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Applied Food Safety and Quality Management with Industrial Practice, MSc

This two-year Master’s in Applied Food Safety & Quality Management with Industrial Practice is ideal for graduates who are looking for managerial roles in the food industry.

There is a huge demand for professionally trained graduates who understand what it takes to provide safe food to consumers. Our course addresses a variety of food safety and quality issues to help you meet these industry needs.

These include the management of food safety and quality across the supply chain, and how to design and implement safety and quality management systems to meet required local and international legislation. You'll also be able to apply to work with a relevant employer during your second year.

The course is aimed at graduates from related disciplines or professionals in the food sector who wish to develop their skills and take on managerial roles. It is taught by staff at the award-winning Natural Resources Institute (NRI) and accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), the leading qualifying body for food professionals in Europe.

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Campus

Medway

Duration

2 years full-time

Start month

September and January

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What you should know about this course

  • You’ll combine study with practical application in a two-year master’s course.
  • Our farm-to-fork approach addresses a variety of food safety and quality management issues.
  • The course is taught at our Medway Campus in Kent by the award-winning Natural Resources Institute (NRI), with its unique knowledge base and industry experience.
  • The course is accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology
  • This two-year course includes an independent research project and a one-year internship.

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What you will study

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About the course team

At NRI, we hold high professional standards and place the student experience at the heart of all we do. We have over 80 academics publishing work of internationally leading quality, with 22 professors involved in leading research. Many of our staff have become Fellows, Senior Fellows and Principal Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. The course leader is Dr Richard Fuchs.

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Entry requirements

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Applicants should have: 

A Bachelor's degree at 2:2 or above (or equivalent) from a recognised university 

Or an equivalent professional qualification in an appropriate science subject. 

  • If you do not have formal entry qualifications, you may be admitted depending on your work experience and responsibilities. 
  • Applicants from other backgrounds may be considered. Please email the Course Leader at fes-courseinfo@gre.ac.uk.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

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Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive lectures, discussions, and tutorials, with the use of appropriate and relevant case-studies. Our taught modules are research-engaged and most have a practical component that relates to the theory you cover in the classroom.

Individual research projects help you learn to adapt and apply specific methodologies to unfamiliar problems.

Class sizes

We restrict our class sizes to enhance the learning experience of students. Class size is dependent on module options choice.

Independent learning

Our courses are designed to give you the space for exploratory and independent study. You'll work towards individual and group assignments and undertake the preparation/follow-up work associated with lectures, seminars, integrative assignments and laboratory classes. A research skills module will shape your approach to independent learning, especially for your research project.

We encourage students to take advantage of a range of related extra-curricular opportunities. The faculty hosts regular seminars from NRI staff and external visitors on a range of diverse topics.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

For the industrial practice module, you are expected to study for around 600 hours during the placement - around 13 hours a week in addition to the time spent at work. That is generally the minimum amount of time you will need to spend reading, note taking and writing to cover the necessary material and produce the assessment.

If English is not your first language, it may take longer to cover the same amount of material.

Assessment

Students will be assessed through a variety of methods, such as:

  • Classroom presentations, discussions and case-studies
  • Critical reviews, looking at new areas of research
  • Examinations.

Feedback summary

University policy is to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days of the coursework submission date.

Examination results will be available within 28 days.

Dates and timetables

Each academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

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2020/2021 fees

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

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Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

The industrial placement lasts approximately one year. This is an opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and experience gained during both the first year of the master's course plus any previous study or experience in the food sector.

You'll be able to engage with current industrial systems, processes and practices, which contribute to your professional development as a manager in the food sector.

How long is my placement?

To complete the MSc with Industrial Practice, you must complete 11 months of full-time industrial experience in addition to the 12-month taught course.

Mentors

A workplace mentor supports you throughout your placement year. Your mentor helps you to set objectives and goals and ensures you receive appropriate training. 

You are also allocated an academic mentor, who monitors your study progress and arranges a visit/call with you and your workplace mentor during the placement year to ensure it is running smoothly.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates from this Master's in Applied Food Safety and Quality Management can pursue careers in the public and private sectors. Roles might include food quality assurance, product development, inspection and enforcement, food policy, food analysis, technical management, post-harvest handling and storage as well as academia and research.

Do you provide employability services?

Our Faculty employability team provides support and guidance. We work with a partner organisation that specialises in helping to secure an industrial placement opportunity. 

However, it is your responsibility to secure a work placement in the second year. This could be with a local or international employer in a relevant industrial sector. 

If a placement is not secured, it will still be possible to graduate with an MSc in Applied Food Safety and Quality Management without Industrial Practice.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

The course leader has the overall responsibility for your course and will be your first point of contact.

We also allocate you a personal tutor, who you meet soon after you join the department. Their role is to support your personal and academic development and act as your point of contact for queries or problems. Workplace mentors are also allocated in the second year.

Support from the department

We help new students over the first few weeks with our faculty and department induction. We'll also help you discover the academic and social landscape at Medway Campus.

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