Master of Science in Food Analysis and Food Safety Management

This is a two year part-time or one year full-time postgraduate taught programme co-offered by the Departments of Biology and Chemistry. The purpose of this programme is to train and disseminate knowledge and know-how to a diverse group of people: those working for the food industries, government, research or non-profit organisations in the agriculture food chain who carry responsibility for the control of different aspects of food safety in Hong Kong, Mainland China and other countries.

The programme emphasises both theory and practical experience of relevant techniques for food analysis and monitoring. It equips students with practical skills to enhance their immediate competitiveness in a career related to emerging areas of food product analysis, food surveillance, food safety management, and food risk assessment.

Part-time and full-time students will be required to spend two evenings (about six–nine hours per week) and four evenings (about twelve–fifteen hours per week) respectively on lectures. In addition, students have to devote one Saturday or weekday, every or alternate week, to laboratory and dissertation. As an integral part of a professional training process, each student is also required to complete an independent dissertation related to food analysis and food safety management.

Student may apply for an interim award of postgraduate diploma if they cannot complete all the programme requirements for reasons deemed acceptable to the Programme Board. To qualify for the postgraduate diploma, students will need to have completed a minimum of 18 units of required courses except for the Dissertation. Grade attained for all the courses must be C- or above and the cumulative GPA should be 2.50 or above. Students with the interim award have the option of surrendering the postgraduate diploma and returning to complete the programme for the MSc degree within five years of obtaining the interim award.

The programme consists of 27 units, which include 24 units of required courses and 3 units of elective courses.

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

I) Required Courses 24 units
II) Elective Courses 3 units
    27 units


I. Required Courses 24 units
  FAFS7010 Food Microbiology 3 units
  FAFS7020 Analytical Process and Applied Statistics 2 units
  FAFS7030 Sample Pretreatment Methods 1 unit
  FAFS7040 Food Analysis 3 units
  FAFS7050 Food Analysis Laboratory 3 units
  FAFS7060 Food Chemistry 3 units
  FAFS7070 Food Toxicology 3 units
  FAFS7080 Food Quality, Law and Safety Management 3 units
  FAFS7090 Dissertation in Food Analysis and Food Safety Management 3 units
II. Elective Courses 3 units
  FAFS7100 Analytical Spectroscopy for Food Analysis 3 units
  FAFS7110 Mass Spectrometry for Food Analysis 1 unit
  FAFS7120 Management of Public Health Risks 3 units
  FAFS7130 Separation Science 3 units
  FAFS7140 Laboratory Management 2 units
  FAFS7150 Pharmaceutical and Traditional Chinese Medicinal Analysis 1 unit
  FAFS7160 Advanced Study on Food Safety Management System 1 unit
    27 units
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