University of Reading
Food Security and Development MSc
University of Reading

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

Gain a multidisciplinary understanding of the structure and operation of global food systems. You will learn about nutrition, production, distribution, and food access at global and local levels. You’ll explore the complex food insecurity challenges faced by developing countries, and prepare for a career in international food and development sectors.

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Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 5.5
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 7.0
    • Graduate Degrees Arts and Humanities/Economic and Social Science Subjects
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees Science/Life Science Subjects
    • 7.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees Arts and Humanities/Economic and Social Science Subjects
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees Science/Life Science Subjects
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IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent). Applicants are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree, ideally with upper second-class or above (or equivalent from an internationally recognised university outside the UK). Applicants who have relevant career experience are also welcome to apply. Students may join immediately after their undergraduate degree, or after some years of employment to enhance career prospects by acquiring further skills.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

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About University of Reading

The University of Reading is a publicly funded university in Reading, Berkshire, England. Reading has four major campuses; London Road and Whiteknights campus which are located in Reading itself, with Greenlands campus being found on the banks of the River Thames. The fourth campus is known as Iskandar Puteri, in Malaysia.

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