Food Safety, Hygiene and Management, MSc./PGDip./PGCert. 2019

University of Birmingham

Study in:United Kingdom
163 days
Remaining
Deadline: 1 July 2019

About

Develop your career in a field that has worldwide application. Access to safe food is of universal concern. However, industrial methods of food production and the globalization of the food chain increase the potential for contamination, resulting in larger and more serious incidents, as well as providing opportunities for emerging pathogens and economically motivated adulteration.

The control of food contaminants requires a multidisciplinary approach and cooperation between government authorities and the food industry. On this course students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the relationship between food and public health, and to explore the scientific, technical, managerial, political and legislative factors that influence food safety and security.

The Food Safety, Hygiene and Management program from the University of Birmingham differs from other postgraduate food courses in that it focuses on the mechanisms of Food Control and Food Safety Management (eg, HACCP).

The course is particularly suitable for those with relevant food related knowledge and/or experience including:

  • Hygiene managers or supervisors already working in the food industry
  • Staff working in competent authorities or enforcement; for example, Environmental Health Officers or Food Safety Officers
  • Staff in diagnostic or food microbiology laboratories
  • Students who have completed relevant undergraduate degrees such as Food Technology and wish to find employment in the food industry or local government
  • Food hygiene and management trainers or consultants

Careers

Employment prospects for candidates who successfully complete the MSc in Food Safety, Hygiene and Management are wide ranging.

A significant number of alumni work for government authorities as food safety specialists where they participate in the delivery of official food controls. Some have also chosen to work in food laboratories (private or public) as official food examiners. Other graduates prefer to find employment in the food industry where their grounding in legislation and safety give them an advantage over pure science graduates.

The MSc fulfils the requirements for qualification of food examiners as listed in Schedule 2, part 1 (2) of The Food Safety (Sampling and Qualifications) (England) Regulations 2013. It can also help demonstrate the criteria for competency of Food Lead officers employed within Local Authorities (as mentioned in Food law Code of Practice 4.3.1).

Graduates who wish to remain in academic life can progress on to a PhD after finishing the course, typically pursuing laboratory based projects or applied areas of research such as food safety management or food security.

Program Structure

Courses included:

  • Food Control
  • Food Manufacture and Technology
  • Food and Microbes
  • Food Safety Management Systems
  • Pest Management and Cleaning Systems
  • Food Fraud
  • Sustainability in the Food Industry
  • Chemical Contamination of Food and Water

Academic Requirements

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honor scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honor scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • A 2:1 Honors degree in a relevant science (eg, biology, microbiology, food science, environmental health etc,).
  • Candidates holding other qualifications may be admitted to the program after an interview and submission of evidence of academic competence and experience in a relevant field.

Funding

The new Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for Masters degrees in the UK is available for students normally residing in England.

The main details of the new Postgraduate Loan are:

  • A loan of up to £10,609 will be made available to students applying to taught and research Masters courses.
  • The loan will be available to students across all discipline subject areas for full-time, part-time and distance learning Masters programmes, so long as you do not have existing qualifications at Masters-level or above (which includes undergraduate integrated Masters qualifications, such as MSci or MEng etc).
  • The loan will be paid directly to you, into a UK bank account.

Detailed Program Facts

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