Food Policy MSc

City University London
Course summary
2 years
9,000 GBP
Full time/part time
Next available date: September 2020 - London

Course description

Food Policy MSc

Food Policy MSc - a City University degree programme

The MSc in Food Policy focuses on significant theoretical and empirical concepts in food policy. Students are sure to gain in–depth understanding of food policy in the UK within a European and international context. Food policy interacts with a lot of other policies ranging from agriculture and production to retailing and consumption.

The course is one of its kinds and extends beyond academic concepts to exploring the working ethics of international bodies like European Union Institutions, agencies and the departmental functioning of the UK Government.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Students will normally have a first or upper second class honours degree, although applications from students with significant professional experience in a related field of employment or research will be considered.

  • IELTS: an overall score of 7.0

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. /p>

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

The programme offers a Food Policy MSc. The course will prepare you for a range of policy and management roles in varying food policy related sectors. Our existing students have come from backgrounds such as environmental health, local and central government, NGOs, trading standards, food manufacturing, retail and catering and health and social care - both in the UK and internationally.

Training Course Content

You will be taught by a specialist academic food policy team, who have excellent credentials and are leaders in the field. Our academic staff are all actively involved in policy-making on a global arena.

The course is flexible to fit in with your work commitments - you can study on a full-time (one year), part-time (two years) or distance learning basis (two years). Please note that full-time students pay fees for one year and part-time students pay fees for two years.

The course consists of four modules (worth 30 credits each) and a dissertation that includes a research methods component (worth 60 credits). The dissertation provides the opportunity for a detailed examination of a research question of relevance to food policy.

All students must take four core modules:

  • Food and public policy
  • Food, culture and society
  • Food, public health and the environment
  • The political economy of food

Read the full 2014 programme specification.

Full and part-time modes - teaching includes lecture sessions, workshops, small group activities and discussions, and whole-class discussions. The lectures are supplemented by guest speakers from the world of food policy. We encourage you to contribute your own experiences and perspectives on the issues under discussion.

Distance learning - teaching includes text-based learning packages (workbooks) with subject-specific tutor support. The learning packages are intended to engage you in active learning through a number of activities and exercises with accompanying commentaries.


The cost of the programme is:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,000 per year


Scholarship opportunities will be available for UK/EU and international students looking to study postgraduate courses in the School of Arts & Social Sciences starting in September 2015. Further details will be published here shortly.


Graduate Loyalty Discount: The School of Arts & Social Sciences offer a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates.

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