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Gastronomy and Food Sustainability MSc / PGDip

University College Birmingham
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

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Gastronomy and Food Sustainability MSc / PGDip

There has never been a more important time to consider how food production and consumption affects our world. The agri-food industry needs smart, innovative people and approaches to help balance overcoming challenges like climate change, food security and diet-related diseases with producing food people still want to eat. Our Gastronomy and Food Sustainability postgraduate course will help you develop both the general and specific knowledge to meet the needs of the future industry.

Expanding from a point of gastronomy, this course offers a unique perspective acknowledging food as a culturally-embedded source of pleasure and enrichment, rather than just nutrition or commodity. You will learn about the impacts of food production and consumption on the societal, environmental and economic stability and development of domestic and wider markets, while the philosophy, science and business of food is represented to reflect the considerations for nourishment, pleasure and sustainability.

Alongside gaining knowledge on everything from food waste and culture to marketing and gastro-science, our Gastronomy master’s degree will develop your management and practical skills through industry projects and studying within our cutting-edge Food Science and Innovation Suite. You will also have the option of a work placement in the industry, with opportunities available throughout the UK and around the world.

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Admission requirements

Students holding a degree from a recognised institution can apply for postgraduate courses at University College Birmingham. The University also values the practical experience of applicants and will consider applications from students who can provide evidence of appropriate work experience.

English language requirement for international applicants

To apply for any undergraduate degree, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

In addition to IELTS, for international applicants, University College Birmingham accepts a number of country-specific English language qualifications as evidence of English language ability. These are shown under the ‘Country Specific Information’ tab of the University website.

We also offer UCB English Proficiency Test that is complimentary to all our conditional offer holders. You will need to achieve an overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component.

How to apply?

To apply to study a postgraduate course at University College Birmingham, including UK, EU and International, you can apply direct via the website.

The only exception is applications for PGCE courses, which can be made either through the Department for Education (DfE) or through UCAS Teacher training. For more information, please visit the University website.

Each application is considered individually and careful consideration is given to all information on your online application.

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Program content

Core modules

  • Food Marketing and Digital Media
  • Gastro-science
  • Future Foods
  • Global Food Culture
  • Food Waste: A Global Challenge
  • Sustainable Food Strategies

Plus one option from:

  • Masters Dissertation Project
  • Gastronomy Project


Please contact University College Birmingham for more details.


Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be awarded an MSc or PGDip.

Career paths

  • Product development technologist
  • Innovation manager
  • New product development manager
  • Buyer (food)

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University College of Birmingham 

Based in the heart of the UK’s second-biggest city, University College Birmingham is a specialist university which is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training. Most of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are accredited by the University of Birmingham,...

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