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The MSc/PG Diploma programme in Food Science, Safety and Health is tailored to take advantage of the excellent career prospects available in the food industry. This programme provides students with a flexible, high-quality approach to postgraduate learning which offers the potential for enhanced career progression within the food industry. Students undertaking this programme will develop their knowledge and understanding of modern food and beverage science, manufacturing and business.

The programme is closely aligned with the needs of the industry and is accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology, UK. Key areas, such as hazard analysis and the legal framework for food production, are fully covered so that graduates are well equipped for careers in both the technical and managerial aspects of food production. The core courses explore fundamental principles and innovative practices so that those undertaking this training can apply their knowledge proficiently to safety, quality and the microbiological issues in the food and beverage manufacturing and related industries.

MSc programmes last for one year (September to August inclusive) and include a substantial research project. The Diploma covers the same classes as the MSc but lasts for just 9 months (September to May inclusive). Students admitted to the Diploma programme and who perform well in the taught courses may be invited to transfer to the MSc programme.


This programme is accredited by the Institute of Food Science & Technology.

The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) is the leading qualifying body for food professionals in Europe and the only professional body in the UK concerned with all aspects of food science and technology.

Course content

   Detailed course guide
  • Food Microbiology
  • Project Studies
  • Rapid Detection and Identification of Bacteria in Food and Clinical Laboratories
  • Food Quality, Safety and Toxicology
  • Research Project (MSc only)