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Food and Society, MPhil, PhD

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #141 (QS) ,
MPhil and PhD supervision covers a number of topics supported by research active academic staff. We conduct research in all areas of food and society, including subjects which require collaboration between the social and natural sciences, and translate research into policy recommendations. 

About

Our research primarily involves food systems, food consumption and food marketing:

  • consumer studies in food, food provisioning and behaviour change
  • perceived risk associated with food and food production
  • food supply chains and territorial development
  • international political economy of food and agriculture
  • risk-benefit communication
  • acceptance of novel food and technologies within the value chain

Opportunities are available for postgraduate research in the following areas.

Understanding and measuring societal and individual responses to risks and benefits
  • food, nutrition and healthy dietary choices
  • sustainable consumption and the reduction of food waste
  • food safety and authenticity throughout the supply chain
  • emerging food technologies
Developing new methodologies for assessing socio-economic impacts of food risks and communication strategies and other public health interventions related to food choice
  • systematic review
  • evidence synthesis
  • systems thinking
  • Bayesian networks
  • rapid evidence assessment
Employing qualitative and quantitative methodologies to understand attitudes and behaviours related to food
  • microbiological food hazards
  • personalised nutrition
  • food authenticity
  • societal and consumer responses to emerging food production technologies
  • behaviour change in relation to food
  • food waste
Stakeholder analysis and effectiveness of public engagement
  • research agenda setting
  • policy and governance, in the area of emerging food technologies
  • food and agricultural policy issues
Integrating social and natural science into the development of predictive models of food security to provide evidence for policy translation in the agrifood sector.
  • Bayesian networks
  • systems thinking

Find out more about the work of the Agr-Food and Society research group.

Delivery

We offer a number of different routes to a research degree qualification, including full-time and part-time supervised research projects. We attract postgraduates via non-traditional routes, including mature students and part-time postgraduates undertaking study as part of their continuing professional development. Off-campus (split) research is also offered, which enables you to conduct trials in conditions appropriate to your research programme.

Facilities 

NU-Food Food and Consumer Research Facility:

The NU-Food Food and Consumer Research Facility has undergone a £700,000 refurbishment and now boasts a culinary training suite, a sensory laboratory and food handling facility, all supported by multi-functional rooms and a reception.

Centre for Rural Economy:

The Centre for Rural Economy is a Newcastle University Research Centre specialising in interdisciplinary social science, researching rural development and policy, food and society, and the wellbeing of rural communities.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    The course starts in September, but we consider January and April start dates. We suggest international students apply at least two months before the start.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and support elements to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme, doctoral training centres and Research Student Support Team.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject.
  • We usually expect research experience and/or a postgraduate qualification, such as a MRes or MSc, for PhD study. Please contact us if you are in any doubt.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    28710 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28710 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    10350 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10350 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
EU
  • Full time: £4,350 - £10,350
  • Part time: £2,175 - £5,175
International
  • Full time: £22,710 - £28,710

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

  • 560 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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