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  • 24 months
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The Food, Politics and Society programme at Birkbeck, University of London offers a comprehensive survey of the main themes in this area. You will study the theoretical background and real-world impact of key issues, including agricultural production, the sociology of consumption, food and the city, and the political ecology of our contemporary industrialised global food system. 

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About

Over the past few decades, questions about the production, supply, preparation, consumption and disposal of food have become central to our understanding of society and politics. With the rise of a global food market and of industrial agriculture - and the accompanying challenges of climate change, soil erosion and food scarcity - it is more urgent than ever to understand the complex interrelationship between food, politics and society. 

You will also explore the historical, sociological and political dimensions of nutrition and malnutrition, the regulation of food markets, struggles and conflict over food, and the cultural meanings of food. 

The Food, Politics and Society programme at Birkbeck, University of London draws primarily from the field of food studies, but it is interdisciplinary and you will study approaches, ideas and texts from politics, theory, history, sociology, cultural anthropology and public policy. 

This degree will be of interest to anybody working in, or planning to pursue a career in, food politics and food policy who wants to build their skills and knowledge to enhance their career prospects. It is also suitable if you want to undertake MPhil/PhD or professional research. 

Career

Graduates can pursue careers in government or advisory bodies where research skills are required, as well as policy research, higher education, the voluntary sector and journalism. Possible professions include Civil Service fast streamer, higher education lecturer, government social research officer, or politician’s assistant. This degree may also be useful in becoming a local government officer, newspaper journalist, or public relations officer.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Food, Politics, and Society
  • The Political Sociology of the Modern State
  • Culture, Community, Identity
  • Development Studies: Theoretical Approaches
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Environment and Policy
  • Geopolitics, Population and Environment
  • Global Politics, Governance and Security
  • Material Worlds

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  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

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Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • The standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.
  • We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.
  • On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
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Birkbeck is committed to providing advice and support to help you finance your postgraduate studies. The government has introduced new loans for postgraduate students and, alongside these, we also offer flexible payment options and a hardship fund to support students who experience a change of circumstances while studying.

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