Food Challenges for the 21st Century (Distance Learning) PgCert - 2018 Entry

Entry Year
2018

Duration
Part time 2 Year(s)

Course Overview

Our programme will equip you with the specialist skills and knowledge to engage with one of the most significant challenges currently facing a growing human population: making and supplying enough food for all to sustain an active healthy lifestyle.

Our PG Certificate is a distance learning programme designed for people with an interest in the global food system and for professionals in the food supply industry. This exciting course explores important issues related to food security, focusing on production, distribution, and waste.

The course is highly flexible so that you can fit study around your day job. Teaching is done largely online; all materials are supplied and you can work through them at your own pace. You will also have the opportunity to meet tutors and fellow students at short workshops during the year.

To gain a PGCert you need to complete four modules. The programme starts with an introductory module every February, which covers a broad range of issues related to food security. After that, you can select from a range of more specialist modules, taking between one and three per year. Module choices are varied and studying a selection of these topics will allow you to develop specialist knowledge of the factors impacting upon food security and environmental effects on food production.

Upon graduating from this programme, you will have a solid foundation of skills, knowledge, and experience to engage with the food challenges of the 21st century. This will be invaluable in the workplace or as a starting point for further study. 

If you initially enrol at PGCert level you may apply to upgrade to our PG Diploma or MSc in Food Security (Distance Learning) on reaching the required academic standard. Alternatively, you may apply for direct entry onto the PgDip or MSc in Food Security (Distance Learning), and may exit early with an interim award.

 

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    Our programme will equip you with the specialist skills and knowledge to engage with one of the most significant challenges currently facing a growing human population: making and supplying enough food for all to sustain an active healthy lifestyle.

    Our PG Certificate is a distance learning programme designed for people with an interest in the global food system and for professionals in the food supply industry. This exciting course explores important issues related to food security, focusing on production, distribution, and waste.

    The course is highly flexible so that you can fit study around your day job. Teaching is done largely online; all materials are supplied and you can work through them at your own pace. You will also have the opportunity to meet tutors and fellow students at short workshops during the year.

    To gain a PGCert you need to complete four modules. The programme starts with an introductory module every February, which covers a broad range of issues related to food security. After that, you can select from a range of more specialist modules, taking between one and three per year. Module choices are varied and studying a selection of these topics will allow you to develop specialist knowledge of the factors impacting upon food security and environmental effects on food production.

    Upon graduating from this programme, you will have a solid foundation of skills, knowledge, and experience to engage with the food challenges of the 21st century. This will be invaluable in the workplace or as a starting point for further study. 

    If you initially enrol at PGCert level you may apply to upgrade to our PG Diploma or MSc in Food Security (Distance Learning) on reaching the required academic standard. Alternatively, you may apply for direct entry onto the PgDip or MSc in Food Security (Distance Learning), and may exit early with an interim award.

     

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

      Core

      Optional

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Key Information

    Key Information

    Director of Studies: Professor Bill Davies

    Duration: 2 – 3 years, part-time

    Entry requirements: Professional experience of working in the food chain. We recognise prior learning and experience, and you don’t necessarily need a degree to apply

    Assessment: Essays, online discussions and short answer worksheets

      IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent    

    Funding: All applicants should consult www.lancs.ac.uk/pgfunding/

     
  • Fees

    Fees

    Fees

    Fees are subject to annual increase and are invoiced on a module by module basis. Costs in respect of travel, accommodation and food for the residential school element are additional.

     Per 15 credit moduleWhole programme
    UK/EU £700 £2,800
    Overseas £1,625 £6,500

    Applicants connected to the Waitrose UK supply chain should contact us for further details.

    There are three programmes available. If you initially apply at PGCert level you will have to option to upgrade to a PG Dip or MSc on reaching the required academic standard.  Alternatively, you may apply for direct entry onto the PGDip or MSc in Food Security, and may exit with an interim award.

    • PGCert: Food Challenges for the 21st Century (4 x 15 credit modules, completed within 3 years)
    • PGDip: Food Security (8 x 15 credit modules, completed within 4 years)
    • MSc: Food Security (8 x 15 credit modules PLUS a 60 credit project. All completed within 5 years)

    You can determine your own speed of progression within the time period for completion detailed above. A maximum of three modules (45 credits) may be taken in any one year for the PGCert and the PGDip programmes.

    Fees are for entry in October 2018

    The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

    If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

    What are tuition fees for?

    Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

    The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

    Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

    How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

    Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

    What support is available towards tuition fees?

    Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.