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Food Safety and Quality Management

Course Description


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

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

Who is the course for?

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.

Course structure

The course may be studied full-time over 12 months or part-time over two years.
Students 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.
Students who do not wish to undertake the Research Project may choose to take a Postgraduate Diploma following successful completion of eight modules.
Students 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 and visits. They will have the opportunity to work with an organisation in the industry to solve real-life problems.
Modules are assessed through written examinations and coursework, including case study analysis, essay writing, oral and poster presentations, and assessed seminars.

The 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.


Food Chain
Fundamentals of Food Science
Systems for Food Safety Management
Food Business Quality Systems
Sustainability and the Food Industry
Leadership and Innovation in the Agri-food Industries
Research Project
Plus TWO additional modules, selected from:
Poverty and Food Security
Fisheries and Aquaculture Management
Global Red Meat Chains
Global White Meat Chains
Global Dairy Chains
Tourism and Development
Sustainable Management of Soil and Water
Organic Production and Marketing

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

Student Profiles

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

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