MSc International Food Safety, Sustainability and Innovation

University of Lincoln
Program overview
2.5 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2024

September 2025

September 2026

About this program

MSc International Food Safety, Sustainability and Innovation

The MSc in International Food Safety, Sustainability and Innovation takes a holistic, farm-to-fork approach, acknowledging that optimised sector performance and control often requires interconnection of key practices and initiatives across the supply chain. The MSc Program is delivered part-time through online distance learning, and is tailored to the needs of individuals progressing their career in technical management, and also those seeking to advance careers in quality, hygiene, and product/process development roles.

Developed in collaboration with food and drink industry practitioners and businesses, this Program offers the opportunity to develop and expand expert knowledge in food safety, sustainability, and innovation. All of which will underpin management and leadership capability when seeking to advance related food and drink sector initiatives.

The course introduces significant and recent food safety trends across the supply chain, providing both a UK and international focus. Students have the opportunity to develop an extensive knowledge of safety and authenticity technologies of benefit to the food and drink manufacturing sector, advancing specialism in aspects of technical management and encompassing areas such as hygiene, product development, leadership, and performance monitoring, spanning the control and assurance of quality, safety, and legality.

Admission requirements

Entry Requirements

First or second class honours degree or equivalent overseas qualification. We will consider applicants with non-related degrees or with relevant vocational and professional qualifications gained whilst working within the food and drink industry.

Candidates will also need to have a minimum of two years food or drink industry experience and be employed in a managerial or supervisory role within the food or drink industry, or related industry.

Mathematics and English requirements:

GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C/4 or above. Equivalents are accepted for example Functional Skills Level 2 or IELTS 6.0.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Analytical Technologies for Food Safety and Authenticity
  • Food Industry Research Project
  • Food Industry Supply Chain Integrity and Sustainability
  • Food Process Management and Innovations
  • Food Safety Leadership and Quality Culture

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.



Full Time

  • Home: £12,960
  • International: £18,180


How You Study

The programe is a two and a half year part-time Master's degree, comprising online study modules and and a research-based project. Teaching is delivered through our Virtual Learning Platform (VLE) and through online tutor and student discussion, online critique of research papers, and guided reading, alongside fieldwork within a technical role.

Students complete 120 credits within taught modules and then conduct a significant large-scale individual project including research methodology skills and techniques forming 60 credits.

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University of Lincoln

Brayford Pool
LN6 7TS Lincoln

Phone no: +44 (0)1522 835 528

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