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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Cookery Wine / Food Appreciation

Course type


Course Summary

This MSc is the first and only course of its kind in the UK. It will help you gain a better understanding of the complex role that food plays in shaping our lives and the world around us.

On this unique course you’ll take a multidisciplinary approach to shed light upon the often unseen links between food culture and communications, science and systems, production and politics, and more. If you have an appetite for enhancing your career in the food industry or are interested in cultivating a fuller understanding of food, this course is for you.

Why QMU?

The course is currently the only one available in the UK at this level on which you can engage in the holistic study of food through multidisciplinary, experiential learning.

The course tutors and guest speakers come from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, representing the different ways that food influences our lives, from chefs to journalists, farmers to campaigners, scientists to politicians, and more.

Field trips and site visits will offer you unique insights and experiences and give you real-world, first-hand experiences of often obscured or ignored elements of the food system.

Course overview

It is increasingly recognised that reductionist approaches to tackling food-related issues are ineffective and that a more comprehensive, holistic approach is required if we are to better understand the many ways that food affects and shapes our lives, and effectively address the many injustices and inequalities that are manifest in the current food system.


To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc, a PgDip, or a PgCert. You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.

Teaching, learning and assessment

All modules involve elements of inquiry-based learning, academic writing, practical workshops, self-directed study, research, group work, student presentations, tastings, field trips and site visits and more. While many of these activities will take place on campus, others can be located in a wide variety of external venues, which can be anywhere with a link to food and drink or ancillary industries. The course requires students to critically examine information from a diverse range of sources and engages a significant number of specialist and expert speakers from different parts of the food industry and food system.


There are no placements on this course, but the out-of-classroom learning experiences will give you the opportunity to apply your learning and gain valuable insight. Students electing to engage in the Business Consultancy in Practice or Business Incubation Programme exits will have the opportunity to work directly with existing or nascent businesses on practical tasks potentially ranging from research projects to business development plans.


You’ll be in the enviable position of gaining exposure to a wide range of industry experiences and contacts, and a broad range of contemporary food issues. You’ll graduate with the skills you need to gain employment and make interventions and transformations in a wide variety of areas. These include further study, business, education, community work, advocacy, campaigning, policy development, tourism and progressive hospitality.

Different course options

Full time | Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module will engage students in a critical examination of the ways that food, ideas of food and food-related issues are communicated and consumed. It will provide a multidisciplinary examination of the ways that food is communicated and consumed. It will provide students with a critical understanding of the role food plays in the mass media, art and philosophy, manners and space, marketing and other public discourses.
Research Methods (20 Credits)

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

There are several routes to entry: Applicants with a UK Honours degree or equivalent; Applicants will also be considered with qualifications below UK Honours degree level or as mature students who can exhibit relevant work and life experience gained through their employment, professional activities and/ or significant and relevant personal interests; Particular consideration will be given to candidates who are able to express their eligibility through the articulation of a passion for, knowledge of, or experience in the broad area of food and drink.