Food Security (Distance Learning) PgDip - 2018 Entry

Entry Year
2018

Duration
Part time 3 Year(s)

Course Overview

Equipping you with specialist skills and knowledge to engage with the challenges relating to food security, this programme provides you with the ability and experience that could also be used to make informed decisions in any workplace.

Our PG Diploma 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 PGDip you need to complete eight modules. The programme starts with an introductory module every February, which covers a broad range of issues related to food security. After that, you will develop a breadth of knowledge and depth of expertise by choosing additional specialist taught modules. Module choices are varied and studying a selection of topics will allow you to develop specialist knowledge of the factors impacting upon food security and environmental effects on food production.

Alongside topics such as crop production science and ethical food systems, you will have the option to take study skills modules such as a literature review. These will introduce you to a higher level of research skills which are beneficial when exploring new opportunities within your career.

Upon graduation, you will have a raft of skills, knowledge, and experience, which will allow you to engage with and begin to tackle the food challenges of the 21st century. This will be invaluable in the workplace, allowing you to make informed decisions, progress in your career, and affect change in culture and best practice. 

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

 

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    Equipping you with specialist skills and knowledge to engage with the challenges relating to food security, this programme provides you with the ability and experience that could also be used to make informed decisions in any workplace.

    Our PG Diploma 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 PGDip you need to complete eight modules. The programme starts with an introductory module every February, which covers a broad range of issues related to food security. After that, you will develop a breadth of knowledge and depth of expertise by choosing additional specialist taught modules. Module choices are varied and studying a selection of topics will allow you to develop specialist knowledge of the factors impacting upon food security and environmental effects on food production.

    Alongside topics such as crop production science and ethical food systems, you will have the option to take study skills modules such as a literature review. These will introduce you to a higher level of research skills which are beneficial when exploring new opportunities within your career.

    Upon graduation, you will have a raft of skills, knowledge, and experience, which will allow you to engage with and begin to tackle the food challenges of the 21st century. This will be invaluable in the workplace, allowing you to make informed decisions, progress in your career, and affect change in culture and best practice. 

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

     

  • 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 and Professor Jane Taylor

    Duration: 3 - 4 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 assignments

    IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent

  • 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 credits  Whole programme
    UK/EU £700 £5,600
    Overseas £1,625 £13,000

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

    There are three programmes available. If you initially apply at MSc level you may exit early with an interim award at PGCert or PGDip level.

    • 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.