Royal Agricultural University

Royal Agricultural University

Food Safety and Quality Management

A globalised food industry and accelerating population figures mean that food safety is of critical importance to billions of consumers and producers worldwide. For anyone working in or hoping to move into the agri-food industry, this degree will give you the requisite scientific and practical understanding of current trends and the know-how to deliver solutions.

We will guide you through a comprehensive exploration of the issues involved, from regulatory processes to the role of public institutions and policy makers. You are then able to tailor your studies to focus on an area of special interest that aligns with your future plans, whether that be poverty and food security, consumer habits, tourism or a host of other options open to you at the RAU.

You will ultimately be well placed to deploy your expertise in an NGO setting, within business and industry, academia and research, or with any number of government or institutional bodies concerned with the highest standards of food safety and management.

The course offers 2 entry points in September and January.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first or upper second class Honours degree in a relevant subject and have evidence of English reading, speaking and writing to a minimum of IELTS 6.5 (with no element below 5.5).

Suitable applied disciplines, include agriculture, food and environmental science or business management while pure disciplines such as geography; sociology and economics are equally suitable.

Mature applicants with relevant experience such as working in the agriculture, fisheries and the food industry or for government departments or agencies, or with a high level of aptitude and motivation are welcomed

Course modules

4014 Food Chain
4075 Research Project
4206 Fundamentals of Food Science
4207 Systems for Food Safety Management
4209 Sustainability and the Food industry
4228 New Product Development (NPD) in the Agri-Food Industry
4237 The Politics and Policies of Food Assurance

Plus a choice of TWO modules, selected from:
4040 Sustainable Management of Soil and Water
4084 Tourism and Development
4110 Fisheries and Aquaculture Management
4201 Poverty and Food Security
4211 Global Red Meat Chains
4212 Global White Meat Chains
4213 Global Dairy Food Chain
4238 Integrated Organic Systems

Assessment methods

A variety of methods are used to assess your performance. This includes written examinations and coursework, such as case study analysis, report writing, essay writing, critical literature review, oral and poster presentations, and assessed group and individual seminars. Applicants study 6 core modules and 2 elective modules, followed by the Research Project. The Research Project is introduced in January to be carried out over the summer and submitted at the end of September. It will be presented as a review paper and as a research paper. Anyone not wishing to undertake the Research Project may choose to take a Postgraduate Diploma following successful completion of 8 modules.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time January 2018 GBP 11,550 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time January 2018 GBP 6,820 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time January 2018 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Royal Agricultural University Cirencester GL7 6JS South West

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