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Masters in Sustainable Food Systems

SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Fall 2021

Fall 2021

Program description

Masters in Sustainable Food Systems

Sustainable Food Systems is a multi-disciplinary Master's programme. It focuses on sustainable development applied to the life cycle of food, including primary production, processing, distribution and consumption.

Are you interested in working towards sustainable development? This programme will give you the opportunity to learn, practise and take on challenges and opportunities that lead to sustainable development.

Through your studies, you will gain know-how about identifying, developing and evaluating innovative products, processes and systems. You will work with real cases in cooperation with companies and organisations in the food sector. A multi-disciplinary background among students and tutors serves as a condition for fruitful dialogue. Science and social science backgrounds are needed for working towards sustainable development in food systems.

This two-year programme is offered as a mix of programme courses and elective courses. There is room for specialisation in subject-related areas at SLU as well as at other universities.

The programme focuses on development of sustainable circular food systems. It recognises the many actors in society that have a role in the development of innovative solutions. A student that has taken this programme may take on a number of roles; in primary production, food industry, food retail, service organisations, governmental agencies, PhD-studies and working with policies in a national as well as an international setting.

Admission requirements

Admission to the Master’s programme Sustainable Food Systems requires a first-cycle qualification comprising 180 credits and including specialised studies comprising 90 credits within one of the following subjects/disciplinary domains:

  • natural science
  • social science

Applicants with the equivalent qualifications obtained by means of a degree from another country, or with the equivalent knowledge obtained in some other way, may also be regarded as fulfilling the specific entry requirements.

For this programme, the English language entry requirement is the equivalent of English studies at the upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden, called English 6.

An applicant with a first-cycle qualification from SLU comprising 180 credits automatically fulfils this requirement. Special rules apply for applicants with qualifications from one of the Nordic countries and some English-speaking countries.

Specific requirements apply for admission to the individual courses included in the programme.

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Program content

The courses in this multidisciplinary program is open for students with different educational backgrounds, in social sciences as well as in natural sciences. The overall competence of the group and the previous experience of the students, contributes to a deeper understanding of today’s food systems and what is needed for a transition to more sustainable food systems in the future.

During the first year, three new courses are offered to provide an overview of sustainable development in food systems, knowledge about the prerequisites for ongoing and future development and skills to handle challenges linked to these areas. The content of the courses focuses on:

  • developing an understanding of system perspectives on circular systems of production, processing and consumption of food,
  • identifying options and challenges related to the development of sustainable and innovative food products, processes and systems,
  • evaluating current and future food products and food systems from a sustainability perspective.

The programme includes elective courses which offer the opportunity to specialize in different areas and ends with an independent project (degree project) corresponding to 30 credits or 60 credits. 

Elective courses may be taken at SLU, Uppsala University or at other universities (a semester exchange program is possible for the fall semester, the second year of the program).  

The programme prepares the students for continued academic studies or work in food companies, organisations or authorities.

Tuition fees

Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens:

  • First instalment:  60 800 SEK 
  • Total programme: 243 000 SEK


Degree of Master (120 credits) with a major in Food Science.

Career opportunities

After this programme you may take several roles; in primary production, food industry, food retail, service providing organizations, governmental agencies and working with policies in a national as well as an international setting. 

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