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Food, Space and Society MSc


Course Description

The MSc Food, Space and Society will prepare you to pursue an academic career in food studies; enhancing the skills of those already working in the sector and developing prospective practitioners and policy-makers to understand more deeply the interplay between food security, justice and sustainability. The course is specifically aimed at those wishing to gain expertise in contemporary food geographies.

You will gain insights into the ways in which food-related problems are defined, and the scope for applying cutting-edge policy and practical solutions to the challenges that an increasingly complex food system is raising for governments, researchers and regulatory bodies.

The course links together theoretical debates about food at different spatial scales with the practical dimensions of policy formulation and implementation. Based on your detailed knowledge of key tensions and debates related to food security, justice and sustainability, you will be able to develop suitable approaches to analysing and explaining trends and developments as well as to discuss appropriate policy responses.

The course addresses three key dimensions:

• Principles and processes - how policies may (or may not) achieve more sustainable food systems;
• Comparative case studies - comparative and in-depth analysis of food sustainability, justice and security issues in different geographic and governance contexts;
• Research training - the development of methodological skills for undertaking both independent and team-based research on food.

Structure

The course can be completed in one year by full-time study or in two years by part-time study.

The course is divided into two parts:

Part one comprises a teaching programme of six core modules over two semesters for full-time study or four semesters for the part-time course.

Part two comprises an individual dissertation on a topic selected in consultation with members of staff. Whilst there are few constraints on the choice of topic, it must address the core course themes of food security, sustainability and justice.

Core modules:

Researching Sustainability
Sustainable Food Systems
Food Security and Justice
Geographies of Food Governance
Food Debates
Dissertation

Optional modules:

Environmental Policy and Climate Change
Urban and Regional Dynamics
Renewable Energy Development and Planning
Principles and Practices of Environmental Governance

Career prospects

The programme offers the knowledge and expertise for developing a research career or taking advantage of the increasing professionalisation of food-related jobs in the private and public sectors, including: government departments and environmental agencies; the business sector; consultancies, NGOs and advocacy groups.

Visit the Food, Space and Society MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC


“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000

Eligibility


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-fees/masters-excellence-scholarships



Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first or second class Honours degree in an appropriate subject (e.g. geography, sociology, politics or economics, and/or those with appropriate professional qualifications in planning) Applicants with a background in other subjects, and relevant work-based experience, will also be considered. If English is not your first language a minimum standard of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent will be required. Pre-course English Language tuition is available.

Last Updated

28 June 2017

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