Food Safety Management - MSc/PgD
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 MSc/PgD has been designed to meet the development needs of UK andinternational food safety specialists working in commerce and industry and enforcement agencies.
The programme utilizes 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 for industry and government and the direct 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 literary review and presentation of the findings of a 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.
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 specialize in food safety.
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.
School: Cardiff School of Health Sciences
One year full time (plus Dissertation) or two years part time (plus Dissertation)
Assessment: Students’ performance is assessed via a number of means. Whilst at present there are two examinations, the majority of assessment is conducted through course work.
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply
Written application which may be supplemented by an interview.