MSc Advanced Food Safety

The MSc in Advanced Food Safety is a novel course tailored to students who aim to or currently work within the agri-food industry. It will be delivered by research active scientists within the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s. The major focus of the programme will be on new and emerging issues within the diverse field of food safety and it will concentrate on developments in analytical approaches used to monitor and regulate food safety with the view to protect human health. Key topics covered will include: food fraud and traceability and the analytical methods used to detect fraud and ensure food safety and authenticity; the links between environmental chemical contaminants and biological hazards present in animal feed and human food - highlighting new emerging technologies that enable rapid and early detection of food safety incidents and diagnosis of animal diseases.

Duration:         One year, full-time

Closing date:   Sept (late applications may be considered if places are still available)

Course Information

Course Content

Key modules will be delivered over 2 Semesters and will include:

  • Food Safety, Health and Disease (ALU8001)
  • Advanced Food Bioanalysis (ALU8002)
  • Foundations for Research in the Biosciences (BBC8042)
  • Agri-food Traceability and Fraud (ALU8003)
  • Bio-entrepreneurship and Advanced Skills (BBC8047)
  • Literature Review (BBC8025)
  • Research Project (BBC8001)

A major component of this programme will be the completion of a laboratory based food safety related research project offering the opportunity to gain practical experience in the use of conventional and emerging bioanalytical technology platforms. Availibale facilities and capabilities to the Institute of Global Food Security include: antibody production and development, cell-based bioassay systems, cell culture suite, GC, HPLC and UPLC separation platforms, microbiological research facilities, NIR and Raman spectrometers, proteomic and metabolomic profiling tools, qToF and QqQ tandem mass spectrometers, real time PCR and surface plasmon resonance biosensor technology.

Entrance Requirements


2.2 Honours degree or above in a relevant area of science or equivalent recognised qualification.

English Language:

Applicants who are non-EEA nationals must satisfy the UK Border Agency (UKBA) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes, normally by providing evidence of one of the following:

  • IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or
  • TOEFL* score of 92 (Internet-based test) with minimum scores of 21 for Listening, 22 for Reading, 23 for Speaking and 21 for Writing, or
  • INTO English for Postgraduate Study/Pre-sessional score of 65% with not less than 55% in any component, or
  • INTO Graduate Diploma English for Academic Purposes score of 60% with not less than 40% in any component
  • Or a first or second class honours degree from a university based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other suitable assured location deemed by the UK Border Agency to be majority English Speaking

*Taken within the last 2 yrs.


Candidates should make an application via the Queen's on-line application portal

Tuition Fees / Funding

Up to date information on fees can be found at:

The University provides information on possible sources of awards which is available at the Postgraduate Centre

Further Information

Further information on applications may be obtained from the Admissions Service.


For specific enquiries please contact:

Tel: +44 2890975787



Programme Director

MSc Advanced Food Safety

School of Biological Sciences

Queen’s University Belfast BT9 7BL

Graduate Prospects

Excellent opportunities exist within agri-food companies, diagnostic research companies and regulatory testing laboratories. Graduates will also be in a position to progress to further PhD level research study.