Food Safety Management - MSc/PgD 

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Course Overview

The safety and quality of food is a major concern to consumers, retailers, manufactures and regulators. High profile incidents have highlighted the need for the effective management systems and regulatory frameworks for food safety at the local, national and international levels.

Increasingly, professionals within this field require specialised knowledge and skills to help them identify and effectively manage risks. In response to these challenges, this PgDip/MSc has been designed to meet the development needs of UK andinternational food safety specialists working in commerce and industry and enforcement agencies.

Course Content

The programme utilises theoretical frameworks and practical case studies to enable students to identify potential hazards, assess risk and to develop and monitor risk management strategies. The teaching team has many years experience in policy development, research and consultancy working in industry and the enforcement of legislation. The team operates at the international level and this is reflected in the teaching sessions.

The taught component of the programme comprises the equivalent of six modules of 20 credit points each at level M (comprising four half modules and four full modules). The taught modules are as follows:

• Research Methods (1.0 module)
• Management of Risk 1 (0.5 module)
• Management of Risk 2 (0.5 module)
• Policy and Strategy Studies (1 module)
• Epidemiology (0.5 module)
• Food Safety Management Systems 1(1.0 module)
• Food Safety Management Systems 2 (1.0 module
• Management of Outbreaks of Food Borne Diseases (0.5 module)

The dissertation phase of the module is comprised of a number of components including the development of research proposal, an in-depth literature review and presentation of the findings of self-directed research in the form of an academic paper. This phase of the studies allows students to develop specific knowledge in relation to a food safety issue of particular interest to them.

Employability & Careers

The programme is seen to be of particular relevance to those wishing to further their expertise in food safety management.

The programme is also of relevance to students with a general enforcement background or food industry background who wish to specialise in food safety.

Entry Requirements

The normal minimum requirements for entry are one of the following:

  • An initial degree awarded by an approved degree awarding body;
  • A non-graduate qualification which Cardiff Metropolitan University has deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate admission.
  • For candidates whose first language is not English, such candidates must normally be able to demonstrate on entry English Language proficiency at or equivalent to an IELTS score of at least 6.0.
  • Routes for Exceptional Entry are available to candidates have a minimum of two years experience in a relevant field.

Key Facts

Campus: Llandaff

School: Cardiff School of Health Sciences

Course Length:
One year full time (plus Dissertation) or two years part time (plus Dissertation)

Assessment: Students’ performance is assessed via a course work of a variety of forms including essays and reports.

Selection Procedure:
Written application which may be supplemented by an interview.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Colin Powell:
Tel: 029 2041 6860

See Also:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences Website