This programme will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to become an effective leader in the transition to more a sustainable, efficient, healthier, and fairer food system.
The Skills for Researching and Transforming Food Systems module aims to equip you with the research methods and analytical techniques used in sustainability research, the capabilities individuals require to lead change in the food system, and tools and skills required in the food industry.
The Food Systems Fieldtrip module will expose you to the realities of food production in a developing country context. You’ll gain first-hand experience of the challenges in balancing the three domains of sustainability (environment, people, and economy) and the implications of a globalised food system. The cost of the fieldtrip is covered in the course fee.
On completion of this course, you’ll be able to:
demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of concepts, information and techniques at the forefront of one (or several related) disciplines investigating food systems sustainability;
apply systems thinking approaches to critically and creatively evaluate the complexity, current and future challenges, research and advanced scholarship in food systems;
diagnose and propose solutions to the the real-world challenges that food sustainability presents.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Introduction to sustainable food systems
Skills for researching and transforming food systems
Sustainable food production
Sustainable food consumption
Sustainable food supply chains & trade
Food systems fieldtrip
Food Systems Research Project
Learning and teaching
Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with them through lectures, seminars, tutorials and small group work.
Problem based learning is at the heart of this programme. All key disciplinary or theoretical perspectives are embedded in each module to encourage innovation and interdisciplinarity. For example, you’ll work in teams to tackle complex sustainability challenges that require you to incorporate diverse resources such as existing knowledge, data collection, interpersonal skills, reflections and reasoning ability in order to meet these challenges.
Independent study is also important to this course, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills through the extended research project which culminates the programme. You’ll produce an original piece of research investigating a real-world challenge that food sustainability presents.
On this course, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a number of fieldtrips to food production and consumption sites, including a week long fieldtrip to a food producing region outside the UK. Through these fieldtrips you’ll be exposed to the global nature of our food system, and the challenge of reconciling competing local and global, environmental, economic and social priorities.
Other off-campus learning opportunities are offered through collaboration with commercial partners such as the University of Leeds Farm. The University of Leeds Farm is operated as a commercial business, which also hosts research and innovation projects and can provide a platform for collaborative research and innovation with industry, government and public research organisations.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
You will be assessed by a combination of traditional assessment techniques such as essays, presentations, report writing, and assessment techniques for the problem-based, experiential and blended learning elements of the programme such as group work, case studies, reflective reports, e-portfolios, assessed contributions to moderated online discussions.