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What will I learn?

Aims & Characteristics

  • To provide unique and professionally oriented training in global food safety management and risk analysis for science/technology graduates who want to develop their expertise in the area of food safety.
  • To provide students with advanced knowledge of the major and newly emerging hazards affecting food safety from a global perspective.

Upon completion of this programme, students should be able to do the following.

  • Understand international food standards, laws and regulations and critically evaluate food safety policy as well as legal and sector specific frameworks for food safety management at local, national and international levels.
  • Use their knowledge of risk analysis to critically evaluate the risk of major food hazards and address food safety issues worldwide.
  • Demonstrate competence in developing risk-based food safety management strategies and implementing food safety management systems (e.g. ISO22000).
  • Demonstrate competence in critical analysis, information technology and communication.
  • Work effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary groups with a commitment to lifelong learning to enhance their professional development.

Recognition & Prospects


Upon successful graduation, students will receive PolyU’s official Graduate Certificate and be qualified to obtain the following certificates:

  • an official training certificate on risk analysis issued by The Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition established by the US Food and Drug Administration and University of Maryland; and
  • official certificates on major food safety management systems issued by an accredited certification body.


Excellent job prospects, particularly in food, health and agricultural industries, related government agencies and research institutes in Hong Kong, mainland China and the region, are available to graduates.


Students studying for the MSc in Global Food Safety Management and Risk Analysis are required to complete the following courses:

  • Food Safety in Action
  • Food Safety Risk Analysis
  • Foodborne Chemical and Microbial Hazards: Case Studies
  • Global Food Safety Management
  • Global Food Security
  • International Food Standards, Laws and Regulations
  • Capstone Project

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$159,000.00 (16,08,498) per year
HK $5,300 per credit
Application deadline

Expected April 2023

More details

Start date

September 2022


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an institution that is recognized by PolyU. In addition, you must meet the entrance requirements that are specified by individual programmes. PolyU may accept equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

A Bachelor's degree with Honours in engineering, science or technology; OR

A Bachelor's degree with Honours in other relevant disciplines [such as a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Geography]^; OR

A professional qualification plus relevant work experience related to Surveying or Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the following minimum English language requirement for admission purpose, unless otherwise specified by individual programmes concerned:

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR

An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PolyU ranks 66th in the QS World University Rankings and 91st in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings internationally.

  • Recognised worldwide for its academic reputation
  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
  • Boasts world-class facilities
  • Welcomes international students from over 30 countries

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