Royal Agricultural University

Royal Agricultural University

Food Safety and Quality Management

Recent incidents of major food safety breakdowns, in both developed and developing nations, have had a huge impact on people's livelihoods, their business viability, and the wider food supply. As a result of consumer protection legislation, those at the consumer end of food supply are increasingly sensitised to their liabilities and have developed sophisticated systems of risk assessment, management and communication. The course aims to provide graduates with the necessary training, education, and industry experience to progress their career and become food safety and quality management professionals. It addresses supply chain food safety and quality management in the wider context of food security. This course is delivered through a combination of lectures, guest speakers, small group workshops and seminars, individual and student-led research, computer-assisted learning, and visits. You will use case studies, practical workshops, field studies, group projects, and role play exercises to help put the theory into practice and develop both independent and team skills. You will also have the opportunity to work with an organisation in the industry to solve real-life problems and issues.

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entry requirement will be an Honours degree at upper 2nd level. Mature candidates with significant relevant work experience and lower academic qualifications may also be considered for entry, following personal interview with the course manager. If your 1st language is not English, we will accept international English language test (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 average with no element below 5.5. If you have other qualifications, including overseas awards and alternative English language qualifications, you are advised to contact admissions to discuss the suitability of your award for entry onto the course.

Course modules

Core modules: Food chain; fundamentals of food science; systems for food safety management; food business quality systems; sustainability and the food industry; leadership and innovation in the agri-food industries. Plus 2 further modules from the following list: Poverty and food security; fisheries and aquaculture management; global red meat chains; global white meat chains; global dairy chains; tourism and development; sustainable management of soil and water; organic production and marketing.

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. You will be required to complete an individual research project in order to be awarded a Master's degree. This will involve the submission of two research papers; a review paper and a research paper, written to the submission requirements of a specified scientific journal.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,660 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 11,270 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 6,660 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Telephone number: 
01285 889912