Welcome to MSc International Food Safety, Sustainability and Innovation
The MSc in International Food Safety, Sustainability and Innovation takes a holistic, farm-to-fork approach, acknowledging that optimised sector performance and control often requires interconnection of key practices and initiatives across the supply chain. The MSc programme is delivered part-time through online distance learning, and is tailored to the needs of individuals progressing their career in technical management, and also those seeking to advance careers in quality, hygiene, and product/process development roles.
Developed in collaboration with food and drink industry practitioners and businesses, this programme offers the opportunity to develop and expand expert knowledge in food safety, sustainability, and innovation. All of which will underpin management and leadership capability when seeking to advance related food and drink sector initiatives.
The course introduces significant and recent food safety trends across the supply chain, providing both a UK and international focus. Students have the opportunity to develop an extensive knowledge of safety and authenticity technologies of benefit to the food and drink manufacturing sector, advancing specialism in aspects of technical management and encompassing areas such as hygiene, product development, leadership, and performance monitoring, spanning the control and assurance of quality, safety, and legality.
How You Study
The programme is a two and a half year part-time Master's degree, comprising online study modules and and a research-based project. Teaching is delivered through our Virtual Learning Platform (VLE) and through online tutor and student discussion, online critique of research papers, and guided reading, alongside fieldwork within a technical role.
Students complete 120 credits within taught modules and then conduct a significant large-scale individual project including research methodology skills and techniques forming 60 credits.
An Introduction to Your Modules
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
How you are assessed
A wide range of assessment methods are used and these vary based on the subject content and learning outcomes expected for each module. Example of assessment may include multiple-choice questions, open book exercises, assignments, posters, case studies, presentations, and practical/research-based time constrained assessment. E-portfolios are encouraged to support evidence in self-development highlighting skills and behaviours gained throughout the programme.
Entry Requirements 2023-24
First or second class honours degree or equivalent overseas qualification. We will consider applicants with non-related degrees or with relevant vocational and professional qualifications gained whilst working within the food and drink industry.
Candidates will also need to have a minimum of two years food or drink industry experience and be employed in a managerial or supervisory role within the food or drink industry, or related industry.
Mathematics and English requirements:
GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C/4 or above. Equivalents are accepted for example Functional Skills Level 2 or IELTS 6.0.
Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element.
If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills
Fees and Funding
For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, UK students can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.