It is increasingly recognised that reductionist approaches to tackling food-related issues are ineffective and that a more comprehensive, holistic approach is required if we are to better understand the many ways that food affects and shapes our lives, and effectively address the many injustices and inequalities that are manifest in the current food system.
The MSc Gastronomy at the Queen Margaret University takes an experiential approach, with field trips to a diverse range of food-related businesses and organisations - from food banks to Michelin starred restaurants, large-scale agri-businesses to food processors. Through input from a wide range of specialist and expert speakers, students gain exposure to the diverse dynamics that affect how we produce, consume, represent and understand food. Scotland is most often the showcase for this, however the concepts covered are transferable to other countries.
- The course is unique in the UK. It is the only course that currently offers students the opportunity to engage in the multidisciplinary, gastronomical study of food.
- The course tutors and guest speakers come from a diverse range of backgrounds representing the different ways that food influences our lives, from chefs to journalists, farmers to campaigners, scientists to politicians, and more.
- Field trips and site visits offer unique insights and experiences and allow students first-hand experiences of often hidden or ignored elements of the food system.
Students will place themselves in the enviable position of gaining exposure to a wide range of industry experiences and contacts, and a broad range of contemporary food issues, which will enable them to gain employment and make interventions and transformations in a wide variety of areas. These include further study, business, education, community work, advocacy, campaigning, policy development and more.
Get more detailsVisit official programme website
- Food & Drink: The Relationship to People and Place
- The Science of Food
- The System: From Field to Market
- Food Communication and Consumption
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
DisciplinesFood Sciences View 100 other Masters in Food Sciences in United Kingdom
There are several routes to entry.
- Applicants may have a first degree in an associated subject, for example, a BA (Hons) in Hospitality, Culinary Arts, or Nutrition.
- An honours degree (or equivalent) in a different discipline but where the applicant has a demonstrable passion for food and drink.
- An applicant may potentially be a mature student who has spent a considerable period of time in industry and wishes to formalise their education.
All shortlisted candidates will be interviewed as part of the application process.
International13500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 13500 GBP per year during 12 months.
EU/EEA5500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5500 GBP per year during 12 months.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
Due for update
Updated over a year ago
Check the official programme website for potential updates.