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Institution / Queens University Belfast

Food Safety - Advanced

Overview
The MSc in Advanced Food Safety is tailored towards students who aim to, or currently work within the agri-food industry and related sectors, offering a unique qualification in the fields of food safety and security.

The Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS), is one of the University’s four Global Research Institutes, which is leading the world in addressing one of the greatest challenges – how to ensure the safety of our food.

The world’s food supply is reducing. Its production is under increasing pressure, and so safety issues are more likely to arise.

The programme focus will be on new and emerging issues within the field, concentrating on developments in analytical approaches to monitor and regulate food safety, authenticity and security.

Advanced Food Safety highlights
World Class Facilities
Purpose-built teaching and research facilities are currently being constructed for the Institute of Global Food Security, within the new £39 million Biological Sciences building due to open in 2018.

Internationally Renowned Experts
You’ll study at a university that was at the forefront of uncovering and understanding the horsemeat scandal in 2013. Professor Chris Elliott, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, led the UK government's independent review of food systems.

Student Experience
The MSc Advanced Food Safety, is one of only two courses in Queen's to be part of the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (DIFD Award), offering tution support to a scholar on this programme, commencing their studies in 2018-2019.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above in a relevant area of science or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Applicants with qualifications below 2.2 Honours degree standard (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) will be considered on a case-by-case basis, if they can demonstrate appropriate experience, acceptable to the School.

RECOGNITION OF PRIOR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING (RPEL)
Admission to the programme(s) under Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) is permissible in the following circumstances:
•A lower level of performance in an Honours degree, in combination with suitable experience
•Applications will be considered on the basis of experiential learning in combination with a sub-Honours degree level qualification

INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.

*Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:
•English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
•Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

Duration

1 year, full-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Introduction
The Institute for Global Food Security has strong links with industry, companies and government bodies, so you’ll have excellent opportunities locally and further afield. Previous graduates have gone on to employment in; local and international agri-food industry sectors; Diagnostic service provision companies; Research and regulatory analyst laboratories and many have gone on to pursue PhD-level study.

Further enquiries

Dr Mark Mooney
Global Food Security
Email: mark.mooney@qub.ac.uk

Subjects taught

You will learn about emerging issues within the field of food safety, and focus on analytical approaches to monitor and regulate food safety, authenticity and security.

You will study core topics in the field:
• Food safety, health and disease;
• Food authenticity and traceability;
• Chemical/biological hazards in animal feed and human food;
• Current and emerging analytical technologies to prevent food safety incidents.

Module Topics
You’ll be assessed by continuous assessment and examination in the following areas:
• Advanced Food Bioanalysis
• Agri-food Traceability and Fraud
• Bio-entrepreneurship and Advanced Skills
• Food Safety, Health and Disease
• Foundations for Research in the Biosciences
• Literature Review

Research Project (triple module)
You’ll complete a lab based food safety related research project.

Comment

Learning and Teaching
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.

On the MSc in Advanced Food Safety we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners.

Across a combination of morning and afternoon classes, examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are lectures, practical laboratory experiences, self-directed study and supervised research work to enhance employability.

Facilities
As you might expect for this ever-changing field of research, you’ll use both traditional equipment and the latest bioanalytical technology used within the field of food security and food safety.

These include:
• GC, HPLC and UPLC separation platforms
• ICP, IR, qToF and QqQ mass spectrometers
• Microbiological research facilities
• Antibody production and biomolecule binder development
• Cell culture suite and bioanalytical assay detection systems
• NMR, NIR and Raman spectrometers
• Proteomic and metabolomic profiing tools
• RT-PCR, transcriptomic profiing, Next-generation sequencing
• Multiplex biosensor platforms and LFD development

Assessment method

Assessment
Continuous assessment of coursework, examinations, and assessment of modules based solely on submitted work related to private individual study.

An MSc will be awarded with Distinction to students who achieve a dissertation and average mark both exceeding 70 per cent, and with Commendation for marks over 60 per cent.

A major component of this degree will involve the completion of a laboratory-based, food safety related research project.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply. See application weblink below.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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