Veterinary Public Health - Food Regulatory Affairs - Online
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Ulster University - Coleraine

Veterinary Public Health - Food Regulatory Affairs - Online

This programme will provide you with a broad knowledge of veterinary public health and food regulatory affairs issues. You will learn to assess available evidence and data, make sound judgements, and communicate findings effectively to stakeholders in the food chain including producers, regulators, industry, and consumers.

Relevant UK, EU, and international food regulatory policy is covered within the lectures and translated into a regulatory framework so that you can grasp the complex idea of total regulation of the food chain, from primary production to consumer health issues. Core domains of veterinary public health will be addressed in relation to the regulatory responsibilities of veterinarians and the protection of animal health and welfare, and human health. Teaching is through online lectures, discussions, individual support, and small group work. European and global experts in science, law, economics, and policy contribute to the course.

This programme leads to excellent employment opportunities in government (national and international) and non-government organisations, and in the UK, European, and international agrifood industry.

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

Subjects taught

Year one
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.

Veterinary Public Health 1 - Regulatory
Veterinary Public Health 1 - Regulatory, will translate the requirements laid down in relevant regulations underpinning food regulatory policy into a coherent framework. This will equip students with the knowledge base and skills necessary to progress to the more specific elements of Veterinary Public Health which will be studied in the second semester.

Veterinary Public Health 2 - Applied
This module builds on the knowledge base and skills from the previous module (Veterinary Public Health 1 - Regulatory) and aims to integrate the disparate elements of the documented requirements for training of official veterinarians so that students will grasp the complex idea of total regulation of the food chain from primary production, animal welfare, food processing, monitoring and surveillance, environmental and waste issues to protection of consumer health.

Year two
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 PgD/MSc Veterinary Public Health with Food Regulatory Affairs specialism must hold a degree in veterinary medicine from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard. Normally students will have a minimum of one-year post qualification experience prior to commencement of the programme.

Applicants should also demonstrate evidence of competence in written and spoke 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 (UK and international) and non-government organisations, and in the UK and international agri-food industry.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    MSc/PGDip

  • Qualifications

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

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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