PhD Sustainable Food Systems                  

Dual Degree

Central Luzon State University (CLSU), through its CHED-accredited Centers of Excellence units, partners with University of Liverpool (UoL), through its Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Food Systems, to develop and implement a dual / double degree PhD in Sustainable Food Systems by research programme. The graduate degree is multi-disciplinary, harnesses the strengths in agriculture and fisheries education of both institutions for mutual advantage, and promote quality programmes that produce competent and globally recognized graduates equipped with mastery of specialized fields of study.

Key learning outcomes of the 3-4 year doctoral programme will be graduates possessing original critical thinking and problem solving skills in the priority areas of technology and food security in support to national and international agenda of development. The programme does not include core courses, and students undertake research activities culminating in writing their dissertation. Students spend a certain period of study in both institutions. Preparation and implementation of the curriculum follow the legal processes, and quality assurance required by both partner institutions. CLSU’s experiences derived in this academic undertaking through capability building, research collaboration and faculty/student exchange will enhance its delivery of curricular programs, e.g. learning and teaching modalities, close faculty-student engagement through supervised research, higher standards of quality assurance systems, and new experience in joint and dual degree programme offerings that will cascade to other curricula of the university. As one of the pioneer Philippine HEI to offer PhD by research, CLSU will be in vantage position as provider of advanced education in technology and food security for public and private HEIs, research institutions, and development-oriented organizations in the country and beyond borders.

Application Requirements

Students who possess the following requirements may apply for admission to the dual / double degree PhD in Sustainable Food Systems:

  • Doctoral candidates should possess a Master's degree. In meritorious instances, candidates with only a Bachelor’s degree maybe considered, but they must be able to demonstrate prior experience within a research environment. Existing parameters in the UK honors system and straight program practiced in the Philippines maybe adopted if applicants meet the standards set by the Admissions Team. Academic or professional references of at least two former professors and head of institution where applicants worked is also required. 
  • Evidence of English qualifications e.g. IELTS minimum score of 6.5 with no individual score < 5.5. Certificate of Proficiency in English may also be issued by the CLSU Department of English for students who come from countries where English is not the medium of instruction.
  • Alien certificate of registration (ACR) for foreign nationals (Philippines) and applicants must meet the Point-Based System – for Tier 4 UK visa requirements.

Location and Contact Information

Central Luzon State University

Science City of Muñoz 3120

Nueva Ecija, Philippines


Dr. Ravelina R. Velasco


Tel. No. 044 456 0681

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