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Food Market Analysis

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Learn how to apply the principles of economics and business management to develop analytical tools and an effective understanding of food markets. In this cross-disciplinary program, you'll gain a global perspective on food policy and trade issues, managing risk in export markets, and the industrial structure of international food markets.

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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Land and Food Systems
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition, and Health
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

A career in food market analysis is fast-paced and constantly evolving. It’ll challenge you to think on your feet as you identify promising new developments in the sector. In the Food Market Analysis program at UBC, you’ll explore the core courses of Food Science with enriched learning opportunities in economics, commerce, and food resource economics. You’ll develop forward-thinking analytical tools and a fluid understanding of the management and marketing of food. You’ll also obtain a broad socioeconomic perspective of issues in land and food, and the ability to apply this understanding to the forces at work in the industry.

Experiential learning and research

As a student in the program, you’ll have an opportunity to participate in co-op placements and research projects. Teaching is done in classrooms of varying sizes in the Food, Nutrition, and Health Building, Sauder School of Business, and in the MacMillan Building. You’ll also use teaching technologies, including computerized audio/visual equipment, in your studies.

Campus features

The Food and Resource Economics Group at UBC conducts research in food markets and the economics of renewable resources. The strength of the research program stems from cross-campus collaborations between the faculties of Land and Food Systems, Commerce, Forestry, and the Vancouver School of Economics (Canada’s premier economics department).

Life at UBC's Vancouver campus

Study across multiple faculties in this flexible program that allows you to meld your academic goals with your personal interests. Small cohorts provide an opportunity to create close ties with faculty members and peers as you develop the expertise required for a fulfilling and fascinating career.

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Your future

Many graduates of the Food Market Analysis program go on to careers in the food industry with a special interest in analyzing various food markets. You’ll be equipped to pursue a wide variety of opportunities, including food trade analyst, food policy economist, product development scientist, food technologist, marketing manager, and more.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Food, Nutrition, and Health

  • IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics (Standard or Higher Level)
  • Chemistry at the junior or Grade 11 level
  • Physics at the junior or Grade 11 level
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