Our MSc Food Security and Development course addresses the challenges of global food insecurity and poverty.
This programme will prepare you for a career in the international food security and development sectors. It provides a multi-disciplinary understanding of the structure and operation of food systems in developing countries, and how these systems interact with human development policies and interventions at international, national and local levels.
On this master's programme you will:
develop a multidisciplinary understanding of how food systems work in developing countries, and the main drivers of global food insecurity, malnutrition and poverty.
build knowledge of how food systems interact with institutions and development policies at international, national and local levels.
gain the conceptual and practical skills necessary for the analysis and development of planned food security interventions.
Class sizes vary by subject and module, but emphasis is always placed on good contact time with lecturers. Learning occurs across a variety of lectures, seminars, tutorials and field trips.
Excellent opportunities exist for research, networking and personal development within each programme, as well as access to first-class study resources and employability support.
On joining this course, you will become a member of the School's Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE). As a GIIDAE student, you will have the option of undertaking a placement during the summer period, however this is not a requirement of the degree.
For information on the scholarships, modules, bursaries and other sources of funding available to you, visit the GIIDAE website.
The programme benefits from strong association with the European Food Systems Education and Teaching (EFSET) programme. EFSET reflects Reading’s reputation as a lead institute in the area of understanding global food insecurity, malnutrition and poverty, particularly in developing countries.
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent)
Entry requirements: Normally a good undergraduate honours degree (2:1 or above), or equivalent from a university outside the UK.
What will you study?
Theories and Practices of Development
Food Security and Development
Agriculture in the Tropics
Global Issues in Nutrition and Health
Research and Study Skills for Independent Learning
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £8,100 per year
New international students: £17,100 per year
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in September 2021. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
Our programmes are excellent preparation for careers in practice, research and policy in the areas of international and rural development, agricultural economics, and marketing within the food chain.
Engagement with a wide variety of visiting speakers and field trips provides many opportunities for networking. In addition, competitive internships, placements and research dissertations are opportunities to showcase your skills, undertake field research or link with organisations in the development sector. For examples of organisations our graduates go on to work for, please visit the GIIDAE website.