UCC Postgraduate courses

Food Security Policy and Management

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Food Security Policy and Management

  • Code

    CKL04

  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    12 months

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time

  • Qualifications

    MSc

  • EU Fees 2019

    €7,500
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2019

    €15,000

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Applications are now closed for 2019-2020 intake

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    15th June

  • Start Date

    9 September 2019

Course Outline

This course is designed to equip recent graduates and professionals  with the  knowledge, skills and competencies needed to work in the  field of  food security, particularly policy and programme management . The programme aims to provide students with skills that can be applied particularly in the areas of project and programme management, policy development and implementation, and impact assessment of programmes aimed at improving food security and dietary quality. The course is open to students from a wide range of backgrounds, including economics, nutrition, food security, international development, humanitarian assistance and programme management. Course inputs will be provided by experienced faculty from a range of disciplines, as well as senior development professionals from a range of international institutions.  Graduates of the programme are ideally qualified for positions in Irish and international development agencies, policy and research institutes, and consultancies across the public, private and non-profit/NGO sectors.

Programme Requirements

The programme comprises modules in four broad areas: 

  1. Food Security Policy and Livelihoods
  2. Food Security, Nutrition and Dietary Quality
  3. Programme Planning and Management for Food Security, Nutrition and Health
  4. Research Methods and Research Project

Modules are listed below by semester (note that some modules are 10 credits and are taught in both Semester 1 and 2).

Semester One - 40 credits (September – December)

  • FE6512 Sustainable Food Systems (5 credits)
  • FE6013 Advanced Food Security Theory, Practice and Analysis (10 credits – S1 & S2)
  • FE6014 Rural Development, Gender and Livelihoods (5 credits)
  • FE6507 Economics of Agri-Food Markets and Value Chain Analysis (5 credits)
  • IS6054 Health Information Systems and e-Health Analysis (5 credits)
  • EH6122 Public Health Nutrition: From Principles to Practice (10 credits – S1 & S2)
  • FE6016 Programme Planning and Impact Assessment  (10 credits – S1 & S2)
  • FE6509 Research Methods 1 (5 credits)

Semester Two – 30 credits (January – April) 

  • FE6013 Advanced Food Security Theory, Practice and Analysis (10 credits  - S1 & S2)
  • FE6015 Food Security in Humanitarian Crises (5 credits)
  • FE6016 Programme Planning and Impact Assessment (10 credits – S1 & S2)
  • EH6122 Public Health Nutrition: From Principles to Practice (10 credits – S1 & S2)
  • FE6902 Global Food Policy Issues (5 credits)
  • FE6513 Research Methods 2 (5 credits)

Semester Three – 20 credits (April – September) 

  • FE6514 Applied Food Security Research Project (20 credits)

Modules

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

Programme delivery will use a wide variety of approaches with a strong emphasis on interactive seminars and discussion, complemented where appropriate by lectures. Over two semesters, students will have 14-15 hours of direct contact hours (seminars, labs, lectures etc) per week. In addition, students will be expected to spend 25-30 hours per week preparing for classes, independent study and working on assignments.  

Considerable emphasis will be placed on a variety of inputs by external practitioners, including lectures, seminars/workshops, and Master classes. 

During the programme students will undertake an Applied Research Project on food security. Where practicable this will be in collaboration with an external agency, e.g. an NGO or international research institute.

 

 

 

Why Choose This Course

This is one of the few courses in the world, and the only one in Ireland, specifically focussed on international food security policy and management in the context of international development. It provides an opportunity for recent graduates, as well as early- and mid-career development professionals, to obtain a qualification in a specialised field that is of growing importance to state and non-state development and relief agencies worldwide. Input from leading academics and development practitioners ensures that graduates emerge with the right combination of theoretical and applied skills to make a significant contribution to this critical field. Graduates will develop enhanced knowledge, skills and competencies in relation to food security, particularly in areas of policy development and implementation, programme design, implementation and management, and impact assessment. These skills will be situated in an understanding of the multi-sectoral nature of the challenges of food insecurity and malnutrition.

Skills and Careers Information

The programme will develop students’ higher-level thinking skills to gain a deep understanding of the multi-dimensional and multi-sectoral nature of the food security and nutrition challenge and to be able to identify innovative solutions to this challenge to be able to identify innovative solutions to this challenge. At the same time the programme will emphasise development of skills in socio-economic and policy analysis: these skills can be applied particularly in the areas of project and programme management, policy development and implementation, and impact assessment of programmes aimed at improving food security and dietary quality.  There are many career opportunities to work in national and international development organisations in the design and implementation of programmes and policies that address food security and nutrition particularly in low-income countries, both in the context of long-term development approaches and in humanitarian situations.  Organisations involved in this work include international Non-Government Organisations, national government institutions (e.g. Ministries of Agriculture and Health) and international institutions such as the European Commission, the United Nations agencies (e.g. FAO, WFP, WHO, UNDP, UNICEF), and the World Bank group. Private sector actors are also significantly and increasingly involved in the food system and are more aware of health and sustainability concerns; therefore there will be increasing opportunities for graduates who are able to work in the private sector, for example to develop sustainable supply chains involving smallholder farmers.

Requirements

For Irish/EU applicants: at least a Second Class Honours Grade 2 [2H2] (or EU equivalent) in a primary degree (NFQ, Level 8 Honours) or equivalent, in a relevant subject. 
Consideration may be given to applicants who do not hold a second class honours degree but who have at least five years general professional experience in a relevant field or three years managerial/specialist experience, subject to approval of the Programme Director and the Head of the College of Business & Law.

For non-EU applicants: at least a UCC 2H2 in their primary degree, or equivalent in a relevant subject. Consideration may be given to applicants who do not hold a second class honours degree but who have at least five years general professional experience in a relevant field or three years managerial/specialist experience, subject to approval of the Programme Director and the Head of the College of Business & Law.

 

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €7,500 .

The Non-EU fee for this course is €15,000.

Full-time/Part-time fee:

If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.

Deposits:

If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.

Questions?

If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Travel and subsistence costs are not covered.

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to answer a specific additional supplementary question as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of this additional/supplementary question is available to view here:CKL04 Additional/Supplementary Questions

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

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