University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Food Security

This course examines interactions between demographics, changes in diet, trade liberalisation, an increased focus on conservation, technological innovations including GM crops, the impact of climate change and new responses to climate change resource limitations (particularly in terms of energy, water and nutrients) all effect food security.

Entry requirements

A UK 2.1 degree, or its international equivalent, in an agricultural, ecological, biological or environmental science, engineering, social science, economics, politics or other relevant subject. Applicants with a UK 2.2 degree, or its international equivalent, may also be considered with relevant work experience. English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (with no score lower than 6.0 in each section); TOEFL-iBT total 100 (with no score lower than 20 in each section); A degree from an English speaking university may be accepted in some circumstances.

Course modules

Core courses: frameworks to assess food security; sustainability of food production; interrelationships in food systems; dissertation. Suggested option courses may include: Applications in ecological economics; atmospheric quality and global change; case studies in sustainable development; climate change and corporate strategy; ecosystem services 1 (ecosystem dynamics and functions); ecosystem services 2 (ecosystem values and management); environmental impact assessment; foundations in ecological economics; human dimensions of environmental change and sustainability; integrated resource management; integrated resource planning; interrelationships in food systems; land use/environmental interactions; marine systems and policies; principles of environmental sustainability; soil protection and management; soil science concepts and application; understanding environment and development.

Assessment methods

Dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 10,200 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 22,500 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 10,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 10,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 10,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 10,200 per Year 1 (EU) 12 months
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 5,100 per Year 1 (England) 24 months
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 11,250 per Year 1 (International) 24 months
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 5,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 5,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 5,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

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