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Food Security MSc

Level: SCQF 11

Available at these campuses: Edinburgh

About the Course

SRUC and University of EdinburghGraduates will be equipped with the analytical and communication skills to contribute to humanity’s efforts to achieve and sustain food security during the 21st century.

This programme is not suitable for applicants pursuing a career in food science or food safety/hygiene or related areas. Please read the programme description and ensure you understand the nature of the programme before you apply. Applicants who do not show a clear understanding of the programme will not be accepted.

Food security has become a critically important issue for societies around the globe. Interactions between demographics, changes in diet, trade liberalisation, an increased focus on conservation, technological innovations including GM crops, the impact of climate change and new responses to climate change resource limitations (particularly in terms of energy, water and nutrients) all affect food security.

With such a rapid growth in this area, there is an increasing demand for qualified experts to contribute to policy creation and legislation in food production and the supply chain.

This unique MSc offers students the scope and multidisciplinary approach to address all of these issues, as well as an understanding of the technical, agronomic, environmental, economic and socio-political factors that influence food security.

The MSc Food Security degree is awarded by the University of Edinburgh.

Contact us

SRUC Postgraduate Student Administration
Elspeth Martin
Phone: +44 (0) 131 535 4031

SRUC Programme Director
Montse Costa-Font
Phone: +44 (0) 131 535 4225

Entry Requirements

Preferably a UK 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a range agricultural, or environmental sciences, engineering or social sciences, or other relevant subject. Evidence of English competence.

Course Content

This MSc programme consists of six taught courses over two semesters, and an individual dissertation project of about 12,000 words. The study tour, which takes place in the Spring, is also an integral part of the programme.

Five courses are compulsory:

  • Frameworks to Assess Food Security
  • Sustainability of Food Production
  • Professional and Research Skills in Practice
  • Interrelationships in Food Systems
  • Dissertation

In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of optional elective courses. Further details can be found on the University of Edinburgh's course pages.

Study tour

Provisionally in Italy, the field trip provides an opportunity to apply some of the principles of food security to real world scenarios.

Course format

The taught component, leading to the Postgraduate Diploma, comprises 6 courses studied over a period of 9 months, starting in September. The MSc Programme is made up of core courses, together with recommended and elective courses chosen with the approval of the Director of the programme.

Students progressing to the MSc will undertake a further 3 month period of directed study leading to the production of a dissertation in late August. Each course will be assessed by a combination of course work and examination. The examination paper will take place at the end of each course. An oral examination may also be given. Each student will also be assessed on the written dissertation.