Taught course

Sustainable Food and Agriculture Policy

Royal Agricultural University · Royal Agricultural University

Entry requirements

Students will be expected to have:

  • A minimum 2.1 honours degree from a UK university, or an equivalent academic qualification from a comparable international institution
  • Students whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no element below 5.5 or equivalent
  • Mature applicants without a first degree but with acceptable professional qualifications and/or acceptable related experience may also be considered

This course is delivered via distance learning combined with some residential elements. Overseas students are welcome, however you will need to obtain a short-term study visa for the residential elements or live in the UK under another visa that allows you to study. View our visa advice for international students for further information.

Months of entry

February, September

Course content

Course Overview

Working across agriculture and the food supply chain, you will gain a deeper understanding of the sector, the challenges of the future and how they interconnect.

Policy and strategy around the areas of food and agriculture are vital for the sustainable growth of any country. This is a time of unprecedented demand for innovative solutions to sustain the flow of high quality food to more people than ever before, alongside increasing demands for traceability and provenance.

Brexit also presents an opportunity for the UK to become an important world player in the production of high quality, sustainably produced food. To secure this aim, numerous opportunities will arise for highly educated business-minded people who are capable of leading British food production policy.

If you have an inquisitive mind or wish to learn these skills, this course will help you develop the knowledge you need to begin and boost a career in the agriculture and food industry. We will provide you with important industry contacts and placements within major national companies. You will have the opportunity to connect with organisations that are shaping policy; covering areas including climate change, consumer trends, post-Brexit trading terms, public health, animal welfare and future food security.

Professor Damian Maye's inaugural lecture

Professor Damian Maye has provided input into both the new MSc and MBA courses by sharing his research on food supply chains and their arrangements, exploring how food systems are gaining greater complexity in terms of the wide range of foods that we eat and the global nature of where food comes from. Damian’s inaugural lecture is a taster of some of the themes that will be studied on the courses and you can view the full video here: https://youtu.be/9W3tgngKPV4

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students



Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-48 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Philip Hudson
01285 652531