Food security is concerned with the availability, access, and utilisation of safe, nutritious and sustainable food to all, especially vulnerable groups within society.
The challenges related to food are not only the existence of approximately 795 million undernourished people in the world (Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)) but also:
- the increasing presence of diet-related, non-communicable diseases (e.g. diabetes and heart disease)
- the contribution of agriculture to greenhouse gas emissions
- land use change
Understanding the interconnection of food, health and the environment, as well as their trade-offs, is vital to formulate policies that enable us to achieve food security in a sustainable manner.
The Global Food Security and Nutrition (Online Learning) programme from The University of Edinburgh is designed to equip graduates with the skills to go on to careers in government and international non-governmental organisations working in a broad range of areas relating to food security.
There are increasing postgraduate research opportunities available in the food security arena, in the UK, EU and internationally.
There are also some positions in the private sector that will be attractive to graduates such as retail, food supply management, or even commodity trading.
Get more detailsVisit official programme website
The programme is composed of:
- 90 credits of compulsory courses
- 30 credits of elective courses (chosen from a range of options such as food policy, food safety, global health, conservation, development)
- 60 credit Master’s dissertation
It is designed to be taken part-time over three years (20 hours per week), with an option to complete the course in up to six years if required.
Students may exit the programme after completing:
- 60 credits (Certificate) or
- 120 credits (Diploma)
Courses will also be offered as standalone Postgraduate Professional Development options.
- 72 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesAgriculture Animal Sciences Plant & Crop Sciences View 5 other Masters in Plant & Crop Sciences in United Kingdom
- A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biological or biochemical sciences.
- We may also consider your application if your background is not specifically related to these disciplines and you have relevant work experience in a related area.
International960 GBP/moduleTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 960 GBP per module during 72 months.
National960 GBP/moduleTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 960 GBP per module during 72 months.
- MSc, PgDip, PgCert, PgProfDev: 10 credits £960; 20 credits £1,915
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