Entry requirements

Candidates for the MPhil must normally be a graduate in science, veterinary science or another appropriate subject. For a PhD, it is usual for the University to insist on an initial registration for the degree of MPhil for the first year of your study and then to upgrade your studies to PhD level if you are progressing satisfactorily. The programme of research takes at least two years full-time (usually three years) or at least four years part-time, although special permission may be given to undertake one year outside the University. Normally, a full-time PhD programme involves three-four years study.

Months of entry


Course content

Food Security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.” World Food Summit 1996.

One of the greatest global challenges is to feed the predicted world population of 9 Billion in the next twenty years. Furthermore as countries develop there is an increased demand for variety within the diet and in particular increased demand for meat. This demand for meat will largely be met through increased production of poultry and pigs. Our work in Food Security focuses on two main areas:

  1. Improving food safety in the UK, EU, Africa and Asia through controlling major foodborne pathogens such as Campylobacter and Salmonella.
  2. Increasing productivity through control of endemic disease in the UK including Avian Pathogenic Escherichia coli and in Asia and Africa and through improvements in animal welfare.

Subject Overview

We employ an interdisciplinary approach to our research that ranges from environmental survival of pathogens, through to their biology in foodstuffs. To achieve this we use epidemiological approaches, mathematical modeling, pathogen and host genomics to studies in microbial pathogenesis and host immune responses. As such the theme of Food Security involves researchers across all departments of IGH.

Examples of projects that may be undertaken in the area of Food Security include:

  • Understanding how stressors in poultry production impact on the immune response and vaccine efficacy.
  • Characterisation of the population biology of Campylobacter jejuni through poultry processing.
  • Determining the impact of chicken genotype on Campylobacter infection.
  • The risks of foodborne infection from backyard poultry production in Africa
  • Developing novel adjuvants for Salmonella vaccines.
  • Survival of Campylobacter in food products.
  • Determining the pathogenesis of monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium variants.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

PG Recruitment
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