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UCD Centre for Food Safety

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MSc Food Safety and Risk Analysis

The UCD Centre for Food Safety offers the MSc Food Safety and Risk Analysis, a one year full-time graduate taught programme.

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. As part of the MSc, students take a lab-based module and benefit from open access to this unique and highly developed research environment.

  • The 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.

  • 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.


Please see a full description of the MSc course at this link and a downloadable brochure.


Online Applications: (Course code X585)


Contact: Ruth Henry 01-7162868 for further information



Research Masters Scholarship Opportunity
February/March 2018

Project Title: Exposure assessment of food borne viruses in Irish produced foods

Description: This scholarship will undertake a quantitative exposure assessment of food borne viruses in Irish produced foods. The project will consider a number of viruses including Norovirus, Hepatitis A and E, Sapovirus in a range of foods including shellfish, pork and fruit and berries. It will utilize the data being generated by a Department of Agriculture FIRM funded project – the FoVIRA Study coordinated by the UCD National Virus Research Laboratory that is undertaking a large scale study into foodborne viruses in Ireland. The Masters project will also review the potential for other foods to be sources of viruses of human health significance in the Irish context.

Applicants for this scholarship should ideally have:

A good honours degree in either: Science, Agricultural / Food Science, Biosystems Engineering, Veterinary Science or equivalent.

Solid foundation and technical knowledge of risk assessment principles

A good knowledge of computers (Excel, Word, PowerPoint). Knowledge of simulation modelling, risk/exposure assessment would be an advantage.

Good interpersonal and communication skills.

Be enthusiastic and willing to learn new concepts and ideas.

The successful candidate will be registered for a Master’s degree by research at UCD. A competitive scholarship (covering student stipend and fees to a total value of €24000 per year) for the duration of the project (up to two years, depending on start date) is offered to the successful applicant. Interested applicants should email a complete CV and letter of application to:

Applications before 31 March 2018

Professor Francis Butler
UCD Centre for Food Safety, UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering