Food Challenges for the 21st Century PgCert - 2020 Entry

Entry Year
2020

Duration
Part time 24 Month(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 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.

Fees

Fees

PG Cert Food Challenges for the 21st Century 


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 module

Whole programme

UK/EU

£830

£3,320

Overseas

£1,790

£7,140


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.

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.

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Scholarships and Funding

If you are considering applying for a place on a Masters programme at the Graduate School, you may be able to benefit from our range of scholarships and funding streams. 30% of our 2019 Masters students have been awarded scholarships worth between £1,500 and £5,000.

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Facilities

Laboratories

You will find yourself taking advantage of several laboratory facilities at Lancaster Environment Centre. There are our £4.4 million Teaching Labs, for example, as well as specialist facilities for Environmental Chemistry, Noble Gas, and Plant and Soil Ecology.

Research Facilities

There are no fewer than 15 purpose-built glasshouse modules, 16 controlled environment plant growth rooms, 4 solar domes based at the Hazelrigg Weather Station and a suite of ultraviolet radiation research facilities that can truly claim to be world-class.

Field Sites

You could find yourself working at a range of catchment science sites across England and Wales, including the local River Eden Valley, or they can travel much further afield to the tropical forests of the Amazon and Borneo.

Cutting-Edge Technologies

You can be trained to use a range of equipment, such as our Stable Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer Facility, X-ray CT Scanner, Magnetometer or the LI-COR Portable Photosynthesis System, which has the capacity to measure plant gas exchange with exceptional speed and precision.

Rich Data Resources

Dedicated support staff with expertise in GIS, statistics, modelling, information technology and programming are available to provide specialist training in all aspects of data acquisition, processing and analysis.

Postgraduate study is carried out in the Graduate School for the Environment. This is a collaboration between Lancaster University's Environment Centre, the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, and Rothamsted Research.