Taught course

Gastronomy

Institution
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh · Tourism, Hospitality and Events
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

There are several routes to entry. - Applicants may have a first degree in an associated subject, for example, a BA (Hons) in Hospitality, Culinary Arts, or Nutrition. - An honours degree (or equivalent) in a different discipline but the applicant has a demonstrable passion for food and drink. - Applicants may potentially be a mature student who has spent a considerable period of time in industry and wishes to formalise their education. All shortlisted candidates will be interviewed as part of the application process. International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score below 5.5.

Months of entry

September

Course content

As instances of global and local food injustice are reported with more frequency, the dysfunction of our food system and complexity of food culture is being more widely recognized. Increasingly, it is understood that reductionist approaches to solving food related issues are ineffective. A more comprehensive understanding and holistic approach is greatly needed.

The MSc Gastronomy provides an opportunity to study food and food systems in a more complete sense. This innovative new course - the first of its kind in Scotland - acknowledges the truly complex nature of food and includes studies in nutrition, production and consumer culture, but also moves deeper to consider food culture within the contexts of anthropology, environment, sustainability, politics and communications.

Through experience of diverse food related businesses; from soup kitchens to Michelin Star restaurants, community allotments to large-scale agri-business, students will gain all important exposure to the diverse dynamics effecting how we consume, produce, represent and understand food. Scotland will often be the showcase for this, but the concepts are transferable to other countries, for one thing that people require irrespective of nationhood is the ability to feed themselves.

Whether you are looking to enhance your career in the food industry or are simply interested in cultivating a fuller understanding of food, please contact us. We are more than happy to discuss the course in more depth and help you discover if Gastronomy is what you’re looking for.

Information for international students

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score below 5.5. Funding Information for International Students: Visit the International section of the website.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,500
International students
£11,500

Fees information: Home fees will be funded for a limited number of places. These places are open for applicants domiciled in Scotland and the European Union. For further information and guidance on eligibility criteria, please refer to the SAAS webpages . PLEASE NOTE SAAS DOES NOT PROVIDE THE FUNDING FOR THIS COURSE - the eligibility criteria however is the same.

Applicants who wish to be considered for one of these funded places should submit their postgraduate taught application form as normal (click on the ‘apply now’ button on this page). Funding is not available to students wishing to study part-time.

The funding is for tuition only. You must also be ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date. We will not normally treat you as being ordinarily resident in the UK and Scotland if your main purpose in coming here has been to receive full-time education and that you would have otherwise been living elsewhere.

Funding Information for International Students:
Visit the International section of the website.

Sources of Funding:
Visit the Funding section of the website.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Charlotte Maberly
Email
cmaberly@qmu.ac.uk
Phone
0131 474 0000
Fax
0131 474 0001