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Global Food Security - Food Safety

Overview
The Global Food Security (Food Safety) programme is delivered by leading research active staff within the Internationally recognised Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) based at Queen's University Belfast.

This is a unique postgraduate level course and awards are available at Certificate, Diploma or Master's Level.

The programme offers a flexible study pathway to those working in the agri-food industry who wish to develop their skills and knowledge to a postgraduate level.

The course includes the following modules:
• Food Safety and Health
• Food Integrity, Fraud and Traceability
• Advanced Analytical Tools for Food Safety
• Global Food Standards and Legislation
• Dissertation

Modern online technology and dynamic advanced audio and video tools will be employed to achieve a stimulating interactive teaching and learning experience across all topics. This programme offers learners the opportunity to study this exciting and rapidly changing area, taught by world experts within the field, at their
own pace (2 modules / 60 CATS per year) and within their chosen environment.

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 plays a major role in delivering safe, sustainable and authentic food to the world's population, and has become globally recognised for it's excellence in research and was ranked number one for research intensity in the UK for agriculture veterinary and food science (Times Higher Education Research Intensity Ranking/REF, 2014).

Student Experience
•The distance-learning 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 Online distance learning delivery platform.

Course Structure
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.

Students have the option to enroll initially for a 1 year Postgraduate Certificate and upon successful completion advance to the Postgraduate Diploma and /or Masters programme.

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

COURSE DELIVERY
Each module is available online for a specified 20 week period each academic year.

Online 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 23rd September 2019
- Food integrity, fraud and traceability: Monday 2nd March 2020
- Advanced Analytical Tools for Food Security: Monday 21st September 2020
- Global food standards and legislation: Monday 1st March 2021.

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.

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* 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. 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

1 year full-time, 3 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Introduction
This flexible online programme has been designed specifically for anyone who wants to know more about this subject of increasing global importance, and who is seeking new opportunities or career advancement and progression in food safety related organisations and the wider agri-food industry sector including:

• Food production
• Agri-Food focused companies
• Processing and Retail Sectors
• Regulatory and governmental control agencies
• Research organisations
• Further PhD level study
http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

Further enquiries

Dr Cuong Cao 
Lecturer
School of Biological Sciences

Dr Irene Grant 
Lecturer
School of Biological Sciences

Dr Katrina Campbell 
Lecturer
School of Biological Sciences

Dr Mark Mooney 
Senior Lecturer
School of Biological Sciences
Email: mark.mooney@qub.ac.uk

Dr Paul William 
Lecturer
School of Biological Sciences

Professor Andy Meharg 
Lecturer
School of Biological Sciences

Professor Moira Dean 
Lecturer
School of Biological Sciences

Professor Seamus Fanning 
Lecturer
School of Biological Sciences

Subjects taught

Year 1
FOOD SAFETY AND HEALTH
30 CATS

The Food Safety and Health module provides a solid background in various aspects of food safety evidencing links to health and disease. Key thematic topics will include: Food safety and health and the consumer; Natural toxins; Environmental chemical contaminants; Man-made chemical contaminants; Microbiological risks.

The module will explore various chemical and microbiological risks associated with animal feed and human food safety, and examine reported links to health defects/ disease progression. The entry route of hazards and contaminants into the agri-food supply chain and the potential health impacts associated with the consumption of contaminated foods will be described. Examination of the acute and chronic effects of exposure to natural (e.g. mycotoxins), environmental (e.g. metals) and man-made toxins (e.g. dioxins) and contaminants (e.g. drug residues) which can occur, persist or bioaccumulate in the food chain will be presented.

Microbiological (e.g. food-borne diseases) and related issues (e.g. antimicrobial resistance) will be examined and the impact on future food security discussed.

Perceptions of what the concept of food safety refers to will be assessed and the impact that this has on consumer behaviour and food risk control measures will also be processed.

FOOD INTEGRITY, FRAUD AND TRACEABILITY
30 CATS

In this module, examples of highly varied, internationally relevant and difficult to detect incidences of food fraud and compromised food traceability will be examined.

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. Regulatory requirements and associated challenges to the maintenance of food quality/safety will be elucidated highlighting the need for sensitive analytical techniques which can assist in such tasks.

The economic consequences of food product recalls 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
ADVANCED ANALYTICAL TOOLS FOR FOOD SAFETY
30 CATS

This module examines the principles behind current and emerging monitoring technologies for rapid and early detection of feed/food contamination incidents and disease.
Overviews of applications of various screening and confirmatory test platforms for food security analysis will be delivered. These will include bioanalytical and immunoassay methods incorporating biosensor-based (micro- and nano-technology) techniques, and UPLC and mass spectrometry (QqQ and ICP MS) approaches.

GLOBAL FOOD STANDARDS AND LEGISLATION
30 CATS
The Global Food Standards and Legislation module will introduce international food standard setting, with a focus on the Codex Alimentarius Commission standards processes and will describe its impacts on international
trade and World Trade Organisation agreements related to food.

Trends of modernisation of food safety legislation internationally, such as the introduction of the Food Safety Modernization Act in the United States and the changes in China's food safety regulatory system will also be explored.

Year 3
DISSERTATION
60 CATS

This module involves a written dissertation carried out around a hypothesis, case study, critical incident or other significant activity relevant to the programme.

For the dissertation candidates will prepare a project proposal for approval before registering on the module and then develop a full project proposal on which they will be interviewed. Following this they will carry out the project work, keeping a diary and submitting interim reports on progress at weeks 10 and 20 with the complete thesis submitted by an agreed deadline.

Submission of the introduction to the dissertation will take place by week 30 with the completed thesis submitted by an agreed deadline.

During the Dissertation Module students will have regular meetings/ contact with assigned Queen's academic supervisors and tutors, and additional online teaching delivery will relate to project management skills, plagiarism, researching and report writing techniques.

Assessment method

A variety of written coursework, case study and online assessment is used. These will include multiple choice questions, essays, reports, short exercises, case studies, activity logs and presentations. There will be no formal
examinations.

Coursework and online assessments are completed according to a timetable provided at the beginning of each module.

Application date

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.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2019

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