How will we feed ourselves in the future?
This is one of the most important questions faced by the human race. Access to good and healthy food is a basic human right.
However, a rapidly growing population, finite resources, environmental damage, climate change and global inequality make this an incredibly complex issue.
The Food Security programme at The University of Edinburgh addresses these challenges, with a specific focus on the social and economic aspects of food security.
What will I learn?
Through this programme, you will explore issues such as:
- social demographics
- diet and nutrition
- the transformation of the food system
- technology and innovation
- climate change
You will also learn about the role of genetics to address sustainable food production, the importance of orphan crops and the increasing pressures on resources such as water and soil, among other topics.
You will explore how food security has become a critically important issue for societies around the globe as it concerns not only food production systems and supply chains, but also development issues such as land tenure, inequality, and the exchange value of commodities.
There is an increasing demand for qualified experts to contribute to policy creation and legislation in food production as well as to assess the Agri-industry on tracing their development strategy to improve food production and distribution in a sustainable way.
This provides you with excellent opportunities to tackle world hunger and feed the world in the 21st century.
The MSc Food Security gives you the scope to fulfil the growing demand for qualified experts that contribute to the policy and legislation development on food production and the supply chain.
You will be able to develop methodologies to appraise trade-offs in terms of risk and uncertainty in strategic decision-making, from the farm-level through to national planning level.
Such appraisal is particularly important in light of global environmental change.
Our graduates have typically gained employment in a variety of sectors including:
- government organisations and NGO agencies
- international bodies
- research and education
- private businesses
- multinational corporations
Get more detailsVisit official programme website
This MSc programme comprises:
- compulsory and option courses
Throughout the programme, your teaching team will work with you to prepare for the dissertation project. This will be your opportunity to explore a topic of your choice in relation to food security.
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesFamily & Consumer Science Nutrition & Dietetics Genetics View 27 other Masters in Family & Consumer Science in United Kingdom
- A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in an agricultural, ecological, biological or environmental science, engineering, social science, economics, politics or other relevant subject.
- We may also consider a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, with relevant work experience.
- This programme is not suitable for applicants pursuing a career in food safety/hygiene or related areas. Your personal statement must demonstrate an understanding of the programme.
International30700 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 30700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
National16300 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 16300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
Part-time fees 2 years / year
- Home: £8,150
- International/EU: £15,350
Part-time fees 3 years / year
- Home: £5,435
- International/EU: £10,235
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