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Food Policy  MSc


The MSc in Food Policy will give you a strong and critical grasp of both the theoretical and empirical aspects of food policy. You will gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the breadth of food policy in the UK within a European and international context.

The course is built on the philosophy that food policy intersects with a range of other disciplines. It covers the entire food system from agriculture, production, processing, retailing through to consumption. The course has a strong commitment to social justice and sustainability.

The course is the first of its kind anywhere in the world. The reputation extends beyond academia to international bodies, including European Union institutions and agencies and the UK Government and its departments. We also work closely with non-departmental bodies, regional agencies and local governments as well as a wide variety of NGOs.

Who is the course for?

The degree is suitable for a wide and varied range of professions including:

  • Environmental health
  • Trading standards
  • Local or central government
  • The civil service
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Food manufacturing
  • Retail or catering
  • Health and social care.

The course is suitable for those who wish to expand their knowledge of food policy to support their current or future employment, for returners to work following a career break or individuals who want to enhance their personal understanding of food policy.

Why study Food Policy at City?

  • Study on a unique and ground breaking course which covers the breadth of food policy within UK and international contexts.
  • Learn how to conduct critical analysis of public policy and how to apply these skills in the workplace and the community.
  • Learn from experts in food policy who are renowned nationally and internationally.
  • Enrich your knowledge of food policy to progress your career and personal aspirations in policy and management.
  • Choose to learn in a flexible environment which is sensitive to your existing work pressures.

Watch this video to find out more about MSc Food Policy at City

Professor Timothy Lang -  MSc Food Policy

Discover how this course helped one of our alumni

Alumni Leah Riley talks about her time studying Food Policy at City University London and what she is doing now that she has graduated.


Professor Martin Caraher talks about the impact of his centre's research on food policy.

Frequently asked questions

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,500
  • Part-time EU: £4,750 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £16,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,350 per year

Start Date:

September 2016

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Students will normally have a first or upper second class honours degree, although applications from students with significant professional experience in a related field of employment or research will be considered.

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities.  Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

English Requirements

  • IELTS: an overall score of 7.0

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016
Full time: one year over two evenings per week. Part time: two years over one evening per week. Distance learning: two years by remote study through text-based packages.

Course Content

You will be taught by a specialist academic food policy team, who have excellent credentials and are leaders in the field. Our academic staff are all actively involved in policy-making on a global arena.

The course is flexible to fit in with your work commitments - you can study on a full-time (one year), part-time (two years) or distance learning basis (two years). Please note that full-time students pay fees for one year and part-time students pay fees for two years.

The course consists of four modules (worth 30 credits each) and a dissertation that includes a research methods component (worth 60 credits). The dissertation provides the opportunity for a detailed examination of a research question of relevance to food policy.

Course Structure

All students must take four core modules:

  • Food and public policy
  • Food, culture and society
  • Food, public health and the environment
  • The political economy of food.

Read the full programme specification.

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Teaching and Assessment

Full and part-time modes - teaching includes lecture sessions, workshops, small group activities and discussions, and whole-class discussions. The lectures are supplemented by guest speakers from the world of food policy. We encourage you to contribute your own experiences and perspectives on the issues under discussion.

Distance learning - teaching includes text-based learning packages (workbooks) with subject-specific tutor support. The learning packages are intended to engage you in active learning through a number of activities and exercises with accompanying commentaries.

Modules are assessed through coursework.

Read the full programme specification.


  • Full-time EU: £9,500
  • Part-time EU: £4,750 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £16,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,350 per year


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.


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Graduate Loyalty Discount: The School of Arts & Social Sciences offer a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates.

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Career Prospects

The course will prepare you for a range of policy and management roles in varying food policy related sectors. Our existing students have come from backgrounds such as environmental health, local and central government, NGOs, trading standards, food manufacturing, retail and catering and health and social care - both in the UK and internationally.

About the School and Department

Centre for Food Policy

School of Social Sciences

Application Deadline

There is no fixed application deadline. Applications will close when the course is full, so you are encouraged to apply early.

MSc Food Policy

To apply for this course you will need to submit:

  • A completed application form (either electronically or by post)
  • A certified copy of your undergraduate academic results and degree certificate
  • Proof of English proficiency (if you are not a native English speaker, or someone who has not been taught in English for their first degree subject)
  • Personal statement of up to 500-words on applicants’ academic and relevant professional experience to date and how it informs their intentions to undertake this course. In addition, candidates may wish to outline their vision for how the degree will feed into their research or professional career.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online and either upload or email scanned copies of their supporting documents for convenience.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online and either upload or email scanned copies of their supporting documents for convenience.

The application form can also be downloaded via the following links:

If you require a hard copy of the application pack (containing an application form and reference forms) then please email your name, address and the name of the Course Administrator to the along with your request.

Return the completed form to:

Emma Richards
Department of Sociology
School of Social Sciences
City University
Northampton Square

Further information

Contact Emma Richards (Course Officer)
Phone: +44 (0)20 7040 0254

Still have questions? Read our FAQs for this course.