Food Studies

The University of Exeter

12 months
19300 GBP/year
9000 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Food Studies programme at University of Exeter will prepare you to understand, critically assess, and practically engage with foodways and food systems. 


The programme gives foundation to comparative understanding of foodways and food systems in industrialised and non-industrialised societies, and the relation of each of these to global forces.

Core modules provide interdisciplinary perspectives drawing from fields including archaeology, classics, history, anthropology, sociology, geography, and political economy. You will survey the historical development of agriculture and food - from the agricultural revolution, to the industrialisation of agriculture and food manufacturing, to the globalisation of food. 


With food at the centre of so many pressing global issues today, the field of Food Studies is rapidly developing. 

The Food Studies programme at University of Exeter will equip you to conduct research on foodways and food systems - whether past or present, whether in the UK or elsewhere in the world. It fosters comparative understanding of the economic, political and cultural dynamics of food systems and foodways, as well as critical perspectives that will enable you to identify issues and problems faced by a range of stakeholders and the potential consequences of various forms of intervention and transformation.

 Upon completion, you will be prepared to articulate these perspectives in various forms - from the writing of reports or scholarly pieces to the production of grant proposals or business plans.

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Food and Agriculture in Historical Perspective
  • Food, Body and Society
  • Food Systems, Alternative Food Networks, and Ethical Consumption
  • Dissertation in Food Studies
  • Directed Practical Study: Agriculture and Food
  • Permaculture and Gardening with Nature
  • Theory and Methods of Food Preservation

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
90 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

Usually a good honours degree, 2.1 or equivalent in any discipline. Applications from candidates with relevant professional experience and evidence of good research and writing skills will also be considered.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • UK/EU: £4,505 part-time
  • International: £9,650 part-time


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