Food security and the sustainability of our existing food supply chains are major challenges of our time that mankind will be facing in the coming decades. These problems are being currently exacerbated by climate changes occurring globally. Thus, studying this course will inspire you to make an important mitigating contribution and reduce the impact that Climate Change is and will be having on food chains in the future.
Developed through intensive collaboration and consultation with industry, NGOs and governmental agencies, our graduates are highly valued, both nationally and internationally, in the area of sustainable food production and thus we have a very high employment rate of 94.5%* for our School. Therefore, joining Future Food Sustainability could contribute to enhancing your career in the food sustainability arena.
This course has been designed with the multidisciplinary nature of these grand societal challenges in mind. Therefore, it is the first of its kind in the UK in that it will provide you with a balanced mix of technology, science, logistics, economics and management skills (teaching shared with our internationally recognised School of Management and industry experts). With this mixture of subjects, we aim to develop your forward and lateral thinking. Hence, complementary skills such as horizon scanning and strategic foresight techniques are included so that you can build and analyse future possible scenarios that could inform policy and decision-making globally.
We have a great commitment with student excellence, from both UK and from around the world, and every year we will offer bursaries to several outstanding candidates.
*(based on those for whom we hold data. Source: DLHE 2017 Collections).
- Start date: October
- Duration: One year full-time, two-three years part-time
- Delivery: Taught modules 40%, group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), individual project 40%.
- Qualification: MSc
- Study type: Full-time/Part-time
- Campus: Cranfield campus
Who is it for?
This course is applicable for graduates from around the world wishing to pursue a career in food sustainability at a technical or strategic level.
This course is concerned with a fundamental challenge of enormous importance that we all face today; in essence, the many problems of feeding a rapidly growing global population in the future given finite resources, added uncertainties such as the effects of climate change, and a general acknowledgement that our current methods for producing food are not fit for purpose. But it does more than simply describing the challenge - it sets about bringing together the diverse threads that could present pragmatic and practical answers. As such, it is designed to respond to urgent industry, institutional and government needs for individuals who can meet the complex, multi-factorial issues of the global future food supply.
Why this course?
Many food companies have identified the need for a focus in their own business areas on future food sustainability, and have acknowledged a need for trained individuals, both in the form of new graduates and also in re-training professionals already established in the food industry. However, it is not just food companies that are concerned with the sustainability of future food supply;
- government departments are concerned with food sustainability in terms of policy-making and governance
- research institutes are actively involved in the development of improved animal and plant production systems
- various NGOs are involved in influencing policy, attitudes and communication to the public.
All of these diverse groups have an urgent need to recruit individuals with the skills set to address these challenges. This course is taught using the expertise and facilities of two Cranfield University Schools; the School of Water, Energy and Environment and the School of Management.
Informed by Industry
Our MSc in Future Food Sustainability benefits from input from an industry advisory panel (with representatives from commercial organisations and non-commercial organisations) who help to ensure the course maintains its real-world relevance to the marketplace and industry focus, making successful students highly sought after in the employment market.
The course comprises eight compulsory assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project. The modules include lectures, practical sessions and tutorials.
The group project experience is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. It provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy-type project, working within agreed objectives, deadlines and budgets. For part-time students, a dissertation usually replaces the group project.
The individual thesis project, usually in collaboration with an external organisation, offers students the opportunity to develop their research capability, depth of understanding and ability to provide solutions to real industry and institutional challenges in the wider area of the future food supply.
Taught modules 40%, group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), individual project 40%.
Successful, motivated graduates from this course are expected to move swiftly into positions within food businesses, government, NGOs and research companies/institutes to engage in roles involving research, management, governance, communication and social responsibility.
Specific relevant job roles may include technical managers, sustainability managers, technical development managers, product technologists, resilience officers, supply chain/logistics analysts, commodity analysts, regulatory affairs advisers, and policy officers.
Cranfield Careers Service
Our Careers Service can help you find the job you want after leaving Cranfield. We will work with you to identify suitable opportunities and support you in the job application process for up to three years after graduation.We have been providing Masters level training for over 20 years. Our strong reputation and links with potential employers provide you with outstanding opportunities to secure interesting jobs and develop successful careers. The increasing interest in sustainability and corporate and social responsibility has also enhanced the career prospects of our graduates.
Cranfield University welcomes applications from students from all over the world for our postgraduate programmes. The Home/EU student fees listed continue to apply to EU students.
- MSc Full-time £10,250
- MSc Part-time £1,635*
- Overseas fees:
- MSc Full-time £20,500
- MSc Part-time £20,500**
* This course has an annual registration fee and a fee per taught module. The fee quoted above is the annual registration fee and this amount will be invoiced annually. The fee for each taught module is £1,340 and this amount will be payable on attendance. The course consists of a number of taught modules with each module usually worth 10 credits. MSc and PgDip awards consist of 8 taught modules and PgCert awards consist of 6 taught modules. Where a module is worth either 5 credits or 20 credits then the module fee will be adjusted accordingly (so a 5 credit module fee will be halved and a 20 credit module fee will be doubled).
** Fees can be paid in full up front, or in equal annual instalments. Students who complete their course before the initial end date will be invoiced the outstanding fee balance and must pay in full prior to graduation.
- The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020.
- All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
- A deposit may be payable, depending on your course.
- Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged.
- Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including the UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.
Candidates must normally possess, or be expected to achieve, a first or second class UK Honours degree in a relevant science or social science-based discipline; or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Other relevant qualifications together with industrial experience may be considered.
If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. Our minimum requirements are as follows:
- IELTS Academic - 6.5 overall
- TOEFL - 92
- Pearson PTE Academic - 65
- Cambridge English Scale - 180
- Cambridge English: Advanced - C
- Cambridge English: Proficiency - C
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English III - minimum overall score of pass
In addition to these minimum scores, you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.
We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).
Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking an IELTS for UKVI test.
Applicants who do not already meet the English language entry requirement for their chosen Cranfield course can apply to attend one of our Presessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. We offer Winter/Spring and Summer programmes each year to offer holders.
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Last updated November 29, 2018