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Master of Science degrees at Otago are research-based and are designed to equip you either to move into employment well prepared with advanced knowledge and strong research skills, or to advance seamlessly to a doctoral study programme.

Two year MSc in Food Science – by papers and thesis

The two-year research master's, which includes a papers and a thesis year, is for those who have completed a bachelor's degree in Food Science, or in a food science related discipline such as food engineering, food technology or food safety. Entry criteria apply.

Master of Science (MSc) in Food Science

Papers and Thesis
  • FOSC 495 Master's Thesis Preparation

  • Four of FOSC 401, FOSC 402, FOSC 403, FOSC 404, FOSC 405, FOSC 406, FOSC 407 Topics in Advanced Food Science 1-7, approved by the Head of the Department of Food Science. Note: With approval from the Head of the Department of Food Science FOSC 460 or one 400-level paper from another relevant subject may be substituted for one elective 400-level FOSC paper.
  • Thesis: FOSC 5

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

One year MSc in Food Science – by thesis only

This one-year research-only master's is for those who hold a Postgraduate Diploma in a Food Science related discipline, or for International students who hold a 4 year honours degree with a clear significant research project component.

Making a formal application

Apply online following the Otago University Application process unless you are an International student.

International applicants who are new to the University of Otago should refer to the International section of the website before making an online application.

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Regulations on this page are taken from the 2023 Calendar and supplementary material.

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