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 specifically related to these disciplines and you have relevant work experience in a related area. Please contact us, Food.SecurityNutrition@ed.ac.uk, to check before you apply. You may be admitted to certificate level only in the first instance.
Months of entry
January, April, September
Food security is concerned with the availability, access, and utilisation of safe, nutritious and sustainable food to all, especially vulnerable groups within society. The challenges related to food are not only the existence of approximately 795 million undernourished people in the world (Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)) but also the increasing presence of diet related non-communicable diseases (e.g. diabetes and heart disease); the contribution of agriculture to greenhouse gas emissions and land use change. Understanding the interconnection of food, health and the environment, as well as their trade-offs is vital to formulate policies that enable us to achieve food security in a sustainable manner.
This programme recognises that food security concerns not only food policy and food production issues but other aspects such as land tenure, immigration, demographics, diet and nutrition, technology, natural resources (e.g., pressures on water and soil) and climate change. We offer expertise and research on these topics, and the team have good working relationships with international organisations that are at the cutting edge of addressing food security issues, such as FAO, World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Federation of Red Cross/Crescent.
This programme would be suitable for students with a background in agriculture, development, food systems or other food related studies, as well as professionals within a broad range of disciplines such as food production, distribution, policy, or international development.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- Professional Development
- part time24 months
- Online learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- +44 (0)131 651 7374