Recognising equal needs

This course addresses the key issues of food control, from both the food producers and food law enforcement points of view, recognising the equally important needs of distributors, retailers and of course, consumers.

We cover the successful introduction and implementation of systems of control, including those based on the accepted principles of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), and other international quality management standards.

Why Food Safety and Control at LSBU?

  • Accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology.
  • We’re No.1 London modern university for research quality in Food Science (Complete University Guide league table, 2018).
  • Students who have accepted an offer for this course are encouraged to apply for LSBU's Frank Brake scholarship.
  • EU study opportunities exist with the University of de Lorraine Nancy, France, and Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Valencia, Spain.
  • The course has also included sustainability to address food security, food waste, sustainable packaging.


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
MSc Part-time 30 months September Southwark Campus
MSc Part-time 31 months January Southwark Campus
PgDip Part-time 2 years January; September Southwark Campus
MSc Full-time 16 months January; September Southwark Campus
PgDip Full-time 1 year January; September Southwark Campus


The course has been developed to provide:

  • A thorough understanding of the scientific principles on which both the safe handling of food and food control procedures are based
  • An appreciation of the importance of the proper control of the manufacture, storage and distribution, and the means by which it is achieved in the production and sale of safe food
  • An understanding of the food industry's responsibilities to the interests and welfare of the consumer
  • Opportunities to consider the social and economic contexts in which the industry operates
  • An intellectually stimulating and coherent programme relevant to both your needs and those of the food industry
  • A detailed understanding of the philosophy and methodology of research
  • The best possible opportunity to develop personally and professionally
  • The knowledge and skills, necessary to enhance your career prospects.

Year 1

All modules are assessed through a mix of formal examination and coursework. Each module represents 200 hours of learning time with up to 40 hours of class contact time.

  • Food regulation and sustainability
  • Food composition and safety
  • Food microbiology and hygiene
  • Food quality management
  • Food product development management
  • Food control operations
  • Research methods
  • Project


The responsibility of assuring the safety of food lies primarily with the government and the industry. In today's food industry, all aspects of the production, storage and distribution of food must be effectively controlled, not only to assure safety and wholesomeness, but also to ensure efficient and consistent manufacture at the lowest possible cost.

The course will open up a wide range of career opportunities including roles in product development; quality control; food safety and quality management; catering and retailing; technical auditing; and food law enforcement. Some of our graduates have gone on to PhD degrees.

Recent employers include Kerry Foods, Leathams, Bakkaver, Kraft Foods, Tesco, Asda, Marks and Spencer, Harrods and local authorities.

Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Professional links

Recent guest lecturers include:

  • Professor Tim Brocklehurst, Institute of Food Research
  • Peter Addington, Packaging Consultant, Food Industry
  • Dr Tim Foster, University of Nottingham UK Institute of Food Science and Technology

Some members of the teaching team are registered trainers for the Charted Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and a fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST). There is also a close association with Leatherhead Food Research and Campden BRI.

This course is accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST).

Teaching and learning

You'll make extensive use of the Virtual Learning Environment, so materials are available whenever you need them. Personal tutoring support, extra clinics offering support outside lecture and tutorial sessions are available. There's a major focus on the practical applications of knowledge, supported by hands-on laboratory exercises. Various assessment methods are used in modules across the course.

Personal Tutoring

As an Applied Sciences student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.

Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have a scheduled appointment with your personal tutor in your first semester. From here you will agree on how to keep in touch and how often to meet throughout your course. Meetings will usually last 30 minutes. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email.

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in a relevant subject; or
  • HND/HNC in Food Technology or a related subject; plus
  • 2 years of relevant work experience.
  • We welcome equivalent overseas qualifications.

An interview (face to face or phone) will be necessary where the qualifications don't exactly match the requirements.

How to apply

International students

International (non-Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start Dates Application code Application mode
MSc Part-time 30 months September 5236 Direct to LSBU
MSc Part-time 31 months January 5237 See below
PgDip Part-time 2 years January; September 5238 See below
MSc Full-time 16 months January; September 5235 See below
PgDip Full-time 1 year January; September 5150 See below

Postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session, they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

Program taught in:
  • English

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