Master of Science in Food Innovation

  • Upcoming start dates

    Semester 2 - 15 Jul 2024

    Semester 1 - 17 Feb 2025

  • Qualification

    Taught Master's

  • Duration

    1.5 years full-time

  • Credits


  • Location

    Lincoln University Campus

Healthy food and nutrition is an essential for a healthy future. Lincoln University’s Master of Science and Food Innovation will expand your future with the knowledge and skills to create new foods, and to be at the forefront of creating original and innovative nutritional solutions.

Study for free

If you're a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to study this programme for free. Part time study options may be available. Terms and conditions apply. Learn more here

Study duration

This is a 180-credit programme that will be completed in 12 months (three consecutive semesters, including a full summer semester from November to February). 

About this programme

This master’s degree that seeds the technical skills, nutritional and biochemical knowledge to innovate in the global food industry. 

You can complete the programme in 12 months if you start in February or July which includes a summer semester which runs from November to February.

You’ll gain an awareness of the market challenges and issues in developing new food products, and learn about food quality, composition and processing safety, human nutrition and sensory evaluation.

You’ll graduate with the abilities to succeed in both national and international companies, and even be able to design and create your own unique products.

How you’ll grow

  • By developing an understanding of how food composition and processing affects food quality.
  • The factors that drive consumer appreciation of foods, food biochemistry, food microbiology and food toxins.
  • Strong skills in applied research and problem-based learning. 

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Master of Science in Food Innovation, you’ll be ready for roles in food science, product development science, food safety, laboratory analysis, quality control, food production, biochemistry and consultancy. 

Programme information

Programme Structure

You are required to complete 180 credits of taught courses from the schedules to the regulations for the Master of Science (Food Innovation) over three semesters. 

You can complete the programme in 12 months if you start in February or July which includes a summer semester which runs from November to February.

  • Compulsory courses
  • Elective courses

Students with an A- average who have started their studies in the first semester could be considered eligible for FOOD 660 (Research Dissertation; 40 Credits) in the third semester (instead of FOOD 697 and 698). A course advisor can assist you to select your courses and plan your degree.


Here are your next steps

Programme contacts

Venkata Chelikani

Dr Venkata Chelikani


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