Food Safety

Master in Food Safety

17th EDITION // 2024|2026

The Master in Food Safety (MSA) are entitled to exercise a professional activity in the field of procurement systems in food markets with special emphasis on the respective evaluation procedures and quality management, nutrition and safety. This course prepare and develop skills to work in multidisciplinary environments, having as central axis scientific and technical frameworks, legislative and regulatory, applicable to the production, processing and distribution of food.

In our times “Food Security and Safety”, alike ongoing global climate change, is one of the biggest challenges to human survival: without access to safe, nutritious and healthy food in adequate amounts, the progress of mankind is threatened. The concept of Food Security, recognized by FAO, is complex and multifactorial. It not only comprises the physical, social and economic access to food, by everyone at any time in sufficient amounts, but also the safety and nutrient suitability regarded as necessary for a healthy and active life. Participation in this scenario requires a multidisciplinary approach, based on scientific, technic and legal frameworks applicable to the production, transformation and distribution of food, in order to protect the interests of consumers and the Public Health.


"... it is important to gain some training in terms of production efficiency, of all the norms inherent to the production processes and also a little risk analysis and continuous improvement of the processes, that is why I enrolled in this master's ...

... If you want to be a reference technician in the food field, then make your bet on FMV ".

João Letras, 27 yrs
(Biochemist / Master in Enology and Viticulture / MSA 2020 Student)

"... right when I was starting a degree i've became interested in areas such as food technology and food safety.

In order to choose a master's degree, some professors advised me to see the FMV's Master's Degree and as the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is a prestigious college, I investigate and it seams to me that i´ve done a good choice. "

"... if you want a good Master's degree in the area of ​​Quality and Food Safety, where you will feel very integrated and you will be constantly learning, choose the FMV."

Patrícia Bernardo, 26 yrs
(Food Production Technician / MSA 2020 Student)

"If you want to learn more about Food Security, get in touch with the realities of very important and very important companies in our country, have a great spirit of camaraderie and earn a fantastic curriculum, come and take a Master's Degree in Food Security at FMV".

Joana Silva, 27 yrs
(Veterinary Doctor / Master in Food Safety)

Master's in Food Safety (MSA) Merit Award

In addition to the numerous reference partnerships created within the curriculum, the FMV's MSA is boosting its potential by looking ahead to future editions, thus establishing the Master's Degree in Food Safety Merit Award as a differentiating, motivating and, above all, recognising element in the merit of its students.

The award is aimed at all students enrolled and registered in the MSA.

The value of the prize is equal to the annual tuition fee set for this cycle of studies. In other words, if you fulfil the highest requirements, you can do one year of the Master's degree for free!

Come and study with us.

For more information see the Regulations (PT)



The Master study programme in Food Safety (MFS) aims to assure a high-level training in the agri-food area, based on technical knowledge and sustained by scientific investigation, innovation and development. Accordingly, it is intended that the students of the Master’s programme acquire the following capabilities:

  1. To carry out functions in the area of food quality, especially in food safety;
  2. To join in multidisciplinary professional teams;
  3. To communicate with technicians and other staff of the food sector with different educational backgrounds and levels of knowledge;
  4. To understand and to analyze the issues associated with the production and transformation of food which influence its safety and quality;
  5. To plan, implement and validate food safety pro-active systems;
  6. To apply technological and management options and restrictions in order to attain determined levels of quality set by food producing organizations;
  7. To identify, analyze and evaluate safety and quality problems in a food producing organization according to national and community legal requirements;
  8. To assess and improve quality control and safety processes taking in to account environmental management issues;
    Consequently, the Post graduate in Food Safety or the Master in Food Safety will be fit to practice professional activity in the field of food provisioning systems to the market, with a special emphasis on quality evaluation and management, nutrition and safety procedures.

The Master Science program provides specialised scientific training, allowing for an up to date and efficient, professional intervention capability. Holders of the Master of Food Safety degree will be qualified to perform the professional activity in the area of food production, processing, preservation and distribution, with special emphasis on food safety.

APCER Partnership

With this partnership, the Master's in Food Safety (MSA) once again reinforces its commitment to constant improvement for all students and assumes greater responsibility and trust in society.

By continually complying with the highest quality requirements, in order to ensure the constant improvement of the teaching provided with great practical application in the working world of the Agro-industry, it is considered important to provide valuable tools, so the possibility of students being able to add to the Master's degree in Food Safety the certification of internal auditors for the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System and ISO22000:2018 Food Safety System increases their range of skills, with greater guarantee of employability.

In our Master's programme, skills range from the meadow to the plate, always satisfying consumer expectations as designated in the Quality and Food Safety Management Systems - Quality Management System (ISO9001:2015) and Food Safety Management System (ISO22000:2018).

MSA students as Internal Auditors

With the partnership of APCER and the respective recognition of the quality of teaching at FMV-ULisboa's Master's in Food Safety, our students acquire the necessary skills during the curricular phase to apply for certification as Internal Auditors for the ISO9001:2015 and ISO22000:2018 standards.

Partner Institutions

In order to provide the best support and know-how, we work with the best partners.
Thus we raise our level and yours to the highest quality standards so that when you apply your knowledge, you can do so properly aware and trained.



The provisions of this call apply to: 

  1. Holders of a bachelor/master science degree, or legal equivalent, in the areas of Veterinary, Agricultural, Biological or Engineering sciences;
  2. Holders of a foreign higher education degree on veterinary sciences, agriculture sciences or biological sciences, conferred following a 1st cycle of studies organised following the principles of the Bologna process by countries adhering to this process;
  3. Holders of a foreign higher education degree, in the fields of veterinary, agricultural, biological or related sciences, recognised as meeting the objectives of the Master degree by the scientific committee of the study cycle;
  4. The professionals of Food Production, Processing, Preservation, Distribution and Trading sectors with an academic, scientific or professional curriculum, which demonstrates the ability to undertake the study program.

The legal equivalences are considered to be the degrees recognized under Decree-Law No. 66/2018 of 16 August, as well as degrees that have been recognized or considered equivalent under previous legislation.


Application Process information

ONLINE Application Portal (for new students)
Application Support Manual (.pdf) (PT)

Select according to your current situation:

  • If the applicant already has a FMV-ULisboa FenixEdu account or a Campus@Ulisboa account, with a student or ex-student record at FMV-ULisboa, access Fenix and login:
  • If the applicant does not have an account on FMV-ULisboa FenixEdu, one must be created at:
  • If the applicant has applied in previous years with local accounts or if the account password was forgotten, the applicant must recover their credentials on the link above in the “Credentials Recovery” section; https//
  • If the applicant has a Campus account and a FMV student or ex-student record and needs to recover their password or username, the applicant must access the user webpage and on the Authentication menu must choose the option “Recover Access”: https//


A non-refundable application fee of €100 must be paid (except in the event that the Master's programme does not take place).

  • For applicants resident in Portugal, with a bank account in Portugal, you may pay the application fee via the ATM - Payment of Services, using for this purpose the ATM reference (SIBS) generated on the online application platform.

  • Students who want to pay outside Portugal should make their payment by Bank Transfer*.

IBAN: PT50 0035 0011 0000 6924 4309 4

* You must submit proof of the bank transfer with your application.

Applications for admission to the MSA 2024/2026 course (17th Edition) will take place in 2 phases:


1st Phase
15 JAN - 30 APR'24

National, Community and International Students



2nd Phase
1 MAY - 15 JUL'24

Exclusively for National and Community Students

Public notice (.pdf)

Applications must be made online via FMV-ULisboa's FenixEdu account, with the obligatory submission of all the documents mentioned in the Public Notice. Applications that do not comply with the provisions of the Public Notice will be excluded.


  1. Identification document (Citizen Card, Identification Card, Passport, Residence title/permit);
  2. Photocopy of the official document containing tax identification number (if applicable);
  3. Certificate of academic degree;
  4. Document proving the rating scale used in the country of origin (if applicable);
  5. Curriculum vitae

The document referred to in point (c), and in the case of certificates obtained in non-Community countries, shall be endorsed by the consular office or presented with the affixing of The Hague Apostille by the competent authority of the State from which the document originates and, when not Portuguese, English, French or Spanish, must be translated into one of these languages.

Applicants must also prove adequate language skills to attend the course (mastery of Portuguese).

Further information

Students can obtain information and clarification from the course secretariat via email (, or from the FMV's Academic Office via email at


Order no. 7539/2019 of 20 August - Regulation of the Master's Degree in Food Safety (PT)

Organisation and timetable

The MSA course lasts 4 semesters (2 years) and comprises a total of 120 European transfer credits (ECTS). It consists of a curricular part of 60 ECTS and a dissertation of 60 ECTS.

The curricular part (1st year) will be taught on Thursdays and Fridays between 6pm and 10pm and Saturdays between 9am and 1pm.


The number of vacancies assigned for the 2024/2026 Edition ranges between 15 (minimum) and 40 (maximum).


Study Plan


Branch of knowledge
1st Semester ECTS
Biosafety, Hygiene and Health Certification 3,0
Applied Statistics 2,0
Microbiology, Toxinfections and Food Toxicology 6,5
Primary Food Production 4,0
Food Chemistry and Biochemistry 4,0
Sustainability and Environmental Management 2,5
Food Technology 5,0
2nd Semester
Quality Control and Consumer Rights and Duties 4,5
Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Applied to Food Safety 6,0
Food and Process Innovation and Development 4,0
Proactive Food Safety Methods and Normative References 6,5
Nutrition and New Food Concepts 4,0
Food Safety in Restaurant Services 2,0
3rd and 4th semesters
Communication in Science [3rd Sem] 1,0
Curricular Internship and Dissertation 59,0


OPTIONAL curricular units
1st Semester ECTS

Tuition Fee

National / UE Students*
1,250 € | in 10 instalments

  International students**
2,500 € | in 10 instalments

Upon enrolment and registration, 20% of the total annual attendance fee (tuition) must be paid, plus the registration fee and school insurance.

  • Payment of the annual attendance fee (tuition fee) can be made in 10 instalments
       ( * SEP 250€, OCT 112€, NOV - JUN 111€)    |     ( ** SEP 500€, OCT 224€, NOV - JUN 222€)
  • Upon enrollment and registration, 20% of the total annual attendance fee (tuition fee) must be paid, plus the registration fee and school insurance.
  • Registration will only be considered as definite after the presentment of the original or certified copies of the documents proving the identification and qualifications considered in the application process.


Profs. Rui Bessa and Maria João Fraqueza

Scientific Comittee

Prof. Rui Bessa
Prof. Maria João Fraqueza
Prof. Virgílio Almeida
Prof. Marília Ferreira
Prof. Magda Aguiar Fontes
Prof. João Bettencourt Cota