Postgraduate Diploma in Gastronomy

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Gastronomy produces graduates who can demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of multidisciplinary theoretical perspectives or constructs applicable to the study of gastronomy. This qualification also provides a pathway to postgraduate study, including progression to the Master of Gastronomy. The postgraduate diploma also caters for those already in the industry who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge base at a more advanced level.

Programme code: AK2016
Level: 8
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full-time / up to 3 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
  • Employment options requiring a background in food sociology/anthropology.

Entry requirements

  • Guidelines to entry
  • An applicant may be required to submit evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level or attend a selection interview.
  • One of the following or equivalent:
    • a bachelor's degree, or
    • a relevant professional qualification or experience approved by the dean (or representative) to be equivalent to a bachelor's degree.

Structure and content

The papers provide a common grounding in gastronomic concepts, theories and approaches.


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

Fees information

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Last updated: 21-Jul-2017 10.19am

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