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Course Description

The Master of Food Systems and Gastronomy is the only program of its kind in Australia. Designed to empower you to become an agent of positive change in the food system, this two-year postgraduate program investigates the challenges and pleasures of food systems past, present and future. Explore how ethics, politics, culture, ecology and food industry practices can impact and transform food systems, for better or worse. Build individual and collaborative skills and develop your confidence in advanced research, advocacy and communication.

Graduates will be recognised as innovative professionals able to effectively participate in the public debates and policy solutions for transforming the modern food system.
The Institute's unique and extensive food networks help ensure that graduates are well positioned to take up careers in food-related areas of government policy, education, community services, media and marketing, tourism and event development. This program is designed for those wishing to meaningfully contribute to food system transformation.

The Master of Food Systems and Gastronomy allows you to establish yourself as an authority and an agent of change in an industry that demands innovation and collaboration.

Professional Pathways

  • Food policy development, advice and implementation (government, intergovernmental and international agencies)
  • Food project coordinators and sustainability professionals within the not-for-profit and community sector
  • Food and drink event development and coordination
  • Food and wine development for local government and tourism bodies
  • Entrepreneur
  • Online content development and editing
  • Research and education
  • Food marketing, media communication and writing


Course Code

Master of Food Systems and Gastronomy - CRS1400364

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Course Structure

Year 1

FDS851 Food Systems Theory and Practice
GAS851 Gastronomic Discourse and Culture
FDS852Transformations in Agriculture: Theory and Practice
FDS801Food Systems Policy and Governance Frameworks
GAS852Politics of Gastronomy
FDS853Food and Urbanism: Past, Present and Future
FDS802 Creating Food Systems Stories
RES801 Research Methods

Year 2

GAS951 Taste, Terroir and Place
FDS901Community Food Security and Public Health
RES901Knowledge and Knowing
FDS951 Decolonising Food Systems
FDS902 Urban Agriculture: Practice and Policy
ElectivesThree electives or minor thesis option