Master of Gastronomy

Explore the art of fine food with AUT's Master of Gastronomy. You study food and gastronomy, food history, food culture, food politics, ethics and sustainability, and food activism related to gastronomy.

Explore the meaning and significance of food in society with this multifaceted postgraduate programme. 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 pursue their passion and research interests.

Eduniversal Group has ranked our Master of Gastronomy as the 16th best master's degree in the world for food and beverage management.

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Minimum entry requirements

  • Must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of a B grade average or higher in courses at level 7 or equivalent

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; or equivalent

English language requirements

Advance your knowledge in the principles and history of gastronomy. You create new knowledge and critically evaluate information, while 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.

Choose 105 points from

Not all courses may be offered each semester or year.

And complete the following course

And complete a dissertation

Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of the Master of Gastronomy are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

  • Journalism/food writing
  • Food historian
  • Food-related consultancy
  • Education, teacher, lecturer
  • Product research and development
  • Marketing, communication
  • Government and non government agencies – policy, development, health
  • Production management – food service
  • Food activism, ethics and sustainability
Lavanya Basnet
Crystal Chen
Elizabeth Na’asipa Toloke
Quick facts
Programme code:
1.5 years full-time / part-time available
City Campus
27 Feb 2023
17 Jul 2023
$10,277 - $10,737 (for 120 points)
($9,203 - $9,663 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
$36,174 (for 120 points)
($35,100 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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