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MSc Management of Urban Food Security (Beauvais Campus)

Play a role in developing food security!

The Master's in Urban Food Management and Security prepares students for positions as experienced and efficient food security evaluation experts. This Master's program is for students interested in high-level positions in the public, private or non-profit sectors, in France or abroad.


Dear colleagues,

As you may know, the accreditation of National Master Diplomas, recognized by the French Government, has once again become a monopoly of public institutions.

To that effect, the General Directorate for Higher Education and Professional Integration (DGESIP) had asked us in a letter dated March 2, 2015 to be officially appointed to a public institution. As a result, the Université de Picardie Jules Vernes (UPJV) reviewed our Masters degrees in Plant Breeding (taught in EN) and in Management of Urban Food Security (taught in FR) and agreed to add them to their academic programs.

However, given that this accreditation will be effective as of September 2018, we have decided not to run the Masters in Management of Urban Food Security in 2017-2018 but rather to postpone until September 2018. All sixty candidates that had applied for 2017-2018, as well as our main partners and speakers have been notified of that delay.

In brief

The world’s food system is fragile. Many people are hungry and malnourished. Food security management has risen to the top of the public health agenda. This is a complex field that calls for a blend of technical, scientific, analytical and methodological skills. Graduates of this program will be trained to design and implement methods to manage availability and accessibility of food resources.

The Master’s in Urban Food Management and Security is accredited by the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research and is offered in partnership with the IIR (International Institute of Refrigeration), an intergovernmental organization for the development of refrigeration.

Key figures
800 million in the world suffer from hunger
4 months’ training abroad

The 16-month program — 12 of which are in France — is structured into nine Teaching Units taught in French from September to April.


Cross-disciplinary Teaching Units

Cross-cultural issues: intercultural management, leadership, intercultural conflict resolution, understanding French culture (values and attitudes).

Food supply and distribution systems: food security and insecurity, the concept of sector, a systemic approach to the supply and distribution of food, etc.

Agricultural policies and markets and food sovereignty: changes in agricultural policy, the World Trade Organization (WTO), (de)regulation of world trade, food imports, the food bill, etc.

Support for projects: technical and financial support, assurance systems, etc.


Sector Teaching Units

Agricultural production and types of farming: farming (food production, peasant farming, ecologically intensive, commercial, industrial and peri-urban farming) and production factors.

Harvesting, processing and distribution of food products: food groups, analytical tools, stabilization, conservation and processing methods for food products, hygiene management, etc.

Supply and distribution: sector analysis, study of the flows of goods and services relative to food security, (infra)structures, market operation, etc.

Nutritional, socio-cultural and educational approaches to food: basic concepts of nutrition at the main life stages, contaminants, nutritional pathologies, the determinants of a food consumption model, the urban food consumption model, tools and methods of nutrition education, etc.

Demography, urbanization, land-use and food security: initial analysis, anticipating changes in land use, etc.

The two internships during the Master’s in Urban Food Management and Security are work placements.

The first is a four-month internship from the beginning of May to the end of August, and must take place in France.

The second takes place abroad and may be organized in pairs, provided they have complementary skills sets.

Courses are taught in a variety of approaches, including lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, independent study and projects. Split into Teaching Units, they make up 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits, broken down into:

  • 40 credits for the Master 1 or equivalent validated in the home university;
  • 5 credits reserved for intercultural exchanges (in September of the first year);
  • 20 credits for semester 1 (October to December);
  • 25 credits for semester 2 (January to April);
  • 10 credits for the compulsory internship in France;
  • 20 credits for the final dissertation in the student’s home country or in an international structure.

ECTS credits for a Teaching Unit are awarded when the semester average is above or equal to 10/20 and the grade for each module is higher than 7/20.

Retake sessions are organized at the end of each semester.

Admission criteria

To be eligible for admission to the program, students must have a Master 1 (M1) or a Licence 3 + 3 years of experience working in one of the following fields:

  • agronomy;
  • demography;
  • economics;
  • logistics;
  • policy;
  • health;
  • veterinary science;
  • sociology;
  • urban planning.

If you are a young graduate or working in one of the areas specified above, you are eligible to apply for the Master’s in Urban Food Management and Security.


Admission is based on the application and an interview.

The admissions panel comprises representatives from the Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais and the International Institute of Refrigeration.

Download the application form (PDF)


Admissions calendar

There are three admission sessions during the year.

Session 1:
Deadline for receipt of applications: December 15
Admission decisions: January 15

Session 2:
Deadline for receipt of applications: February 15
Admission decisions: March 15

Session 3:
Deadline for receipt of applications: April 15
Admission decisions: May 15

Cost and funding

The course fee is €8,000 per student for the 16-month program in France.

Financial assistance is available (in various forms), to cover all or part of the tuition fees and/or living expenses.

You should take the necessary steps to obtain financing when you submit your application for the Master’s program.


Depending on your country of origin, the period of time required to obtain your visa may vary. You should take this interval into account when you submit your application. Please make the relevant enquiries to Campus France or the French Embassy in your country.

They support us

Commission internationale des industries agricoles et alimentaires (organisation internationale intergouvernementale, France)   •   Universidad de La Salle Mexico (Mexique)   •   École supérieur des Sciences agronomiques de l’Université d’Antananarivo (Madagascar)   •   École supérieure d’Ingénieurs d’Agronomie méditerranéenne (Université Saint-Joseph, Zahlé, Liban)   •   Faculté des Sciences agronomiques (Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik, Jounieh, Liban)   •   Faculté des Sciences et Techniques (Université de Kara, Togo)   •   Fédération des Marchés de gros de France (France)   •   Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II (Maroc)   •   Institut National Agronomique de Tunisie (Tunisie)   •   Le Plan Guillaume pour un nouvel ordre économique mondial (France)   •   JB Consultancy and Management (Maroc)   •   Unilasalle, Canoas (Brésil)   •   Unité de Recherche Génie des procédés frigorifiques   •   IRSTEA, sciences, eaux et territoires (France)   •   United States Department of Agriculture, office of agricultural affairs Tunis (Tunisie).