Develop a deep knowledge of the food system – and study at three academic institutions across Europe – with our MSc in Food Systems course.
This new master’s programme has been launched in collaboration with EiT Food, Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, which works to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted.
Gain advanced understanding of the food system
The programme aims to give you knowledge of the food system in its entirety. You will:
identify short-term and long-term consequences of decisions involving different components of the food chain
translate innovations into feasible business solutions
explore and generate new ideas in response to current and future challenges
use knowledge, ideas and technology to create new or improved products, services, processes, policies, business models or jobs
apply cutting-edge research, processes and techniques towards new venture creation and growth in cross-disciplinary contexts
transform practical experiences in the food sector into research problems and challenges.
Learn from industry experts through a variety of interactive lectures and seminars, practical laboratory classes, case study-based learning, group work and online learning.
Study across three European countries with MSc in Food Systems
We offer three pathway options on this programme, all starting at the University of Reading (your home university) in September 2020.
You will study four semesters in total, split over two years. Study your first semester at Reading before going to study further semesters with two host universities, then returning to Reading to complete your degree. Details of the pathway options can be found in the 'what will you study?' section of this page.
Current host universities include:
University of Hohenheim
University of Torino
University of Warsaw
Queen's University of Belfast.
Applicants are typically required to have at least a lower second-class honours degree (2:2) in a pure or applied science (or equivalent from a university outside the UK).
An overall score of 6.5 in the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) with no individual element scoring less than 5.5.
Please note: the host universities may vary according to which pathway you choose.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £ per year
New international students: £ per year
€9,000 per year for UK/EU students.
€16,500 per year for international students.
The participation fee covers tuition fees for participating universities, mandatory travel during a semester (e.g. for off-site modules and activities), and participation in joint modules and activities (e.g. Summer School, Graduate Conference). It does not cover travel from one partner university to the next between semesters. The participation fee will be charged per semester (€4,500 per semester for UK/EU students or €8,250 per semester for international students).
You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
You may apply for a scholarship when you apply for your chosen master's programmes. EIT Food offers various scholarships based on a combination of academic skills, professional background, and affinity with innovation and entrepreneurship. For further information, please visit the EIT application portal.
What career can you have?
Our MSc in Food Systems course is ideal if you want to pursue a career in the food industry or food-related research.