MSc Food Safety & Risk Analysis
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
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.
In many cases, students can take advantage of work placement opportunities in the food industry that align with their employment objectives.
Vision and Values Statement
The MSc Food Safety & Risk Analysis is designed for science / technology or veterinary graduates who want to develop their expertise in the area of food safety. The programme provides students with a detailed understanding of the issues affecting food safety from the perspectives of the consumer, the food industry and regulatory authorities. The programme equips students with the theoretical and practical skills to manage food safety within food companies or with national or international food safety regulatory agencies. Whilst undertaking this programme we anticipate that students will become active and independent learners who will bring a critical and holistic approach to their studies and future professional careers in food safety management. The programme provides a learning environment that encourages students to work both individually and in teams to critically assess current thinking as well as exploring future developments in food safety. While the programme retains an emphasis on lectures and tutorials, there is significant use of problem solving, online resources and field trips to support learning. Students are actively supported to obtain work experience during the final semester of the programme to provide practical experience and broaden their understanding of food safety. The programme is delivered by research-active academic staff, who are world leaders in food safety, as well as external national and international experts from regulatory agencies and industry. The programme is informed by research and uses a mixture of teaching and assessment approaches to allow students achieve their academic goals.
Demonstrate clear understanding of the principles underpinning food safety and risk analysis.
Demonstrate competence in identifying and managing chemical, physical and microbiological hazards that may be present in foods.
Undertake quantitative exposure assessment and risk assessment of hazards in foods.
Appreciate and apply the legal framework that underpins food safety.
Communicate risk associated with hazards in an informed and balanced fashion to stakeholders.
Synthesise on an ongoing basis the outcomes of research and how it informs new and emerging food safety issues.
Demonstrate awareness of related bodies of knowledge and fields of activity in food science and technology.
Work effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary groups to address food safety issues with a commitment to lifelong learning to enhance their professional development
Design, implement and report on a significant piece of independent research activity