12 months
15000 GBP/year
6000 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MSc Gastronomy at the Queen Margaret University, the first and only one of its kind in the UK, acknowledges the complex nature of food and takes an interdisciplinary approach to shed light upon the often unseen links between food culture and communications, science and systems, production and politics and more.


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.

Why QMU?

  • 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Food & Drink: The Relationship to People and Place
  • The Science of Food
  • The System: From Field to Market
  • Food Communication and Consumption

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants with a UK Honours degree or equivalent.
  • Applicants will also be considered with qualifications below UK
  • Honours degree level or as mature students who can exhibit relevant work and life experience gained through their employment, professional activities and/or significant and relevant personal interests.
  • International: You will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    6000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • Scot/UK/ROI - £800 per 20 credit module
  • International - £1,970 per 20 credit module


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