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Food, Space and Society

Course Description

The course aims to help individuals from a range of backgrounds to pursue an academic career in food studies, enhance the skills of those working in the sector and help prospective practitioners and policy-makers to understand more deeply the interplay between food security, justice and sustainability.

The MSc Food, Space and Society is specifically aimed at those people wishing to gain expertise on contemporary food geographies. Students 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 their detailed knowledge of key tensions and debates related to food security, justice and sustainability, students will be able to develop suitable approaches to analysing and explaining trends and developments as well as to discuss appropriate policy responses. A further core feature of the course is the focus on the latest social science research around food, in which the teaching team has a world-renowned expertise.

The course modules address 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

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

Student Profiles

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


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


Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first or second class Honours degree in an appropriate subject. This MSc is suitable for graduates in subjects such as 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.

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