Food, Space and Society (MSc)
1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
The course aims to help individuals from a range of backgrounds to pursue an academic career in food studies, enhance the skills of those working in the sector and help prospective practitioners and policy-makers to understand more deeply the interplay between food security, justice and sustainability.
- Emphasis on research-led teaching
- Involvement of high profile external experts
- Field study visits
- Unique multi-disciplinary focus on the interplay between food security, justice and sustainability
The MSc Food, Space and Society is specifically aimed at those people wishing to gain expertise on contemporary food geographies. Students gain insights into the ways in which food-related problems are defined, and the scope for applying cutting-edge policy and practical solutions to the challenges that an increasingly complex food system is raising for governments, researchers and regulatory bodies.
The course links together theoretical debates about food at different spatial scales with the practical dimensions of policy formulation and implementation. Based on their detailed knowledge of key tensions and debates related to food security, justice and sustainability, students will be able to develop suitable approaches to analysing and explaining trends and developments as well as to discuss appropriate policy responses. A further core feature of the course is the focus on the latest social science research around food, in which the teaching team has a world-renowned expertise.
The course modules address three key dimensions:
- Principles and processes - how policies may (or may not) achieve more sustainable food systems;
- Comparative case studies - comparative and in-depth analysis of food sustainability, justice and security issues in different geographic and governance contexts
- Research training - the development of methodological skills for undertaking both independent and team-based research on food
The course is divided into two parts:
- Part 1 comprises a teaching programme of six core modules over two semesters (or four semesters for the part-time course).
- Part 2 comprises an individual dissertation on a topic selected by each student in consultation with members of staff. Whilst there are few constraints on the choice of topic, it must address the core course themes of food security, sustainability and justice.
The following list relates to the modules for the academic year 2014/15.
- Worlds of Food
- Food Security and Justice
- Spaces of Food Consumption
- Meat Debates
- Sustainable Food Systems
- Researching Sustainability For further details and up-to-date information on the course and modules, please see the course listing on the School's website.
UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
Students will acquire a range of skills in the analysis and critical appraisal of theory and policy, in the construction and presentation of written arguments, and in the oral presentation of their work. Students will also be introduced to relevant professional skills in the assessment of projects and policies. Throughout the course, students will acquire skills in a variety of social science research methodologies.
The course offers the knowledge and expertise for developing a research career or taking advantage of the increasing professionalisation of food-related jobs in the private and public sectors, including: government departments and environmental agencies; the business sector; consultancies, NGOs and advocacy groups.
Our Alumni collectively represent the variety of potential careers and jobs that our current (and future) students may embark on.
Applicants should normally hold a first or second class Honours degree in an appropriate subject. This MSc is suitable for graduates in subjects such as geography, sociology, politics or economics, and/or those with appropriate professional qualifications in planning. Applicants with a background in other subjects, and relevant work-based experience, will also be considered.
A minimum standard in English language of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent will be required for students whose first language is not English. Pre-course English Language tuition is available.
Students will be expected to demonstrate an interest in the field, and some familiarity with contemporary food issues.
Full details of Cardiff University's English Language requirements can be found here.
How to Apply
Applications can be submitted through the University's Online Application System.
A number of field study visits may be arranged during the course. The School does partly subsidise these trips but students should allow for travelling and subsistence expenses.
Cardiff School of Planning and Geography is able to offer a reduction in tuition fees of £500 (or £250 reduction in each year of a part-time course) to all Cardiff University alumni.
For other funding opportunities available through the School, please visit their Tuition Fees and Funding webpage.
The fees quoted here are those before bursaries have been deducted.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Dr Roberta Sonnino
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5781
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4845