MSc Food Safety & Risk Analysis

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

MSc Food Safety & Risk Analysis will give you a detailed understanding of the issues affecting food safety both from the perspective of the food industry and regulatory authorities.
  • Participants in the course are multi-national and can share perspectives on the global issues affecting food safety.
  • The programme works closely in partnership with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, allowing the participants to get a good appreciation of food regulatory affairs.
  • In many cases, students can take advantage of work placement opportunities in the food industry that align with their employment objectives.

Careers & Employability

Excellent job prospects are available to graduates who complete the programme, particularly in food production facilities, bioprocessing, manufacturing and related industries in Ireland.
Our graduates have progressed to careers in a broad range of internationally recognised companies including Coca Cola, Guinness, Glanbia, Kepac, and Kerry Group, among others.

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

This programme is designed for science / technology graduates who want to develop their expertise in the area of food safety. 

The MSc Food Safety & Risk Analysis is designed for science / technology or veterinary graduates who want to develop their expertise in the area of food safety. The programme provides students with a detailed understanding of the issues affecting food safety from the perspectives of the consumer, the food industry and regulatory authorities. The programme equips students with the theoretical and practical skills to manage food safety within food companies or with national or international food safety regulatory agencies. Whilst undertaking this programme we anticipate that students will become active and independent learners who will bring a critical and holistic approach to their studies and future professional careers in food safety management. The programme provides a learning environment that encourages students to work both individually and in teams to critically assess current thinking as well as exploring future developments in food safety. While the programme retains an emphasis on lectures and tutorials, there is significant use of problem solving, online resources and field trips to support learning. Students are actively supported to obtain work experience during the final semester of the programme to provide practical experience and broaden their understanding of food safety. The programme is delivered by research-active academic staff, who are world leaders in food safety, as well as external national and international experts from regulatory agencies and industry. The programme is informed by research and uses a mixture of teaching and assessment approaches to allow students achieve their academic goals.

  • Demonstrate clear understanding of the principles underpinning food safety and risk analysis.
  • Demonstrate competence in identifying and managing chemical, physical and microbiological hazards that may be present in foods.
  • Undertake quantitative exposure assessment and risk assessment of hazards in foods.
  • Appreciate and apply the legal framework that underpins food safety.
  • Communicate risk associated with hazards in an informed and balanced fashion to stakeholders.
  • Synthesise on an ongoing basis the outcomes of research and how it informs new and emerging food safety issues.
  • Demonstrate awareness of related bodies of knowledge and fields of activity in food science and technology.
  • Work effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary groups to address food safety issues with a commitment to lifelong learning to enhance their professional development
  • Design, implement and report on a significant piece of independent research activity

MSc Food Safety & Risk Analysis (X585) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 7855
nonEU    fee per year - € 18620

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

This programme is intended for students with degree in food science, food technology, veterinary medicine, microbiology, environmental science (with microbiology), biochemistry, public health or other relevant science-based programme with food microbiology, food chemistry subjects. A second class honours, or international equivalent is required.

  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Graduate Profile
Kavita Walia, Canada,

PhD Student
The MSc in Food Safety and Risk Analysis at UCD differed from others in that if offered me an internship to practice food safety skills in Ireland. Being an international student, the cost of the programme was also an important factor as it was more attractive than similar programmes offered in other parts of Europe. Furthermore, as a one year programme, it allowed me to get back into the workforce quickly. Ireland’s reputation for graduate education and the local environment, scenery and culture also made for an easy decision. At the moment, I am furthering my food safety career by undertaking a PhD that is looking at strategies to control Salmonella in pigs. The MSc in Food Safety and Risk Analysis helped me realise my research career and it provided me with the necessary skills to undertake my current PhD. While studying in UCD, I have met many people from around the world and have had the chance to not only study in Ireland, but to actually travel and see what the country is all about.

The UCD Centre for Food Safety is a research pillar of the UCD Institute for Food and Health and is a well-equipped modern laboratory capable of investigating bacteria of importance to food safety. Students taking the programme benefit from open access to this unique and highly developed research environment.

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Food Safety & Risk Analysis FT (X585)
1 Years
Full Time
Rolling *