Sustainable Food Systems and Food Security - MSc

University of Leeds    School of Earth & Environment

Full time September MSc 1 year full time

About the course

Food security is providing nutritious, safe and affordable food for all. Being able to do this sustainably is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Food practitioners need to able to respond to food security and safety concerns, shifting attitudes towards food and farming, changing diets and demographics, as well as balancing global economic and environmental

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject such as (but not limited to) earth and environment, sustainability, geography, agriculture, biology, food science, nutrition, business and management, sociology, politics or public administration.

Applicants with a 2.2 will be considered on a case-by-case basis, where applicants can demonstrate relevant work experience or aptitude in a relevant specialist field. Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional experience in the sector will also be considered.


UK: £14,750 (Total)
International: £30,000 (Total)

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Student Profile

Ellen Dyson

Ellen Dyson is a post-graduate student, currently studying the Sustainable Food Systems MSc at the University of Leeds.

The most enjoyable element to the course:

As a result of winning a competition, Ellen was given the opportunity to produce a publication alongside one of her peers, multiple leading academics, industry professionals, and civil society specialists.

The competition was hosted by Ellen’s professor, Louise Dye, who is also an International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Global Board Co-Chair.

The best two 300-word summaries of the publication's subject were chosen to compose the publication and attend the ILSI Annual Symposium in Brussels. The trip was fully funded by ILSI and the University.

“The publication was about a roundtable discussion, held by ILSI, where the topic was the impact of the Ukraine-Russia conflict on global food supply chains and immediate actions that should be taken to mitigate these impacts.”

What aspect of your course inspires you?

“My course inspires me in many aspects. Coming from a biological background, I am particularly interested in the sustainable food production and nutrition side of things...

Sustainability is something that I am incredibly passionate about, hence why I chose the course, so I find scientists that devote their research to improving the sustainability of the food system inspiring.”

"Being taught by some of these scientists has been amazing and the content of the course has given me hope for the future of society and the planet."

Making an impact:

Ellen's studies have used a multidisciplinary, problem-based learning approach to investigate the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of the food system and generate ideas for solutions to current issues.

“Whether it's making food production more environmentally sustainable, making food more accessible to those suffering from food poverty… or reducing negative health implications associated with over-nutrition… this course covered all aspects of the food system from farm to fork.”

"I have gained invaluable experiences, friends, and connections through taking this master’s course. If you have a passion for sustainability and food, then this is the course for you."


Year of entry: 2023-24

Value of Scholarship(s)

25% tuition fee reduction


International applicants. See eligibility criteria for details.

Application Procedure

These competitive scholarships are awarded in the form of a 25% tuition fee reduction to international candidates who demonstrate         outstanding academic achievement. There are limited scholarships available.

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