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Microbial Interactions in Food and the Environment

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Cambridge Open Academy


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Online, self-paced
2 hours
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Lifetime access
No formal qualification
10 CPD hours / points
  • Certificate of Completion (PDF) - Free
  • Certificate of Completion (Hard Copy) - £9.99
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Uncover the captivating world of microbial interactions in food and the environment with our comprehensive course. Gain a deep understanding of food microbiology, preservation, fermentation, spoilage, and foodborne diseases. Equip yourself with the knowledge to become a proficient food microbiologist and unravel the intricate relationships that shape our culinary experiences.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the principles and significance of food microbiology.
  • Analyse the role and impact of predominant microorganisms in various food types.
  • Explore the techniques and mechanisms of food preservation employed by microorganisms.
  • Investigate the process and benefits of food fermentation facilitated by microorganisms.
  • Recognise and prevent food spoilage through effective strategies and control measures.
  • Understand the transmission routes and preventive measures for foodborne diseases caused by microorganisms.


10 CPD hours / points
Accredited by CPD Quality Standards

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Microbial Interactions in Food and the Environment is a fascinating course that delves into the microscopic world of microorganisms and their interactions with food and the environment. In this course, you'll learn about the different types of microorganisms found in food, the process of food preservation and fermentation, and the development of foodborne diseases.

Beginning with an in-depth introduction to food microbiology, you will uncover the fundamental principles and concepts that underpin the study of microorganisms in the context of food. From there, you will dive into the diverse world of microorganisms, examining their prevalence in different food types and investigating their complex interactions. Explore the techniques microorganisms employ to preserve food, extend its shelf life, and maintain its quality.

Delve into the intriguing world of food fermentation, understanding the transformative role of microorganisms in enhancing flavours, textures, and nutritional value. Learn to identify the signs and causes of food spoilage and discover effective prevention strategies. Finally, explore the realm of foodborne diseases, studying the transmission routes and exploring preventive measures against microbial contamination.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for the following:

  • Food science students seeking to deepen their knowledge of food microbiology.
  • Professionals working in the food industry are interested in expanding their expertise.
  • Researchers and scientists exploring the realm of microbial interactions in food.
  • Food enthusiasts and individuals curious about the science behind food preservation and fermentation.

Career path

Some career paths related to this industry in the UK are:

  • Food Microbiologist Assistant: £20,000 - £25,000 per annum
  • Quality Control Technician: £25,000 - £30,000 per annum
  • Food Safety Specialist: £30,000 - £40,000 per annum
  • Research Scientist: £35,000 - £50,000 per annum
  • Food Microbiologist: £40,000 - £60,000 per annum
  • Food Safety Manager: £50,000 - £70,000 per annum

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Certificate of Completion (PDF)

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Certificate of Completion (Hard Copy)

Hard copy certificate - £9.99

Note: Delivery of hardcopy certificate is free within the United Kingdom. However, to obtain a hardcopy certificate, international students have to pay £19.99 for the shipment to their designated address.


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