Taught course

Food Safety and Quality Management

Royal Agricultural University · Royal Agricultural University

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first or upper second class Honours degree in a relevant subject and have evidence of English reading, speaking and writing to a minimum of IELTS 6.5 (with no element below 5.5). Suitable applied disciplines, include agriculture, food and environmental science or business management while pure disciplines such as geography; sociology and economics are equally suitable. Mature applicants with relevant experience such as working in the agriculture, fisheries and the food industry or for government departments or agencies, or with a high level of aptitude and motivation are welcomed

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

The course aims to provide graduates with the necessary training, education, and industry experience to progress their career and become food safety and quality management professionals.

Recent incidents of major food safety breakdowns, in both developed and developing nations, have had a huge impact on people’s livelihoods, business viability, and the wider food supply. As such, international experts and influential food buyers are increasingly recognising the need for higher levels of management skills and professionalism within the manufacturing and production sector.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for graduates and those working in the agri-food industries who are seeking to advance their knowledge and understanding of food safety and quality management. You will gain an in-depth understanding of regional, national, and international standards in regulatory processes, and the role of public institutions in delivering safe, quality foods to consumers.

Our graduates are equipped with the education and industry experience to progress their career and become food safety and quality management professionals within international organisations, government bodies, NGOs, and major agricultural and food supply companies.


The course may be studied full-time over 12 months or part-time over two years; for employees in the agri-food sector to gain advanced knowledge and understanding of the food safety and quality management issues relevant to their professional careers.

You will study six core modules and two elective modules, followed by the Research Project. The Research Project is introduced in January to be carried out over the summer and submitted at the end of September. It will be presented as a review paper and as a research paper.

If you do not wish to undertake the Research Project you may choose to take a Postgraduate Diploma following successful completion of eight modules.

You will learn through a combination of lectures, guest speakers, group workshops and seminars, case studies, individual and student-led research, computer-assisted learning, visits and field studies, group projects, and role play exercises to help put the theory into practice and develop both independent and team skills. You will also have the opportunity to work with an organisation in the industry to solve real-life problems and issues.

Modules are assessed through written examinations and coursework, including case study analysis, essay writing, oral and poster presentations, and assessed seminars.

There are two entry points to the programme, either in September or in January.

September entry

Students will study four modules in the autumn term followed by four modules in the spring term, and complete their Research Project by the end of September.

January entry

Students will study four modules in the spring term, complete their Research Project by the end of September, and study four modules in the autumn term.

Modules will be taught in 10 week blocks.


  • Food Chain
  • Fundamentals of Food Science
  • Systems for Food Safety Management
  • Food Business Quality Systems
  • Sustainability and the Food Industry
  • Leadership and Innovation in the Agri-food Industries
  • Research Project

Plus choice of TWO modules, selected from:

  • Poverty and Food Security
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture Management
  • Global Red Meat Chains
  • Global White Meat Chains
  • Global Dairy Chains
  • Tourism and Development
  • Sustainable Management of Soil and Water
  • Organic Production and Marketing

Information for international students

• If your first language is not English, we will accept International English Language Test (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 average with no element below 5.5

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships and bursaries are available - please check our website for further details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr John Dooley
01285 652 531