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; 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); climate change.

You may exit after 2-4 years with a PgDip Global Food Security and Nutrition.

You may exit after 1-2 years with a PgCert Global Food Security and Nutrition.

You may exit after 2 years with a 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


Veterinary Medicine

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Chemistry and Materials Science

Food Science and Technology

Mathematics and Statistics


Science General