MSc Advanced Food Safety
Queen's University of Belfast - Medical Faculty
GBP 8,360 / per year
Earliest start date
The MSc in Advanced Food Safety is tailored towards students seeking to develop a career within the agri-food industry and related sectors and offers the opportunity to obtain a unique internationally recognized qualification from a global leader in the fields of food safety and food security.
With an ever-increasing global population, climate change challenges, and changing geo-political dynamics, the world's food production and supply chains are under increased pressure, and issues relating to food safety and food security are of key concern for all. The Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at QUB is one of the University's four Global Research Institutes and is leading the world in addressing one of the greatest threats posed by these challenges how to ensure the continuing security and safety of our food supplies.
The MSc Advanced Food Safety program is delivered by IGFS researchers and focuses on the new and emerging issues threatening food safety and food security, and concentrates on the utilization of recent developments in analytical approaches to monitor and regulate food integrity, authenticity, and security.
International students will be provided with access to additional free course content aimed at helping students of all levels of the English language to improve their written accuracy, structure, and criticality. English and Academic Skills courses focused primarily on our international students are offered throughout the academic year by qualified teachers of English for Academic Purposes. Students can also book 1:1 sessions for individual guidance on the English language and academic skills at any point.
Due to the popularity of this program, applicants are advised to apply as early as possible, and ideally no later than 30th June 2023 for courses that commence in mid-September. If any program receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the program application page.
Please note a deposit may be required to guarantee a place on the course. Due to high demand, applications may not be considered if the course has reached its maximum class size and will be placed on a waiting list. Please see the deposit terms and conditions for more details.
Advanced Food Safety Highlights
The program has undergone a professional accreditation process overseen by the Institute for Food Science and Technology (IFST). This provides quality assurance that the program offers students the best possible food-related education.
World Class Facilities
Purpose-built teaching and research facilities within the Institute for Global Food Security based within the Biological Sciences Building at Queens University Belfast.
Internationally Renowned Experts
You will study at a University which is ranked No 1 in the UK for Agriculture, Food, and Veterinary Sciences (REF 2021) and be taught and work alongside researchers at the very forefront of food safety research and learning. Delivered by world-leading research staff at the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS), the MSc program focuses on new and emerging food safety issues and on developments in analytical approaches need to monitor and regulate food safety, authenticity, and security. You will gain an understanding and practical experience in the use of conventional and emerging state-of-the-art analytical technologies.
Advanced Food Safety MSc students will be provided with access to additional free course content aimed at helping students of all levels of the English language to improve their written accuracy, structure, and criticality. English and Academic Skills modules focused primarily on our international students are offered throughout the academic year by qualified teachers of English for Academic Purposes. Students can also book 1:1 sessions for individual guidance on the English language and academic skills at any point.
You will learn about emerging issues within the field of food safety, and focus on analytical approaches to monitor and regulate food safety, authenticity, and security.
You will study core topics in the field:
Food safety, health, and disease;
Food authenticity and traceability;
Chemical/biological hazards in animal feed and human food;
Current and emerging analytical technologies to prevent food safety incidents.
You will be assessed by continuous assessment in the following areas:
Food Safety, Health, and Disease
Advanced Food Bioanalysis
Agri-food Traceability and Fraud
Foundations for Research in the Biosciences
Biological Mass Spectrometry
Bio-entrepreneurship and Advanced Skills
Research Project (triple module)
You will complete a dissertation-based food safety-related research project.
Scholarships and Funding
We offer prestigious, competitive scholarships of up to 50% off tuition fees to new international students. You must have an offer to study a full-time course with us in 2023 to apply for a scholarship. Find out more by contacting the university.
The Institute for Global Food Security has strong links with industry, companies, and government bodies, and is internationally recognized as a leading player in food safety education and research, so completing this course will provide you with excellent employment opportunities both locally and further afield. Previous graduates have gone on to employment in; International agri-food sector companies; Diagnostic service provision companies; Research and regulatory analyst laboratories; and many have gone on to pursue further PhD-level study both at QUB and at other leading Universities.
Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports, and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognized by a world-leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.