Course

Master of Science

Approved Abbreviation: MSc


Western Sydney University Course Code: 3749.1

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 098472B


Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2018 or later.

For Commencement Year 2011 or 2012, please refer to: 3647.4 Master of Science

The Master of Science is an advanced course that can be taken in one of the two specialisations; Public Health Nutrition or Food Science. The course builds upon the professional experience and/or prior qualifications to develop advanced expertise and critical understanding in science and in Public Health Nutrition or Food Science. The course is completed with a capstone unit that is designed to integrate the various themes that flow throughout the program and develop research skills in science. Depending on specialisation, students may find employment at a senior level in a wide range of destinations, including federal, state and local government bodies, universities, research organisations, private companies, health facilities, science-based industries, or private consultancies.

Study Mode
One to two years full-time depending upon entry qualifications (see Pathways listed under Course Structure below) or the equivalent part-time. Students will be required to attend the Hawkesbury campus for some learning experiences.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Course Advicescience@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternal See above

Accreditation
On completion of this Course graduates with the Food Science Specialisation will be eligible for professional membership of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology. On completion of this Course graduates with the Public Health Nutrition Specialisation will be eligible for apply to be an Associate Nutritionist (Anutr) or a Registered Public Health Nutritionist (RPHNutr) if combined with three years of suitable work experience with the Nutrition Society of Australia and/or a Certified Public Health Nutritionist (cPHN) with the World Public Health Nutrition Association. Students may also be eligible to apply for professional membership of Public Health Association of Australia and Australian Health Promotion Association.

Admission

Master of Science -160 credit points

Applicants must have a Bachelor Degree in any science, health science, or engineering discipline;

Or

A Graduate Certificate in food science, food technology, food engineering, human nutrition, dietetics, chemistry, biology, microbiology, health science and a minimum two years full-time equivalent work experience in food, human nutrition, dietetic, or related industries professions may be considered for entry.

Master of Science -120 credit points

Applicants must have:

Successfully completed an undergraduate degree, or higher, in science , applied science or health and have a minimum of one year full-time professional work experience (or equivalent) in a field that is related to the intended Specialisation.

Or

A Bachelor Degree in any science, health science, or engineering discipline and a minimum two years full-time equivalent work experience in food, human nutrition, dietetic, hospitality or related industries professions.

Master of Science -80 credit points

Applicants must have an Honours, Graduate Diploma or higher in science, health science, medical science or engineering with a major in food science, food technology, food engineering, human nutrition, dietetics, chemistry, biology, microbiology, or chemical engineering.

International applicants must achieve IELTS 6.5 overall score with a minimum 6.0 in each subset.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Unit 400850 Professional Topic has enrolment restrictions: Student must have permission from the Unit Coordinator to enrol in the unit. Students enrolling in unit 400850 must fully comply with the unit’s special requirements which relate to placements in NSW health service sites (for example hospitals and allied health service organisations).

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is an optional work component available in this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should be aware that if an elective is a requirement of the course but the work itself was not registered with CRICOS, students can still complete these electives but it would be counted towards the work limitation. For more details, refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Pathway/Specialisations

All students must enrol in a Pathway/Specialisation before enrolling in their units

Food Science

The Master of Science specialising in Food Science is designed for graduates interested in furthering a career in food science and technology, working in a variety of settings, such as food manufacturing, research and development, regulatory affairs, technical and senior management. Graduates will develop knowledge and skills to meet future challenges to the food supply including sustainability, food safety, and health and nutrition, applicable to both Australian and global contexts. This specialisation develops essential content knowledge, analytical skills and mastery of laboratory methods and quality assurance through an integrated set of units in food processing, quality assurance, food evaluation techniques and new product development. In particular, these units are all directed towards solving current and future challenges. Students will be prepared to become professional food scientists with the cognitive, technical and critical thinking skills to analyse issues and articulate appropriate solutions. Students will become familiar with the University’s food pilot plant and commercial kitchen and be able use these facilities to practise their skills and application of knowledge and skills. A capstone unit involving professional research project allows students to integrate their knowledge and skills developed from the whole program and build on research skills that are scaffolded through the curriculum.

A4038Master of Science (Food Science) - 2 year pathway
A4039Master of Science (Food Science) - 1.5 year pathway
A4040Master of Science (Food Science) - 1 year pathway

Public Health Nutrition

The Master of Science specialising in Public Health Nutrition is designed for human nutrition graduates seeking to further their career in public health and health promotion; working in a variety of settings, such as local, state or national health organisations, non-government organisations, population health units, community health centres, and international aid agencies. Roles may include, health promotion officer, research and evaluation officer, monitoring and surveillance officer, and health policy officer. The program draws on and complements the Master of Public Health, providing an attractive postgraduate pathway for students with prior nutrition knowledge. This specialisation build an integrated understanding of relevant aspects of community and public health nutrition and its interrelation with other relevant disciplines including, behavioural sciences and nutrition/health education, social sciences, economics, politics, food and nutrition systems, and public health systems. A capstone unit involving a public health nutrition research project allows students to integrate their knowledge and skills developed from the whole program and build on research skills that are scaffolded through the curriculum.

A4041Master of Science (Public Health Nutrition) - 2 year pathway
A4042Master of Science (Public Health Nutrition) - 1.5 year pathway
A4043Master of Science (Public Health Nutrition) - 1 year pathway


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