M.Sc. On Campus


Queen Margaret University

12 months
13500 GBP/year
5500 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.


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.

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


IELTS admission requirements IELTS


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS

Other requirements

General requirements

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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5500 GBP per year during 12 months.


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