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Overview

Begin a high-level research career with a PhD in Food Sciences and Technology. Our integrated program allows graduates without a research background to undertake a PhD.

Integrated PhD in Food Sciences & Technology program

The integrated PhD in Food Sciences and Technology offers graduates an alternative path to a doctoral degree. During your first year, you’ll receive intensive research training. On passing the components with a 70% average, you’ll begin an original PhD thesis, graduating within the standard timeframe.

Our expert supervisors will continue to support your study in our research focus areas. Your scientific research in advanced food systems will focus on improving sustainability of food production through innovation in industrialised and developing nations.

We offer food science and technology related research opportunities in collaboration with government, industry, not-for-profit organisations and other universities in Australia and overseas.

You’ll learn to present your research findings clearly and effectively in a thesis, and through public presentations and publications.

Our research centre at Werribee campus offers the latest technology for food analysis and scientific research. Laboratories include:

  • analytical instrumentation laboratories – equipment for compounds and materials characterisation and testing
  • polymer research laboratory – equipment for thermal analysis of materials, polymer molecular weight, compression moulding press and programmable ovens
  • food material science laboratory – food-related testing instrumentation, including rheometer, zetasizer, texture analyser, universal testing machine
  • imaging research laboratory – for imaging food systems including scanning electron microscope, confocal laser scanning microscope, luminescence and light microscopes.

The food science and technology program offers research specialisations in the following areas:

  • food processing
  • functional foods and nutraceuticals with emphasis on probiotics
  • enhancement of shelf life of foods
  • physical chemistry of foods
  • dairy and cereal science and technology
  • microbial and enzyme technology and engineering
  • analytical systems
  • food safety and risk management systems
  • food security.

We have partnerships with government, industry, not-for-profit organisations and other universities in Australia and overseas. Our research partnerships include (but are not limited to) collaborations with:

  • Dairy Innovation Australia Ltd
  • Regional Victoria Food Clusters
  • Fonterra cooperative
  • Department of Primary Industries.

We support PhD students with international industry contacts, research collaborations and a Dean’s lecture series by leaders in the health profession.

Our research is conducted at Werribee campus, St Albans campus and Western CHRE.

Werribee campus is a part of a modern technology precinct with specialised facilities for teaching and research. It has a children’s centre, a health and fitness centre, student lounges and an osteopathy clinic.

Western CHRE is a state-of-the-art research facility located within the Sunshine Hospital precinct.

St Albans campus is a relaxed, friendly place, with a children’s centre, a gym, award-winning architecture, and lovely grounds.

We offer various research scholarships for our PhD students. Victoria University has several generous research scholarships for successful applicants. There are also externally funded scholarships from dozens of organisations, some of which are aimed at postgraduate students.

VU Research gives you opportunities to:

  • connect with other researchers
  • participate in research festivals and competitions
  • develop your research skills
  • get funding for your research
  • publish and promote your findings.

We offer support for graduate researchers including:

Find out more about graduate opportunities at VU.

Kristine Nelson researches the health effects of breakfast cereals on overweight people.

Our food-science researchers explore ways to improve nutrition and production

Careers in food science and technology

Following your PhD, you’ll be ready for a scientific-research or advisory role. Opportunities exist in government, health care, food-science organisations, and universities.

The following are average salaries from the government site, Job Outlook:

Course structure

To attain the award of Doctor of Philosophy through undertaking the Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) students will be required to completed in total 384 credit points consisting of:

  • 72 credit points of Core studies in Year 1
  • 24 credit points of Elective studies in Year 1
  • 288 credit points of Thesis units as per standard PhD

YEAR 1

Core Studies

Thesis Units (36 credit points)

Or

Select 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) Elective Studies:

YEARS 2 - 4

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. expert understanding of a substantial body of theory and its practical application at the frontier of a field of work or learning, including substantial expert knowledge of ethical research principles and methods applicable to the field.  
  2. intellectual independence and cognitive skills to undertake a systematic investigation, reflect critically on theory and practice and evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, including identifying, evaluating and critically analysing the validity of research studies and their applicability to a research problem.  
  3. expert cognitive, technical and creative skills to: design, develop and implement a research project/s to systematically investigate a research problem; develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge; manage, analyse, evaluate and interpret data, synthesising key ideas and theorising within the context of key literature.  
  4. expert communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions; to disseminate and promote new insights; and to cogently present a complex investigation of originality, or original research, both for external examination and to specialist (eg researcher peers) and non-specialist (industry and/or community) audiences through informal interaction, scholarly publications, reports and formal presentations.  
  5. capacity to reflect on, develop and evaluate strategies for achieving their own learning and career goals.  
  6. intellectual independence, initiative and creativity in new situations and/or for further learning.  
  7. ethical practice and full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs.  
  8. autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability and responsibility as an expert and independent scholar.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Completed a qualification at AQF level 8 or above, typically in a cognate discipline (including a qualification without minor thesis), with Honours or its equivalent at a high standard.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

You will need to follow the six steps to becoming a research student.

Contact the Graduate Research Centre on +61 3 9919 4522 or email apply.research@vu.edu.au if you require further information.

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