Taught course

Food Security

University of Glasgow · School of Molecular Biosciences

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject. Professional experience and 2:2 applicants with a strong subject specific expertise may also be considered.

In your application, please submit a personal statement (up to 300 words) outlining why you want to study the Food Security programme and what you hope to get out of it. Please explain how your qualifications/experience to date support your application.

Months of entry


Course content

In this century, food security and the need to develop sustainable agriculture will become dominant issues affecting the whole world. The global population is projected to increase dramatically from 7 to 9 billion in the next 30 years, causing an unprecedented demand for food and increased pressure on land. The aim of this Food Security Degree is to provide you with knowledge and skills relating to the broad topic of food security, incorporating socio-economic, animal and crop aspects.

  • Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).
  • Taught through collaboration between academics with world class expertise in diverse aspects of food security.
  • Discusses the demographic, social and economic issues, the challenges of achieving sustainable agriculture and presents the factors affecting food production from crops and animal sources.
  • Experience guest lectures on a range of topics and site visits.
  • Acquire knowledge of technology transfer and commercialisation.
  • Gain practical laboratory skills in molecular biology and in genetic modification.
  • Undertake a project that will develop your investigative skills
  • Learn the ability to critically appraise and integrate information from different sources.

Information for international students

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions