Taught course

MSc Food Safety and Quality Management

Institution
Royal Agricultural University · Royal Agricultural University
Qualifications
MSc

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

October, February

Course content

Overview

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.

Structure

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.

Modules
  • 4014 Food Chain
  • 4075 Research Project
  • 4206 Fundamentals of Food Science
  • 4207 Systems for Food Safety Management
  • 4209 Sustainability and the Food industry
  • 4228 New Product Development (NPD) in the Agri-Food Industry
  • 4237 The Politics and Policies of Food Assurance

Plus a choice of TWO modules, selected from:

  • 4040 Sustainable Management of Soil and Water
  • 4084 Tourism and Development
  • 4110 Fisheries and Aquaculture Management
  • 4201 Poverty and Food Security
  • 4211 Global Red Meat Chains
  • 4212 Global White Meat Chains
  • 4213 Global Dairy Food Chain
  • 4238 Integrated Organic Systems

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
£7,500
International students
£11,550

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

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Mr Philip Hudson
Email
philip.hudson@rau.ac.uk
Phone
01285 652 531