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Global Food Security- Food Safety

Overview
This online Global Food Security (Food Safety) postgraduate programme will be delivered by leading research active staff within the internationally recognised Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) based at Queen's University Belfast.

This unique food safety course will comprise specialist modules such as chemical and microbiological feed and food safety, health, global food legislation, food fraud and advanced analytical methods for detecting food safety issues. The course is particularly suitable for those working in the agri-food industry, regulatory agencies and analytical communities who wish to develop their knowledge to a higher level.

Awards will be available at Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) and Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) level, and to Masters level following completion of a dissertation-based module.

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements
Graduate
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.

The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for more information.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements
Students wishing to apply to distance learning programmes offered by 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. This evidence may include an IELTS Academic score of 6.0 overall, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Alternatively, applicants who have previously studied a degree through the medium of English can use this as evidence of English language proficiency. Applicants who have not provided appropriate evidence of their English proficiency in their online application may be requested to provide additional supporting information and/or undertake a formal English language assessment (oral and written) conducted by the School. This assessment will seek to determine if the applicant has sufficient proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from a distance learning course of study. Students wishing to apply to distance learning programmes offered by 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. This evidence may include an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Alternatively, applicants who have previously studied a degree through the medium of English can use this as evidence of English language proficiency. (*taken within the last 2 years). Applicants who have not provided appropriate evidence of their English proficiency in their online application may be requested to provide additional supporting information and/or undertake a formal English language assessment (oral and written) conducted by the School. This assessment will seek to determine if the applicant has sufficient proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from a distance learning course of study.

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.

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

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
•Academic English: 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

Online learning.
MSc: 3 years part-time;
PgDip: 2 years part-time;
PgCert: 1 year part-time.

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.

The programme is only taught part time with students undertaking 1 module per semester.

Modern online technology and dynamic advanced audio and video tools will be employed to achieve a stimulating teaching and learning experience.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Introduction
This programme should allow career progression for those working within the wider Agri-food industry sector including food production, processing and retail, regulatory and governmental control agencies, and research organisations..

http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

Further enquiries

Dr Katrina Campbell, Lecturer
School of Biological Sciences - Lecturer
Molecular Biosciences Institute for Global Food Security
email: katrina.campbell@qub.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 6535

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Course Delivery
On-line module delivery is currently planned to be 15 weeks long, with required estimated student time per week of between 15-20 hours.

Each module is available for a specified 20 week period each academic year. On-line material will be released over a 15 week content delivery period with a further 5 weeks for completion and submission of the final assessment element.

Module content will be opened up on a block-by-block basis every 3 weeks and students will work at their own pace through content completing continuous assessment tasks to agreed schedules.

Start dates for next DL modules are:
- Food safety and health: Monday 24 September 2018
- Food integrity, fraud and traceability: Monday 4th March 2019
- Advanced Analytical Tools for Food Security: Monday 23 September 2019
- Global food standards and legislation: Monday 2 March 2020

Course Details
Students can study the Masters part-time over a period of 3 years, the Postgraduate Diploma part-time over a period of 2 years and the Postgraduate Certificate part-time over a period of 1 year. You can also enrol initially for a 1 year Postgraduate Certificate and if successful continue to the Postgraduate Diploma and /or Masters.

Students aiming for MSc qualification will study 60CATS each year, normally the two Postgraduate Certificate modules [60CATS] in the first year, the additional two modules for the Postgraduate Diploma [60CATS; total 120CATS] in second year, and the Dissertation [60CATS; total 180CATS] in third year as described below:

Students can start the course in either September or February of each academic year.

Year 1 Modules
Food Safety and Health
The contents of this module will centre on the exploration of various chemical and microbiological risks associated with animal feed and human food safety, and an examination of the reported links to health defects/disease progression.

Food Integrity, Fraud and Traceability
This module will investigate examples of highly varied, internationally relevant and difficult to detect incidences of food fraud and compromised food traceability. The range and types of food fraud will be discussed and the means of detecting such incidences to ensure that food is safe, wholesome and authentic demonstrated. The economic consequences of food product recall due to food contamination incidents will be assessed highlighting the need for traceability across the whole food supply chain, together with an exploration of consumer willingness to pay for improvements to aspects of food safety and traceability.

Year 2 Modules
Advanced Analytical Tools for Food Security
This module will review the principles behind current and emerging monitoring technologies for rapid/early detection of feed/food contamination incidents and disease. Overviews and applications of various screening and confirmatory test platforms for food security analysis will be covered in this module.

Global Food Standards and Legislation
This module introduces international food standard setting, with a focus on the Codex Alimentarius Commission standard setting process and its impacts on international trade and World Trade Organisation agreements related to food in addition to trends of modernisation of food safety legislation internationally.

Year 3 Modules
Dissertation
This module (60CATS) consists of research work and a written dissertation carried out around a hypothesis, case study, critical incident or other significant activity relevant to the programme. Students will prepare a project proposal for approval before registering on the module and develop a full project proposal upon which they are interviewed before carrying out the project work. Interim reports and a draft introduction will be submitted at required intervals in addition to regular contact with an assigned IGFS academic supervisor and submission of a completed thesis by an agreed deadline. Online teaching delivery will relate to project management skills, plagiarism, researching and writing techniques.

Comment

Global Food Security (Food Safety) highlights
"Food safety and food security is now one of the most important topics in science across the world." Professor Chris Elliott

Internationally Renowned Experts
•The Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's University Belfast aims to play a major role in delivering safe, sustainable and authentic food to the world's population, and has become globally recognised for its excellence in research. It was ranked number one for research intensity in the UK for agriculture, veterinary and food science (REF 2014).

Student Experience
•The online format is particularly suitable if you are in full or part-time employment as you can organise your studies around your work and family commitments. Furthermore, the flexible format permits study breaks between academic years if required. In addition, employers support our distance learning format as staff do not require regular leave to attend on-campus. Students download their study materials, participate in course discussions, test their learning, watch video presentations and participate in webinars delivered by food security experts via the University's Moodle based delivery platform.

Assessment method

Online questionnaires
Case studies
Simulation-based assignments
Presentations
Written coursework

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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