Postgraduate - taught prospectus

Applied Food Safety and Quality Management, PGDip/MSc

Our Master’s in Applied Food Safety and Quality Management is designed for professionals working in food manufacturing who wish to boost their career with a new qualification.

On this course, you'll learn about the requirements for providing safe and wholesome food to consumers with our specialist course in applied food safety and quality management. We follow the farm-to-fork approach to address a wide variety of food safety and quality management issues.

Topics include good governance and national control systems, food inspection and testing services. You'll cover the management of food safety and quality across the supply chain, as well as how to design and implement safety and quality management systems to meet national and international legislation. The course is research-informed and is taught by staff at the award-winning Natural Resources Institute (NRI), with its unique knowledge base and industry experience.

Duration

  • 1 years full-time
  • 2-3 years part-time

Start month

September and January

UK/international fees

2019/2020 fees *

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2020/2021 fees

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* January 2020 starters pay the 2019/2020 fees.

2020/2021 fees

What you should know about this course

  • You’ll be able to apply for short placements in the food sector, which provides you with the vital experience you need when applying for jobs.
  • Accredited by the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST), the leading qualifying body for food professionals in Europe.
  • You can also sit the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Level 3 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing.
  • We invite experts from the food safety sector to deliver lectures, giving you the chance to learn from industry practitioners.

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. 

* Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.

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

Alternatively, please contact us:

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.

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. 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.

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

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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* January 2020 starters pay the 2019/2020 fees.

2020/2021 fees

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* For full fees information please visit our fees information pages.

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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.

Financial support

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates from the programme have gone on to secure jobs in food quality assurance, technical management, product development, food policy, inspection and enforcement, food analysis, post-harvest handling and storage, as well as academia and research.

Do you provide employability services?

We have a team dedicated to enhancing student employment outcomes. Our Employer Partnerships Manager develops relationships with companies to provide employment opportunities.

Other members of the team help you to develop your knowledge of job markets, produce effective CVs, cover letters and application forms, and prepare for job applications and interviews.

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.

Support from the department

We help new students over the first few weeks with our faculty and department induction. This covers the first week of term 1 (September) and term 2 (January). We'll also help you discover the academic and social landscape at Medway Campus.

Accommodation information

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