Food Challenges for the 21st Century (Distance Learning)

PgCert

  • Entry Year 2023 or 2022
  • Duration Full time 1 Year

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 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

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

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.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

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.

 

 

Whole programme

UK

 

£3,830

International 

 

£8,240


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.

Important Information

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