Food Safety (in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh)

Scotland`s Rural College (SRUC)


Off Campus


Foodborne diseases are a growing public health concern worldwide. The contamination of food with microorganisms or chemicals may occur at any stage in the process from food production to consumption ('farm to fork') and as a result of environmental contamination, including pollution of water, soil or air. The global burden of foodborne diseases worldwide is very high affecting every year around 600 million people with 420,000 deaths. Therefore, the World Health Organisation (WHO) highlighted the importance of producing safe food that saves human lives, saves resources and has a positive impact on the economy of every country.

This MSc is an online learning programme aimed at students with relevant agricultural and food related background keen to acquire in-depth knowledge on Food Safety. The MSc is specifically designed to provide a true holistic Food Safety approach to the food chain that incorporates to the pre and post-harvest stages of food production, crop safety, animal welfare and economics of the supply chain.

You can exit at between:
12-24 months with PgCert Food Safety
24-48 months with PgDip Food Safety.

Entry Requirements

Preferably a UK 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in an agricultural or biological science, veterinary or human medicine. Other disciplines may be considered.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

3-6 years



SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Horticulture

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Work with Animals