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Study a graduate program in culinary arts

What will I study on a graduate culinary arts program?

If you have a passion for cooking and want to get a qualification that will improve your technical skills and teach you how to set up your own restaurant, you should consider a graduate culinary arts program.
Expect your postgraduate course to focus on nutrition, creativity and business management, as you develop all the skills needed to get ahead in the hospitality industry. Many graduate culinary arts programs have a strong focus on work experience and industry experience, so you should expect to be working in restaurants and hotels putting theory into practice.
You will also get a chance to develop your technical cooking skills, with most postgraduate courses having modules in culinary techniques.

Length of program

The length of a graduate culinary arts program depends on where you study and at what institution. Postgraduate courses generally last the following duration in these countries: 
  • UK – 1-3 years
  • US – 2-3 years
  • China – 1-3 years
  • Canada 1-3 years

Entry requirements

Getting on to graduate culinary arts program is relatively straightforward, although requirements vary depending on where you want to study. Most courses specify a certain level of undergraduate qualification, such as A levels or a related undergraduate course.

Students with experience of the catering industry will also be accepted onto most postgraduate courses.

Career development

A postgraduate course in culinary arts will help you progress your culinary career and improve your skills and creativity. Many courses include management modules to help you in setting up your own business, and will also help fast-track you into membership of the appropriate professional body.

Most postgraduate courses in culinary arts reflect the international nature of the modern culinary environment and will help develop your skills to be able to work internationally in a variety of industries – both big and small.

Some of the jobs included in this field are:
  • Chef
  • Restaurant management
  • Management consulting
  • Sous-chef

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate culinary arts programs varies widely from country to country and university to university. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:
  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 21,000-24,000

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