The Food Quality Management Master of Science study programme offers an integrated approach to the study and assessment of quality processes in the agrifood chain through an exclusively developed techno-managerial approach. The whole supply chain is studied from the primary sector to the final consumer. Food, flowers and cattle are also discussed.
This two-year MSc gives you the chance to analyse problems using both the social and life sciences. This allows you a higher level of approach on the topics of food quality, quality management, quality design, quality control, quality improvement, quality assurance, quality policy and business strategy.
Food quality analysis is different from the analysis of 'normal' products. Food, food products, flowers, cattle and crops are living matter that changes continuously over time due to (bio) chemical, physical and microbiological influences.
On the Programme of Food Quality Management page you can find the general outline of the programme and more detailed information about courses, theses and internships.
Within the master's programme you can choose one of the following Specialisations to meet your personal interests.
What are your possibilities after graduating? Read more about career perspectives and opportunities after finishing the programme.
This course is suitable for graduates wishing to build a professional career in Quality and Business Improvement, as well as experienced professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and business management and skills in Quality and Business Improvement. It will lead to an advanced qualification that will support your practical industry knowledge and experience.
Our MSc Strategic Quality Management has been adopted by Hewlett Packard (HP) since 2010 to build on its Lean Sigma Black Belt training for specially selected staff. It provides an academic dimension which encourages strategic thinking and critical awareness leading to more effective and sustainable improvement solutions. HP has reported significant benefits and major financial returns. This annual arrangement has also benefited the University with current practice within the technology sector feeding into the course.
You will be introduced to a broad range of current theory and best practices covering operational, functional and strategic quality management. Critical thinking and self-directed study are important aspects of working at postgraduate level and the programme includes practical ways to deepen existing skills, which can be applied in both academic and business settings.
The course provides you with a deep understanding of quality and its role in the organisation together with techniques to enable you to make a significant contribution to an organisation’s strategic vision for success. It will also help you in the effective implementation of policies to achieve customer focus and continuous improvement. You will be working with academically qualified and enthusiastic staff with research and consultancy experience and links with industry.
The course provides you with quality, organisational and people management skills, and techniques to enable you to make a significant contribution to an organisation’s strategic visions for success. It will also enable you to make an effective contribution to the implementation of policies in order to achieve customer focus and continuous improvement.
Our graduates are in employment in quality management roles, operations management, training and development, and auditing and business process improvement.
Portsmouth Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM),) and the British Quality Foundation (BQF). On completion of the course, students are able to use their MSc qualification as part of their portfolio of evidence to apply for individual membership of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI).
The course is very flexible. You can either study full-time in Portsmouth in a classroom environment.
This well-established course comprises four units followed by a dissertation:
Business Transformation through Quality Management introduces you to the fundamental concepts of Total Quality Management and Organisational Behaviour, focusing on the application of these concepts in the organisation. It includes driving a culture of continuous improvement and managing change.
Quantitative and Research Methods evaluates concepts of quantitative methods and the application of specialist statistics to aid decision-making within organisations. It also covers the theory and application of research methodologies to support organisational improvement activities. These skills are further developed in the dissertation.
Business Operations – the Quality Management Perspective will give you knowledge of business systems for quality planning, quality standards and the benefits accruing from integrated management systems and their application in the workplace to generate organisational efficiencies. It shows you how tools such as SERVQUAL, FMEA, QFD and Benchmarking can help evaluate how an organisation is performing against their strategic vision and goals.
Strategic Organisational Excellence looks at the links between concepts of excellence (as used by EFQM and other excellence models) and their use in the strategic management of an organisation. It explores issues raised by variations in culture and sector, both within the organisation and in its relationships with its stakeholders. It will also introduce you to Corporate Social Responsibility and Quality in the Supply Chain.
The Dissertation provides the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to identify, design, plan and undertake research and effectively communicate your findings in an individual research project. Your dissertation will focus on a specific quality management issue of your choice, which may relate to a work situation. You will receive one to one supervision during the dissertation.
The course uses a range of teaching methods including formal lectures, tutorials, in-class exercises and work based assignments. Classes are also interactive with the use of case studies and invited speakers. The University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) further supports student study by hosting a range of activities and resources online. There will be staff-led online tutorials with other students for distance learning. We encourage and develop critical thinking and self-directed study, with academic support from University Tutors.
Performance in all units is assessed by means of coursework. The assessment comprises a mixture of individual and group work assessments, case study analyses and reports, essays and presentations. Individual and generic feedback is provided for all assessments.
The aim of this course is to enable you to improve performance at a professional and organisational level. In turn, this should boost your own career prospects by helping you to take the next step up the managerial ladder.
Our previous graduates have gone on to undertake a variety of roles in the Public and Private sectors including quality manager/director, quality engineer, quality adviser, quality analyst, quality consultant, quality environmental and health and safety manager, amongst others.
On successful completion of the course you are eligible to apply for Associate and Practitioner membership of the Chartered Quality Institute. You also may qualify for Chartered Quality Professional status through the qualification route, subject to satisfying the work experience criteria - at least five years' quality management or systems experience, two of which should be in a managerial or supervisory capacity (including the management of people, processes or systems).
A unique qualification
Massey University offers the only quality management tertiary qualifications in Australasia.
The Master of Quality Systems is unique in New Zealand. The only graduate-level tertiary academic qualification in quality management throughout New Zealand and Australia, it will give you a career advantage in seeking positions related to quality management.
Massey staff have been teaching, training, consulting and researching in this area for over 25 years giving us a wide base of knowledge and experience across a range of sectors.
This programme focuses on developing critical awareness of and expertise in the following areas:
Topics you will study include quality management, statistical methods for quality and six sigma performance improvement, service quality, quality in human resource management and supply chain systems analysis. A research methods course gives you the skills to undertake in-depth research, followed by your own in-depth research (thesis) on an area of interest to you. See ‘planning’ tab for detail on all courses.
You will benefit from your lecturers’ real-world experience and continual involvement in research and academic debate around key quality issues. Award-winning, they are widely published in key international journals, including a staff member who is an associate editor of the international journal Total Quality Management and Business Excellence. Their experience includes senior roles in industries as varied as oil and gas, engineering, IT, the electrical utility industry, project management, nursing, health care, primary industries and of course quality assurance.
You will gain an in-depth insight into the most recent thinking and related approaches in this area.
The Master of Quality Systems gives you a comprehensive understanding of the various functions that coexist and interrelate in a quality-systems oriented organisation. You will learn the tools and techniques used within the context of management and leadership of modern organisational systems.
The Master of Quality Systems has reduced in 2015 from 240 credits to 180 credits. What this means is that you can now complete this qualification in 1.5 years of full-time study. The 180 credits incorporate the Post Graduate Diploma level qualification, which is a possible exit point after 120 credits are obtained. If you study part-time the qualification takes between 2.5 and five years.
This programme is available via distance learning meaning that you can fit study towards this qualification around your work and lifestyle commitments.
This programme is endorsed by the New Zealand Organisation for Quality (NZOQ) and the UK Chartered Quality Institute (CQI)
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.
We designed this course for professional managers who wish to develop their career in total quality management and organisational excellence.
Flexible attendance allows you to fit your study round your personal commitments, providing you complete stage one in three years and all three stages in six years.
The course is suitable for you if you are
It is a practical course which builds on your personal management and development skills, which bring significant benefits for your organisation.
If you successfully complete this course, you can apply for full membership of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) and become a Chartered Quality Professional (CQP). CQP status is the gold standard for the quality profession.
You can upgrade your membership from member to fellow and are exempt from modules D1 and D2 of the current CQI diploma.
You can also gain continuing professional development status if you have met the requirements for CQI member or fellow and actively participate in the CQI's scheme for continuing professional development.
Opportunities are available for MPhil/PhD research in areas of total quality management and organisational excellence.
If you successfully complete this course you can apply for full membership of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI)
Distance learning – typically two years, including three weekend study schools and a one day induction seminar held in Sheffield
Core modules – stage one
Core modules – stage two
Core modules – stage three
100% course work
By reflecting on previous and current experience in the quality field, you complete a professionally relevant masters degree that significantly improves your career prospects.
Previous graduates have found employment in companies and organisations such as • Rolls Royce • the NHS • Lloyds TSB • CSC Computer Sciences Corporation • Royal Sun Alliance Insurance Group.
Delivering excellence in health and social care at an individual, team and organisational level is not just desirable but achievable.
The philosophy of this programme is that for excellence to flourish every member of staff must be committed to, and play their part in, an integrated governance approach. This is where people-centredness and people-centred approaches to care are afforded the same esteem and recognition as finance, performance, risk management, safety and quality.
The programme is designed to develop and equip critical champions and ambassadors for quality, safety and governance in health and social care. It enables you to apply your comprehensive knowledge, understanding, expertise and advanced skills to lead evidence-based enhancement of quality, safety and governance in your health and social care settings and evaluate the impact of this. The programme is suitable for individuals from the public, independent and voluntary sectors from any professional background, including clinical and support services.
Year 1 focuses on the transition to mastery and explores the context of safety, quality and governance in terms of policy, theory and experience, at a personal, local, national and international level. You also study different types and sources of evidence. You use these to identify a quality, safety or governance issue of relevance to your role based on an in-depth study of the principles, practices and tools of safety and governance in health and social care. You then develop and justify a business case for change based on this.
The modules studied in Year 1 make up the Advancing Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care, PgCert.
In Year 2, you plan and implement a change project based on your business case presented at the end of Year 1. To help you achieve this you study topics such as a human factors approach, strategic change management, action learning and leadership and evaluation methodologies. You then develop and critique an evaluation study proposal in Year 2 which you take forward during your dissertation module in Year 3. The modules studied in Year 2 make up the Advancing Human Factors in Health and Social Care, PgCert.
Year 1 core modules
Year 2 core modules
Year 3 core modules
Modules offered may vary.
How you learn
In Years 1 and 2 the programme is taught in short study blocks spread across the academic year over a total of 14 days. We use a range of teaching methods including lectures and workshops, student-led seminars, action learning, real-life scenarios and case study analysis, interactive and online learning activities, directed and self-directed study activities. Year 3 is mainly guided self-directed study with the support of a dissertation supervisor. You are supported by module tutors with extensive experience in this subject area and the programme leader who is a member of the founding cohort for the NHS England and Health Foundation Q initiative.
How you are assessed
We use a range of assessment modes throughout the programme. These include an essay on the nature and use of evidence, analysis of a quality, safety or governance issue using a human factors approach, a business case and the final dissertation evaluating the change you have implemented.
Other modes of assessment include a poster presentation and defence, and an oral presentation with questions and answers.
The programme is supported by a critical friends stakeholder support forum which consists of service users and carers, employer representatives and academic staff. Members of this group participate in student assessment as well as supporting programme design and delivery as a means of ensuring the person-centred approach pervades all aspects of the programme and to maximise employer/organisational benefit.
On successful completion of this programme you are equipped with a range of knowledge, expertise and experiences such as advanced reasoning and decision-making skills. You are also able to work collaboratively, present and research. And you have strong ICT skills that are highly sought by employers. The programme is relevant for you if you are working in or would like to work in a specialist quality, safety or governance role, or one covering these issues.
Our Quality Management (International) course offers practical experience and will broaden your horizons giving your studies a global outlook while enhancing your understanding of modern developments within quality.
Close links with commerce and industry ensure our course reflects the latest in quality thinking and techniques, and our laboratories have industry-standard equipment.
This dual award course is the same as the MSc Quality Management but with additional study at the University of Angers in France. Funding options are available for the period of study in France.
At the end of the course you will receive two Masters; MSc Quality Management (International) from UWS, and MSc ISMP (Ingénierie des Systèmes et Management de Project) from University of Angers. Classes in France are taught in French but you can sit exams and assignments in English.
100% of graduates in work or further study six months after graduating - HESA performance indicator 2015/16
Our dual award course is the same as the MSc Quality Management but with additional study at the University of Angers in France. At the end of our course you will receive two Masters; MSc Quality Management (International) from UWS, and MSc ISMP (Ingénierie des Systèmes et Management de Project) from University of Angers. Classes in France are taught in French but you can sit exams and assignments in English.
You can expect to study the modules below:
Research Design and Methods (10 point module) plus one from:
MSc ISMP You will also study:
Upon successful completion of the taught modules listed above you will undertake the MSc research project, which can be carried out within industry in Scotland or France.
Teaching & Assessment
Teaching on our Quality Management (International) course will consist of a combination of:
Self-directed learning, problem based learning, case studies and seminars will form part of this approach.
You will be assessed through a mixture of:
Our Quality Management course addresses strategic quality and leadership issues focused on achieving customer satisfaction. You will explore the application of specialised managerial and technological skills to achieve the desired quality at a minimum cost.
In addition, you will examine quality management and other continuous improvement approaches relevant to industry and apply the techniques to all industrial and business sectors from service to manufacturing.
Throughout your studies you will hone the critical problem-based learning skills and transferable skills that will prepare you for employment in a professional position dealing with quality management system development and implementation.
"Throughout the course, my tutor has sent me several job opportunities and thanks to this helpful approach I have now secured a graduate role with Raytheon on their Quality Management Leadership Development course" Hazel McLea, MSc Quality Management Graduate
If you are a full-time Diploma student or an MSc student then you will study five core and two option modules over two trimesters. You will also undertake a significant industrial or university based dissertation during the summer.
Modules that you study include:
Optional modules include:
Upon successful completion of the taught modules listed above you will undertake the MSc research project.
Teaching & Assessment
Teaching will consist of a combination of:
Self-directed learning, problem based learning, case studies and seminars will form part of this approach.
You will be assessed through a mixture of:
For examinations, if you are an online learning student then you must attend on campus or at an approved centre.
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.
Our programme will produce managers and practitioners able to improve the patient experience through innovation, integrated care, technological improvements and their position at the forefront of advances in healthcare.
The curriculum of this programme reinforces the need for professionals to demonstrate improvement in their care delivery through high-level, expert knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the context of healthcare management and delivery.
Staff in the School of Health Sciences are motivated to support students to meet the challenges they face in their practice with a solution-focussed approach, utilising the existing evidence base whilst demonstrating creativity in their own research approaches.
The full-time non-endorsed programme is studied over one academic year. The endorsed part time programmes are studied over five academic years (60 months).
There are a range of pathways available for MSc programmes. These variants are made clear to students in all marketing material and student handbooks.
Example module listing
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
Delivering Quality Healthcare (full-time) core modules
Acutely ill patient
Cancer and Older People
Long Term Conditions
Maternal, Child and Family Health
Knowledge and understanding
Intellectual / cognitive skills
Professional practical skills
Key / transferable skills
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
This online quality management degree provides relevant practical knowledge in the field of quality management that can be applied in a work environment.
Our MSc will provide you with a comprehensive understanding and focuses on Total Quality Management (TQM), strategic quality management, performance management and quality improvement alongside relevant tools, techniques, models and frameworks.
It is suitable for professionals who wish to develop knowledge, understanding and business management skills in the fields of quality management and business improvement.
It will also appeal to those with an undergraduate degree who want to build career within quality management and to existing practitioners who need to enhance and develop their knowledge, competencies, understanding and quality management skills to progress within the profession.
The course is delivered online and is studied part-time over 3 years.
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Our MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Assurance is aimed at pharmacy, health and biomedical professionals working in the technical services for the NHS or private sector organisations who want to update their skills and knowledge while gaining an academic qualification.
This three-year part-time course allows you to choose from a range of optional units to enable you to develop in your chosen field of interest. Some units allow you to learn alongside students from other healthcare disciplines.
Some of the topics covered by the course are radiopharmacy, aseptics, formulation sciences, production and clinical trials.
You will learn from experts from the NHS and industry, who deliver lectures and workshops as part of the course.
You will also be able to apply what you learn in practical workshops and visits to and placements in NHS and industrial environments.
We aim to provide you with an understanding of core principles and features of clinical pharmaceutical science and professional training.
Successful completion of the course will enable you to:
Students who complete the full MSc qualification will achieve the objectives for the PGDip, and will also critically and creatively evaluate current issues in practice and conduct research that advances pharmaceutical technology, quality assurance and decision-making related to patient care.
This is a residential and distance learning course. Units will include a taught component delivered in Manchester that is supported by extensive experience achieved in the workplace and on visits to specialist facilities.
We use a blend of online and face-to-face methods. This will include small group tutorials, workshops and experience-based learning. You will have a nominated tutor at the University and your practice base to provide guidance on work-based activities and written assignments.
You will engage in work-based learning and demonstrate this to the academic team by producing portfolios of evidence detailing your experiences gained during each visit or placement.
Each unit has a designated leader who is responsible for individual assessments, under the guidance of the course director. All assessments will be monitored and reviewed by the Exam Board.
You must satisfy the course requirements in Year 1 before you can proceed to Year 2 of the course. The timing of re-sits for written examinations will be decided by the course director on an individual basis.
You will take course units covering a wide range of topics within:
Introduction to Clinical Pharmaceutical Science 2 (30 credits)
Introduction to Clinical Pharmaceutical Science 3 (30 credits)
You will complete course units from a selection covering:
Optional Components (choose 2)
You will complete your research dissertation.
There is flexibility through the range of optional units to allow you to develop in your chosen specialist field. Some units also provide the opportunity to learn alongside students from other healthcare disciplines.
The teaching blocks will be held at Chancellors Conference Centre , with some practical sessions taking place on the University campus.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service
Completing this course will help you develop your chosen career path within the pharmacy profession by gaining advanced clinical knowledge, problem solving skills and a critical awareness of the role of pharmaceutical services within the workplace.