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

February, October

Course content


A globalised food industry and accelerating population figures mean that food safety is of critical importance to billions of consumers and producers worldwide. For anyone working in or hoping to move into the agri-food industry, this degree will give you the requisite scientific and practical understanding of current trends and the know-how to deliver solutions.

We will guide you through a comprehensive exploration of the issues involved, from regulatory processes to the role of public institutions and policy makers. You are then able to tailor your studies to focus on an area of special interest that aligns with your future plans, whether that be poverty and food security, consumer habits, tourism or a host of other options open to you at the RAU.

You will ultimately be well placed to deploy your expertise in an NGO setting, within business and industry, academia and research, or with any number of government or institutional bodies concerned with the highest standards of food safety and management.


The course may be studied full-time over 12 months or part-time over two years, starting in either September or January, and comprises lectures by the RAU’s esteemed staff as well as guest speakers, written examinations, coursework, presentations, field studies, group projects and workshops, and assessed seminars.

There are eight modules in total and the option of then completing either a Research Project (dissertation) or a Postgraduate Diploma. You are also encouraged to participate in the RAU Enterprise Scheme where you have the opportunity to develop your entrepreneurial skills, which may be of special interest if you are thinking of starting your own business.

For the new product development (NPD) module, you will be assessed against a food product which you develop and produce in small teams. During this time you will be given training in the CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing, a significant benefit to you in employability terms.

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

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, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Mr Philip Hudson
01285 652 531