MSc Food Security

  • DeadlineStudy Details:

    MSc: 12 months full-time

Course Description

In this century, food security and the need to develop sustainable agriculture will become dominant issues affecting the whole world.

The global population is projected to increase dramatically from 7 to 9 billion in the next 30 years, causing an unprecedented demand for food and increased pressure on land.

The aim of this Food Security Degree is to provide you with knowledge and skills relating to the broad topic of food security, incorporating socio-economic, animal and crop aspects.


  • Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).
  • Taught through collaboration between academics with world class expertise in diverse aspects of food security.
  • Discusses the demographic, social and economic issues, the challenges of achieving sustainable agriculture and presents the factors affecting food production from crops and animal sources.
  • Experience guest lectures on a range of topics and site visits.
  • Acquire knowledge of technology transfer and commercialisation.
  • Gain practical laboratory skills in molecular biology and in genetic modification.
  • Undertake a project that will develop your investigative skills
  • Learn the ability to critically appraise and integrate information from different sources.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject.


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Student Destinations

Food security is a major challenge of this century, hence there will be opportunities to develop careers in several areas.

Career prospects include:

  • Working in Agri-industry
  • Research institutes
  • Government advisory
  • International advisory
  • Media
  • Research positions
  • Bioscience laboratories
  • Environmental tracing research
  • Distillary and farm work
  • Others have progressed on to research degrees in plant science and related fields

The breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills you will acquire in this Masters programme will help you obtain employment or undertake research in the food security sector.

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