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The MSc Food Safety and Quality Management e-learning programme is aimed at professionals working in and supporting the supply of safe and wholesome food to consumers who want to deepen their technical knowledge of the industries they are engaged. The programme will enable you to gain employment in the food industry and will support career progression.

You will consolidate your knowledge of the causal agents of foodborne illness and the control measures that need to be applied to ensure that food and feed are safe and wholesome. You will study safety and quality management systems based upon the principles of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) following the 'farm to fork' approach. You will also study the role of national food control systems, food law and enforcement in the context of national and international standards and the promotion of international trade. In addition, you will investigate the safety and quality issues of a wide range of commodities and manufactured foods. The programme is designed to be delivered entirely by e-learning, to allow students to learn at the pace that fits in with their specific work/life balance.

This programme is based upon the successfully taught programme offered by the university since 2001 and is based upon the expertise and experiences of the Natural Resources Institute's (NRI) food safety and quality management team, which has carried out research and capacity-building work for over 40 years. Over 300 students have graduated from the taught programme and many now occupy senior leadership positions in the food industry as well as national and local governments around the world.

Degree structure

To be awarded an MSc, students must have successfully completed 180 credits of study. The design of the programme enables professionals to take exit awards of PGCert (60 credits) and PGDip (120 credits), and re-enter the programme if required, to match the demands of their professional lives. 

Natural Resources Institute

The programme team is made up of scientists working within the award-winning Natural Resources Institute, a specialist research institute of the University of Greenwich which has an international reputation founded on excellence in teaching, training and research.

Work/life balance

The e-learning programme has been designed for technical staff working in the food supply chain who do not have time to attend the programme in the contact mode. The e-learning format enables professionals working in the food chain to address their continuing professional development (CPD) needs whilst studying at times that fit into their professional lifestyle.

Teaching and assessment

Experiential learning is supported by teaching and learning resources including digital and broadcast media, as well as traditional written materials. Students will be supported to engage in a range of digital resources for the purposes of teaching, learning and for formative and summative assessments. Digital engagement will be tailored to meet the specific needs of students and academic staff and allows students to interact socially whilst learning. E-learning broadcasts of key topics and tutorials will be included on the platform. All teaching and learning activities will be supported by online academic counselling, study skills tuition, pastoral guidance by personal tutors based upon the University academic requirements.

What you will study

  • Food Safety (30 Credits) 
  • Food Safety and Quality Management (30 credits) 
  • Research Methods (15 credits) 
  • Research Project (45 credits) 
  • Food Law and Enforcement (15 credits) 
  • Food Safety and World Trade (15 credits) 
  • Food Quality Assurance (15 credits) 
  • Management of Foodborne Hazards (15 credits) 


Graduates from this programme will have the knowledge and skills to pursue careers in food safety and quality management in a variety of positions along the food chain, including working within Competent Authorities in areas of the development of legislation and standards to food analysis and inspection. Graduates can also seek roles in the food industry such as quality and technical managers.


Partial fee scholarships are available at present which mean that the cost of the programme for both home and international students is £5,400 for the full MSc, which equates to £900 for 30 credits studied.

Visit the Food Safety and Quality Management e-learning MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Greenwich – Medway Campus website for more details!





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