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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Food Sciences

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

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  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    31 July 2019

The MSc in Advanced Food Safety is tailored towards students who aim to, or currently work within the agri-food industry and related sectors, offering a unique qualification in the fields of food safety and security.

The Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS), is one of the University’s four Global Research Institutes, which is leading the world in addressing one of the greatest challenges – how to ensure the safety of our food.

The world’s food supply is reducing. Its production is under increasing pressure, and so safety issues are more likely to arise.

The programme focus will be on new and emerging issues within the field, concentrating on developments in analytical approaches to monitor and regulate food safety, authenticity and security.

Course Structure

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’ll be assessed by continuous assessment and examination in the following areas:

  • Advanced Food Bioanalysis
  • Agri-food Traceability and Fraud
  • Bio-entrepreneurship and Advanced Skills
  • Food Safety, Health and Disease
  • Foundations for Research in the Biosciences
  • Literature ReviewResearch Project (triple module)


As you might expect for this ever-changing field of research, you’ll use both traditional equipment and the latest bioanalytical technology used within the field of food security and food safety.

These include:

  • GC, HPLC and UPLC separation platforms
  • ICP, IR, qToF and QqQ mass spectrometers
  • Microbiological research facilities
  • Antibody production and biomolecule binder development
  • Cell culture suite and bioanalytical assay detection systems
  • NMR, NIR and Raman spectrometers
  • Proteomic and metabolomic profiing tools
  • RT-PCR, transcriptomic profiing, Next-generation sequencing
  • Multiplex biosensor platforms and LFD development

Learning and Teaching

At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.

On the MSc in Advanced Food Safety we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners.

Across a combination of morning and afternoon classes, examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are lectures, practical laboratory experiences, self-directed study and supervised research work to enhance employability.


Continuous assessment of coursework, examinations, and assessment of modules based solely on submitted work related to private individual study. 

A major component of this degree will involve the completion of a laboratory-based, food safety related research project.

Career Prospects

The Institute for Global Food Security has strong links with industry, companies and government bodies, so you’ll have excellent opportunities locally and further afield. Previous graduates have gone on to employment in; local and international agri-food industry sectors; Diagnostic service provision companies; Research and regulatory analyst laboratories and many have gone on to pursue PhD-level study.

World Class Facilities

Purpose-built teaching and research facilities are currently being constructed for the Institute of Global Food Security, within the new £39 million Biological Sciences building due to open in 2018.

Internationally Renowned Experts

You’ll study at a university that was at the forefront of uncovering and understanding the horsemeat scandal in 2013. Professor Chris Elliott, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, led the UK government's independent review of food systems.

Student Experience

Taught by world leading research staff at the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS), the programme focuses on new and emerging issues. Concentrating on developments in analytical approaches to monitor and regulate food safety, authenticity and security, you will gain practical experience in the use of conventional and emerging state of the art bioanalytical technology.

How to Apply

Apply using the online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Visit the Advanced Food Safety (MSc) page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!






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