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MSc Advanced Food Safety

Course Description

The MSc Advanced Food Safety programme at QUB is tailored towards students who aim to or currently work within the agri-food sector. It will offer the opportunity to obtain a unique qualification in the field of food safety delivered by research-active scientists within the Institute for Global Food Security.

The major focus of the programme will be on new and emerging issues within the diverse field of food safety and it will concentrate on developments in analytical approaches used to monitor and regulate food safety with the view to protect human health.

Key topics covered will include: food fraud and traceability and the analytical methods used to detect fraud and ensure food safety and authenticity; the links between environmental chemical contaminants and biological hazards present in animal feed and human food - highlighting new emerging technologies that enable rapid and early detection of food safety incidents and diagnosis of animal diseases.

QUB MSc Advanced Food Safety Video: http://www.mediator.qub.ac.uk/ms/Food/FoodSec.wmv


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


Continuous assessment of coursework, examinations, and assessment of modules based solely on submitted work related to private individual study. A MSc will be awarded with Distinction to students who achieve a dissertation and average mark both exceeding 70 per cent, and with Commendation for marks over 60 per cent.

Opportunities for Careers

Excellent opportunities exist within agri-food companies, diagnostic research companies and regulatory testing laboratories. Graduates will also be in a position to progress to further PhD level research study.

Special Features

A major component will include the completion of a laboratory-based, food safety related research project within the Institute for Global Food Security, offering the opportunity to gain practical experience in the use of conventional and emerging bioanalytical technology platforms.

Facilities and capabilities include:
Biosensor instrumentation
Cell culture and microbiological suites
GC, HPLC and UPLC systems
Proteomic and metabolomic profiling
ICP, GC, qToF and QqQ mass spectrometers
Spectroscopic analysis
Real time PCR and surface plasmon resonance biosensor technology

Additional information for International students


Applicants who are non-EEA nationals must satisfy the UK Border Agency (UKBA) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes, by providing evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

*Taken within the last 2 yrs.

Please see http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs for more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals.

Up to date information on course fees can be found at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/finance/TuitionFees/

The University provides information on possible sources of awards which is available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/PostgraduateCentre/PostgraduateFunding/

Information on the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast can be found at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/InstituteforGlobalFoodSecurity/

Visit the MSc Advanced Food Safety page on the Queen’s University Belfast web site for more details! (http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/InstituteforGlobalFoodSecurity/Education/PostgraduateStudies/MScAdvancedFoodSafety/)

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

Student Profiles

Institute for Global Food Security Scholarships - 4 Awards

Full details of the Scholarship Scheme can be found at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/InstituteforGlobalFoodSecurity/Opportunities/IGFSScholarships/

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full fees (UK/EU applicants); £4,500 contribution towards full fees (International applicants)


Applicants must have applied for entry to the MSc in Advanced Food Safety and hold an offer of a place in order to be considered. They will be expected to meet all the conditions of their academic offer in time to register for 2013/2014 entry.

Application Procedure

Scholarships will be awarded based on submission of a completed IGFS Scholarship Application form. Award decisions will be made jointly by the Director of IGFS and the MSc degree convenor based on the personal statement provided by applicants in the Scholarship Application form.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A 2.2 Honours degree or above in a relevant area of science or equivalent recognised qualification.

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