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MSc/PG Diploma/ PG Certificate Food and Environmental Safety

Duration: Part-time: 2-6 years

Min. entry requirements: 2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English Language: IELTS 6.5, Band A

This specialised course will be of particular interest if you aspire to a career as a food examiner. It’s only available part time and is designed to be flexible so that you can fit study around existing work arrangements, whether you’re employed in the public sector or commercial industry.

Modules are normally delivered with some introductory teaching for two-four days, followed by self-directed home study for a few months and concluding with assessment exercises. You’ll take six core modules: Food Microbiology; Ecology of Food and Water Borne Pathogens; National Surveillance Practices and Outbreak Investigation; Sampling to Assess Microbiological Safety of Foods; Physiology
of Food Pathogens; and Food Law.

You’ll also produce either a library based project dissertation or undertake a work placement. Many of our students already work as environmental health officers or technical enforcement officers, or are involved with hygiene and quality assurance in the food industry. Completing this course means you’ll be equally well equipped to work in food quality and assurance.

Application Fact File

Entry Requirements
2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject
English Language Requirements

Band A - IELTS 6.5


All applications should be made online at

Application Deadline

Places on postgraduate taught courses are limited, so you should submit your application as early as possible.

If you are an international applicant and need to obtain a student visa, you will need to leave plenty of time for this process.

For this reason, international applicants must submit their application by 31 July for courses that begin in September. If you are a UK or EU applicant, there are no deadlines for applications to postgraduate taught places.

Tuition Fees
(2016/17 rate)

Full-time £7,780, Part-time £3,890

Overseas - Band 1:
Full-time £17,500, Part-time £8,750

Overseas - Band 2:
Full-time £22,340, Part-time £11,170

Please note: These are the standard course fees. Check the fees page for a list of Courses with non-standard fees.


Details of bursaries and scholarships can be found on the Graduate School Website