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Course summary

Our research and associated education and engagement are in two broad themes – Food System Transformation and Healthy People, Healthy Planet, and especially the interactions between them. Improving the effectiveness and sustainability of agri-food systems is vital to tackling the challenges of:

  • global population growth
  • rapid urbanisation
  • food and environmental security
  • diet and health
These challenges occur in low and middle income countries, as well as in more industrialised nations. Achieving sustainable, healthy diets underpins many of the Sustainable Development Goals – especially those concerned with:
  • hunger
  • poverty
  • health
  • gender equality
  • responsible consumption and production
  • climate action
We welcome applicants whose research interests are aligned to address one or more of these challenges, and who hold the potential to develop and translate scientific advances into policy and practice. Most of our research is interdisciplinary in its approach, and we collaborate with other Schools and groups across the University of Edinburgh, and with a wide range of national and international partners. Our current specific expertise spans:
  • nutrition and health of humans, livestock, crops and soils
  • environmental and agri-food systems
  • crop and livestock production systems
  • climate smart agriculture
  • agricultural and natural resource economics
  • development
  • data science and mathematical modelling
  • the science-policy interface
  • food and land rights and law
We welcome applicants with interests in these areas. Please also see staff webpages for more details of potential supervisor research interests.


See our website for detailed programme information.

How to apply

International applicants

This course has a subject classification which requires students whose nationality is outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland to have an ATAS certificate, irrespective of country of residence at the point of application.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University’s language requirements.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Agriculture and Food Security at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS