NFQ Level 9, Major Award

The MSc (Food Microbiology) is a full-time programme running for 12 months from the date of first registration for the programme.

Candidates must be holders of an honours BSc degree, or equivalent qualification, in a discipline with a significant element of laboratory science, with a minimum of second class honours Grade 2 or equivalent. However, candidates with equivalent academic qualifications may be accepted subject to the approval of College. The number of places is limited and selection will be made on the basis of the candidate's performance in his/her primary degree or interview.

Modules will be chosen with the approval of the Programme Board depending on student's background.

Students take 90 credits as follows:

Part I
Core Modules
MB6006 Library project in Food Microbiology (5 credits)
MB6027 Research Frontiers in Food Microbiology (5 credits)
ML6005 Biotechniques (5 credits)
PG6001
STEPS - Scientific Training for Enhanced Postgraduate Studies (5 credits)

Elective Modules
Students select 25 credits from the following:
FE6110 Food Markets and Policy (5 credits)
MB4110 Food Fermentation and Mycology (5 credits)
MB4111 Microbial Food Safety (5 credits)
MB4113 Food Biotechnology (5 credits)
MB6014 Hygienic Production of Food (5 credits)
MB6103 Functional Foods for Health (5 credits)

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Part II
MB6007 Dissertation in Food Microbiology (45 credits)

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Examinations
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2015 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules 2014/2015.

Postgraduate Certificate in Food Microbiology
Students who attain a pass (40%) in each of the taught modules, but do not reach the 50% threshold across 5 of the 6 taught modules: MB4110, MB4111, MB4113, MB6014, MB6027, MB6103, required to progress to the research dissertation will be conferred with a Postgraduate Certificate in Food Microbiology. Similarly, students who pass the taught modules and do not wish to complete the research dissertation may opt to be conferred with a Postgraduate Certificate in Food Microbiology.

Learning Outcomes for MSc (Food Microbiology) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Certificate in Food Microbiology (NFQ Level 9, Minor Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: