MA Food Studies

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
Discipline
  • Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September

Overview

Study our MA Food Studies

Professor Harry West discusses his research and our exciting MA in Food Studies

This programme will prepare you to understand, critically assess, and practically engage with foodways and food systems.

The programme gives foundation to comparative understanding of foodways and food systems in industrialised and non-industrialised societies, and the relation of each of these to global forces.

Core modules provide interdisciplinary perspectives drawing from fields including archaeology, classics, history, anthropology, sociology, geography, and political economy. You will survey the historical development of agriculture and food - from the agricultural revolution, to the industrialisation of agriculture and food manufacturing, to the globalisation of food. You will develop an understanding of the place of agriculture and food in the constitution of social identities and institutions - from the family, to social classes and ethnic groups, to the nation. And you will analyse the workings of mainstream and alternative food systems and food chains - from production and processing, to trade and retail, to preparation and service, to consumption and waste.

Optional modules allow you to develop focused expertise in areas such as sustainable food production, health and nutrition, community development, education, or business and social enterprise. You may prepare for further research by taking optional modules in theory and methods in a range of disciplines. An optional placement or internship will afford you the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and to develop networks, while the dissertation will provide you with the chance to acquire expertise in a particular area of study and to develop research and writing skills. 

Through these varied forms of study, you will actively engage with vibrant food, farming and fishing sectors in Exeter and the Southwest of England.

Programme structure

The programme is studied over 12 months (full time) or 24 months (part time) and is University-based throughout the period. The programme comprises 180 credits in total: taught modules worth 120 credits in total and a supervised dissertation worth 60 credits. Teaching takes place over two terms (October to May), followed by completion of the dissertation over the summer (June to September). Most taught modules span one term and are normally taught through seminars, underpinned by reading and essay assignments. The taught element consists of core modules, directed options and free options.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Core teaching takes place over the first two terms, leaving the third for your dissertation. Research-centred teaching is at the heart of the programme. Teaching is done in small seminar groups to allow students the best possible interaction with academic staff, through individual presentations and round table discussions of common readings. Some optional modules include practical work combined with reading.

Students have the opportunity to engage in a substantial piece of research into a topic of their choosing through the dissertation module. You will be assessed through coursework which will vary depending on the modules you choose, as well as the completion of a dissertation.

Careers

With food at the centre of so many pressing global issues today, the field of Food Studies is rapidly developing. The course will equip you to conduct research on foodways and food systems - whether past or present, whether in the UK or elsewhere in the world. It fosters comparative understanding of the economic, political and cultural dynamics of food systems and foodways, as well as critical perspectives that will enable you to identify issues and problems faced by a range of stakeholders and the potential consequences of various forms of intervention and transformation. Upon completion, you will be prepared to articulate these perspectives in various forms - from the writing of reports or scholarly pieces to the production of grant proposals or business plans.

Depending upon your interests and career objectives, you may go on to conduct doctoral research, or you may find employment in: food industry or small and medium-sized food businesses and social enterprises; government departments and agencies engaging with agriculture, fisheries, food manufacture, food safety, public health, or culture and heritage; food-focused print, broadcast and new media; or third sector organizations focused on issues such as environmental sustainability, trade policy, food safety, public health, food poverty, or social isolation.

In addition to the specialist knowledge you will gain during your programme, you will also develop transferrable skills valued by employers such as:

  • researching, analysing and assessing sources of information
  • written and verbal communication skills
  • managing and interpreting information
  • developing ideas and arguments

The College's Employability Officer works with our central Career Zone team to give you access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training, as well as the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.

In addition to the specialist knowledge you will gain during your programme, you will also develop transferrable skills valued by employers such as:

  • researching, analysing and assessing sources of information
  • written and verbal communication skills
  • managing and interpreting information
  • developing ideas and arguments

The College's Employability Officer works with our central Career Zone team to give you access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training, as well as the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.

 

Entry requirements

Usually a good honours degree, 2.1 or equivalent in any discipline. Applications from candidates with relevant professional experience and evidence of good research and writing skills will also be considered.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2019/20

  • UK/EU: £8,850 full-time; £4,425 part-time
  • International: £18,500 full-time; £9,250 part-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2019.

Contact us

College of Social Sciences and International Studies

Current students

By email: sid@exeter.ac.uk
By phone
0300 555 0444 (UK)
+441392 724724 (International)

Applicants and offer holders

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 723192

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