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Agriculture and Food Security, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #20 (QS) Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The mission of the Agriculture and Food Security programme from The University of Edinburgh is to provide world-leading research and training in support of global food and environmental security, sustainable rural development, and animal and human wellbeing. 
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Overview

Improving the effectiveness and sustainability of agri-food systems is vital to tackling the challenges of global population growth, rapid urbanisation, food and environmental security, and diet and health.

These challenges occur in low and middle income countries, as well as industrialised nations. Achieving sustainable, healthy diets underpins many of the Sustainable Development Goals – especially those concerned with hunger, poverty, health, gender equality, responsible consumption and production, and climate action.

In the Agriculture and Food Security degree at The University of Edinburgh, we welcome applicants whose research interests are aligned to address one or more of these challenges, and that holds the potential to develop and translate scientific advances into policy and practice.

The University of Edinburgh, with Scotland’s Rural College, ranked first in the UK for Research Power in Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science in the last Research Excellence Framework, REF2014 (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions). The Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security builds on this strength in research excellence, and graduate student research has a central role in achieving this.

Career opportunities

A wide range of career paths will be available to our graduates depending on area of research study, these include: researchers in academia or industry; policy advisors for government departments, NGOs (non-governmental organisations), charities or industry bodies; technical advisors; consultants; teachers; marketing; managers; economists.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. 

  • 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

  • Study is by supervised research. Individual students are integrated within their supervisor’s group and school, and participate fully in activities such as journal clubs, group meetings and seminar programmes. You will be expected to complete a piece of original research, directed towards solving important, novel and open questions.
  • The Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security offers a high quality interdisciplinary research and training environment, with a global perspective, underpinned by first class facilities and research excellence. Our graduate students play a central role in this vibrant and collaborative community.
  • The Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security provides a vibrant community and forum for development of ideas, collaboration, and dissemination of results, and an environment for training, development and mentoring of research students and early-career researchers.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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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).

General Requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in a related subject.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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PhD part-time fees

  • Overseas: £11,750

Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

UK government postgraduate loans

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