Master of Gastronomy

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Explore the art of fine food with AUT's new Master of Gastronomy. This multifaceted postgraduate programme takes an in-depth look into the study of food, food culture, food history and food politics throughout this multifaceted degree.

Strongly influenced by New Zealand and the Pacific, this master’s degree has been developed so that those with a strong interest in these areas can create their masterpiece.

Enrolment in the course will advance your knowledge in the principles and history of gastronomy. You will be able to create new knowledge and critically evaluate information, whilst learning to communicate it effectively. Exposure to new media and technology will impact the way you develop your ideas and deliver your assignments.

A team of experienced and passionate lecturers with extensive academic and industry experience will guide you through a multidimensional food journey.

The outcomes for graduates of this programme are outlined in the Graduate Profile pdf icon

Programme code: AK2015
Level: 9
Points: 180
Duration: 18 months full-time / 4 years part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 26 February 2018 / 16 July 2018

Career opportunities

This programme opens employment opportunities within hospitality, tourism, media, food research, writing, general research, human geography and employment options requiring a background in food sociology/anthropology. 

Entry requirements

  • In order to be admitted to the Master of Gastronomy an applicant must have completed a bachelor's degree with a minimum of a B grade average or higher in papers at Level 7 or equivalent.
  • In exceptional circumstances an applicant who does not meet the requirements above, but who has an appropriate combination of academic and professional experience may be considered for admission.

Structure and content

The Master of Gastronomy programme of study and research enables graduates to apply learned knowledge, cognisant of gastronomy's historical roots that are integrated throughout the programme's suite of papers.

Pedagogical links are promoted within a learning and knowledge building nexus with six prescribed papers (including a methodology paper), as well as completing a choice of capstone paper, either the Gastronomy and Material Culture Project or Dissertation.

On completion of the programme students may have the opportunity to progress towards PhD study.


120 points from:
GAST801 Principles of Gastronomy
GAST802 Global Food and Cultural Festivities
GAST803 Semiotics of Gastronomy
GAST804 Critical Gastronomy
MGMT801 Research Design

60 points from:
GAST901 Gastronomy and Material Culture Project
GAST997 Dissertation

More information

Contact Christine Hall:

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 8477

Fees information

To find out about student fees for programmes, see the fees information page.

Faculty of Culture and Society Masterate Fee Scholarship

These scholarships are part of a group of strategic scholarships for the Faculty of Culture and Society. Read more about Masterate Fee Scholarships

Last updated: 22-Nov-2017 3.46pm

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