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Food Safety & Risk Analysis

MSc Food Safety & Risk Analysis will give you a detailed understanding of the issues affecting food safety both from the perspective of the food industry and regulatory authorities. 
- Participants in the course are multi-national and can share perspectives on the global issues affecting food safety.
-The programme works closely in partnership with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, allowing the participants to get a good appreciation of food regulatory affairs.

The UCD Centre for Food Safety is a research pillar of the UCD Institute for Food and Health and is a well-equipped modern laboratory capable of investigating bacteria of importance to food safety. Students taking the programme benefit from open access to this unique and highly developed research environment.

Entry requirements

This programme is intended for students with degree in food science, food technology, veterinary medicine, microbiology, environmental science (with microbiology), biochemistry, public health or other relevant science-based programme with food microbiology, food chemistry subjects. A second class honours, or international equivalent is required.

-Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.


1 year full-time.

Number of credits

90 credits

Careers or further progression

Excellent job prospects are available to graduates who complete the programme, particularly in food production facilities, bioprocessing, manufacturing and related industries in Ireland.
Our graduates have progressed to careers in a broad range of internationally recognised companies including Coca Cola, Guinness, Glanbia, Kepac, and Kerry Group, among others.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Francis Butler
Contact Number: +353 1 716 7473

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
One Health

Quantitative Risk Assessment for Human and Animal Health

Global Cold Chain Safety

Research Project

Food Chain Integrity

Contaminants in the Food Chain

The Regulation of Food Safety and Quality

One Health

Risk Perception, Communication and Behavior Changes

Case Studies in Food Contamination

Antimicrobial Resistant Zoonotic Food-Borne Bacteria:Emergence, Dissemination & Impacts on Food Biosec

Food Safety


Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
This programme is designed for science / technology graduates who want to develop their expertise in the area of food safety.

Application date

Deadline: Rolling

Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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