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Food Safety

Subject description


Food Safety is an area of great importance internationally, as highlighted by recent outbreaks of food borne diseases and food poisoning. It is particularly important to New Zealand because of our agricultural and industry-based food production and export markets.

This programme explains the:

  • Principal contaminants and their control.
  • Science and management of food chains from farmgate to fork.
  • Legislation and regulations which govern good practice.
  • Theoretical and practical basis of food safety.

Students will have the opportunity to undertake practical or investigative work which may be related to their workplace or industry.

This programme is for graduates and practitioners in the field of food science and nutrition/food technology, food process engineering or food production management who are responsible for food safety, in production settings, policy development, or the management of food production chains.

The Master of Professional Studies in Food Safety is taught by the School of Chemical Sciences in conjunction with the School of Medical Sciences and experts from industry and Government Regulatory Organisations.


Structure and prerequisites

Master of Professional Studies in Food Safety (MProfStuds)

The prerequisite is a four-year BSc, a BSc(Hons) or a three-year Bachelors degree and either a professional qualification equal to one year postgraduate study, or three years relevant work experience as approval by the Director of the programme.


  • 60 points (4 courses) from: FOODSCI 711-714
  • 15 points from: FOODSCI 715-717
  • 45 points: FOODSCI 797 (project)

Career opportunities

Graduates of this programme will be equipped to undertake the development, maintenance or management of food safety in a variety of settings from farmgate to fork.

Opportunities include:

  • Food safety officer
  • Food quality assurance officer
  • Compliance manager
  • Regulatory affairs manager

Graduates of our postgraduate programmes in Food Science are already employed in:

  • Dairy industry
  • Brewing
  • Food Manufacturing Companies
  • Crown Research Institutes
  • Government agencies
  • Multinational food companies

Student feedback


“This is a fantastic course, particularly as it is an online course, as it allows me to study whilst holding down full time employment. It also allows me to network with other like-minded individuals. The course material and subjects match the current situation in New Zealand and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting in-depth knowledge of the New Zealand food industry.”

Philip Taunt, Quality Systems Manager at Tegel Foods Ltd


Help and advice

For further information, refer to the Food Science and Safety Postgraduate Handbook contact:

Professor Conrad Perera
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 83156
Email: c.perera@auckland.ac.nz


Further information