12 months
22050 GBP/year
6650 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MSc in Advanced Food Safety at Queen's University Belfast is tailored towards students who are seeking to develop a career within the agri-food industry and related sectors, and offers the opportunity to obtain a unique internationally recognised qualification from a global leader in the fields of food safety and food security.  

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With an ever increasing global population, the world’s food production and supply chains are under increased pressure, and issues relating to food safety and food security are of key concern for all. The Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at QUB is one of the University’s four Global Research Institutes, and is leading the world in addressing one of the greatest challenges we face – how to ensure the safety of our food. 

The MSc in Advanced Food Safety at Queen's University Belfast  is delivered and taught by IGFS researchers and focuses on the new and emerging issues threatening food safety and food security, and concentrates on the utilisation of recent developments in analytical approaches to monitor and regulate food integrity, authenticity and security. 

Career Prospects 

The Institute for Global Food Security has strong links with industry, companies and government bodies, and is internationally recognised as a leading player in food safety education and research, so completing this course will provide you with excellent employment opportunities both locally and further afield. Previous graduates have gone on to employment in; International agri-food sector companies; Diagnostic service provision companies; Research and regulatory analyst laboratories; and many have gone on to pursue further PhD-level study both at QUB and at other leading Universities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Food Safety, Health and Disease
  • Advanced Food Bioanalysis
  • Agri-food Traceability and Fraud 
  • Bio-entrepreneurship and Advanced Skills
  • Foundations for Research in the Biosciences
  • Literature Review
  • Biological Mass Spectrometry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above in a relevant area of science or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. 
  • We welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds, therefore applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements but hold a degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) and can demonstrate appropriate postgraduate experience, will be considered on an individual basis.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22050 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22050 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    6650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6650 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • Northern Ireland (NI) - £6,650
  • Republic of Ireland (ROI) - £6,650
  • England, Scotland or Wales (GB) - £7,470
  • EU Other - £22,050
  • International - £22,050

Living costs for Belfast

561 - 887 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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