Global Food Security and Nutrition

University of Edinburgh


Off Campus


Food security is concerned with the availability, access, and utilisation of safe, nutritious and sustainable food to all, especially vulnerable groups within society. The challenges related to food are not only the existence of approximately 795 million undernourished people in the world (Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) but also the increasing presence of diet related non-communicable diseases (e.g. diabetes and heart disease); the contribution of agriculture to greenhouse gas emissions and land use change. Understanding the interconnection of food, health and the environment, as well as their trade-offs is vital to formulate policies that enable us to achieve food security in a sustainable manner.

This programme recognises that food security concerns not only food policy and food production issues but other aspects such as land tenure, immigration, demographics, diet and nutrition, technology, natural resources (e.g., pressures on water and soil) and climate change. We offer expertise and research on these topics, and the team have good working relationships with international organisations that are at the cutting edge of addressing food security issues, such as FAO, World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Federation of Red Cross/Crescent.

This programme would be suitable for students with a background in agriculture, development, food systems or other food related studies, as well as professionals within a broad range of disciplines such as food production, distribution, policy, or international development.

You can exit at the end of 1-2 years with PgCert Global Food Security and Nutrition.

You can exit at the end of 2-4 years with PgDip Global Food Security and Nutrition.

You can exit at the end of 1-2 years with PgProfDev Global Food Security and Nutrition.

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biological or biochemical sciences.

Your application may also be considered if your background is not specifically related to these disciplines and you have relevant work experience in a related area. Please contact the university before you apply.

Start Date

September, Flexible


Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

3-6 years


College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine


Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Chemistry and Materials Science

Food Science and Technology

Mathematics and Statistics


Science General