Postgraduate MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Risk and Crisis Management (Food Safety Assurance)

Salford Business School



Distance Learning


One year

Two year


September 2019

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In a nutshell

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 WorldAware, 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.

International students should apply for the MSc route.

You will:
  • Programme materials developed by industry experts and practioners
  • Delivered online so you can study around your current commitments
  • Assessments based on developing industry relevant skills and knowledge

students accepted

This is for you if...


You want to learn in a flexible environment


You are a good problem solver


You are a critical thinker


You want a career within manufacturing or services


You enjoy practical learning


You want to improve your employability

Course details

All about the course

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.

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.

Semester one

Strategic International Business Management

This module will provide you with an understanding of the significance of strategy within a national and international context. Emphasis is placed on strategy development, implementation and review and enables students to appreciate the significance of resource allocation and resource management.

Food Fraud and Malicious Product Tampering

You 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 tampering in an effective, ethical and sustainable manner.

Semester two

Crisis Management and Business Continuity

This module enables you 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 you to reflect on effective formulation and implementation of business continuity in an ethical and professional manner

Product Recall (Food and Non-Food)

Based on real world examples you will evaluate theories and models relating to product recall. Emphasis will be placed on developing your understanding of audit and interventionist approaches to managing product recalls and how organisations may demonstrate compliance and due diligence.

Semester three

Business Innovation Project

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

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

The first half of each 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.

You 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.

School Overview

Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.

We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.

Teacher 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 WorldAware who have considerable experience of managing risks in more than 120 countries.

Visiting lecturers from WorldAware will be involved in masterclasses and provide students with real world examples.

Getting Here

If you’re planning on commuting, both our MediaCityUK and Peel Park campuses are perfectly placed. Whether by bus, rail, bike or car, we’re easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond.

Get more information about your options for commuting, or hear about the experience from current students.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

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.

A taste of what you could become

A risk manager

A project manager

A management consultant

A business adviser

A product manager

And more...

Career Links

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-focused 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.


What you need to know


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.

The MSc is the only route available for international students.


Normally IELTS 6.5 with no individual element below 5.5, or equivalent recognised Secure English Language Test, (SELT).

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.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

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.

Alternative entry requirements

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).

How much?

2019 fees are for programmes starting in March, June and July.  Fees for programmes starting in September 2019 and after will be published in late spring.

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £8,550per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £14,400per year
Part-time 2019/20 £1,425 per 30 credit module
Additional costs

For more information please see our funding section.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020