MSc in Food Systems and Management


Program Description


Drawing from our best strengths at Cranfield (technology and management), our Food Systems and Management MSc explores the integrated nature of the current food supply chains and how to effectively manage the increasing demand from consumers for improved food safety, quality and security.

Cranfield’s Food Systems and Management MSc is unique in Europe as it examines the whole food chain from pre-harvest to market. It develops your management skills and contains industry led teaching and industrial visits. These will equip you for a diverse career within the food industry in the 21st century. The course has been developed following extensive industry-led research and integrates science, technology and management. The current challenges in the rapidly changing food industry are leading employers to seek graduates who can understand and effectively manage food supply chains.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for new graduates from a science or technology background who are interested in a career within the food industry. It is also ideal for professionals already working in the industry who would like to train to further their career. Through the integration of scientific, technological and managerial factors students will learn how to use food resources more efficiently to achieve higher quality and safer food production as well as successfully understand and manage food supply chains. It provides a critical appreciation of the issues concerned with the production and supply of safe food in the modern world.

Course Structure

  • Eight taught modules (40%),
  • Group project or dissertation (20%): You will be working in a mini-consultancy project for one of our industrial clients,
  • Individual research project (40%).

Informed by industry

This MSc benefits from input from an industry advisory panel with representatives from commercial and non-commercial organisations, who help to ensure the course maintains its real-world relevance to the marketplace and industry focus. This involvement and direct contact with industry makes successful students highly sought after in the employment market.

Future Career

A degree from Cranfield will fast-track your career, enabling you to go further and to progress more quickly. The skills you acquire are in demand by growers, food retailers, agrochemical companies, government agencies, logistics and supply chain companies and research institutions across the world. Our graduates are working in some of the sector’s most successful companies - including Unilever, PepsiCo, Warburton, G’s Growers, Discovery Foods, Adelie Foods, MAKRO and Syngenta – and the most prestigious research organisations such as EU Universities and Rothamsted Research.

Entry Requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree in a relevant scientific discipline; such as life science, food science or food engineering. Candidates with appropriate professional experience are also invited to apply.

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

Cranfield's distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world.

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