The Food and Hospitality industries have experienced tremendous growth and resilience in the 21st century, and the demand for skilled employees continues to grow. SMEs (Small and medium-sized enterprises) have also witnessed considerable development despite the economic slowdown.
This postgraduate award in food business and management has been designed to produce graduates who are exceptionally well equipped with the aptitudes and competencies necessary to design, manage and lead developments within the food industry.
You will be provided with both a coherent programme of academic study and an in-depth educational experience focusing on the role of the manager and management issues within the international food industry, food service sectors, hospitality, and an exploration of cutting-edge food research.
The course combines academic rigor with contemporary managerial and strategic issues in food and hospitality management and enhances students' employability in the growing and dynamic food and hospitality industries.
Why choose this course?
We have been offering postgraduate courses in hospitality management since 1991. The School has exceptionally good links with leading industrialists, many of whom are Patrons, Fellows and Alumni of the School.
Industry specialists will be involved with the course delivering guest lectures, running master classes, co-presenting with academics and providing case studies.
This course takes an innovative approach, led by a multi-disciplinary team that studies the food business sector ranging from management theory and practice to food supply chain management.
It embraces product innovation, within a social science perspective, while acknowledging the ethical and nutritional responsibility of business in modern society.
Extended MA in Food Business Management
If you have completed an undergraduate degree and not met the entry criteria for the MA in Food Business Management course, you may qualify for our Extended MA in Food Business Management option. It includes two additional modules. They are:
- Advanced Study Skills
- Critical Thinking, Analysis and Evaluation
To help you get the most out of your studies, English language support is also available on this programme if needed.
When you have successfully completed the modules above and you have attended all language support sessions (if applicable) you will automatically progress to the modules listed on the 'course details' tab of this page.
The Extended MA in Food Business Management course starts on 13 May 2019 and the total duration is approximately 15 months.
Note that the Extended MA in Food Business Management option must be studied full time and the fee is different from the standard MA in Food Business Management.
This course is run by the London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism to provide you with both the high-quality teaching and the personal attention you need to make the most of your University education.
Comprised of experienced and respected academics, the London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism teaching staff includes:
Associate Professor in Tourism Management Dr Paul Fidgeon who is well published and regularly speaks at international conferences and trade functions.
Career and study progression This course will deliver unique professional development opportunities to senior managers. It provides enhanced promotion prospects, new career opportunities and greater career security. Career benefits will also accrue from being part of a strong professional network and experiencing coaching and mentoring opportunities. For sponsoring organisations it serves as a basis for developing senior staff as thought leaders and also assists in senior staff retention. On successful completion of the Master’s degree you can Progress onto an MPhil or a PhD Research degree.
- Designing the Customer Experience
- Business Performance Analysis
- Responsible Value Chain Management
- Applied Food Science and Product Development
- Food and Society
- Foodservice Operations Analysis
- Research methods
You would normally be expected to have a good honours degree (2.2 or above) in related honours degree from a UK university, or its equivalent.
If you do not have the above qualifications but possess relevant work experience, you are invited to apply. In exceptional circumstances, candidates seeking entry onto course without non-standard academic qualifications will be considered in accordance with the University’s policy for the Assessment of Prior (Experiential) Learning.
However, all applications are considered on an individual basis and applicants from the UK may be asked to attend or participate in an interview procedure.
An academic and personal reference from an employer is normally required. Both should be independently verified by means of a company/organisation stamp or official seal.
Extended MA in Food Business Management
To study the Extended MA in Food Business Management programme you will need:
- A Bachelor's degree
- International students need to meet our English language requirements of IELTS 6.5 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).
- We will also consider you for this course with IELTS between 6.0-6.5 - in this case you would need to complete an English language course during your first semester, which we provide at no additional cost.
International requirements for standard MA in Food Business Management
International students need to meet our English language requirement at IELTS 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).
In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications.