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The award
MPhil, PhD

How long you will study
2 - 4 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 4500 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 12000 per year

All study options

About Food Policy at City, University of London

The MPhil/PhD in Food Policy at City, University of London's Centre for Food Policy provides an advanced route into academic work in food policy. It looks at the role of food in society and its impact on health, environment, social justice and economy.


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 researcher
  • explore a topic of relevance
  • contribute original work which will extend the current knowledge base
  • to influence and change food policy.

More details can be found on the Food Policy staff profile pages forProfessor Martin Caraher, Professor Tim Lang, Corinna Hawkes and Claire Marris


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 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 CNAA
  • A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by City as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA
  • GCE O-level/GCSE English language or English literature, grade C minimum
  • An overall score of 6.5 in the English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum of 6.0 for each subtest
  • Other evidence of proficiency in the English language which satisfies the board of studies concerned.

Please note that TOEFL and Cambridge Advanced/ Preliminary tests are no longer accepted.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.


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 a viva voce examination in front of at least two examiners, at least one of whom will be external to City.

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

Funding options

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.

PhD Studentship 2017/18

The School of Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to announce a PhD Fee Waiver Scheme for 2017/18. Applications are sought from exceptional UK and international graduates who have the potential to produce cutting edge research that will contribute to the research excellence of our core departments.

Find out more about the PhD Fee Waiver Scheme



Research students are appointed a supervisory team consisting of at least two supervisors. One of these will be designated as the first point of contact and will be responsible for ensuring that you receive effective supervision and are able to develop the skills and knowledge you require to contribute to research as a professional within a supportive research training environment.

Each supervision session is based around your particular needs, work programme and completion targets.


Research training will be provided and students are encouraged to develop skills in both research and teaching.

Read more about how we help you to develop your skills as a researcher at City.

Research Environment

The Centre for Food Policy currently has around 17 full- and part-time research students. It forms part of the Department of Sociology, which also has a vibrant research culture and a growing group of scholars who are committed to building an excellent reputation in their discipline-related fields.

We provide students with a range of academic and training support as well as regular research seminars and symposia in order to facilitate your research and develop your careers and our research environment.

How to apply

We accept applications for full-time study for entry in September each year.

For an informal discussion of your research proposal, please contact Martin Caraher.

To apply, you should submit the following documents via the online application form:

  • one copy of the MPhil/PhD in Food Policy online application form.
  • your research proposal (three sides of A4 - see 'writing your research proposal')
  • a non-technical summary of the proposed research of no more than 400 words
  • copies of your degree transcripts and certificates (originals or certified copies).
  • proof of your English language proficiency (if English is not your first language).

Please note that we will not consider incomplete applications and applications must be submitted by the deadline.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course


Full-time: £4,500 per year


Full-time: £12,000 per year

Entry requirements

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