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  1. Hi, I am wanting to apply for the MSc Food Safety, Hygiene, and Management. My background is I have a BEng of Agroindustrial Technology. It is a unique major that (maybe) only exists in my country, Indonesia. It combines agriculture product processing and industrial engineering. I also learnt about product quality and safety management. My question is, according to your experiences do you think that my background could fulfil the program requirement as it is not food science degree?

    Thanks in advance.

    Thank you for your question and I hope you are well.

    Your academic background should be sufficient to enrol onto this degree, providing you meet the minimum IELTS requirements. You may wish to contact the course administrator directly about this. The details which you will find on the course website information page.

    The modules on this course are varied and do cover “farm to fork” systems and global food supply chains in addition to quality assurance and food management systems such as HACCP.. Student engineers on the BEng and MEng also attend some of the modules on this MSc course.

    I would definitely recommend that you apply and I am sure you will really enjoy this course. I hope this helps and please get back in touch if you require further assistance.

    Good luck!

    Kind regards, Gazala

  2. Hi, I hold a bachelors degree in Public Health, Nutrition major, but I want to continue postgrad in Food Safety, Hygiene, and Management. Since I am currently working in a food safety-related area at a food manufacturing company, is it okay for me attempt to apply for this Masters, even though I have lack of food processing and manufacturing knowledge that I've just received during working?

    Thanks :)

    Hope you are well and thank you for your question.

    Your academic background should be sufficient to enrol, providing you meet the IELTS criteria if you are an overseas student.

    In addition to this, your work experience in food safety with a food manufacturing company, certainly would be helpful. As far as I am aware, it is not an essential prerequisite to study this course.

    This course is designed to provide career opportunities within the public and private sectors and cover a wide range of subjects such as HACCP and Food Control.

    The lecturers are either experts working with major global companies or have extensive Local Government regulatory experience or a scientific background.

    This course is absolutely worth pursuing and you will certainly enjoy. To study this course has been one of my best decisions I have made.

    Good luck and if you need further information then please get in touch.

    Kind regards Gazala

  3. Hi, I got an offer from the University of Birmingham in the department of Chemical Engineering for a Masters. I have to study a specific topic which is "element determination with LIBS (Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy)". So I have to find a supervisor who can help me with this topic. First, I would like to know if there is an LIBS machine in your laboratory? If there is also a tutor who may be my supervisor about this topic, please let me know the name of them. Thank you very much.

    Hello, Thank you for your question. If you have been accepted on the MSc Food Safety, Hygiene and Management, then you can contact the course administrator Mrs Gillian Burrows. She can put you in touch with the tutors that are responsible for laboratory based dissertation and project work.

    If you have been accepted on another degree course then you will have to contact their department’s course administrator who can either forward your query to the appropriate court leader and/or laboratory tutors. They will be able to state whether they have a LIBS equipment. The university does have a new state of the art laboratory so I think they are more than likely to have this.

    Hope this helps and please get back in touch if you have any other questions. Good luck

    Kind regards Gazala

  4. Hi, I'm going to apply to Food Safety, Hygiene and Management Masters after two years of academic break but I'm concerned about my background. I have an International Relations bachelor degree which I did in Italy, so it is not a scientific degree (as required). I only have a scientific diploma and 10 years experience in food service. Do you think it would be enough to be admitted onto this Masters? In the case I would be admitted, do you think it will be a problem my lack of knowledge about chemistry? How much could impact this lack on the total of the course? Is it required an high level of scientific notions? Do you think it is possible to have additional material before starting the classes? Thank you very much for your help!

    Hello, apologies for the late reply. In response to your question your diploma and work experience is sufficient to apply for the MSc Food Safety, Hygiene and Management degree. There is not a too much chemistry involved, it’s more microbiology and biology, so your scientific background will be sufficient for the level of study in the modules. If you want to base your dissertation on a laboratory study, you may have to do extra lab work prior to this. Hope that helps, Gazala

  5. Hi, what are the career opportunities like after completing the PG course in Food Safety?

    Hello,

    Thank you for your question.

    After completing the diploma there are opportunities to work both in the private and public sector.

    Companies, for example Pepico, always advertise for paid technical placements. These usually include training and a chance to gain work experience in all their departments, with a view for a permanent job at the end of it.

    Local authorities offer food safety jobs if you have food work experience it is an advantage, but some will train you up and pay for your training.

    A number of agencies offer short term contracts from 1 month to 12/18 months to do Food Safety work for local authorities.

    This MSc is quite broad and opportunities to work in a variety of food related areas such as quality control, haccp related jobs, food auditing, food safety, food hygiene, infectious disease. There are four core modules but you can choose 5 modules to suit your future career aspirations and interests. If you have any further questions, then please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Good luck and kind regards, Gazala

  6. Hi, I'm considering spending a semester abroad at the UoB in the autumn of 2020. I would like to know the number of teaching hours per module per week since I need it for my application. Thanks!

    Hello,

    Thank you for your query.

    The compulsory modules are worth 20 credits each and are taught over a two week period, each week with 30 hours. However, the structure for these modules is that week 1 and 3 will be allocated to lectures, practical's and group work etc. with week 2 and 4 as reading weeks.

    The optional modules are 10 credits each and are taught in a week, again with 30 taught hours. Depending on what modules you decide to choose, you will either have a reading week or a few weeks between each module.

    I hope this answers your query but if you need any more information then please do not hesitate to post your query.

    Good luck with your studies. Kind regards Gazala

  7. Hi! I am interested in Food Safety Hygiene and Management MSc 2020. I’m Chinese undergraduate student from Rutgers university. I have my first and second undergraduate degree from South China's University of Technology and I participated in the 2+2 cooperation program with Rutgers university in the United State. I am finishing the third and fourth years study at Rutgers university and finally will get two bachelor in both Rutgers University and South China University of Technology.

    I wonder if in this case I need to have an IELTS score above 6.0 overall and 5.5 for each part?

    Looking forward to your reply!

    Hi,

    Unfortunately you would still be required to take an IELTS test at 6.0 with no lower than 5.5 in any part.

    Best wishes, Tom

  8. Was there a big transition from undergraduate study to postgraduate study?

    Initially, returning to study after 22 years presented a considerable challenge but the lecturers were very helpful and I soon grew accustomed to university life and the expectations form the course. With postgraduate studies the expectation is that you must undertake a considerable amount of independent learning and effective time management skills are tested to the maximum! As this is a taught degree, contact time with lecturers and other students is balanced, providing opportunities to learn via group work, presentations and tutorials.

  9. Why did you chose the University of Birmingham?

    The University of Birmingham is globally recognised as one of the institutions with exceptionally high standards in the field of Engineering. For this reason, I felt that studying here would challenge me to reach my full potential and consequently provide me with the right tools to excel in my chosen field of work. Birmingham is one of the largest multi-cultural cities in the UK with great transport links and therefore gives many opportunities to experience the diverse culture the city has to offer.

  10. Do you have anything lined up for once you have completed your degree?

    My goal is to secure employment with a regulatory enforcement authority as an Environmental Health Officer in Food Safety. After a few years I would like to make a transition into the private sector and gain industry experience in food manufacturing, food processing and food retail environments. This course has inspired me to further my studies and gain a Lead Auditors qualification in order to conduct audit inspections to ensure compliance to Industry and Global food Standards.

  11. What, for you, are the best things about the course?

    My critical thinking and analytical skills have definitely improved through the different learning methods. The two main things that stand out in this course is firstly, the additional supporting lectures (eg, writing laboratory reports) which are optional but really assist with coursework and secondly, a good proportion of the lectures are delivered by industry experts. The latter provides an insight into the work environment and latest emerging trends and issues from an industry perspective.

  12. What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

    After a long career break, I wanted to move into Food Safety enforcement as my passion for food has remained ever since secondary school when an Environmental Health Officer inspected our school kitchens for hygiene standards. As an Environmental Health Officer, we not only enforce standards but we also provide information and training to ensure public health measures are met. Undertaking this course meant that I would acquire the necessary skills and in-depth knowledge required and this course opens my doors to other areas of Food Safety that I had not previously appreciated.

  13. I am an international applicant planning to study MSc Food Safety, Hygiene and Management in the following academic session. I have to plan my research proposal earlier and need your kind suggestion about the research topics going on in the course. Would you mind sharing your research topics? Thank you so much in advance.

    Hi, in response to your question the projects available are either questionnaire or laboratory type studies. A list of topics is usually circulated at the beginning of January, but if you have a particular research idea you are able to undertake this. Last year the topics included consumer attitudes to food scares, consumer attitudes to food labels, local authorities water sampling and testing programmes, survey of local authorities food hygiene rating, Food fraud of fish, which were based in questionnaire or survey type of studies. The laboratory type projects included sensory testing of apples, anti microbial properties of honey, salad washing and contamination of E. Coli, sous vide cooking of meats, there were many other projects available too. I hope that this helps you and good luck with your application process. Should you need further information then please contact me. Kind regards, Gazala.

  14. Why did you take a long break before returning to study?

    Hello,

    I was working for a local authority as a full time Environmental Health Officer and then took a few years off  to raise my family. During this time I decided to pursue my career in a different field of environmental health and decided to update my knowledge of Food Safety. This course was ideal to not only update my knowledge but increase my opportunity to work in the private sector.

    Kind regards

    Gazala

  15. Dear Gazala, may you advise about which references or books can be best used for this course? Thank you.

    Hello,

    A module guide will be provided for each module with a reccomemded reading list. The lecturers expect students to use other material such as peer reviewed articles that are not on the reading list. If there is a specific module that you are taking please let me know and I can recommend some books or articles.

    Kind regards

    Gazala