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Food security and the sustainability of our existing food supply chains are major challenges of our time that mankind will be facing in the coming decades. These problems are being currently exacerbated by climate changes occurring globally. Thus, studying this course will inspire you to make an important mitigating contribution and reduce the impact that Climate Change is and will be having on food chains in the future.

Developed through intensive collaboration and consultation with industry, NGOs and governmental agencies, our graduates are highly valued, both nationally and internationally, in the area of sustainable food production and thus we have a very high employment rate of 94.5%* for our School. Therefore, joining Future Food Sustainability could contribute to enhancing your career in the food sustainability arena.

This course has been designed with the multidisciplinary nature of these grand societal challenges in mind. Therefore, it is the first of its kind in the UK in that it will provide you with a balanced mix of technology, science, logistics, economics and management skills (teaching shared with our internationally recognised School of Management and industry experts). With this mixture of subjects, we aim to develop your forward and lateral thinking. Hence, complementary skills such as horizon scanning and strategic foresight techniques are included so that you can build and analyse future possible scenarios that could inform policy and decision-making globally.

We have a great commitment with student excellence, from both UK and from around the world, and every year we will offer bursaries to several outstanding candidates.

*(based on those for whom we hold data. Source: DLHE 2017 Collections). 

Who is it for?

This course is applicable for graduates from around the world wishing to pursue a career in food sustainability at a technical or strategic level. 

This course is concerned with a fundamental challenge of enormous importance that we all face today; in essence, the many problems of feeding a rapidly growing global population in the future given finite resources, added uncertainties such as the effects of climate change, and a general acknowledgement that our current methods for producing food are not fit for purpose. But it does more than simply describing the challenge - it sets about bringing together the diverse threads that could present pragmatic and practical answers. As such, it is designed to respond to urgent industry, institutional and government needs for individuals who can meet the complex, multi-factorial issues of global future food supply.

Why this course?

Hear from Ida Berg about her experience of studying Agrifood at Cranfield.

Many food companies have identified the need for a focus in their own business areas on future food sustainability, and have acknowledged a need for trained individuals, both in the form of new graduates and also in re-training professionals already established in the food industry. However, it is not just food companies that are concerned with the sustainability of future food supply;

  • government departments are concerned with food sustainability in terms of policy making and governance
  • research institutes are actively involved in the development of improved animal and plant production systems
  • various NGOs are involved in influencing policy, attitudes and communication to the public.

All of these diverse groups have an urgent need to recruit individuals with the skills set to address these challenges. This course is taught using the expertise and facilities of two Cranfield University Schools; the School of Water, Energy and Environment and the School of Management.

Informed by Industry

Our MSc in Future Food Sustainability benefits from input from an industry advisory panel (with representatives from commercial organisations and non-commercial organisations) who help to ensure the course maintains its real-world relevance to the marketplace and industry focus, making successful students highly sought after in the employment market.


This course is accredited by the Institution of Agricultural Engineers.

Your career

Successful, motivated graduates from this course are expected to move swiftly into positions within food businesses, government, NGOs and research companies/institutes to engage in roles involving research, management, governance, communication and social responsibility.

Specific relevant job roles may include: technical managers, sustainability managers, technical development managers, product technologists, resilience officers, supply chain/logistics analysts, commodity analysts, regulatory affairs advisers, and policy officers.

Visit the Future Food Sustainability (MSc) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!





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