The Master´s Programme Sustainable Food Systems, admitted from autumn 2022

Published: 13 February 2024

Information for those studying on the Master's programme (two-year) in Sustainable Food Systems, admitted from autumn 2022. On these pages you will find information about the programme, contact details and the documents governing the degree programme.




Welcome Letter SFS 2023

Congratulations on your place at SLU and on the Master’s programme Sustainable Food Systems! We look forward to meeting you here in Uppsala this autumn.

The autumn semester 2023 begins with roll call and study information.

Date: Monday 28 August

On the pages for new students, you will find information about the study start and when the roll call for your programme begins.

On these pages, you will also find all the information you need as a new student at SLU, including information about the orientation days. The orientation days are not mandatory but we recommend that you attend them. They take place at the end of August, before the semester starts, and provide essential and useful information about your stay in Sweden and your studies at SLU.

Your first course will be Prospects and challenges for sustainable food systems. On the course page, you will find a timetable for your classes and other course-related information. Timetables and reading lists will be published at least four weeks before the course starts.

Please make sure you also read the programme-specific information for new students.

The coming two years will be exciting and demanding, but also very fun. The first two semesters are composed of four programme specific courses: Prospects and challenges for sustainable food systems, Management perspectives for sustainable food systems, Project management for innovation in sustainable food systems and Consumer behaviour and sustainable food consumption. The third and fourth course are given from campus Alnarp through Virtual classroom technique. Alternatively, to the fourth course you could choose Global food systems and security. Another course specially designed for the program is Food waste - current situation and future opportunities on the campus in Uppsala. We also recommend a course in scientific methods and thesis writing, for example Research methods in social sciences. You can also take elective courses within the field of interest at our three main campuses.

Teaching in all courses is student centered and based on interaction and collaboration between students in case studies, seminars, group works, report writing and oral presentations. Dialogue and networking among the students is essential.

There are also good possibilities for internships or taking an exchange term at another university. You finish your studies by writing your master's thesis.

We hope you will have a great time at SLU.

Once again, welcome to SLU!

Sabine Sampels

Director of Studies

Tel: 018-67 20 05




About the programme

The programme will give you knowledge and skills for a sustainable development in food systems in light of challenges in local and global contexts. Food systems build complex chains, including primary production, processing, packaging, distribution, marketing, cooking, consumption, and waste treatment. To be able to deal with these multi-disciplinary perspectives it is necessary that students with natural science and social science backgrounds collaborate.

Students with diverse background, knowledge and experience will contribute to the learning outcome. Learning from each other will enable a deeper understanding of needs for transitions to more sustainable food systems today and in the future. Teaching is therefore student centred and based on interaction and collaboration between students in case studies, seminars, group works, report writing and oral presentations. Dialogue and networking among the students is essential. Lectures will contribute with up to date scientific knowledge.

The programme will give you knowledge about innovations at different levels in the food system and the role those play in sustainable development. Resource needs and their contributions will be discussed in the different food systems.

You will be trained to initiate, organise and lead processes that lead to sustainability in food systems. This includes risk evaluation and handling conflicts of interest. During the programme, you will develop your skills in critical thinking and identifying key issues, reviewing, evaluating and arguing possible alternative solutions.

Examples of elective courses outside the program

Please note that students who meet the entry requirements for the programme are not necessarily qualified for admission to these courses. Some courses require a certain number of credits at first-cycle level in a natural science subject, such as biology or food science.


Animal Food Science, 15 ECTS

Ecology for Fish Management and Conservation, 15 ECTS

Human Nutrition and Physiology, 15 ECTS

Principles of Fisheries Science, 15 ECTS

Plant Food Science, 15 ECTS

Environmental Economics and Management 15, ECTS

Research Methods in Social Sciences, 15 ETCS


If you would like to apply for this programme

This page is for students currently studying on the programme. If you are not currently a student but would like to apply, you can read more about the programme’s content and the application process here.


E-mail contact

Programme Study Director

Lotta Nordmark, Lecturer at Department of Biosystems and Technology

phone: 040-41 53 77