Culinary Arts Management MA / PGDip

University College Birmingham    Postgraduate Courses

Full time & Part time February, September PGDip, MA 1.5 years full time, 2.5 years part time, placement up to 6 months (optional)
Business & Management (5) Food Sciences (15)

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Are you passionate about the culinary arts and ready to take on the challenge of managing professional culinary enterprises? Look no further than our Culinary Arts Management MA/PGDip programme at University College Birmingham. Renowned for our food and hospitality training, we offer a unique blend of artistry, technique, and business management skills to prepare you for a dynamic career in the culinary industry. With modules covering classical culinary technique, innovation, and food product development, you'll also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through an optional placement. Our outstanding kitchen and food development facilities provide the perfect environment to hone your skills. Join us and embark on a rewarding journey towards senior management in the culinary world.

About the course

Managing professional culinary enterprises is an exciting challenge. Blending artistry, technique and creativity with the demands of management and business requires a unique range of abilities. Our Culinary Arts Management postgraduate course will arm you with this advanced skill set, driving you towards a dynamic career in the culinary environment of the hospitality

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Entry Requirements

MA Culinary Arts Management: A grade classification of 2:2 is required or international equivalent.

PGDip Culinary Arts Management: A grade classification of third-class is required or international equivalent.

A subject-related UK or International honours degree from a recognised institution.

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Student Profiles

Nur Amirah

Running her own pastry business, Nur’s poignant dissertation on career barriers that are placed on modern female chefs for her MA has been invaluable for her career.

“Not only did my research give me a unique perception of the profession, writing the dissertation itself helped me to improve my English reading and writing skills dramatically,” said Nur, who also has plans to lecture at universities in Malaysia.

Nur was drawn to the MA because of UCB’s reputation for providing the very best culinary training and the vocational style of the postgraduate degrees offered.

“I wanted a qualification that would prepare me for the real world,” she said. “UCB seemed like the best place to go for exactly that.”

“One of the best things about this master’s is having the chance to learn directly from such brilliant chefs in an environment that allows you to gain real insight into what it’s like to work in the industry.

“I would say to anybody who feels excited by the prospect of this course at UCB to seriously consider taking it. Postgraduate courses like this one are rare, so having one on your CV would really make any aspiring chef stand out from the crowd when it comes to looking for work. Not only that, the course is also incredibly well-rounded, covering aspects of hospitality and tourism as well as culinary skills.

Emma Hamzah

Recently starring in a reality cookery show in her home country of Malaysia, Emma is all set to make her mark in the competitive culinary arts world after studying at UCB.

She said her time at the University was not only positive because of the unwavering help of her lecturers, but UCB’s encouraging attitude towards international students.

“My experience was fantastic, and I know others feel the same,” she said. “All of the staff are really considerate towards different cultures and religions, so you’re able to feel comfortable, no matter how far away from home you might be.

“Lecturers really encourage students with their studies and work hard to maintain a positive, relaxed atmosphere while they teach. During my dissertation, they were supportive, understanding and a complete inspiration from start to finish.”

She said she chose UCB because of the interesting modules, but also because of the brilliant reputation its College of Food has in the industry.

“Any student thinking of taking this master’s should go ahead and try it,” she said. “It’s one of the best ways to gain the knowledge and hands-on experience to prepare you to make it in this competitive industry.

“Right now, I’m back in Malaysia, having just recorded a reality cookery show as one of 26 contestants in a cheffing competition. Everyone here is really interested in the education and experiences I had at UCB – especially potential employers.

“One piece of careers’ advice I would offer students is to make the most of every element of your course, and use the knowledge and expertise of your lecturers in every way possible, because it won’t be there forever!”


These scholarships are open to applicants from any country. Applicants must demonstrate excellence in academic achievement.
The award of an Academic Excellence Scholarship is subject to any necessary visa clearance by the UK immigration authorities. An offer of an Academic Excellence Scholarship will be made to successful applicants and this offer may be used where necessary as evidence to the UK authorities of certain costs being met. However if a visa is not permitted the Scholarship will be withdrawn and there is no automatic reconsideration at any future point.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £1000 off the cost of tuition fees, for one year only


Applicants must have accepted an offer of a place on a full-time taught programme at UCB and the chosen programme should be of at least one year's duration and normally lead to an academic award at Higher Education level. Applicants must not previously have been enrolled on the programme concerned, previously been enrolled on a FdA programme at the University in the same subject area (if entering the final year of a first degree programme) or have previously received a scholarship from the University.

Application Procedure

Applicants must complete the standard application form. Ensure that the category of scholarship/fee waiver applied for is clearly noted and provide full documentary evidence of academic excellence with the application. Evidence of Academic Excellence may include outstanding achievements in study (substantially in excess of that normally expected of students), support for an institution (for example through outstanding levels of commitment to supporting or working with fellow students) or the completion of a highly regarded research activity.

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