Food Security (Distance Learning) MSc - 2019 Entry

Entry Year
2019

Duration
Full time 36 Month(s), Part time 60 Month(s)

Course Overview

Our Masters 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 Masters in Food Security (Distance Learning) 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 an MSc you need to complete eight modules, and a significant dissertation project. 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 studying an additional seven modules. These modules cover a range of topics and 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 take study skills modules such as a literature review. These will introduce you to a higher level of research skills which are essential to your dissertation project and when exploring new opportunities within your career.

Finally, you will cement your learning and put theory into practice in a major research project. Your dissertation will be guided by a supervisor from Lancaster and will normally be undertaken with an industry partner. This module will develop a range of transferable, highly employable skills. You will enhance your planning and written presentation skills, learn to concisely and effectively communicate complex concepts and ideas, as well as learn to handle and present quantitative and qualitative information and data.

Undertaking these modules and research project will ensure you have the breadth and depth of  knowledge required to support your career. Upon graduation, you will have a range of specialist skills, advanced knowledge, and experience, allowing you to engage with and tackle the food challenges of the 21st century. By completing the programme, you will be equipped to make informed decisions, progress in your career, affect change in culture and best practice, or continue into PhD study and research.

If you enrol at MSc level you may exit early with an interim award at PGCert or PGDip level.

 

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

Designed for: graduates of biological sciences, environmental sciences, geography, agriculture, horticulture, agronomy, agri-food, food sciences, or similar degrees.  Also for professionals working in the food supply chain who wish to extend their knowledge and apply this to their working environment.

Entry requirements for MSc: 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. 

Entry requirements for PGDip and PGCert 2:2 (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. 

If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualification here: International Qualifications

 As part of your application, you will need to provide a CV and two references.  Each application is examined by the Director of Studies on a case-by-case basis, examining the appropriate experience and in-work training (or degree course content) given in the submitted CV, and the aptitudes highlighted by the referees.

IELTS: Overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 6.0

We consider tests from other providers, which can be found here: English language requirements

Assessment: Essays, online discussions and short answer assignments

Fees

Fees

MSc Food Security – October 2019 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

£790

£9,480

Overseas

£1,700

£20,400

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.

    The fees listed above are for entry in October 2019. 

     

 

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.

Book a place on our Open Day on Saturday 13th July 2019 to discover how we can provide the opportunity for you to develop your knowledge and further your career.

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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.