Course Title: Master of Science in Sustainable Food Safety Management
Candidates must possess an undergraduate degree or equivalent (minimum NFQ Level 8 honours degree with a 2.2 award or higher) in a discipline related to Sustainable Food Safety Management. Appropriate fields include food science, food technology, food engineering, veterinary science, law, biotechnology, microbiology, environmental health, or a related field. Additionally, individuals who already hold an MSc in another discipline and wish to specialize in sustainable Food Safety Management are encouraged to apply.
While it is expected that participants will have significant work experience and fit the profile of a manager or technical professional in a relevant field, we welcome applications from those who may not have extensive experience but demonstrate strong potential and a keen interest in sustainable food safety management.
Admission to this course is competitive, and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place. Selection is based on academic credentials and potentially relevant work/life experience. Interviews may be conducted if necessary.
If English is not your first language, you are required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency score of 6.0 overall (or an equivalent qualification), with no individual component scoring less than 6.0.
The MSc in Sustainable Food Safety Management is a comprehensive, knowledge-intensive programme that provides an in-depth exploration of national and EU regulations ensuring food safety and consumer health. This interdisciplinary course not only offers a thorough understanding of current food safety practices but also critically analyses upcoming changes and challenges in food regulation and food sustainability. By integrating theoretical knowledge with strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities, this this programme prepares students to be leaders in ensuring sustainable and safe food practices within a rapidly evolving global landscape.
Successful completion of the course allows participants to advance to the next level in their careers. Offered as both a full-time (TU236) and part-time (TU236P) programme, it is specifically designed to accommodate individuals working in, or aspiring to work in, the food industry. Past graduates have secured regulatory positions, both nationally and within the EU, as Environmental Health Officers, Veterinarians, or Laboratory Analysts in the public sector. In the private sector, our alumni occupy significant roles in technical management across all of Ireland’s major food companies, including producers, processors, caterers, and retailers.
The MSc in Sustainable Food Safety Management is a comprehensive and integrated program designed to provide students with a holistic understanding of sustainable food safety management. It emphasizes the interconnectedness of various modules, each contributing to a well-rounded education in the field. The program comprises three main stages of learning:
Stage 1: Course Lecture Programme
In this stage, students will explore into the fundamental aspects of food safety management. The courses in this stage are divided into three key themes:
A. Food Safety Hazards
- TFFH9001: Food Hazards – Chemical/Physical
- TFFH9002: Food Hazards - Microbiological
- TFFH9003: Research Methodology
These modules lay the foundation by imparting essential scientific principles necessary for understanding food safety. Topics covered include chemistry, microbiology, toxicology, nutrition, epidemiology, and parasitology.
B. Safety and Sustainability in Food Production
- TFFP9004: Safety Aspects of Primary Production
- TFFP9005: Food Processing and Allergen Management
- TFFP9006: Food Industry Sustainability
This theme provides an overview of food production technology, emphasizing safety and sustainability. Students will gain insights into the entire food chain, from sustainable production to consumption, and the associated risks.
C. Food Law, Consumer Behaviour and the Media
- TFFL9007: Food Law
- TFFL9008: Food Safety and the Consumer
- TFFL9003: Research Methodology
These modules explore the legislative, regulatory, and enforcement framework for Food Safety Management. Additionally, they examine the role of consumers in driving changes in food production and distribution, including their perception of risks and the influence of media, advertising, and marketing.
D. Management of Food Safety
- TFSM9010: Food Safety Management Systems
- TFSM9011: Risk Analysis and Data Analytics
- TFSM9012: HACCP and Auditing
This theme focuses on tools and methodologies for controlling and managing food safety. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of Food Safety Management and auditing techniques.
Stage 2: The Integrated Food Safety Management Case Study and International Tour
In this stage, students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge to real-life situations through an Integrated Food Safety Management Case Study (ICS). They will conduct a food safety audit, develop control systems, and create a food safety management strategy. The ICS promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and interaction among students and experts. Additionally, an International Study Tour provides insights into international best practices in Food Safety Management.
Stage 3: Completion of the Sustainable Food Safety Management Dissertation
For MSc students, this stage involves undertaking a research project in a relevant area. The dissertation is a significant requirement, reflecting the student's research efforts. It showcases intellectual and imaginative development, problem-solving abilities, and initiative. The research project is supervised by academic staff with expertise in Sustainable Food Safety Management, and supervision may extend to other schools within TU Dublin as needed.
The evaluation process is designed around continuous assessment methods, encompassing assignments, projects, and active class participation. The program emphasizes practical application with an Integrated Food Safety Management Case Study and an International Study Tour. MSc students complete a dissertation, engage in group projects, and deliver presentations, with no closed book invigilated exams.
The programme is scheduled for two days each week, with in-class lectures held on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 14:00 to 20:30. Additionally, for candidates who have made prior arrangements, such as those residing remotely, Hyflex delivery is available to accommodate their needs.
The programme includes occasional field trips of longer duration, and some of these trips may require foreign travel (once).
Applications for this course are currently open. The following documents are required for application:
- A copy of your passport
- Your Curriculum Vitae
- A motivation letter detailing your interest and suitability for the course
- Transcripts of all academic degrees
- Proof of English proficiency test results (e.g., IELTS, TOEFL)
Apply Online – FULL TIME NON-EU SEPTEMBER START
EU Applications will open in mid-December 2023
Frequently Asked Questions
Is work experience mandatory for admission to this programme?
While significant work experience is preferred, we welcome applicants who demonstrate strong potential and a keen interest in food safety management, even if they have limited experience.
How competitive is the admission process?
Admission is competitive, and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place. Selection is based on academic credentials and potentially relevant work/life experience. Interviews may be conducted if necessary.
Are there any field trips involved in the programme?
Yes, the program may include occasional field trips, and some of these trips may require foreign travel. However, these are not frequent and occur as needed.
What is the award upon completing the programme?
Graduates of the course are eligible for the award of an MSc in Sustainable Food Safety Management.
Can graduates of the MSc in Sustainable Food Safety Management program secure a visa for job experience in the Irish food industry after completing the programme?
After completing the program, you may be eligible for a 1G visa in Ireland, which allows you to secure job experience for 12 months and a further 12 months can be provided subject to conditions. You can find more information about immigration permissions, including the various immigration permission stamps, on the official website: Irish Immigration -Immigration Permissions Stamps.
How does the MSc in Sustainable Food Safety Management programme prepare graduates for careers in the food industry and related fields?
The job prospects after completing the MSc in Sustainable Food Safety Management program are quite promising. Graduates of this program are well-equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in various roles within the food industry, regulatory agencies, and related fields. Here are some potential job prospects: Environmental Health Officer, Food Safety Consultant, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Quality Assurance Manager, Laboratory Analyst, Researcher or Academic, Food Industry Management, Public Health Officer and Food Safety Inspector.
Do I require third-party assistance or support to apply for this course?
No, the application process for this program is straightforward and does not typically require third-party assistance or support.
Are there any hidden fees associated with the application process for this course?
No, there are no hidden fees involved in the application process for this course.
Is there any scholarships offered to students considering enrolment in the MSc in Sustainable Food Safety Management programme?
While TU Dublin may not offer specific scholarships for the MSc in Sustainable Food Safety Management program, you can explore scholarship opportunities through the Government of Ireland – International Education Scholarships program. I recommend visiting the relevant website for detailed information on available scholarships and their application processes.
Is there a laboratory associated with the MSc in Sustainable Food Safety Management programme?
No, the MSc in Sustainable Food Safety Management program is a taught MSc program and does not have an associated laboratory component.
Does the MSc in Sustainable Food Safety Management program offer opportunities for placements or internships during the course of study?
No, the MSc in Sustainable Food Safety Management is a 12-month programme with no formal placement component. However, students have the flexibility to organize placements themselves if they wish to gain practical experience. Additionally, if industry opportunities arise and coordinators receive requests from companies, they share this information with the class.
Is the same MSc in Sustainable Food Safety Management program also offered in a January batch, or is it available only at specific intake times?
The programme has only one batch every year, and it starts in September.
Where can I find more information or contact someone for inquiries?
For further information and inquiries, you can contact the programme coordinator for specific questions about the MSc in Sustainable Food Safety Management.