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Risk and Crisis Management (Food Safety Assurance)


School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Business and Management

Start Date(s): September


MSc (one year full-time or two years part-time)
PgDip (eight months full-time or two years part-time)
PgCert (four months full-time, one year part-time)

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,425 per 30 credit module

UK - £8,550

International - £14,400

In Brief:

  • An online programme developed and delivered by industry experts and practitioners
  • Access to relevant current materials and case studies, developed in collaboration with a global risk management company
  • Assessments based on developing industry relevant skills and knowledge
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

The MSc Risk and Crisis Management (Food Safety Assurance) reflects the growing strategic importance of food and consumer product safety and specifically issues such as counterfeiting, contamination, economic and economically motivated adulteration and fraud.  The online programme has been developed in collaboration with Red 24, a leading global risk management specialist with operating experience in over 120 countries.  As such the programme bridges the gap between commercial and academic worlds.

With a curriculum which is career-focused and industry-informed, Risk and Crisis Management at Salford Business School prepares you for a range of managerial careers. As a Risk and Crisis Management student, you’ll develop a holistic knowledge of risk and crisis management theory and technical knowledge, learning how to apply such information to business related scenarios.

Salford Business School maintains excellent links with businesses, both locally and around the globe. These industry links help us to ensure that our programmes are designed around the current needs of employers and provide exciting opportunities for undergraduate students.

By studying Risk and Crisis Management, you’ll not only graduate with an advanced knowledge of management theory, but with the experience, professional skills and industry insights to embark on an exciting career across multiple sectors and roles.

The programme is relevant for organisations offering CPD and also for those wishing to enter a managerial role within manufacturing and services.

"I see the launch of the MSc programme - Risk and Crisis Management (Food Safety Assurance) at the University of Salford as a welcome step forward for the food industry. The modules on offer will enhance the skills, knowledge and competency of staff working for my organisation and I look forward, in particular, to working with specialists from red24 who are award winning market leaders in the field of risk and crisis management. The course has come along at the right time as the complexity associated with food safety assurance increases."

David Shingler, Sales Director, Towers Thompson


This module provides students with an understanding of the significance of strategy within a national and international context.  Emphasis is placed ion strategy development, implementation and review and enables students to appreciate the significance of resource allocation and resource management.
Students are provided with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of food fraud and malicious product tamper whilst reviewing the influence that both concepts exert within the food and non-food sectors.  Emphasis is placed on developing and evaluating policies and strategies adopted by food organisations in terms of food fraud and malicious product tampering and the through case study material students will propose how  international food businesses are able deal with food fraud and malicious product an effective, ethical and sustainable manner.


This module enables students to develop a critical understanding of theoretical principles underpinning food and non-food related crisis management and effective business continuity.  Based on a case study approach the module encourages students to reflect on effective formulation and implementation of business continuity in an ethical and professional manner
Based on real world examples students will evaluate theories and models relating to product recall.  Emphasis will be placed on developing students understanding of audit and interventionist approaches to managing product recalls and how organisations may demonstrate compliance and due diligence.


This module comprise the final 60 credits where students will have the opportunity to select between a dissertation, live project, placement or internship.  Each student will be allocated a supervisor who will mentor the student through the research project.

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate.

A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.  

Where a student has gained a recognised Honours degree but does not meet the normal entry qualification requirement, they may still be considered for entry if they can demonstrate relevant work experience of a minimum two years duration post study and acceptable level of responsibility.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

If the English language qualification is slightly below this level candidates may be able to take one of the many English courses available in the University. For more information search for English on Course Finder.

Suitable For

The programme is relevant for organisations offering CPD and also for either in or aspiring to hold a managerial role within manufacturing and services.

The programme is also relevant for those working in allied sectors including insurance.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,425 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£14,400

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section.


The course is delivered online in four blocks, and students are expected to undertake independent study with online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, (VLE), Blackboard.  Each module is delivered over a 12-week period and you will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on when you start.  Part time students study alternate modules (one module on, one module off) to complete their degree in two years.

The first half of the module is devoted to online lectures and seminars and the second focuses on formative and summative assessments.  The use of block events to deliver each module allows you to concentrate on one specific subject during the period in which the module is being delivered with the VLE providing further support to extend your understanding of a subject.

For the final third of your studies, you will work on your Business Innovation Project, working with your own or another organisation on a live brief.

Students will have the opportunity to access and engage with recorded and live webinars in the areas of Food Fraud and Malicious Product Tampering, Crisis Management and Business Continuity and Product Recall (Food and Non-Food).

An underlying principle of the learning and teaching strategy is to develop students as reflective practitioners and encourage engagement with continuous professional development.


The assessment for the modules involves both formative and summative elements. Each module consists of two pieces of summative assessment including coursework, presentations, case studies etc. Formative assessments with feedback will be provided during the two, three day intensive teaching blocks, and through student centred activities which will be presented on the University Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This will enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding of materials covered in each module.

The Business Innovation Project provides a choice between a dissertation, live project, internship or work placement, with a management research report and offers a further opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and skills in a less structured environment, further emphasising the student as an independent learner.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Staff teaching on this programme have experience of delivering within a Higher Education Environment.  Staff are research informed and bring experience of their research to the classroom.  Case materials have been developed in collaboration with Red24 who have considerable experience of managing risks in more than 120 countries.

Visiting lecturers from Red24 will be involved in masterclasses and provide students with real world examples. Find out more.


Career Prospects

Graduates may enter into a variety of food and beverage manufacturing roles including production, quality assurance and product design. In addition, they also enter into procurement roles and roles within associated sectors including insurance.

Links with Industry

The University of Salford grew out of the institutes of the late 19th century that provided a talented, technically proficient and professional workforce to support the UK’s rapidly growing industries. In the 21st century, this still holds strong. Whilst industry has changed significantly, the need for industry-focussed education is equally relevant today.

We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

The curriculum across our postgraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience.  Our industry partners give us their input into the curriculum so that the teaching reflects industry’s current and future needs and you develop the skills that employers want.  The Business Innovation Project, which forms the final third of your study, is designed to give you real-world experience so you can apply the theory you have learned.

Further Study

Find out more information about research opportunities here.

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