Food Policy

City University London
In Islington

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Important information

Typology Foundation degree
Location Islington
  • Foundation degree
  • Islington


City's Centre for Food Policy is host to a vibrant research community that researches and educates on how policy-making processes work and how they both reflect and shape the nature of food supply and consumption.It is interested in the policy place of food in society and the impact on health, environment, social justice and economy.

The MPhil/PhD programme's purpose is to build an advanced route into academic work in food policy. Its goals are to help you:acquire the skills to become a professional researcherexplore a topic of relevancecontribute original work which will extend the current knowledge baseto influence and change food policy.More details can be found on the Food Policy staff profile pages for Professor Martin Caraher, Professor Tim Lang, Corinna Hawkes and Claire Marris School of Arts and Social Sciences Start Date: Admissions take place in September each year.The deadline for applications is 31 May 2016. Entry Requirements You should normally have a track record of high academic achievement, demonstrated by a good undergraduate degree with at least a second class (upper division) pass or equivalent; plus a good Masters-level degree with at least a pass with merit (or equivalent). English Language Requirements If your first language is not English, the following qualifications are necessary to meet the English language requirement for entry to a postgraduate course of study:A first degree from a UK university or from the CNAAA first degree from an overseas institution recognised by the University as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USAGCE O-level/GCSE English language or English literature, grade C minimumAn overall score of 6.5 in the English Language Testing System...

Where and when
Starts Location
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Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB, London, England
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Starts On request
Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB, London, England
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What you'll learn on the course

English Language
Professor Training

Course programme

You will initially be registered for an MPhil award. Promotion to registration to PhD is not automatic, but contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a review process. This normally takes place towards the end of the first year of registration for full-time candidates and towards the end of the second year for part-time candidates. You submit a report to an academic panel and present at the annual research colloquium.

If the outcome is satisfactory, you will be upgraded to a PhD. The programme will conclude with submission of research in the form of a PhD thesis and attendance at aviva voce

examination in front of at least two examiners, at least one of whom will be external to the University.

For full details about the City PhD programme structure, please see the Guide for Research Students


Research Areas

A wide range of research topics are supervised by the Food Policy team at City. Please refer to individual Food Policy staff webpages for information about our specialist research profiles and interests.

Examples of research topics Recent research topics include:
  • Changes in the fish commodity chain
  • Marketing relationships and practices and their impact on governance in the fresh produce supply chain
  • The effects of the National Curriculum on food education in the UK
  • Social sustainability and the UK horticultural sector
  • Policies, priorities and perspectives: an exploration of Laos PDR's food security framework
  • Global food governance and the role of civil society
  • Food Banks and their role in tackling food and low income
  • Governance of urban food strategies
  • Policy strategies relating to Health Start and links to fruit and vegetable procurement
  • Exploration of how the media has covered the connection between diet and cancer
  • Social class basis of anti-obesity strategies.
Past research topics have included:
  • The use of social marketing for the improvement of nutritional habits in Greece
  • Exploring the phenomenon of innovation and the policy environment as it appears to the Canadian functional food and natural health products
  • Food choices of British Bangladeshis living in Tower Hamlets East London
  • Policy analysis of food security programs in British Columbia, Canada
  • Transitions in culinary cultures: A comparative study of France and Britain
  • The UK pesticides policy paradigm in transition.

Additional information


  • Full-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Part-time EU: £2,250 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £12,000 per year
  • Part-time Non EU: £6,000 per year

Fees for doctoral candidates are charged annually and cover registration, supervision and examination. Fees are subject to review each year and may vary during your period of registration.

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