Taught course

Food Safety

Institution
University of Edinburgh · College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Qualifications
MScPGDipPGCert

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent in agricultural or biological science, veterinary or human medicine.

We may also consider your application if your background is not specifically related to these disciplines and you have relevant work experience in a related area of food safety or 3 years or more involvement in food related matters. Please contact the Programme Team to check before you apply. You may be admitted to certificate level only in the first instance.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Foodborne diseases are a growing public health concern worldwide. The contamination of food with microorganisms or chemicals may occur at any stage in the process from food production to consumption (“farm to fork”) and as a result of environmental contamination, including pollution of water, soil or air. The global burden of foodborne diseases worldwide is very high affecting every year around 600 million people with 420,000 deaths. Therefore, the World Health Organisation (WHO) highlighted the importance of producing safe food that saves human lives, saves resources and has a positive impact on the economy of every country.

This is an online learning programme aimed at students with relevant agricultural and food related background keen to acquire in-depth knowledge on food safety. The MSc is specifically designed to provide a true holistic food safety approach to the food chain that incorporates to the pre and post-harvest stages of food production, crop safety, animal welfare and economics of the supply chain.

This programme would be suitable for those with an undergraduate degree in agricultural sciences, biological science, food systems, veterinary medicine and human medicine, as well as professionals from agriculture, rural industries, the food industry, government officials, international organisations, researchers in food safety and the third sector.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    72 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    48 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Admissions
Email
food.safety@ed.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)131 651 7300