Q. Which topics are covered in this program?
A. The core topics covered in this program are human geography, sociology, economics and public policies. Electives include rural studies, anthropology, management, business and finance.
 
Q. What basic skills are essential for a student entering this program?
A. Students should have a sound understanding of statistics before beginning the program.  
 
Q. What characteristics would an ideal student have/display?
A. An ideal student for this course would be one who is self-motivated and prepared to work hard for this demanding degree. Some work experience in the field is useful, but not essential. This program is especially suited to students who wish to work in food-related organizations, either private, non-governmental or public. 
 
Q. What distinguishes AUR’s MA in Food Studies from those of other institutions?
A.  In keeping with the ethos of the university as a whole, this program has a strong international dimension with exposure to professional expertise, including the possibility to apply for internships at FAO, IFAD, WFP, Bioversity International and EFSA.
Being located in Italy allows for direct contact with its agro-industry and rural development and seeing EU policies in action, with regular field trips supplementing the course.

 
Q. What are the key marketable skills that graduating students will leave with?
A. While this course prepares students very well for a career working in food-related organizations, the skills acquired are highly transferable, making our graduating students very appealing prospects to employees. These skills include:

  • Research skills: formulating a research problem and research questions; focus groups; questionnaire and survey design; engaging with and managing scholarly literature.
  • Business and economics:  Analysis of market structures; data analysis; production and interpretation of economic graphs; marketing research techniques; sales and negotiation techniques.
  • Communication: Writing blogs, preparing podcasts, story telling with pictures, photography, different media; writing news article, profile writing, policy briefs.

Q. What benefit do students gain from undertaking an Internship during their MA studies?

  • Practical experience in the field with exposure to professionals who are often involved in operations with a global outreach.
  • An invaluable asset to have on a CV: students can demonstrate that they have meaningful practical experience to complement the theoretical knowledge obtained in the classroom.
  • Internships present the opportunity to start building a network of professional contacts.