Food Regulatory Affairs - Online
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Ulster University - Coleraine

Food Regulatory Affairs - Online

Food regulatory affairs integrates science, law and food/health policy as applied to the regulation of the entire food chain, from pre-harvest to the consumer. International perspectives on food regulatory affairs have become increasingly important, particularly since the formation of the World Trade Organisation and the international acceptance of Codex Alimentarius standards.

You will develop knowledge and understanding of legislative, policy and scientific aspects of food regulatory affairs, as well as acquire skills to disseminate and implement knowledge in practice. European and global experts in science, law, economics and policy contribute to the course.

This programme is designed for individuals already employed or who wish to develop careers in the food sector, regulatory agencies, government departments and trade organisation with excellent employment opportunities in government (national and international) and non-government organisations, and in the UK, European and international agri-food industry.

The award is granted jointly between Ulster University and University College Dublin.

Work placement / study abroad
Full-time students will be advised to explore the possibility of taking a short placement in food companies and Ulster University will facilitate such placements for students who are based in Northern Ireland.

For further course details please see "Course Web Page" below.

Subjects taught

Year one
Introduction to the European Union and Food Regulatory Affairs
This module provides students with an in depth knowledge of the workings of the EU and the process of negotiation with respect to food regulatory issues which lies at the heart of the food regulatory process.

Risk Analysis
This module provides students with a solid foundation in the concepts and principles of risk analysis so that they will be capable of applying knowledge gained in this module to practical situations in the workplace.

International Food Regulatory Affairs
This module gives students an appreciation of global regulation of the food supply. It provides students with a solid foundation in the concepts and principles of risk analysis so that they will be capable of applying the knowledge gained in this module to practical situations in the workplace.

Farm to Fork Regulation of the Food Chain
This module allows the students to develop a critical understanding of the totality and complexity of the farm to fork concept and how such a concept impinges on food regulatory affairs within the EU and UK food arena.

Food Regulatory Affairs Research Project
This module, which is normally practical based, provides the opportunity, through research or advanced scholarship, to integrate knowledge of the food regulatory sciences by the advanced study and elucidation of a chosen topic in the food regulatory area or veterinary public health. It is conducted under supervision.

Research Methods and Biostatistics for Food and Nutrition
This module will provide a comprehensive understanding of the research methods for food, nutritional and sports sciences. The design of experimental investigations and the use of specialist statistical methods will be developed. The module requires the completion of a critical evaluation of published literature and development of a novel research project proposal and problem-based assessments; issues relating to research ethics and governance are also included.

Food and Health
This module is optional
This module introduces students to basic nutritional concepts, including the relationships between diet and chronic disease, and how these concepts inform developments in food and nutrition policy.

Current Issues in Food Regulatory Affairs
This module is optional
This module gives students the opportunity to study in-depth and to evaluate critically some of the current issues and challenges facing the EU and the UK in terms of implication for regulatory affairs.

Nutrition and Health Claims in the UK and Europe
This module is optional
This module provides students with an appreciation of the complexity of Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation (Regulation 1924/2006). The evolution of claims globally, the process of authorisation and scientific substantiation of claims for the UK and European markets, and contentious issues with regard to legal and regulatory aspects of claims will be explored.

Entry requirements

To apply to our postgraduate taught programmes, you must meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements and any course-specific requirements.

These vary depending on the course and are detailed online.

Applicants for the PgC/PgD/MSc must hold an Honours or non-Honours degree with a pass mark or equivalent standard (e.g. Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate) in a relevant subject area from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard, or demonstrate ability to undertake the course through accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL).

Relevant subject degree areas include Human Nutrition, Food Science, and Agriculture/Biological/Biomedical Sciences/Veterinary Medicine. Other degrees (e.g. Law) will also be acceptable provided that the applicant can demonstrate experience in food regulatory affairs.

Applicants are also to demonstrate evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).

If English is not your first language this course requires a minimum English level of IELTS (academic) 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5, or equivalent.

Visit ulster.ac.uk/englishrequirements for more details.

This course is open to international (non-EU) students.

For full entry requirements please see "Course Web Page" below.

Application dates

Your Application
Application is through the University's online application system (see "Application Weblink" below).

Enrolment dates

Start Date: September 2023.

Post Course Info

Career options
The academic content of the programme helps students to develop knowledge and understanding of legislative, policy and scientific aspects of food regulatory affairs as well as to acquire skills to disseminate and implement knowledge in practice. This leads to excellent employment opportunities in government (EU and international) and non-government organisations, and in the European and international agri-food industry.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    MSc/PGDip/PGCert

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma at UK Level 7,Degree - Masters at UK Level 7,Postgraduate Certificate at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time

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