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Food Systems and Management MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Food Science Food Manufacture / Processing (Industrial)

Course type


Course Summary

Developed with and specifically for industry, the Food Systems and Management MSc is a gateway to a successful career for anyone passionate about improving major worldwide problems such as food security and food safety.

Through the integration of scientific, technological and managerial aspects (teaching shared with our internationally recognised School of Management, and industry experts) you will learn how to use and manage food resources more efficiently in order to achieve sustainable, secure and safe food supply chains across the globe.

Who is it for?

Food Systems and Management MSc is suitable for new science or technology graduates or professionals already in the food industry who are interested in furthering their career and offers flexibility and support for full or part-time students. Moreover, as part of our commitment with student excellence, both from UK and around the world, we will offer bursaries to outstanding candidates every year. The course will equip you with a critical appreciation of the issues concerned with the production and supply of safe food in the modern world.

The holistic approach of the MSc will provide you with a detailed understanding of the whole food chain system including:

  • Food quality
  • Food diagnostics
  • Food microbiology
  • Logistics
  • Postharvest technology
  • Supply chain management.

Your career

Increasing consumer awareness and demand regarding food quality, nutrition and safety issues, coupled with intensifying competition within the rapidly changing food industry, has created a demand for individuals who are able to drive success in the management of key food chains in a modern global economic market.

Cranfield graduates are very successful in achieving relevant work after the course. For professionals already in industry, Cranfield qualifications enhance careers, benefiting both the candidate and their employer.

Graduates of this course have gone on to work in a range of roles, including Senior Development Technologist, Innovation Manager, Supply Chain Coordinator and Associate Principal Scientist. Companies where our graduates have progressed on to include PepsiCo, Chia Company, Bowman’s Ingredients and MMUK.


The MSc of this course is accredited by Institution of Agricultural Engineers and Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Students can also exit with PGDip and PGCert awards.

Different course options

Full time | Cranfield Campus | 1 year | OCT-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module provides you with an overview of the main hazards encountered along the food chain and the food safety and quality legal framework. Special attention will be paid to microbiological hazards (bacteria, viruses and fungal pathogens) relevant to food .

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree from a UK university, or equivalent, in a scientific discipline such as a food science, food technology, microbiology or other science or technology-related subjects; or candidates with appropriate professional experience.

University information

Cranfield University is an exclusive postgraduate university with the main campus situated in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, and a second site in Shrivenham, Oxfordshire. The university specialises in science, engineering, technology and management, and how these work together to benefit the world. 81% of their research is recognised as "world leading" and "internationally excellent" by Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. It has also been...more

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