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 offered as a full-time course over one year, and 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 your fellow students and network at optional short workshops, or online discussions.
To gain a PGCert you need to complete four modules. The programme starts in October with an introductory module, which covers a broad range of issues related to food security. You will also select three more modules from a range of more specialist modules. 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
2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Environmental Science, Biological Sciences, Ecology, Biology, Geography or a similar degree. An undergraduate degree is not a prerequisite for practitioners working in the food supply chain as we recognise prior learning and experience.
We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.
If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.
English Language Requirements
We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.
We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.
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Detailed module information for this postgraduate programme will follow shortly. However, if you have any questions please contact the department.
Fees and Funding
PG Cert Food Challenges for the 21st Century
For full-time study, fees are charged for the whole programme at the start of the academic year.. Standard taught modules are 15 credits, the dissertation module is 60 credits.
Costs in respect of travel, accommodation and food for the residential school element are additional.
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, studied full-time over 1 year)
• PGDip: Food Security (8 x 15 credit modules studied full-time over 1 year)
• MSc: Food Security (8 x 15 credit modules PLUS a 60 credit dissertation studied over 1 year full-time)
Scholarships and bursaries
At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.
We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.
There may be extra costs related to your course for items such as books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation, you may need to pay a subscription to a professional body for some chosen careers.
Specific additional costs for studying at Lancaster are listed below.
Lancaster is proud to be one of only a handful of UK universities to have a collegiate system. Every student belongs to a college, and all students pay a small College Membership Fee which supports the running of college events and activities.
For students starting in 2022 and 2023, the fee is £40 for undergraduates and research students and £15 for students on one-year courses. Fees for students starting in 2024 have not yet been set.
Computer equipment and internet access
To support your studies, you will also require access to a computer, along with reliable internet access. You will be able to access a range of software and services from a Windows, Mac, Chromebook or Linux device. For certain degree programmes, you may need a specific device, or we may provide you with a laptop and appropriate software - details of which will be available on relevant programme pages. A dedicated IT support helpdesk is available in the event of any problems.
The University provides limited financial support to assist students who do not have the required IT equipment or broadband support in place.
Application fees and tuition fee deposits
For most taught postgraduate applications there is a non-refundable application fee of £40. We cannot consider applications until this fee has been paid, as advised on our online secure payment system. There is no application fee for postgraduate research applications.
For some of our courses you will need to pay a deposit to accept your offer and secure your place. We will let you know in your offer letter if a deposit is required and you will be given a deadline date when this is due to be paid.
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