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Future Food Sustainability (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

Course Description

This course aims to provide a detailed critical awareness of the risks, challenges and opportunities of providing a sustainable supply of sufficient food to the world’s population, as we move into the future. It looks at the key technological initiatives as well as the overarching policies and strategies that are currently being developed in response to the problems, and show how these can be translated into scientific, technological and managerial solutions, whilst also being aware of their limitations. This course provides a balanced combination of state-of-the-art science and technology together with economics, policy and advocacy, and food supply management. These integrated elements will provide the basis for training those who will work towards sustainable supply chain solutions as we move into the future.

*Accepting applications for 2016/17 only*

Course overview

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, going forward. 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.

Group project

The group project experience is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. It provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy-type project, working within agreed objectives, deadlines and budgets. For part-time students a dissertation usually replaces the group project.

Individual Project

The individual thesis project, usually in collaboration with an external organisation, offers students the opportunity to develop their research capability, depth of understanding and ability to provide solutions to real industry and institutional challenges in the wider area of future food supply.


The course comprises eight compulsory assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project. The modules include lectures, practical sessions and tutorials.

Core -

Agricultural Informatics
Soil Plant Environment Science
Water and Sustainable Agrifood Systems
Plant-based Technologies
Environment Horizon Scanning and Futures
Food Chain Resilience
Environmental Advocacy and Discourse
Financial and Economic Appraisal for Environmental Management


Taught modules 40%, group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), individual project 40%. Taught modules are assessed by essays, practical work, case studies, group work, presentations and a written examination.


Funding opportunities exist, including industrial sponsorship, School bursaries and a number of general external schemes. For the majority of part-time students sponsorship is organised by their employers. We recommend you discuss this with your company in the first instance.

Applicants may also wish to consider the Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) - https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Study/Postgraduate-degrees/Fees-and-funding/Funding-opportunities/cpls/Cranfield-Postgraduate-Loan-Scheme

Career opportunities

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.

Further Information

For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Future-Food-Sustainability

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

Entry Requirements

Candidates must normally possess, or be expected to achieve, a 1st or 2nd class UK Honours degree in a relevant science or social science-based discipline, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Other relevant qualifications together with industrial experience may be considered.

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