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Food manufacture is one of the world's largest industries. The MSc degree in Food Production Management is an exciting and challenging degree that equips science and engineering graduates for a career in production or technical management in this industry. Read more
Food manufacture is one of the world's largest industries. The MSc degree in Food Production Management is an exciting and challenging degree that equips science and engineering graduates for a career in production or technical management in this industry. This course, featuring a blend of front-line food sciences and management, is designed to educate the food industry managers of tomorrow.

The course will:
•Enable students to acquire a basic knowledge of the special factors associated with food processing and food quality assurance.
•Equip the student with management skills, which allow him/her to make a contribution to this industry in both the developed and developing worlds.

A feature of the course is the strong interaction with the food industry. There will be an opportunity to visit a number of food factories and speakers from industry will make a significant contribution to the course. Many of the research projects undertaken by students will involve links with industry.

The course is co-ordinated by the Division of Food Sciences, which contains the highest rated University Food Sciences Research Group in the UK, based at the Sutton Bonington Campus. Management aspects of the course are taught in the Division of Operations Management in the University's Business School, based at the Jubilee Campus.











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Overview. Students studying at Writtle University College will have access to the Postharvest Unit which undertakes research and trials in conjunction with commercial companies. Read more

Overview

Students studying at Writtle University College will have access to the Postharvest Unit which undertakes research and trials in conjunction with commercial companies.

This provides the opportunity to study a range of crops and investigate at an advanced level the techniques used for postharvest handling and the underlying mechanisms which determine and limit these techniques. 

Students will also examine crop growing using resources at the University and through visits to growers, so they develop an understanding of the supply chain from the field through to sale. Together with visiting speakers from industry, this develops students' awareness of the latest trends and research in industry. The teaching staff have developed close links with industry on a worldwide basis and research and consultancy work is used to underpin the curriculum.

Course Modules include:

  • Sustainable Crop Production
  • Postharvest Physiology and Pathology
  • Product Development and Supply Chain Management
  • Postharvest Technology

Careers

On successful completion of the course graduates possess the knowledge and skills to gain employment with major wholesale, retail and import/export organisations where produce quality is paramount, and where supply objectives are on a global scale.

There are also opportunities to undertake further research.



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The Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE) is now offering £125,000 worth of scholarship funding for 2018-19 academic year. Read more

The Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE) is now offering £125,000 worth of scholarship funding for 2018-19 academic year. Find out more here.

  • Critical training in applied economics, marketing, and quantitative and qualitative research techniques
  • Develop an understanding of economic and marketing aspects of food, including consumers’ decisions, globalisation in food retailing and manufacturing, and policy issues
  • Acquire the professional skills to work for world organisations such as the EU and FAO, NGOs, international food companies and consulting companies

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Advertising and branding
  • Advanced marketing
  • Consumer behaviour and food marketing
  • Food policy
  • Marketing research methods

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our programmes are excellent preparation for careers in international and rural development, agricultural economics, and marketing within the food chain and policy. Some 96% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Engagement with a wide variety of visiting speakers and field trips provides many opportunities for networking. In addition, competitive internships and placements, and research dissertations are an opportunity to showcase your skills, undertake overseas field research or link with organisations in the development sector. For examples of organisations our graduates go on to, please visit: http://www.reading.ac.uk/giidae" target="_blank">http://www.reading.ac.uk/giidae



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Develop knowledge of the application of science and technology to the provision of safe and quality food. Gain the ability to apply and maintain quality systems that meet international expectations. Read more
  • Develop knowledge of the application of science and technology to the provision of safe and quality food
  • Gain the ability to apply and maintain quality systems that meet international expectations
  • Join a Department with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching and research
  • Benefit from a well-equipped building and training opportunities for further research on graduation

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Food control management
  • Food safety and microbiology
  • Food processing
  • Risk analysis in the food chain
  • Sensory properties of foods

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

The safety, quality and nutritional properties of the food reaching consumers depends upon an understanding of science and technology. 

You will gain the knowledge required to embark on a career within a range of organisations, including multinational food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, major retail chains and smaller companies supplying niche markets. Alternatively, you could go on to study for a PhD.

Recent examples of jobs obtained by our graduates have included: Process Technologist with Pepsico International, Quality Executive with Agro Tech Foods, New Product Developer with Bakkavor, Food Technologist with Tesco and Research and Development Technologist with Kerry Ingredients and Flavours.



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This programme prepares candidates for entry into the malting, brewing or distilling industries, or to conduct research. It covers a broad range of subjects, from brewing science and chemical engineering, to business studies and production management. Read more

This programme prepares candidates for entry into the malting, brewing or distilling industries, or to conduct research. It covers a broad range of subjects, from brewing science and chemical engineering, to business studies and production management.

The quickly developing craft industry, both in brewing and distilling, requires graduates with knowledge of modern instrumentation and this programme will ensure you build the skills and know-how required to perform successfully in the industry.

Our series of ‘Fit for work’ events held on campus include seminars, talks, networking and recruitment exercises and involve a range of industry professionals from graduates with their own companies, to representatives from the major breweries and distilling companies.



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Our Food Chain Systems MSc has been developed as a result of extensive industry-led research. The course examines the whole of the food chain from pre-harvest to market with the overall aim of enhancing the quality and safety of food. . Read more

Our Food Chain Systems MSc has been developed as a result of extensive industry-led research. The course examines the whole of the food chain from pre-harvest to market with the overall aim of enhancing the quality and safety of food. 

Who is it for?

The course is suitable for new graduates from a science or technology background who are interested in a career within the food industry. The course is also ideal for professionals already working in the industry who would like to train to further their careers. Available on a full and part-time basis the course offers flexibility and support for those who wish to train whilst remaining in employment.

Food Chain Systems MSc is part of the Agriculture and Food Programme. It provides a critical appreciation of the issues concerned with the production and supply of safe food in the modern world. Through the integration of scientific, technological and managerial factors students will learn how to use food resources more efficiently to achieve higher quality and safer food production as well as successfully understand and manage food supply chains.

The holistic approach of the MSc will provide you with a detailed understanding of the whole of the food chain system including:

  • Diagnostics
  • Food microbiology
  • HACCP
  • Logistics
  • Postharvest technology
  • Predictive modelling
  • Risk assessment of food
  • Supply chain management.

Why this course?

Increasing consumer awareness and demand regarding food quality, nutrition and safety issues, coupled with intensifying competition within the rapidly changing food industry, has created a demand for individuals who are able to drive success in the management of key food chains in a modern global economic market.

Our Food Chain Systems MSc has been developed as a result of extensive industry-led research. It represents a unique offering within the UK and Europe in that it examines the whole of the food chain from pre-harvest to market through the integration of science, technology and management.

The holistic approach of the MSc responds to the increasingly integrated food supply chain ('farm to fork') and will equip you with the relevant knowledge, skills and practical experience needed to pursue a wide variety of career opportunities in today's food industry.

Informed by Industry

Our MSc in Food Chain Systems benefits from input from an industry advisory panel with representatives from commercial organisations and non-commercial organisations, who help to ensure the course maintains its real-world relevance to the marketplace and industry focus. This involvement by industry makes successful students highly sought after in the employment market.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by Institution of Agricultural Engineers and Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Course details

The formal taught component of this course comprises eight compulsory modules. Each module is two weeks in duration, consisting of one week of lectures, practical work, site visits and one week for private study. Part-time students attend the first week of each module but may continue with coursework assignments at a suitable time and location. This element constitutes 40% of the overall mark.

Group project

Group projects provide students with an understanding of working on real challenges in the work place along with skills in team working, managing resources and developing reporting and presentation skills. Many of the projects are supported by external organisations and the experience gained is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. For part-time students a dissertation usually replaces the group project. 

This element constitutes 20% of the overall mark.

Individual project

The four-month individual research project can be carried out within industry or academia and for part-time candidates it can be undertaken in your place of work. This key part of the course allows you to apply the research skills acquired during the taught phase of the course to a practical problem in health science and acts as an opportunity for you to meet potential future employers.

This element constitutes 40% of the overall mark.

Assessment

Taught Modules 40%, Group Project 20%, Individual Research Project 40%

Your career

Upon successful completion of the course, graduates will be able to pursue or enhance careers in a variety of key areas such as:

  • Logistics
  • Production
  • Research
  • Retail
  • Storage
  • Supply.

Employers will exist in a variety of food-related sectors including:

  • Food manufacturers and production companies
  • Food retailers
  • Government agencies
  • Logistics and supply chain
  • Management companies
  • Research institutions.

Cranfield graduates are very successful in achieving relevant work. Some 93% are in relevant employment or further study six months after graduation. For professionals already in industry, Cranfield qualifications enhance their careers, benefiting both the candidate and their employer.



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The Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE) is now offering £125,000 worth of scholarship funding for 2018-19 academic year. Read more

The Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE) is now offering £125,000 worth of scholarship funding for 2018-19 academic year. Find out more here.

Develop your research skills for applied agricultural economics and marketing

This programme will prepare you for doctoral studies in agricultural and food economics and marketing. It provides rigorous training in research methods to prepare students for research careers in academia or in non-academic organisations. It combines training in the skills of applied economics and marketing – including quantitative and qualitative research techniques – with an opportunity to apply them to a diverse range of contemporary farm, food and rural issues in both developed and developing country contexts.

This master's programme will:

  • prepare you for doctoral studies in agricultural and food economics and marketing.
  • equip you with applied economics, marketing and quantitative and qualitative research techniques.
  • give you the opportunity to apply your learning to a diverse range of contemporary farm, food and rural issues in both developed and developing country contexts.

Programme specification:

For details of the core modules and structure of the degree, please download the programme specification. Please note, the program specification is subject to change. If you have any questions about changes, please contact us.

For a list of optional modules that may be available to you, please visit our module descriptions page.

For a list of all of our degrees, and information about study within the Graduation Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics, please see our brochure.

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Consumer and producer theory
  • Econometrics
  • Quantitative methods
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Market research methods

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our programmes are excellent preparation for careers in international and rural development, agricultural economics, and marketing within the food chain and policy. Some 96% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Engagement with a wide variety of visiting speakers and field trips provides many opportunities for networking. In addition, competitive internships and placements, and research dissertations are an opportunity to showcase your skills, undertake overseas field research or link with organisations in the development sector. For examples of organisations our graduates go on to, please visit: http://www.reading.ac.uk/giidae" target="_blank">http://www.reading.ac.uk/giidae



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This course is particularly suitable for people who work for regulatory bodies, whether in legal departments or as field or enforcement officers, environmental consultants, planners, solicitors, barristers, those who work in regulated industries, such as waste or water, and academics. Read more

About the course

This course is particularly suitable for people who work for regulatory bodies, whether in legal departments or as field or enforcement officers, environmental consultants, planners, solicitors, barristers, those who work in regulated industries, such as waste or water, and academics.
•This course is delivered in partnership with Informa Professional Academy, an organisation dedicated to working with leading academic bodies to provide high-calibre and well respected distance learning postgraduate courses
•Develop your own personal pathway on this course which combines one core module with a diverse range of optional modules
•Study at your own pace through flexible distance learning, with the option to exit at one of several points with a postgraduate award
•Boost your career prospects and differentiate yourself in a competitive job market, while remaining in full-time employment
•Engage in a wide variety of fascinating modules that look behind the key issues regarding food law

Food Law modules:

Food Law in the UK and EU – provides a foundation for further modules. You will gain an overview of the legal concepts relevant to the control and administration of the food industry, the statutory control of trading conduct and trade practices through the use of criminal law, as well as how food law is enforced. You will gain an understanding of the purposes and background of food law, both domestic and EU.

You will also select elective modules which might include:
•Food Consumer Protection Law
•Food Marketing Law
•Food Safety Law
•Food Souces Protection Law
•Negotiated Study

Dissertation
You must also undertake a dissertation, providing an invaluable opportunity to work in depth on a particular aspect of the law. You will need to enhance your technical knowledge and critical awareness in a subject of your choice. In order to obtain the LLM in Food Law it is necessary to write a dissertation with a food law theme.

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Graduate Careers

This course equips you to enter legal and other work relating to food issues.

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In this century, food security and the need to develop sustainable agriculture will become dominant issues affecting the whole world. Read more

In this century, food security and the need to develop sustainable agriculture will become dominant issues affecting the whole world. The global population is projected to increase dramatically from 7 to 9 billion in the next 30 years, causing an unprecedented demand for food and increased pressure on land. The aim of this Food Security Degree is to provide you with knowledge and skills relating to the broad topic of food security, incorporating socio-economic, animal and crop aspects. 

Why this programme

  • This exciting Food Security MSc is taught through collaboration between academics with world class expertise in diverse aspects of food security.
  • It discusses the demographic, social and economic issues, the challenges of achieving sustainable agriculture and presents the factors affecting food production from crops and animal sources.
  • The programme will include guest lectures on a range of topics and site visits.
  • Students will acquire knowledge of technology transfer and commercialisation.
  • Students will gain practical laboratory skills in molecular biology and in genetic modification.
  • Students will undertake a project that will develop their investigative skills and their ability to critically appraise and integrate information from different sources. 
  • A key feature of this Food Security degree is that it provides a very broad perspective on Food Security. 

Programme structure

We welcome students from diverse educational backgrounds and we anticipate that many will be unfamiliar with all the topics in this programme. We have therefore designed the programme so that it provides you with both a broad understanding of the major issues in food security and the opportunity to selectively focus on aspects of particular interest.

The programme is made up of courses totalling 180 credits. The programme starts with three compulsory courses (totalling 60 credits) that introduce fundamental issues in food security. You then choose from a range of optional courses (usually 10-credit) that expand on key topics, including production of food from animal sources and crop improvement. Some courses provide practical skills and there is an opportunity to learn about commercial issues relating to food production. Finally, you will undertake a 60-credit investigative project, which will allow you to focus on a selected topic.

The programme comprises the following courses:

Compulsory courses (totalling 60 credits)

  • Introduction to Food Security
  • Food Security Fundamentals: Food of Animal Origin
  • Food Security Fundamentals: Crops

Optional courses (totalling 60 credits*) selected from

  • Role of Insects in Food Security
  • Global Animal Production
  • Hygienic Production of Food
  • Animal Ethics
  • Policies for Sustainability and Development
  • Technology Transfer and Commercialisation
  • Plant Genetic Engineering
  • Crop Biotechnology Applications
  • Molecular Lab Skills
  • Omic Technologies
  • Production of Food from Animals
  • Quantitative Methods

*Most of the optional courses are 10 credit courses

Food security project (60 credits)

Teaching methods

Most courses are taught through lectures and tutorials, in which there will be discussion of key concepts, and training in the critical appraisal of published information. In addition, some courses include guest lectures and site visits. The course on Technology Transfer and Commercialisation of Bioscience Research will include workshop sessions. Two courses provide training in laboratory skills: Molecular Lab Skills and Plant Genetic Engineering. The project will involve an independent investigation of a selected topic in food security under supervision from an expert in the field.

Career prospects

Food security is a major challenge of this century and hence there will be opportunities to develop careers in several areas. Career prospects include working in Agri-industry, research institutes, government advisory, international advisory, media and research positions.

The breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills you will acquire in this Masters programme will help you obtain employment or undertake research in the food security sector.



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The international food supply industry requires high calibre graduates with an understanding of how food can be preserved throughout the distribution chain to ensure the supply of safe, wholesome food. Read more

The international food supply industry requires high calibre graduates with an understanding of how food can be preserved throughout the distribution chain to ensure the supply of safe, wholesome food. Research has identified that food business priorities focus on increasing marketing, developing new products and investing in new machinery. This course prepares you for a career within the food sector, specialising in food product development, food consumer marketing or retailing roles.

The course is designed to ensure you graduate ready to help food businesses develop. As the food industry grows worldwide, so does the need for staff who demonstrate functional knowledge and skills in combination with managerial and leadership capability. Food organisations need well qualified managers to develop, commercialise and deliver their products to the marketplace efficiently and effectively. This course gives you the skills and experience to meet this need.

You build your knowledge of food processing and safety, product development, marketing and the food chain. You also have opportunities to develop managerial skills, practical skills and behaviour change theories relevant to the food sector.

The work-related learning module gives you a valuable insight into the roles of process or product development technologists, or product account technologists, and the importance of continuing professional development. It also allows you to practically apply the skills you learn during the course.

The placement is an additional opportunity for you to develop your practical skills, either in the UK or abroad. You are supported in securing a placement through a series of employability workshops offered by specialist academic staff. There is also a dedicated postgraduate placement team who manage placement opportunities.

The course is designed around the principles of

  • student experience – through specific subject focused course modules
  • business engagement and employability – through the work-related learning module and industry mentor scheme
  • flexibility – through module choice and the bespoke work-related learning module

Course structure

Postgraduate certificate modules

  • Business and management strategy (30 credits)
  • Developing food concepts and products (30 credits)

Postgraduate diploma modules

  • Food chain (15 credits)
  • Food marketing (15 credits)
  • Food processing safety and quality management (15 credits)
  • Work-related learning (15 credits)

MSc modules

  • Research methods (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (45 credits)

Assessment

Assessments include

  • individual and group coursework
  • essays
  • reports
  • seen and unseen exams
  • portfolio of evidence
  • dissertation.

Employability

This course gives you the specialist skills and knowledge to develop career opportunities in • food product and process development • food consumer and market research • food merchandising and marketing • consumer insight • food safety and quality management • food innovation.

You can also continue with further study by completing a PhD or Doctorate in Business Administration.



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This course provides students with an advanced understanding of the principles, issues and practices of modern international agri-business management. Read more
This course provides students with an advanced understanding of the principles, issues and practices of modern international agri-business management. Working in the international agri-business environment encompasses a wide variety of functions, including finance, human resources, customer services, logistics, marketing, cross-cultural exporting and importing, and purchasing.

The course

International agri-business has developed into a well-integrated system that combines efficient production at farm level with a well ordered supply chain managing the delivery of food products into international markets.

The course enhances the student’s knowledge of finance and human resource management and provides a detailed insight into marketing and the industries supporting agricultural production, processing, transportation and supply chain strategy.

Today’s recruits seeking careers in international agri-business need to be well trained in business and marketing and have a thorough appreciation of the international business environment. By focusing on a variety of management and decision issues relevant to businesses in an ever changing international environment, the course enhances the career prospects of those seeking a career in this dynamic sector.

It provides students with an advanced understanding of the principles, issues and practices of modern international agribusiness management. This industry encompasses a wide variety of functions, including finance, human resources, customer services, logistics, marketing, cross-cultural exporting and importing, and purchasing.

How will it benefit me?

Completing the course at MSc level will enable you to use and evaluate business management techniques and assess their relevance to commercial practice under different technical and cultural constraints.

You will learn to appraise the dynamic legal, economic and political environment within which businesses operate, and how to collect, analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative data, in addition to technical and commercial information. The course teaches students to evaluate and identify solutions to business management problems encountered by local, national and international firms.

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The course aims to produce and develop well-trained managers who are working in, or wish to follow, careers in the food industry. Read more
The course aims to produce and develop well-trained managers who are working in, or wish to follow, careers in the food industry. It promotes analytical and management skills by focusing on questions raised in relation to public policy issues, the commercial environment and the supply of foods which meet supply chain customer and consumer requirements. You will hone your personal skills and be able to engage in critical analysis and formulate and express sound arguments.

The course

Whether you live to eat or eat to live, the indisputable fact is that we all need to be regular consumers of food and drink. The food industry offers more than careers based solely on farms or in retail food outlets. It is vigorous and dynamic, with the adoption of new technology and the provision of new products satisfying ever changing consumer demands.

An important part of the sector’s success relies on an integrated approach and the close links which have been forged between growers, wholesalers, food processors and retailers. To be successful in today’s fast moving food industry students are provided with a combination of modules focusing on core subjects relevant to the food industry, as well as key priorities facing today’s food industry.

Once students have completed the taught modules they commence their research project, which gives the opportunity to pursue their own interests and provides a valuable addition to their skills set.

The course aims to produce and develop well-trained managers who are working in, or wish to follow, careers in the food industry. It promotes analytical and management skills by focusing on questions raised in relation to public policy issues, the commercial environment and the supply of foods which meet supply chain customer and consumer requirements. You will hone your personal skills and be able to engage in critical analysis and formulate and express sound arguments.

Modules include:
■ Food Processing, Quality and Safety
■ Food Product Development
■ Research and Information Skills
■ Principles of Finance
■ Managing People
■ Agri-food Supply Chain Strategy and Management
■ Food Security and Sustainability
■ Research Project

How will it benefit me?

On completion of the course at MSc level, students will be able to use and evaluate food industry management techniques and assess their relevance to commercial practice under different technical and cultural constraints. You will learn to appraise the dynamic legal, economic and political environment within which food businesses operate.

Students become skilled in collecting, analysing and interpreting qualitative and quantitative data, technical and commercial information, as well as evaluating and exploiting the latest developments in technology. You will learn to identify solutions to food industry management problems appropriate to local, national and international circumstances.

You will become competent at identifying and solving information management and communication problems encountered by food industry managers and will be able to critically review the existing knowledge of a sector specific topic and relate to a hypothesis which will advance that knowledge. Students also undertake strategic analysis, integrating a range of food industry management techniques.

Careers

Career opportunities in food industry management are very good both in the UK and internationally. Our Masters programme has been designed to produce well qualified individuals employable throughout the food industry. A large number of businesses visit the University every year to recruit new staff.

Careers could include procurement, logistics, market research, commercial or general management in the food industry.

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OVERVIEW. 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. Read more

OVERVIEW

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.

For further information email or send us a message on WhatsApp

ADVANCED FOOD SAFETY HIGHLIGHTS

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

  • The MSc Advanced Food Safety, is one of only two courses in Queen's to be part of the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (DIFD Award), offering tution support to a scholar on this programme, commencing their studies in 2018-2019.


COURSE STRUCTURE

Introduction

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.

MODULE TOPICS

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 Review
  • Research Project (triple module)
  • You’ll complete a lab based food safety related research project.

FACILITIES

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

For further information email or send us a message on WhatsApp



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It is increasingly recognised that reductionist approaches to tackling food-related issues are ineffective and that a more comprehensive, holistic approach is required if we are to better understand the many ways that food affects and shapes our lives, and effectively address the many injustices and inequalities that are manifest in the current food system. Read more

It is increasingly recognised that reductionist approaches to tackling food-related issues are ineffective and that a more comprehensive, holistic approach is required if we are to better understand the many ways that food affects and shapes our lives, and effectively address the many injustices and inequalities that are manifest in the current food system.

The MSc Gastronomy provides an opportunity to study food in a more complete sense. The course, the first and only one of its kind in the UK, acknowledges the complex nature of food and takes an interdisciplinary approach to shed light upon the often unseen links between food culture and communications, science and systems, production and politics and more.

The course takes an experiential approach, with field trips to a diverse range of food related businesses and organisations - from food banks to Michelin starred restaurants, large-scale agri-businesses to food processors. Through input from a wide range of specialist and expert  speakers, students gain exposure to the diverse dynamics that affect how we produce, consume, represent and understand food.

Scotland is most often the showcase for this, however the concepts covered are transferable to other countries. Whether you’re looking to enhance your career in the food industry, interested in cultivating a broader understanding of food, or are looking for a new direction, please contact us. We’re more than happy to discuss the course with you and help you discover if our unique brand of gastronomy is for you.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Modules will involve elements of inquiry (problem) based learning, report writing, visual presentations, essays and viva voce interviews. Learning therefore will be diverse and teaching will happen anywhere that there is a relationship to food and drink or ancillary industries. This may be in the University, on the streets of Edinburgh, the hills of the Scottish Borders or in a Michelin starred restaurant. The course will therefore embed research-led learning, by requiring students to examine information from a diverse range of sources including academic books/journals, online blogs/ wiki’s relating to food and drink agendas, and primary and secondary data. The importance of working closely with industry colleagues cannot be underestimated.

Opportunities to interact with for example, farmers, North Sea fishermen, and cooks and producers at all levels will enhance the learning experience. Class sizes are normally around 15-20 students. This ensures that students receive fantastic support from tutors and benefit from sharing experiences with classmates.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module consists of 60 hours of teaching time over a 10-week period. There are two core modules planned for each semester, plus a research module that spans the first two semesters. You will be required to carry out independent work and also complete a dissertation.

Links with industry/professional bodies

This course has been developed in collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders involved in the food and drink industries.

Modules

30 credits: Food & Drink: The Relationship to People and Food/ Science of Food/ The System: From Field to Market/ Food Communications

15 credits: Research Methods

If studying for an MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

Careers

Graduates will place themselves in the enviable position of having had exposure to a range of industry experiences and contemporary food issues that will enable them to make interventions and transformations in a wide variety of areas. These may range from education or community work, to advocacy and policy work within the non-profit sector.

Entry requirements

There are several routes to entry.

- Applicants may have a first degree in an associated subject, for example, a BA (Hons) in Hospitality, Culinary

Arts, or Nutrition.

- An honours degree (or equivalent) in a different discipline but where the applicant has a demonstrable passion for food and drink.

- An applicant may potentially be a mature student who has spent a considerable period of time in industry and wishes to formalise their education.

All shortlisted candidates will be interviewed as part of the application process

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score below 5.5

Quick Facts

-This is the first MSc in Gastronomy in the UK.

-The course has 15 funded places available for potential students resident in Scotland and the EU.



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This new one year full-time masters course prepares graduate level scientists for a career in brewing, or its allied industries. The programme facilitates the development of technically competent and creative brewers by providing substantial hands-on experience of practical brewing, using our state-of-the-art pilot facilities.

Practical brewing skills are supported with technical knowledge to ensure that graduates understand the scientific principles which underpin the brewing process and are able to innovate, problem solve, and conduct scientifically robust experiments. The programme ends with an innovative brewing research project, specifically designed for you to practise your acquired skills.
This course is taught by staff from the School of Biosciences with expertise in brewing and related sciences, together with invited contributions from specialist brewing practitioners; all are internationally renowned leaders within their field.

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