The MSc in Advanced Food Safety is tailored towards students who are seeking to develop a career within the agri-food industry and related sectors and offers the opportunity to obtain a unique internationally recognised qualification from a global leader in the fields of food safety and food security.
With an ever-increasing global population, the world’s food production and supply chains are under increased pressure, and issues relating to food safety and food security are of key concern for all. The Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at QUB is one of the University’s four Global Research Institutes and is leading the world in addressing one of the greatest challenges we face – how to ensure the safety of our food.
The MSc Advanced Food Safety programme is delivered and taught by IGFS researchers and focuses on the new and emerging issues threatening food safety and food security, and concentrates on the utilisation of recent developments in analytical approaches to monitor and regulate food integrity, authenticity and security.
Applications for this course received after 30th June 2021 may not be accepted. In addition, a deposit will be required to secure a place.
Advanced Food Safety Highlights
Purpose-built teaching and research facilities based in the Institute for Global Food Security within the new £40 million Biological Sciences Building.
Internationally Renowned Experts
You’ll study at a University with researchers who work at the very forefront of food safety research and learning. Professor Chris Elliott, a founder of IGFS, led the UK government's independent review of food systems following the uncovering of the horsemeat scandal in 2013.
Taught by world-leading research staff at the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS), the programme focuses on new and emerging issues. Concentrating on developments in analytical approaches to monitor and regulate food safety, authenticity and security, you will gain practical experience in the use of conventional and emerging state of the art bioanalytical technology.
"One of the benefits of coming to study Food Safety at Queen’s is access to state-of-the-art equipment and techniques used in modern food safety analysis.Students can get hands on experience both of conventional routine equipment used in diagnostic laboratories but also new research equipment that in future years will be applied more widely across the industry."Dr Mark Mooney, Course Director for MSc Advanced Food Safety
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You will learn about emerging issues within the field of food safety, and focus on analytical approaches to monitor and regulate food safety, authenticity and security.
You will study core topics in the field:
Food safety, health and disease;
Food authenticity and traceability;
Chemical/biological hazards in animal feed and human food;
Current and emerging analytical technologies to prevent food safety incidents.
You’ll be assessed by continuous assessment in the following areas:
Food Safety, Health and Disease
Advanced Food Bioanalysis
Agri-food Traceability and Fraud
Bio-entrepreneurship and Advanced Skills
Foundations for Research in the Biosciences
Research Project (triple module)
You’ll complete a dissertation-based food safety-related research project.
As you might expect for this ever-changing field of research, you’ll use both traditional equipment and the latest bioanalytical technology used within the field of food security and food safety.
GC, HPLC and UPLC separation platforms
ICP, IR, qToF and QqQ mass spectrometers
Microbiological research facilities
Antibody production and biomolecule binder development
Cell culture suite and bioanalytical assay detection systems
NMR, NIR and Raman spectrometers
Proteomic and metabolomic proofing tools
RT-PCR, transcriptomic proofing, Next-generation sequencing
Multiplex biosensor platforms and LFD development
The Institute for Global Food Security has strong links with industry, companies and government bodies, and is internationally recognised as a leading player in food safety education and research, so completing this course will provide you with excellent employment opportunities both locally and further afield. Previous graduates have gone on to employment in; International agri-food sector companies; Diagnostic service provision companies; Research and regulatory analyst laboratories; and many have gone on to pursue further PhD-level study both at QUB and at other leading Universities.
Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities available with this course are outlined below:
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high-quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable the student to achieve their full academic potential.
On the MSc in Advanced Food Safety we do this by providing a range of learning experiences that enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world-class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners.
Across a combination of morning and afternoon classes, examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are lectures, practical laboratory experiences, self-directed study and supervised research work to enhance employability.
Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:
Continuous assessment of coursework, and assessment of modules based solely on submitted work related to private individual study - There are no formal written examinations.
A major component of this degree will involve the completion of a food safety-related research project under the supervision of a member of the IGFS research staff.
Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above in a relevant area of science or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.
We welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds, therefore applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements but hold a degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) and can demonstrate appropriate postgraduate experience, will be considered on an individual basis.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check with us the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for the English language for visa purposes.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
Northern Ireland (NI) 1: £6,450
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2: £6,450
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1: £7,250
EU Other 3: £21,400
Terms and Conditions for Postgraduate applications
Due to high demand, there is a deadline for applications.
You will be required to pay a deposit of £400 pounds to secure your place on the course.
This condition of the offer is in addition to any academic or English language requirements.
1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however, this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however, this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22 and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Advanced Food Safety costs
Students are required to buy a laboratory coat at a cost of £10.