Objectives and Competencies

This programme prepares students to meet the demand for specialized analysts and leaders with a sound training in food systems by means of a practical, critical learning process with an international outlook.

  • Endow students with tools and knowledge for analysing and understanding:
    - Food systems and their role in society.
    - How food and agriculture are regulated on a national and international level.
    - How agencies and institutions regulate agriculture and food on a national and international level.
  • Provide a working framework for the exchange of knowledge, experiences, programmes and points of view among the various players, which can include other universities, researchers, practitioners, government officials, the private sector and government.
  • Develop an all-round knowledge of food systems in the local, regional and global context.
  • Develop knowledge about the relationships between economy, environment, society, culture, and agricultural and food policy.
  • Develop an all-round knowledge of international agriculture and the bodies that are responsible for drafting food regulations.
  • Develop the ability to perform a critical analysis and address governance-related aspects within food systems.
  • Develop the ability to apply theoretical and practical knowledge to political analysis.
  • Develop knowledge about how political interventions affect food security and agricultural output.
  • Develop an all-round knowledge of agricultural regulations and standards and their local and international implications.
  • Develop knowledge about international agriculture and the food regulation bodies and the corresponding legal texts.
  • Develop an all-round knowledge of agricultural regulations, both specifically with respect to the regions and their international implications, and with respect to food security.
  • Develop competence in approaching a research subject in the field of food systems.
  • Develop competence in articulating a research subject, collecting data and articulating the research's results.
  • Develop competence in assessing research from a critical viewpoint.

Student profile

Targets professionals related with the agri-food sector and who have an academic background in anthropology, economics, environmental studies, public health, agriculture or sociology.

The programme is specifically intended for:

  • People who work in non-governmental and community organizations devoted to food and agriculture.
  • People who work in the agri-food sector.
  • People who work in government agencies.
  • Political analysts.
  • Advisors.
  • Law practitioners.
  • Journalists specialised in food policy.
  • Professional organizations or international cooperation projects focused on food and agriculture.
  • Students who wish to broaden their training in the agri-food field.

Next enrolment:
June 2019

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You can pay for your master's degree, postgraduate or specialization course in instalments