Taught course

Food Studies

University of Exeter · College of Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

Usually a good honours degree, 2.1 or equivalent in any discipline. Applications from candidates with relevant professional experience and evidence of good research and writing skills will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme will prepare you to understand, critically assess, and practically engage with foodways and food systems.

The programme gives foundation to comparative understanding of foodways and food systems in industrialised and non-industrialised societies, and the relation of each of these to global forces.

Core modules provide interdisciplinary perspectives drawing from fields including archaeology, classics, history, anthropology, sociology, geography, and political economy. You will survey the historical development of agriculture and food - from the agricultural revolution, to the industrialisation of agriculture and food manufacturing, to the globalisation of food. You will develop an understanding of the place of agriculture and food in the constitution of social identities and institutions - from the family, to social classes and ethnic groups, to the nation. And you will analyse the workings of mainstream and alternative food systems and food chains - from production and processing, to trade and retail, to preparation and service, to consumption and waste.

Optional modules allow you to develop focused expertise in areas such as sustainable food production, health and nutrition, community development, education, or business and social enterprise. You may prepare for further research by taking optional modules in theory and methods in a range of disciplines. An optional placement or internship will afford you the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and to develop networks, while the dissertation will provide you with the chance to acquire expertise in a particular area of study and to develop research and writing skills.

Through these varied forms of study, you will actively engage with vibrant food, farming and fishing sectors in Exeter and the Southwest of England.

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,000 (full-time)
International students
£19,300 (full-time)

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in Autumn 2020.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

The College of Social Sciences and International Studies
+44 (0) 1392 723192