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Learn how to feed the world safely and sustainably through our online Masters at the University of Edinburgh!

Learn how to feed the world safely and sustainably through our online Masters at the University of Edinburgh!

Global food security is one of the biggest issues facing our planet. This programme explores questions such as:

  • How can we feed the world, safely and sustainably?
  • How do we grow safe, healthy food without worsening climate change and biodiversity loss?
  • What impact might plant-based diets such as veganism have on our planet?

By pursuing a Master’s in Global Food Security at the University of Edinburgh, you will expand your knowledge of key areas of debate and scientific understanding. Through structured class materials and exercises designed to challenge and inspire you, you will advance your ability to contribute to debate and pose solutions to some of the most complex issues facing society today. Through discussion with your peers and tailored feedback on your work from experts in the field, you will have the opportunity to develop skills that stand you apart from the crowd, enabling you to make a difference in this growing sector.

Programme structure

The programme is composed of 180 credits divided over eight taught courses (6 core and 2 elective courses chosen from a range of options such as food policy, food safety and sustainable food systems) plus a Master’s dissertation.

You will learn not only about food security, but combine this with a core course on nutrition which will give you unique skills to understand the broad factors that influence how we produce and consume food.

The programme is designed to be taken part time over three years (20 hours per week), with an option to complete the course in up to six years if required.

Students may exit the programme after completing 60 credits (Certificate) or after 120 credits (Diploma) and courses will also be offered as standalone Continuous Professional Development options.

Programme staff all actively work in food security and nutrition related topics alongside their academic posts.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biological or biochemical sciences.

We may also consider your application if your background is not specifically related to these disciplines and you have relevant work experience in a related area; please contact us to check before you apply.

Further information on English language requirements can be found on the University website

Career opportunities

This programme is designed to equip graduates with the skills to go on to careers in government and international Non-Governmental Organisations working in a broad range of areas relating to food security. There are increasing postgraduate research opportunities available in the food security arena, in the UK, EU and internationally. There are also positions in the private sector such as retail, food supply management, or even commodity trading.

This postgraduate qualification will provide the critical skills, substantial, credible knowledge base and advanced problem-solving tools necessary to advance your progression in this field.

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