Food Challenges for the 21st Century (Distance Learning) PgCert - 2021 Entry

Entry Year


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. It is offered as either a full-time course over one year, or as a part-time course over a minimum of two years and a maximum of three years 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 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. After that, you can select three more modules from the 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


Course Structure

Detailed module information for this postgraduate programme will follow shortly. However, if you have any questions please contact the department.



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.  For part-time study, fees are invoiced in a module by module basis and are subject to annual increase.  Standard taught modules are 15 credits, the dissertation module is 60 creditis. 

Costs in respect of travel, accommodation and food for the residential school element are additional.


Per 15 credit module

Whole programme







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 OR part-time over a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 3 years)

• PGDip: Food Security (8 x 15 credit modules studied full-time over 1 year OR part-time over a maximum of 4 years)

• MSc: Food Security (8 x 15 credit modules PLUS a 60 credit dissertation studied over 1 year full-time OR part-time over a maximum of 5 years)

For part-time study you can determine your own speed of progression within the time period for completion detailed above.

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.

Fees for EU applicants

The UK government has announced that students who will begin their course in 2021 will no longer be eligible to receive the same fee status and financial support entitlement as UK students. This also applies to those who have deferred entry until 2021. Lancaster University has confirmed that students from EU Member States in 2021-22 and later, will now be charged the same tuition fees as other non-UK students.

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 or international 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.