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Master's Programme "Global Food, Nutrition and Health" (M.Sc.)

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About the master's programme

It is obvious that the gap in food availability between high income and least developed countries is widening. While the global hunger index published by Welthungerhilfe, IFPRI and Concern Worldwide indicates alarming levels of hunger in many countries around the world, the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and young people is rising worldwide. A comprehensive interdisciplinary perspective is necessary to effectively counteract this imbalance and ensure healthy nutrition worldwide - despite climatic changes or complex political, social, and cultural conditions. Successful strategic developments in this area involve all relevant stakeholders "from stable to table".

While the food supply is directly related to a healthy, individual development, health care globally faces extensive challenges that go beyond this context. This includes - in addition to the increase in infectious diseases worldwide - changes in the spectrum of so-called civilizational diseases, which in many ways have causal connections to social development. Nowadays these can be perceived in a global development and can only be adequately assessed with regard to prevention, diagnostics and therapy. A specific perspective on global health not only enables a better handling of the epidemiology of diseases, but also serves as a starting point for the interdisciplinary discussion about the development of individual and common living spaces and life opportunities.

The master’s programme “Global Food, Nutrition and Health” directly aims to teach interdisciplinary skills to address these and similar issues and questions as well as to find answers and solutions to these global challenges.

Profile of the master's programme

The core competencies taught in the programme enable our graduate Master's students to understand and solve problems in the field of global food, nutrition and health from an integrative, interdisciplinary perspective. To this end, the programme has an interdisciplinary structure and combines a focus on international nutrition and health sciences with (nutritional) medical, political, sociological and economic aspects.

Fields of employment

You can apply your acquired knowledge and skills in positions in the national and international nutrition and health sciences. Potential employers include

  • national and international companies
  • globally active institutions (e.g. organs and aid programmes of the United Nations)
  • research institutions
  • political and policy advice institutions
  • non-governmental organisations.

In these areas there is a discernible and constantly growing need, which is developing due to the importance of food and health security worldwide in the face of regional and global crises, climate change and the increase in diet-related, non-communicable diseases. Become an expert for global food security of the future and for the complex requirements of modern food systems in an international context.

Bayreuth spirit on the Kulmbach Campus

The University’s Faculty of Life Sciences is located in the nearby town of Kulmbach. It is home not only to several internationally operating food companies, but also to the Max Rubner Institute, the Bavarian Control Authority for Food Safety and Veterinary Medicine, the State Technical College for Food Technology, the Competence Centre for Nutrition, and the Kulmbach Clinical Centre. All these bodies are involved in various research projects and in the Faculty's teaching activities. Be part of it and apply for the master's programme! We are looking forward to welcoming you in Kulmbach!

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Are you hungry for an interdisciplinary and international study programme in life sciences? You would like to get to know our lecturers and typical study contents? Here you can taste it!

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