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Online Degree / Humanities
  • University of Edinburgh

MSc Global Food Security and Nutrition

Understand the interconnections between food, health, and the environment, to help advance food security and sustainability around the world. Build expertise in nutrition and food systems analysis to prepare for careers in government and the third sector.

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  • Level

    Masters Degree
  • Duration

    3-6 Years part-time
  • Language

  • Total Tuition Fee


MSc Global Food Security and Nutrition

  • Masters Degree (Postgraduate)

  • 3-6 Years part-time

  • Total tuition fee


    Explore the interconnections of food, health, and the environment

    According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, undernourishment impacts approximately 795 million people around the world. Meanwhile, diseases resulting from poor diet are on the rise and food systems are increasingly impacted by pollution and climate change.

    On this online MSc from the University of Edinburgh, you’ll explore the interconnections of food, health, and the environment. Covering topics as varied as land tenure, immigration, demographics, and natural resources, you’ll become an expert on the causes and impacts of food security.

    Work to advance nutrition and food security around the world

    The aim of this degree is to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to formulate safe and sustainable food policies.

    You’ll join an online network of students and professionals who are committed to advancing nutrition and food security all around the world.

    What skills will you learn?

    • Critical thinking
    • Interdisciplinary thinking
    • Analytical skills
    • Networking
    • Communication
    • Teamwork
    • Policy design
    • Policy evaluation
    • Data analysis

    The entry requirements for the 2024/2025 academic year are as follows:

    • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biological or biochemical sciences.
    • We may also consider your application if your background is not in these disciplines specifically but you have relevant work experience in a related area. Please contact us at to check before you apply.

    English language requirements

    Non-native English speaker will need one the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

    • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.
    • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
    • C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 176 with at least 169 in each component.
    • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
    • PTE Academic: total 62 with at least 59 in each component.

    The aim of this degree is to train you in the breadth of issues relating to food security, while equipping you with the skills you need to understand and assess problems across food systems.

    By the end of the programme, you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of, and critical evaluation and assessment of the main theories, principles and concepts related to agronomic, environmental, economic, nutritional, and socio-political factors that influence food security.
    • Apply food security and nutrition practical methods to scientific information and methods in the analysis of complex problems in food systems.
    • Develop critical analysis skills to review complex issues relating to food security and nutrition, and formulate an original research problem and independently carry out the research needed to produce an appropriate solution in a range of scientific or policy contexts.
    • Apply and enhance a range of communication, ICT and numeracy skills applicable to food security and nutrition problems.
    • Work individually or as part of a group, and make informed judgements about the complex problems connected to global food security and nutrition.

    You’ll also have the opportunity to network with organisations working at the cutting edge of food-related issues, including the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and Organics International (IFOAM).

    MSc Global Food Security and Nutrition

  • Masters Degree (Postgraduate)

  • 3-6 Years part-time

  • Total tuition fee


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