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.
The 16-month program — 12 of which are in France — is structured into nine Teaching Units taught in French from September to April.
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.
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.
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:
- veterinary science;
- 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.
There are three admission sessions during the year.
Deadline for receipt of applications: December 15
Admission decisions: January 15
Deadline for receipt of applications: February 15
Admission decisions: March 15
Deadline for receipt of applications: April 15
Admission decisions: May 15
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.