Electives

FOOD4611 Research Project1 

FOOD3007 Food Structure & Sensory Science

FOOD3008 Food Process Engineering II

Choose #2 from Part B below
2 FOOD4611 Research Project1  Choose #6 from  Part B below

1. Student are required to enrol in this course in Semester 1&2 for completion. The enrol code for students who commenced in Semester 1 will be FOOD4611 for both semesters. The enrol code for the student who commenced in Semester 2 will be FOOD4612. For more information about honours, please go here.  

Part B

Course Code Units Course Title
CHEM3015 2 Analytical Chemistry- Food Analysis
FOOD3000 2 Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals
FOOD3011 2 Food Product Development
FOOD3017 2 Food Policy, Safety & Quality Management
MICR3860 2 Food Microbiology II
MICR3861 2 Food Microbiology I

Careers in Food Technology

The food industry, Australia's largest manufacturing industry, has strong demand for highly qualified graduates in food science and technology. You will find employment in:

  • food microbiology
  • food standards
  • food technology
  • process and product development
  • production management
  • quality assurance
  • research and development
  • technical sales

With the current shortages of graduates in the sector, your employment prospects are exceptional and you may receive employment offers before completing your degree.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology

While this degree may be accredited by an official industry accreditation body in Australia, completion of the degree may not result in graduates receiving automatic accreditation. Please contact the relevant registration body for details of any conditions for accreditation.