Food Regulatory Affairs, Consumer Behaviour and the Media (Wednesday Delivery)
The following group of modules are related under the theme of food law and consumer affairs:
Food Regulatory Affairs
Food Safety, the Consumer and the Media
Food Law and Media Research
Chemical and Microbial Hazards in Foods (Thursday Delivery)
The following group of modules are related under the theme of food hazards:
Food Hazards - Chemical
Food Hazards - Microbiological
Food Hazards Research
These modules deliver the underlying scientific principles of Food Safety Management. They consider aspects of chemistry, microbiology, toxicology, nutrition, epidemiology and Parasitology necessary to understand food safety issues.
These modules will provide an appreciation of the legislative, regulatory and enforcement framework for Food Safety Management. This set of modules addresses the role of the consumer as a driver for change in the production, processing and distribution of safe food. It will look at the consumer's perception of risks and the role of the media, advertising and marketing in food safety.
The Management of Food Safety (Wednesday Delivery)
The following group of modules are related under the theme of food safety management tools:
Food Safety Management Systems
Food Safety Management Risk Analysis
Food Safety Management Toolkit
An Overview of Safety Aspects of Food Production Technology (Thursday Delivery)
The following group of modules are related under the theme of food production and risk:
Safety Aspects of Primary Production
Safety Aspects of Food Processing
Food Production - Research
These modules present an overview of food production technology with an emphasis on safety issues. This module will enable the student to appreciate all elements of the food chain from production through to consumption and the risks arising there from.
The Integrated Food Safety Management Case Study
The Integrated Food Safety Management Case Study is a unique aspect of the programme conducted in the premises of a food company. It is an opportunity for students to put into practice the knowledge they have gained from the taught courses, particularly the Food Safety Management Module, by applying their knowledge to a real life situation.
The study will identify the sources of risks in a structured manner and formulate systems to address these risks. The case study will involve a food safety audit of the premises/operation, developing controls and ultimately putting in place a food safety management strategy.
Completion of the Dissertation
The requirement to undertake a research project and to complete a dissertation applies to MSc students only. The work is undertaken under supervision, on an approved topic area in Food Safety Management. Selection of project titles must be completed with supervisors before the end of the first year of the course. Following agreement on project titles the student is required to present a preliminary outline of the proposed work indicating methods and requirements. On commencement of the second year of the course, the student is required to present a literature review and a more complete outline of the proposed approach. The write up will take place during the second year for final submission before the end of December following that term.