This module aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of food diagnostic tools to monitor and analyse food quality and safety, as well as its impact on the management of the supply chain.

At a glance

  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost


What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the principles and techniques currently available for food analysis, monitoring and assessment,
  • Critically compare the different destructive and non-destructive techniques used to assess food quality parameters,
  • Evaluate and discuss the selection of appropriate molecular techniques for the analysis of food components and food microbiological contaminants,
  • Critically examine analytical data on food and, synthesising knowledge gained elsewhere in the course, design an appropriate and cost-effective sampling and analytical strategy for food.

Core content

  • Fundamentals of food analysis
  • Analytical methods; chemical, biological, physical and molecular techniques,
  • Use of non-destructive techniques (spectroscopy, hyperspectral imaging) to assess food composition and quality,
  • Food adulteration and current techniques to identify fraud,
  • Analytical identification of chemical components to evaluate food safety and quality,
  • Bioinformatics approaches: Integration of datasets to predict food quality and safety,
  • Design of appropriate analysis strategies to solve industrial questions related to food components or contaminants.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

Cranfield credits are available for this short course which you can put towards selected Cranfield degrees. Find out more about short course credit points.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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