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Future Food Sustainability MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Food Technology Supply Chain Management

Course type


Course Summary

Food security and the sustainability of our food supply chains are global major challenges and are clearly highlighted in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Climate change, political and social changes around the world and new diet trends are some of the changing forces we are currently experiencing that put more pressure on our food system. How can we transform our food system to make it more resilient and sustainable while at the same time ensuring the supply of safe and nutritious food for everyone? The Future Food Sustainability MSc is the first of its kind in the UK to provide you with a balanced mix of technology, science, strategic foresight and management skills; enabling you to develop a successful career in the food sector and make a real difference in the world. Teaching is shared with our internationally recognised School of Management and industry experts.

Who is it for?

This course is applicable for graduates from around the world, that are passionate about food production and the sustainability of our food system and wish to pursue a career in the food sector, at a technical or strategic level. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the course, we accept candidates from a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds. Whether you studied food science or agriculture, or you are simply looking for a career change, this course has something to offer for everyone that wants to make a difference in the way our food system currently works. If you are not sure if this course is right for you, get in touch with us and together we can explore all available options.

Your career

At Cranfield we have a very high employment rate of 94.5%* for our School, so successful graduates from this course are expected to move swiftly into positions within food businesses, government, NGOs and research companies/institutes to engage in roles involving research, management, governance, communication and social responsibility.

Why this course?

This course does more than simply describe the fundamental challenges of the many problems of feeding a rapidly growing global population affected by finite resources, uncertainties of climate, political and social change, and a general acknowledgement that our current methods for producing food are not fit for purpose.

The Future Food Sustainability MSc integrates the diverse threads that could present pragmatic and practical answers to imminent global food problems and gives you the tools you need to be part of the solution.


The MSc of this course is accredited by the Institution of Agricultural Engineers.

Students can also exit with PGDip and PGCert awards.

Different course options

Full time | Cranfield Campus | 1 year | OCT-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module aims to provide a critical appraisal of the role of the main plant-based technologies which can be used to advance sustainable crop production and food security. This includes a consideration of the importance of crop breeding, seed technology and crop protection with particular emphasis on future needs.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Candidates must normally possess, or be expected to achieve, a first or second class UK Honours degree in a relevant science or social science-based discipline; or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Other relevant qualifications together with industrial experience may be considered.

Department profile

School of Water, Energy and Environment Water Our lives and livelihoods are dependent on the natural and engineered water cycles. Accordingly, research and skills development in water treatment and management has never been more vital. Cranfield’s research in these areas is applied and industry focused and we have been driving innovation for over 40 years. We are recognised internationally for our work in the science, engineering and...more

University information

Cranfield University is an exclusive postgraduate university with the main campus situated in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, and a second site in Shrivenham, Oxfordshire. The university specialises in science, engineering, technology and management, and how these work together to benefit the world. 81% of their research is recognised as "world leading" and "internationally excellent" by Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. It has also been...more

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