Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading centres in Food Science and Technology in Europe and the world. The Food Safety programme of the university was the first MSc in Food Safety worldwide. The programme is unique, with a highly integrated approach to the field of food safety.
Most other programmes in this field focus on the technological aspects of food safety or focus on the interaction of food safety and food quality. The programme in Wageningen focuses on the technical aspects, as well as on the legal aspects of food safety and integrates these in Food Safety Management.
Wageningen University is one of the few universities in Europe with the ability to offer education and research in all fields of food safety. This includes not only technical disciplines such as microbiology and toxicology, but also the legal, economic, risk management and communication aspects of food safety.
On the programme Food Safety page you can find the general outline of the programme and more detailed information about courses, theses and internships.
Within the master programme you can choose one of the following Specialisations to meet your personal interests.
The programme is aimed to provide the market with graduates that can work as a food safety specialist in the food industry, governmental organisations, product associations or federations, food inspection services or similar, research institutes or specialized law agencies. Read more about career perspectives and opportunities after finishing the programme.
Enhance your career in the food industry with advanced skills in Food Safety and Quality
With a Master of Food Safety and Quality, you will play a key role in managing food safety and quality in any food manufacturing company.
Food safety and quality are essential to the success of all food manufacturing companies and critical for New Zealand’s economic success. Why? Because food manufacturers need absolute confidence in the safety and quality of their products. To work in this exciting field, students can choose to study full time or part time with a programme supported with an on-line learning environment.
Internationally, food safety is a growth industry.
Food companies have a growing need for expertise in food safety and quality. If they do not have this expertise themselves, consultants with the relevant qualifications provide them with services. You have the opportunity to start your own consultancy business or to work for the government department overseeing food safety in your country. In New Zealand, the government department is the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Massey University is ranked as one of the top 50 universities worldwide for Food Science & Technology (out of 300), according to ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.
We have been producing highly-skilled graduates for the New Zealand and international food industries for more than 50 years. The lecturers have extensive industry experience supported by a strong academic research base.
Massey University also hosts the New Zealand Food Safety Centre with access to the latest expertise in food safety.
The Master in Food Safety and Quality provides practical skills and a depth of knowledge to enable you to manage problems in food manufacturing and develop preventative tools designed to provide confidence in the quality and safety of food.
At Massey University, you have access to the latest modern food processing and analytical equipment to undertake research that is applied and practical to the food industry including:
Massey guarantees you research expertise in meat, fish and dairy technology, fruit and vegetable postharvest storage and processing, food formulation, additives and ingredients.
Postgraduate study is hugely regarding and empowering. The Master of Food Safety and Quality will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. Our experts are there to guide you as you undertake in-depth and independent study to prepare you for a senior technical or consultancy role in the food industry.
Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level of knowledge and expertise, especially in planning and undertaking research.
The Master in food safety and quality, can adapt to scientific knowledge in the field of food, its constantly changing legislation and update quality standards for food safety. Study the masters in food safety and quality of MFI also allows for a comprehensive approach to the variety of food industries that exist in the market and knowledge of the processes that apply to them.
Business development of the food industry, regulations and legislation of the European Union, make producers and suppliers responsible for providing consumers with safe and healthy food. In this context an increasingly professional organizations defendant arises, technical quality and food safety manager to ensure and guarantee the quality of products and processes and thus the satisfaction of customers and consumers. Figure auditor's food safety and quality control responsible for the design, development, implementation and system audits hygiene and food safety is needed.
Upon completion of the online Master in Quality, Hygiene and Food Safety will get a double degree by IMF and the University Camilo Jose Cela, with which you will open a world of new job opportunities in the areas of development, production, transport and food handling . You will be able to implement in any organization norms, standards and quality standards: ISO, OHSAS, HACCP, BRC, IFS, GlobalGAP, SAL ... When performing a training course on food security IMF, will have access to job opportunities and practices which bring the acquired knowledge to the real world in the food industry and food businesses.
Acquire an integrated and professional approach to ensure the quality and safety of products and processes in order to achieve customer satisfaction and consumers.
You will also learn to:
The Master in Food Safety and Quality is developed in order to unite and reconcile personal and professional life with the possibility of studying. Based on a flexible methodology study.
Both methodologies are based on five key points:
Continuous assessment as during the Masters. Each module is evaluated by combining an online review and the development of case studies.
The final obtaining master's degrees by the UCJC (Universidad Camilo José Cela) and Master by MFI Business School, is subject to overcoming each module testing and development work to master.
Labor demand for professionals in this sector is growing, with very optimistic expectations of growth, both at EU and global level, increasing rigor and requirement of food controls.
The MSc Risk and Crisis Management (Food Safety Assurance) reflects the growing strategic importance of food and consumer product safety and specifically issues such as counterfeiting, contamination, economic and economically motivated adulteration and fraud. The programme has been developed in collaboration with Red 24, a leading global risk management specialist with operating experience in over 120 countries. As such the programme bridges the gap between commercial and academic worlds and provides an accredited curriculum covering:
The programme is relevant for organisations offering CPD and also for those wishing to enter a managerial role within manufacturing and services.
'I see the launch of the MSc programme - Risk and Crisis Management (Food Safety Assurance) at the University of Salford as a welcome step forward for the food industry. The modules on offer will enhance the skills, knowledge and competency of staff working for my organisation and I look forward, in particular, to working with specialists from red24 who are award winning market leaders in the field of risk and crisis management. The course has come along at the right time as the complexity associated with food safety assurance increases'.
Mr David Shingler - Sales Director, Towers Thompson.
The course is currently delivered in four blocks of three-day intensive study periods, followed by independent study and online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Each module is taken and assessed over a six week block.
From September 2017, this delivery format will change. Students will continue to study a single module for a 6 week period. Face to face teaching will be delivered on campus for two half days each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Business Innovation Programme each Wednesday afternoon during the 6 week blocks, with independent study completed in your own time through Blackboard. Individual student timetables will be provided during induction week.
The use of block events to deliver each module will enable the student to concentrate on one specific subject during the period in which the module is being delivered with the VLE providing further support and extending their understanding of a subject.
The School encourages a wide range of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment and typically a session will contain a mixture of activities: generally based around interactive lecturing, dealing with a number of specific issues/topics. The tutor introduces and explains key concepts and learning points, which are consolidated by class discussion and case study analysis to enhance understanding and to prepare for assessment.
Students will have the opportunity to access and engage with recorded and live webinars in the areas of Food Fraud and Malicious Product Tampering, Crisis Management and Business Continuity and Product Recall (Food and Non-Food).
An underlying principle of the learning and teaching strategy is to develop students as reflective practitioners and encourage engagement with continuous professional development.
The assessment for the modules involves both formative and summative elements. Each module consists of two pieces of summative assessment including coursework, presentations, case studies etc. Formative assessments with feedback will be provided during the two, three day intensive teaching blocks, and through student centred activities which will be presented on the University Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This will enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding of materials covered in each module.
The Business Innovation Project provides a choice between a dissertation, live project, internship or work placement, with a management research report and offers a further opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and skills in a less structured environment, further emphasising the student as an independent learner.
Graduates may enter into a variety of food manufacturing roles including production, quality assurance and product design. In addition, they also enter into procurement roles and roles within associated sectors including insurance.
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.
This course aims to train students in chemical food safety, quality and management that embeds analytical methodology within a risk assessment and management context.
This course is delivered by experts in a range of subjects, including risk assessment, analytical methodology, food fraud, food contaminants and food allergen risk management.
We work with Unilever Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre, Waters Corporation and Fera to develop and deliver the course.
Learn when it suits you thanks to the part-time blended learning nature of this course.
Each unit runs for a semester and is largely delivered online, although there will also be a week-long course with face-to-face teaching at the University in each semester.
Face-to-face teaching will comprise a mixture of lectures and interactive sessions, as well as group work using case studies.
There will also be practical demonstrations of particular types of analytical methodology, utilising instrument platforms available at the University.
Online material will include a weekly online webinar/seminar on a rotation between the course tutors with a web-based Q&A session.
Each student will be provided with an academic advisor. Advisors will meet with you during the first residential week and schedule contact points (eg via video conferencing) to check on your progress.
The MSc dissertation is a workplace-based research project that can be either lab-based or a a desk-based study (eg systematic review) completed remotely, followed up by a short visit to one of the study centres to undertake a laboratory-based project.
You will attend an intensive face-to-face two-day workshop to help you develop project aims, objectives and work plans in an interactive fashion while also identifying risks and undertaking contingency planning.
During the final year project, there will be a site visit to help support you in completing the research project and identify any additional support needs or access to additional resources or instrumentation.
An assessed poster day will be held at the end of the semester, where you will present your project and findings to your peers. The project and results will then be submitted for assessment in the form of a dissertation.
We use a combination of multiple choice questions and assessed work relating to the weekly seminars to assess your progress.
An example would be using a scenario to show how the new knowledge gained from a lecture topic can be applied in the workplace.
The final year project for the MSc award will be undertaken in the workplace. There are also exit points for the PGCert and PGDip awards.
For the MSc, you need to complete six taught units and a 60-credit dissertation. PGDip students complete the six taught units only, while PGCert students complete 60 credits.
Year 1 units
Food Chemical Safety Risk Assessment (15 credits)
Methods for Chemical Food Safety Analysis (30 credits)
Sampling, Data Quality Assurance and Data Analysis (15 credits)
Year 2 units
Authenticity (15 credits)
Chemical Contaminants and Residues in Food (30 credits)
Allergens, Additives and Functional Ingredients (15 credits)
This course has been developed and will be delivered in collaboration with Unilever Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre, Waters Corporation and Fera.
This course is run at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, with elements also hosted by the industrial collaborators, Unilever, Fera and Waters Corporation.
You will also be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .
This MSc will prepare you for careers in the food industry, including food production, quality assurance, and analytical services.
This course has been developed through a BBSRC Modular Training Partnership grant BB/M017613/1.
Each unit is also delivered as a standalone CPD course together with one dedicated to Food Allergen Management and Analysis.