Food Security (Distance Learning)

Lancaster University

M.Sc. Online
60 months
4296 GBP/year
1992 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Food Security (Distance Learning) degree offered at Lancaster University will equip you with the specialist skills and knowledge to engage with one of the most significant challenges currently facing a growing human population: making and supplying enough food for all to sustain an active healthy lifestyle.


Course Overview

Food Security (Distance Learning) degree offered at Lancaster University is a distance learning programme designed for people with an interest in the global food system and for professionals in the food supply industry. This exciting course explores important issues related to food security, focusing on production, distribution, and waste.

The course is highly flexible so that you can fit study around your day job. Teaching is done largely online; all materials are supplied and you can work through them at your own pace. You will also have the opportunity to meet tutors and fellow students at short workshops during the year.

To gain an MSc you need to complete eight modules, and a significant dissertation project. The programme starts with an introductory module every February, which covers a broad range of issues related to food security. After that, you will develop a breadth of knowledge and depth of expertise by studying an additional seven modules. These modules cover a range of topics and will allow you to develop specialist knowledge of the factors impacting upon food security and environmental effects on food production.

Finally, you will cement your learning and put theory into practice in a major research project. Your dissertation will be guided by a supervisor from Lancaster and will normally be undertaken with an industry partner. This module will develop a range of transferable, highly employable skills. You will enhance your planning and written presentation skills, learn to concisely and effectively communicate complex concepts and ideas, as well as learn to handle and present quantitative and qualitative information and data.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Food Challenges for the 21st Century - the impending storm
  • Literature Review
  • Dissertation Project (Distance Learning)
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Environmental Stress and Crop Production
  • Plant Defence and Crop Protection
  • Crop Production Science 
  • Soil Science
  • Ethical Food Systems
  • Crop Biotechnology

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits



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.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).

Other requirements

General requirements

2:1 (Hons) degree (UK) or equivalent in Environmental Science, Biological Sciences, Ecology, Biology, Geography or a similar degree. 

 An undergraduate degree is not a prerequisite for practitioners working in the food supply chain as we recognise prior learning and experience. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4296 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21480 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 60 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1992 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9960 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 60 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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Food Security (Distance Learning)
Lancaster University