MSc / PgD / PgC
Food Industry Management

Key Facts

Final award: MSc

Intermediate awards: PgC, PgD

Duration: Typically one year full-time or two to three years part-time.

Entry requirements: An honours degree (minimum lower second class) or a good FdSc/HND pass in a relevant subject area together with related industrial or professional experience of at least one year. In addition, the suitability of candidates for particular programmes may be assessed by interview, considering reports from referees and by evaluating previous experience.

English Language Requirements: Click here for the English language levels accepted by Harper Adams University for overseas candidates.

The course

Whether you live to eat or eat to live, the indisputable fact is that we all need to be regular consumers of food and drink. The food industry offers more than careers based solely on farms or in retail food outlets. It is vigorous and dynamic, with the adoption of new technology and the provision of new products satisfying ever changing consumer demands.

An important part of the sector’s success relies on an integrated approach and the close links which have been forged between growers, wholesalers, food processors and retailers. To be successful in today’s fast moving food industry students are provided with a combination of modules focusing on core subjects relevant to the food industry, as well as key priorities facing today’s food industry.

Once students have completed the taught modules they commence their research project, which gives the opportunity to pursue their own interests and provides a valuable addition to their skills set.

The course aims to produce and develop well-trained managers who are working in, or wish to follow, careers in the food industry. It promotes analytical and management skills by focusing on questions raised in relation to public policy issues, the commercial environment and the supply of foods which meet supply chain customer and consumer requirements. You will hone your personal skills and be able to engage in critical analysis and formulate and express sound arguments.

Modules include:

  • Food Processing, Quality and Safety
  • Food Product Development
  • Research and Information Skills
  • Principles of Finance
  • Managing People
  • Agri-food Supply Chain Strategy and Management
  • Food Security and Sustainability
  • Research Project

How will it benefit me?

On completion of the course at MSc level, students will be able to use and evaluate food industry management techniques and assess their relevance to commercial practice under different technical and cultural constraints. You will learn to appraise the dynamic legal, economic and political environment within which food businesses operate.

Students become skilled in collecting, analysing and interpreting qualitative and quantitative data, technical and commercial information, as well as evaluating and exploiting the latest developments in technology. You will learn to identify solutions to food industry management problems appropriate to local, national and international circumstances.

You will become competent at identifying and solving information management and communication problems encountered by food industry managers and will be able to critically review the existing knowledge of a sector specific topic and relate to a hypothesis which will advance that knowledge. Students also undertake strategic analysis, integrating a range of food industry management techniques.

Careers

Career opportunities in food industry management are very good both in the UK and internationally. Our Masters programme has been designed to produce well qualified individuals employable throughout the food industry. A large number of businesses visit the University every year to recruit new staff.

Careers could include procurement, logistics, market research, commercial or general management in the food industry.

Contact Information

Dr Mitch Crook

Dr Mitch Crook
Taught Postgraduate Course Manager/Senior Lecturer
Office: Tudor Lodge 3
Email: Click here to contact Mitch Crook
Telephone: +44 (0)1952 815432
Fax: +44 (0)1952 814783

For further information on any aspect of postgraduate study, or to receive an application form please contact:

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Heather Hogan
Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone: 01952 815289
Fax: 01952 814783
Email: Send Heather Hogan a message

Course structure

Compulsory module

Optional module

Module Title (click for more info) Credit Value PgC (60 credits from) PgD (120 credits from) MSc (180 credits from)
15
Food Processing, Quality and Safety 15
Principles of Finance 15
Managing People 15
Agri-food Supply Chain Strategy and Management 15
Food Policy and Ethics 15  
Food Security and Sustainability 15  
Agri-Food Marketing/Research and Information Skills 15  
Food Product Development 15  
Research Project 60    

 

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