Entry requirements

You will normally have a good UK undergraduate honours degree, or an international equivalent, in an appropriate science related subject and/or significant proven professional experience in a relevant field.

Months of entry


Course content

This course offers graduates from food, nutrition or an appropriate science-related subject the opportunity to progress into careers in the important field of food safety. You will focus on food microbiology, inspection and analysis and learn to evaluate a range of food safety management systems in UK and global food control.

During the course you will examine the essential elements involved in the processing, preservation and packaging of food through analytical practical sessions. The course also gives you an understanding of the key areas of food law, regulation and policy, focusing on the enforcement of legislation relating to food.

ou will be provided with an in-depth knowledge of emerging issues within the area of food, nutrition and food safety. Throughout the course you will explore and learn to critically evaluate issues raised by the enforcement of regulations and legislation relating to food.

Upon completion of the course you will be able to compare and contrast methods of consumer protection from the UK and EU in relation to the sale, supply and production of food. You will also develop strong industrial links through the Manchester Food Research Centre. As a student of this course you will automatically be enrolled as a student member of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (ifst.org) which will give you access to membership benefits, networking and career development opportunities.

Core Units
Dissertation and Research Methods

This self-directed unit encompasses the learning and reflective analysis required to undertake a significant research project (qualitative / quantitative) related to a discipline area. It includes teaching in research methods and is an opportunity to develop academically in a chosen area of food management.

Food Law and Policy

This unit reviews key areas of food law, regulation and policy. Themes covered include regulatory compliance, enforcement, auditing and the role of enforcement bodies.

Food Management

The food industry is the most dynamic and innovative sectors of any economy. This unit applies economics, management and marketing to challenges facing food businesses.

Food Microbiology and Epidemiology

The importance of microorganisms in foods cannot be underestimated. In this unit you will study the pathology of infection, the epidemiology of foodborne disease and the global significance of foodborne infection. This will be contextualised in terms of the wide-ranging impacts of food microbiology on food manufacturing and food consumption patterns.

Food Quality and Processing

The unit examines food quality and the role in the processing, preservation and packaging of food. This links closely with food safety and food security, profitability and compliance.

Food Safety and Hygiene Management

This unit delivers core material in food microbiology, inspection, analysis, food borne disease and strategic frameworks for controlling food borne infection

Global Food Security and Sustainability

Issues of sustainability and food security provide critical considerations for contemporary management and operations in the food industries, from manufacturing to retail and consumption of food; the implications ranging from the local to the global social and environmental impact of commercial food consumption.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-60 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 247 6969