Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Global Food Security and Development

Almost one in eight people around the world are chronically undernourished. Recurrent food price spikes and socio-political unrest, climate change, land degradation and carcity of natural resources - coupled with decline in rural communities and livelihoods - have placed food security high on the development agenda. This course is designed to meet the growing demands for professionals equipped with the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitude needed to deal with these challenges. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying food security, using insights from agroecological sciences, geography, social and political sciences, and innovation studies. The course will use research-informed teaching to explore and analyse global food security issues, the factors that affect food security outcomes, the solutions to food security problems, and the planning and execution of food security interventions. Your study is designed to be practice-oriented and aims to enhance your employability within development organisations working on food security. This means that you will not only explore the status, drivers and solutions of global food insecurity, but also focus on how these aspects could be systematically analysed and acted upon in a real world setting. You'll draw on examples from both developing and developed countries. NTU has links with various universities and international development institutions such as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The course pulls together staff expertise in various relevant disciplines from within the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, and also from other schools across NTU, including the School of Arts and Humanities, the School of Social Sciences, and Nottingham Business School.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or higher in a relevant subject area (at least 5 years' equivalent level of industry experience will also be considered on an individual basis). Applicants whose 1st language is not English should have an IELTS score of 6.5.

Course modules

Research methods in food security; food security and food systems analysis; innovations for food security; food security and international development cooperation; research project.

Assessment methods

Research Project


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time - 1 years
MRes Part-time - 2 years

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