The MSc/PgDip programme in Food Safety and Control addresses the key issues of food control, from both the food producers and food law enforcement points of view, recognizing the equally important needs of distributors, retailers and of course, consumers.
The course covers the knowledge and skills required for the successful introduction and implementation of systems of control, such as those based on the accepted principles of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), and other international quality management standards.
The responsibility of assuring the safety of food lies primarily with 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. Consumers are demanding a greater assurance of safety as well as more information on which to base their choices. Students are expected to take on demanding roles in a wide range of food control activities in both the private and public sectors upon graduation while gaining an internationally recognized qualification.
EU study opportunity
EU study opportunities exist with the University of de Lorraine Nancy, France, and Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Valencia, Spain.
Excellent scholarship opportunity
Students who have accepted an offer for a place on this course are encouraged to apply for LSBU's Frank Brake scholarships.
Key course information - ordered by mode
|MSc Part-time (Sept)||30 months||September||Southwark Campus|
|MSc Part-time (Jan)||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|
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
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.
The programme covers the knowledge and skills required for the successful introduction and implementation of systems of control such as those based on the accepted principles of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), and other international quality management standards. This opens up numerous and diverse opportunities in food safety and control.
You'll study all areas of food safety, ranging from microbiological, chemical and physical safety in the different modules and throughout the programme.
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 Ph.D. degrees.
Recent employers include Kerry Foods, Leathams, Bakkaver, Kraft Foods, Tesco, Asda, Marks and Spencer, Harrods and local authorities.
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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.
You'll be encouraged to undertake a work-based project or dissertation.
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.
- Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second ClassHonours Lower Division in a relevant subject; or
- HND/HNC in Food Technology or a related subject; plus
- 2 years relevant work experience.
- We welcome equivalent overseas qualifications.
All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.
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Last updated September 8, 2018