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Food Safety and Quality Management e-learning, PGCert/PGDip/MSc

For professionals involved in the safe supply of food to consumers, this part-time online Master’s in Food Safety and Quality Management provides the knowledge and skills to advance your career.

If you work in the food supply chain, our online MSc Food Safety and Quality Management provides an ideal opportunity to consolidate your experience and learn more about your industry. You'll study safety and quality management systems following the 'farm-to-fork' approach, as well as the agents of foodborne illness and the control and enforcement measures that ensure our food is safe.

This online course is based upon the successful taught course, which has run since 2001. Benefit from the expertise and experience of the Natural Resources Institute's (NRI) food safety and quality management team, which has carried out research for over 40 years.




  • 3 years distance learning

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What you should know about this course

  • A course for professionals working in food manufacturing, including government officials with responsibility for ensuring food for consumption is safe and wholesome.
  • Gain a Master's degree part-time by e-learning and design your own work/life balance.
  • Partial fee scholarships are currently available to both home and international students. Contact the Programme Leader, Julie Crenn, for details
  • You can also sit the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Level 3 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact for more information.

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 research leadership. Many of our staff have become Fellows, Senior Fellows and Principal Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

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Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Entry requirements

If you are

Applicants should have:

A Bachelor's degree at 2.2 or above.

or an equivalent professional qualification in an appropriate science subject.

or a relevant professional qualification and experience in the field of food safety and technology.

* Applicants from other backgrounds may be considered. Please email the Programme Leader at

For more information, contact 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.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Available to overseas students?


Can I use prior learning?

It may be possible to consider your prior learning and experience, particularly if you have significant work-based experience in related subjects.

How you will learn

Covid safe teaching and learning

We are looking forward to welcoming students to our campuses for 2021/22 and we are committed to delivering as much of our teaching, learning and student activity as possible face-to-face and on campus for the 2021/22 academic year. Please note that UK Coronavirus policy continues to adapt to ongoing changes. Our plans may need to change and we may need to move activity online at short notice in response to any changes in Government guidance and Covid safety requirements.

Learning experience

Experiential learning is supported by teaching and learning resources, including digital and broadcast media as well as traditional written materials. You will be supported to engage in a range of digital resources for the purposes of teaching, learning and assessments.

All teaching and learning activities are supported by online academic counselling, study skills tuition, and pastoral guidance by personal tutors to meet the university academic requirements.

Class sizes

The e-learning course does not take place in a standard classroom, but it is possible to correspond with others who are studying this course remotely.

Independent learning

The e-learning programme has been designed for technical staff working in the food supply chain who do not have time to attend the programme in the contact mode.

E-learning requires the discipline to study independently, so you will have to ensure that you make sufficient time to meet your requirements.

Overall workload

The e-learning course helps professionals working in the food chain to address your continuing professional development (CPD) needs while studying at times that fit around your professional lifestyle.

You can split your studies over a number of years to cope with the demands of postgraduate study alongside your other commitments.


Students are assessed through a range of methods:

  • Written case studies and reports
  • Essays
  • Presentations, some pre-recorded and narrated video presentations
  • Online quizzes
  • Blogs and graphics
  • Research project, an industry style report and pitch.

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. You can begin the course in September or January.

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

* Calculated as an average of compulsory and optional modules (where applicable each year). You can find out more detail about how individual modules are taught within the 'What you will study' section.

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.

Fees are assessed based on your country of domicile, with students domiciled in the EU charged international fees. If you are unsure, find out more about how your fee status is assessed.

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.

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. EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

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

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

This qualification will help you accelerate your career in the food industry by supporting your applications for promotion to more senior roles.

Do you provide employability services?

It is anticipated that students will already be working in the food sector.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

All teaching and learning activities will be supported by online academic counselling, study skills tuition, and pastoral guidance by personal tutors based upon the university academic requirements.

Accommodation information

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.