MSc in Food Safety Management - HKU SPACE: General & Environmental Sciences, Dietetics, Food & Nutrition courses
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MSc in Food Safety Management

Awarded by
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Course Code
Application Code
Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
2.5 years
Course Fee
$130,000 payable by three instalments
First instalment: HKD60,000; (Subject to review)
Second instalment: $60,000; (Subject to review)
Final instalment: $10,000 (for Research Project) (Subject to review)

The management of food safety is an increasingly high profile and complex issue. The safety of food is paramount to the health and well-being of consumers and the economic viability of industries involved in the food chain. Government officials regulating food safety, and industry representatives operating within legal and quality standards frameworks, require specialized knowledge and skills to help them identify and effectively manage risks. In response to this, the Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK and the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE) collaborate to deliver this Outreach Franchise MSc in Food Safety Management.

Aim of the Programme
  • Enable students to evaluate international, national and sector specific frameworks for the prevention and management of and crisis response to food safety risks
  • Provide opportunities for students to develop academic and subject specific knowledge and skills of relevance to employment in the field of food safety
  • Support the development of reflective practitioners who have the knowledge and skills to appraise, develop and evaluate responses to food safety risks
Programme Outcomes
Upon completion of the Programme, students should be able to:
  • critically evaluate global and national policy, legal and sector specific frameworks for food safety management and propose evidence based approaches for best practice
  • appraise psychosocial factors impacting upon the perception, communication and response to food safety risks.
  • critically evaluate models of risk assessment and risk management
  • critically appraise approaches to the assessment and management of risk and inform the development of food safety management strategies and the implementation of food safety management systems.
  • evaluate and apply approaches to emergency preparedness and crisis response.
  • critically review relevant research
  • demonstrate the ability to design, plan, and undertake research in the discipline of food safety management and present the findings.
  • critically reflect on professional and personal practice, skills and competencies
Experienced academics and practitioners from both Hong Kong and Cardiff Metropolitan University will teach the programme to ensure relevance to the Hong Kong experience. The programme will be predominantly delivered by face-to-face contact and relies upon the active participation of students.
Teaching/Learning Methods 
Staff from Cardiff Metropolitan University will provide teaching in Hong Kong through a series of study blocks. Typically, an intensive teaching block starts on a weekday evening or Saturday afternoon and it will last for a few days. In addition, the Research Methods is delivered by HKU SPACE.
The core teaching is complemented by Hong Kong based guest speakers who are able to provide a local insight into contemporary issues. Teaching methods will include lectures, tutorials, group activities and case studies. Teaching and learning are also supported by the HKU SPACE SOUL learning platform.
Students are assessed by a variety of methods, including assignments, case studies and presentations.
Students must successfully complete both the taught element and the dissertation in order to be eligible for the award of the MSc. Students may opt to exit the programme after successfully completing the taught element and be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.
Student and Learning Support
In addition to taught sessions, tutors are able to provide individual guidance in relation to students’ learning. Each student is allocated a personal tutor who can offer guidance on academic performance and the development of Personal Development plans. Students will be supported to refresh or enhance academic skills. Students have access to the extensive Library facilities of HKU and electronic library resources of Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Teaching Venue
HKU SPACE Learning Centres
Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance

This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.

Programme Structure

The taught element of the programme comprises the equivalent of 6 modules of 20 credit  each  and 4 modules of 10 credits each.  The taught modules offered are as follows:

Risk Perception and Communication (10 credits)
Frameworks for the Assessment of Risk (10 credits)
Research Methods (20 credits)
Epidemiology (10 credits)
Evaluating Global Food Safety Management Standards (20 credits)
Implementing Global Food Safety Management Standards (20 credits)
Food Safety Emergency Management (20 credits)
Product Conformity and Labelling (10 credits)

Students progressing to the Dissertation phase of the programme will undertake a Research Project (60 credits) and submit the necessary assessment components.

  •  Applicant is expected to have a Bachelor degree in a discipline related to food safety, food science  and technology, public health or food industry management;
  •  Applicant with non-graduate qualifications maybe considered on individual merit deemed to be of a satisfactory standard by Cardiff Metropolitan University;


  • English Language proficiency at or equivalent to an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
Students holding a degree that has been delivered and assessed in the English language and awarded from a recognised higher education institution, may be exempted from the above language proficiency requirements.
Application Fee

HK$200 (non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • $130,000 payable by three instalments
    First instalment: HKD60,000; (Subject to review)
    Second instalment: $60,000; (Subject to review)
    Final instalment: $10,000 (for Research Project) (Subject to review)

Application Form Application Form

Enrolment Method
To apply please send the completed application form together with copies of the relevant certificates and the application fee in the form of a crossed cheque made payable to "HKU SPACE" to
College of Life Sciences and Technology
13/F, Fortress Tower
250 King’s Road North Point
Hong Kong
(Attn: Ms Carol Lui)
Payment Method