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 and 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 recognises that food security concerns not only food policy and food production issues but other aspects such as land tenure, immigration, demographics, diet and nutrition, technology, natural resources (e.g., pressures on water and soil) and climate change.We offer expertise and research on these topics, and the team have good working relationships with international organisations that are at the cutting edge of addressing food security issues, such as FAO, World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Federation of Red Cross/Crescent.
This programme 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.
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- The programme is composed of 180 credits divided over eight taught courses (6 compulsory and 2 electives chosen from a range of options such as food policy, food safety, global health, conservation, development) plus a 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 after 120 credits (Diploma) and courses will also be offered as standalone Continuous Professional Development options.
- Programme staff all actively work in food security and nutrition related topics alongside their academic posts.
- 72 months
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DisciplinesAgriculture Animal Sciences Plant & Crop Sciences View 8 other Masters in Animal 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. Please contact us to check before you apply. You may be admitted to certificate level only in the first instance.
International915 GBP/moduleTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 915 GBP per module and a duration of 72 months.
EU/EEA915 GBP/moduleTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 915 GBP per module and a duration of 72 months.
- MSc, PgDip, PgCert, PgProfDev: 10 credits £915; 20 credits £1,825
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This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!
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