Master in Food Politics

The politics of eating and producing food

Food and agriculture are fields in which major global challenges arise. In 2050, the world’s population is projected to rise to 10 billion people; and they all need to eat. Questions related to the organization and regulation of our agrifood system are inherently political. They include the production, distribution, accessibility, and consumption of food, as well as issues related to public health, sustainability, animal welfare, poverty, science and technology, and trade.

The master’s degree in Food Politics examines the ways in which public authorities (regional bodies, nation-states, European institutions, UN agencies) and private actors (individuals, farming communities and organizations, transnational businesses, researchers, NGOs, etc.) shape and transform the agri-food system. While the production of food is initiated at a local level, its distribution and consumption often have global implications. Understanding, analyzing and acting upon these implications is key to steer, govern and transform our food system in the future.

Because these questions require to cross political and technical knowledge, the master’s degree in Food Politics is organized in close collaboration with practitioners. It includes a partnership with ISA Lille, the renowned agronomy institute of Lille Catholic University; numerous interventions from agri-food professionals; and field trips to regional farms, food-related policy events, key food fairs such as the Paris International Agricultural Show, and food markets such as the Rungis Market, the biggest wholesale food market in the world.

This degree will enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to master and design complex and innovative food policy solutions and to occupy key professional positions in public and private organizations.

Semester 1

Core courses

  • Agriculture and Rural Politics
  • European Food & Agricultural Policy

Research courses

  • Introduction to Research & Epistemology
  • Statistics and the Political Sociology of Quantification

+1 optional course

+1 intensive language module

+1 career development module

Semester 2*

Core courses

  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Global Food Politics

Research courses

  • Research Methodology
  • Academic Writing Workshop

+1 optional course

+1 intensive language module

+1 career development module

Semester 3

Core courses

  • Food and Sustainable Development: A project course
  • Food, Agriculture and the Environment

+ Master dissertation

+1 intensive language module

Semester 4

Core courses

  • Food Controversies
  • Food Economics and Trade

+2 optional courses

+1 intensive language module

+1 professional internship

Optional Courses

In semester 1, 2 and 4, you will be able to further tailor your degree to your interests by choosing from a broad offer of optional courses, such as:

  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Global Economic Governance
  • International Development
  • Global History
  • Digital Democracy
  • Sovereignty and the State in International Relations
  • World Political Organisation

*The second semester can also be completed in one of our numerous partner universities across the world.

How to apply?

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  2. Review the eligibility and admission criteria
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  4. Select your preferred program on the admission platform
  5. Take a language test (or provide results from a recent test; see below)
  6. Ask your former professors for reference letters
  7. Upload the requested documents to the admission platform
  8. Submit your application through the admission platform

When to apply?

EU procedure: Applications will be reviewed in rounds, 4 times a year

International/non-EU procedure
Fall/Before 31 December: Deadline for scholarships
31 March 2019: admissions of non-EU applicants through Campus France

What to submit?

To be eligible for admission, students are required to submit:
  • An undergraduate level degree (180 ECTS or equivalent) at the time of entry to ESPOL. In principle, the ESPOL master is open to all disciplinary backgrounds but previous courses in political and social sciences will be appreciated. Additional classes can be imposed on students without a political science background.
    • A Master level degree for countries in which universities do not award undergraduate qualifications;
  • A personal statement in English. Personal statements explain your interest in the study programs and its aims.
  • A CV in English;
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions previously attended (including exchange programs);
  • Proof of English language proficiency through one of the following completed tests (proof of registration for a test is not enough):
    • TOEFL – 80 iBT or 550 PBT or 60 PDF
    • IELTS Academic – 6.0
    • PTE Academic – 54
    • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) – grade C
  • A language test is not required for native English speakers or students with an undergraduate/graduate degree in English.
  • Two academic references, in English or French

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