Taught course

Chemical Food Safety and Integrity

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Entry requirements

We require an undergraduate degree (normally an Upper Second or higher) or overseas equivalent in a relevant subject, such as Chemistry, Biochemistry, Food Science/Technology/Engineering, Nutrition and related subjects.

Flexibility on entrance requirements will be applied to candidates with proven appropriate extensive professional experience.

Access to a computer and the internet will be required to access the online content and complete assignments.

Those undertaking the MSc need to either be in a workplace able to support a MSc dissertation project, or be able to arrange to spend an extended period of time at the University and/or one of the industrial partners to undertake the project.

Months of entry


Course content

Our part-time MSc in Chemical Food Safety and Integrity is a largely distance learning course aimed at aspiring factory or company quality managers who want to develop the knowledge, techniques and skills needed to deliver safe food products.

It is also suitable for professionals in the analytical services sector, vendors of equipment and analytical test kits, and researchers.

Through our course, you will receive training in food chemical safety, quality and management that embeds analytical methodology within a risk assessment and management context.

You will also develop research skills through a workplace-based research project if you choose to study for the MSc award. PGDip and PGCert options are also available.

Each unit runs for a semester and is mainly delivered online, although there will also be a week-long course with face-to-face teaching at the University in each semester.

Developed and delivered in collaboration with Unilever Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre, Waters Corporation and Fera, this course represents a unique partnership between academia and industry spanning food manufacturing, analytical services provision and instrument manufacturers.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum of one of the following:

  • IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in writing;
  • paper-based TOEFL of 575 or computer-based TOEFL of 230 with 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE);
  • internet-based TOEFL of 90 with a minimum of 22 in each component.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months


distance learning
24 months


distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 306 5439