This programme will prepare you to understand, critically assess, and practically engage with foodways and food systems.

The programme gives foundation to comparative understanding of foodways and food systems in industrialised and non-industrialised societies, and the relation of each of these to global forces.

Core modules provide interdisciplinary perspectives drawing from fields including archaeology, classics, history, anthropology, sociology, geography, and political economy. You will survey the historical development of agriculture and food – from the agricultural revolution, to the industrialisation of agriculture and food manufacturing, to the globalisation of food. You will develop an understanding of the place of agriculture and food in the constitution of social identities and institutions – from the family, to social classes and ethnic groups, to the nation. And you will analyse the workings of mainstream and alternative food systems and food chains – from production and processing, to trade and retail, to preparation and service, to consumption and waste.

Study Details:

MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:

Compulsory modules

  • ANTM004 Food and Agriculture in Historical Perspective 15
  • ANTM021 Food, Body and Society 15
  • POLM016 Food Systems, Alternative Food Networks, and Ethical Consumption 15
  • SSIM909 Dissertation in Food Studies 60
Optional modules
You will be required to take an additional 75 credits of options from a selection offered from the Departments of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology; History; Classics and Ancient History, Archaeology, Politics; Biosciences and the Business School. T
HISS MA Food Studies Optional Modules 2018-19
  • SSIM908 Directed Practical Study: Agriculture and Food 30
  • ANTM002 Permaculture and Gardening with Nature 15
  • ANTM003 Theory and Methods of Food Preservation 15
  • SOCM019 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 15
  • ARCM110 Research Design in Archaeology 15
  • ARCM120 Themes in Archaeological Theory and Practice 15
  • CTHM007 Research Skills in Classics, Ancient History and Theology 30
  • HISM016 Advanced Historical Research Skills 30
  • SOCM027 Social Theory 30
  • CLAM071 Food and Culture 15
  • POLM073 Political Economy of Food and Agriculture 15
  • BIOM562 Sustainable Land Use in Grassland Agriculture 15
  • BEMM772 Hospitality Service Management 15
  • BIOM566 Sustainable Livestock and Fisheries 15
  • BEMM381 Tourism Business: Management, Impacts and Evaluation 15
  • BEMM374 Tourism and Marketing 15
  • BEMM108 Entrepreneurship: New Venture Development 15
  • ARCM407 Zooarchaeology 15
  • ARCM403 Advanced Zooarchaeology 15
  • ARCM411 Palaeobotany 15
  • ARCM130 Discovering the Past with Molecular Science 15
  • POLM153 Knowledge Exchange in Agriculture, Food and Development 15

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

With food at the centre of so many pressing global issues today, the field of Food Studies is rapidly developing. The course will equip you to conduct research on foodways and food systems – whether past or present, whether in the UK or elsewhere in the world. It fosters comparative understanding of the economic, political and cultural dynamics of food systems and foodways, as well as critical perspectives that will enable you to identify issues and problems faced by a range of stakeholders and the potential consequences of various forms of intervention and transformation. Upon completion, you will be prepared to articulate these perspectives in various forms – from the writing of reports or scholarly pieces to the production of grant proposals or business plans.


Tuition fees per year 2019/20 UK/EU: £8,850 full-time; £4,425 part-time International: £18,500 full-time; £9,250 part-time

Entry Requirements

Usually a good honours degree, 2.1 or equivalent in any discipline. Applications from candidates with relevant professional experience and evidence of good research and writing skills will also be considered.

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