How we produce, process, transport, market and consume food affects us all profoundly as individuals, communities and on a global level. On this unique master’s programme, you will explore the interconnections within our food system and the importance of integrated food policy in meeting wider health, economic and environmental goals. You will learn about designing and developing integrated food policies that are environmentally and economically sustainable, as well as supporting healthy diets and promoting social cohesion. You will question assumptions and analyse conflicting narratives around the challenges within the food system and the best ways to resolve them. The programme is structured around five modules:
- Food and public policy
- Food, culture and society
- The political economy of food
- Food, public health and the environment
The course consists of four core taught modules (worth 30 credits each) and a dissertation (worth 60 credits). The dissertation gives you the opportunity to undertake research on a topic of your choice that is relevant to food policy. The course has been designed to enable you to pursue your own interests and passions. In every assignment you have the opportunity to engage with the issues you care about. The course is flexible to fit in with your work commitments so you can study this Masters full-time (one year), part-time (two years) or part-time by distance learning (two years). The taught modules take place in the first and second terms, and the dissertation starts in the third term and continues until September (December for part-time students). For each taught module there are approximately 10 three-hour teaching sessions. Distance Learners attend the same sessions online or watch the recordings of these sessions. In addition all students are expected to undertake around 270 hours of independent study. For the whole programme, you should expect to study for around 1800 hours (35 hours per week for full-time students, 17.5 hours for part-time students). Core Modules
- Food and Public Policy (30 credits)
- Food, Culture and Society (30 credits)
- Political Economy of Food (30 credits)
- Food, Public Health and the Environment (30 credits)
You will learn through a lively mixture of lectures, small group activities, class discussions, workshops and independent study. With the support of module leaders, you will have plenty of scope to determine topics for your written assessments ahead of deciding on your final dissertation subject, which you will work on with a personal supervisor. Our approach is truly interdisciplinary, and your studies will draw on social sciences including politics, sociology, economics, anthropology and psychology as well as health sciences. The course is flexible to fit in with your other commitments so you can study full-time over one year, part-time or part-time by distance learning over two years.
Students will normally have a first or upper second-class honours degree in a relevant discipline, which is equivalent to a minimum United States Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.33; but applications from students with significant professional experience in a related field of employment, volunteering or research will be considered.
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