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MSc Food Safety and Quality Management

Course Description

This course embraces the implications of food safety and quality management against the backdrop of food authenticity and sustainability within an increasingly globalised food industry. You will gain an in-depth understanding of regional, national, and international standards in regulatory processes, and the role of public institutions and policy makers in delivering safe, quality foods to consumers.

This course is designed for graduates and those working in the agri-food industries who are seeking to advance their knowledge and understanding of food safety and quality management, and progress their professional careers.


The course may be studied full-time over 12 months or part-time over two years.

You will study eight modules, followed by the Research Project, carried out over the summer to be submitted in September. It will be presented as a review paper and as a research paper.

If you do not wish to undertake the Research Project may choose to take a Postgraduate Diploma following successful completion of eight modules.

You will learn through a combination of lectures, guest speakers, group workshops and seminars, case studies, individual and student-led research, group projects, and field studies

Students are encouraged to participate in the RAU Enterprise Scheme where they can develop their entrepreneurial skills towards starting their own business.

This course is available to start in either September or January.

September entry

Students will study four modules in the autumn term followed by four modules in the spring term, and complete their Research Project by the end of September.

January entry

Students will study four modules in the spring term, complete their Research Project by the end of September, and study four modules in the autumn term.


• 4014 Food Chain
• 4075 Research Project
• 4206 Fundamentals of Food Science
• 4207 Systems for Food Safety Management
• 4209 Sustainability and the Food industry
• 4228 New Product Development (NPD) in the Agri-Food Industry
• 4237 The Politics and Policies of Food Assurance

Plus choice of TWO modules, selected from:

• 4040 Sustainable Management of Soil and Water
• 4084 Tourism and Development
• 4110 Fisheries and Aquaculture Management
• 4201 Poverty and Food Security
• 4211 Global Red Meat Chains
• 4212 Global White Meat Chains
• 4213 Global Dairy Food Chain
• 4238 Integrated Organic Systems

Modules will be taught in 10 week blocks.


Modules are assessed through written examinations and coursework, including case study analysis, essay writing, oral and poster presentations, and assessed seminars. For the new product development (NPD) module, students are assessed against a food product which they develop and produce in small teams. To complete this module, students are given training in the CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing, which is beneficial to them post-graduation.

Career prospects

Graduates will be equipped with the education and industry experience to progress their career and become food safety and quality management professionals within:

• An international institution – UN (World Food Programme), IFAD, FAO, IFPRI etc.
• Government and statutory bodies – Defra, DflD, FSA etc.
• Business and industry – major agricultural and food supply companies, consultancy
• NGOs – local food associations, aid and development organisations
• Academia and research – lecturer, PhD

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.rau.ac.uk/STUDY/POSTGRADUATE/HOW-APPLY


For information on funding, please view the following page: https://www.rau.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/funding

Visit the MSc Food Safety and Quality Management page on the Royal Agricultural University website for more details!

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RAU Cirencester Scholarship - Single Award

Deadline for applicationsApplications and all supporting information must be received by the University by the 15th August 2016. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £3,000 pa


These scholarships (paid as a tuiton fee waiver) will be available to all new RAU undergraduate and postgraduate students, both full and part-time, who live and/or have within the last two years studied within a 25 mile radius of Cirencester (not previously at the RAU) and who can demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and motivation to succeed by means of their Programme and Scholarship applications and supporting references. We will take into account academic and community achievements, past, present and potential, as well as overcoming hardship.

Application Procedure

You need to apply by using the online application form, together with supporting evidence. Please download and ask your referee to complete the Scholarship reference form; the referee should be your most recent school/university tutor or employer. We do not accept references from family members. Please note Scholarship applications cannot be considered without a satisfactory reference. Additional information may be requested at a later date

Further Information



Commonwealth Shared Scholarship - Single Award

The Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered by the UK government funded Commonwealth Scholarship Commission(CSC)(DFID Department for International Development) in partnership with UK universities including the RAU. These scholarships are available to students from Commonwealth developing countries who do not have the financial means to undertake postgraduate Master’s level study in the UK. A Commonwealth Shared Scholarship covers:
Maintenance costs
Return flights
Dissertation grant
Study travel grant (if applicable)
Arrival allowance

Value of Scholarship(s)

See full details below


Hold a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree
Nationals of a Commonwealth country
Hold an offer from RAU in one of the courses listed.
Further detailed information on the RAU website for postgraduate funding

Application Procedure

How to applyApplicants must state in their RAU programme application that they will apply for the CSS.Applications of EOI for the CSS to RAU are now closed.The CSS form can be found here.N.B. You will only be asked to complete the CSS Electronic Application System form (EAS) if you are shortlisted by us to apply for the Scholarship.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first or upper second class Honours degree in a relevant subject and have evidence of English reading, speaking and writing to a minimum of IELTS 6.5 (with no element below 5.5).Suitable applied disciplines, include agriculture, food and environmental science or business management while pure disciplines such as geography; sociology and economics are equally suitable.Mature applicants with relevant experience such as working in the agriculture, fisheries and the food industry or for government departments or agencies, or with a high level of aptitude and motivation are welcomed

Last Updated

06 April 2017

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