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Food Regulatory Affairs

MSc Food Regulatory Affairs covers the regulation of the entire food chain from “farm to fork”.

- These programmes are designed to provide postgraduate training in Food Regulatory Affairs for individuals employed in the food sector or those who wish to develop their career in this field but who are unable to study full time.
-The programme is entirely distance taught and Internet delivered.
-European and global experts in science, law, economics, and policy contribute to the course
-The awards are granted jointly between Ulster University (UK), and University College Dublin

Entry requirements

Applications are directly with University of Ulster. Queries on Application and Entry Requirements should be directed to University of Ulster.

Applicants for the PgD/MSc must hold an Honours or non-Honours degree with a pass mark or equivalent standard (e.g. Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate) in a relevant subject area from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard or demonstrate ability to undertake the course through accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL).

Applicants for the PgCert must hold an Honours or non-Honours degree with a pass mark of 50% or equivalent standard. Relevant subject degree areas include Human Nutrition, Food Science, and Agriculture/Biological/Biomedical Sciences/Veterinary Medicine. Other degrees (e.g. Law) will also be acceptable provided that the applicant can demonstrate experience in food regulatory affairs.

Applicants are also to demonstrate evidence of competence in written and spoke English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).

English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.


MSc - 2 years part-time

Number of credits

90 credits

Careers or further progression

There are excellent job prospects for graduates in food and projections for graduates in this discipline are extremely positive. At a time when the importance of the link between food and regulation is becoming increasingly evident, this programme will provide graduates with the skills necessary to function in technical, advisory and management roles in the food industry, public sector and regulatory agencies. Within the food industry graduates will work in areas such food regulatory affairs, food labelling, product development and innovation, research and development, technical sales, product quality enhancement, with the distinct advantage of bringing a regulatory perspective to each of these roles.

Further enquiries

Dr Aideen McKevitt (Course Director),
Tel: +353 1716 7324

Ulster University
Faculty Office
T: +44 (0)28 7012 4159
Course Director: Dr Kristina Pentieva
Tel: +44 (0)28 7012 4675

Subjects taught

Stage 1-Option

Introduction to the European Union and Food Regulatory Affairs (UU)

Farm to Fork Regulation of the Food Chain (UU)

Risk Analysis (UU)

International Food Regulatory Affairs (UU)

Research Design & Statistics (UU)

Food & Health (UU)

Current Issues Food Regulatory Affairs (UU/UCC)

Research Project (FRA)(UU/UCC)

Nutrition and Health Claims (UU)


Who should apply?
Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No
This MSc Food Regulatory Affairs is designed to provide postgraduate training in Food Regulatory Affairs for individuals employed in the food sector or those who wish to develop their career in this field but are unable to study full time. The programme will benefit individuals employed in food and beverage industries, regulatory agencies, government departments, and trade organisations.

Application date


Applications to this postgraduate courses is made through Ulster University’s online application system. 
Please note that students are initially registered for PgCert/PgDip level and only after successful completion of the PgDip part of the programme may students proceed to register for the MSc.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017

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