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Successful Debut for the Master of Arts in Food, Wine & Culture

A new double degree for the Alliance with Oxford Brookes University Business School

After the BSc International Business last year, Oxford Brookes University Business School and Burgundy School of Business have launched their new joint degree programme within the framework of their strategic global Alliance. The Master of Arts (MA) in Food, Wine & Culture is a unique postgraduate degree taught mainly at Oxford. The Master is the perfect blend of the two institutions’ expertise: Tourism and Food Management(Oxford) and Wine Management (Dijon).

Two years of ever complex quality inspections led to the launch of the bi-national Master of Arts in Food, Wine & Culture on 22nd September 2011 in Oxford. The six international students are from different backgrounds including English, Russian, Greek and Indian. Among the six, there are four full-time and two part-time students. The degree courses are taught over a 12-month period, and are made up of eight modules, two of which are in Dijon, four in Oxford and the remaining two are co-taught.

The programme leads to a joint-degree and represents another bridge in the Burgundy School of Business-Oxford Brookes University Alliance. The Alliance began in 2007 and has continued to expand and become stronger ever since. This new European Business School model is growing by developing key focus-points (teaching, research, international and corporate relations, governance, student and teacher exchanges, etc.) and through bringing each of the school’s fields of expertise together.

Contrary to certain preconceived notions, tourism, gastronomy and wine are true fields of expertise and represent serious research themes! Within these domains, both schools are specialists on a worldwide level. With its School of Hospitality Management and the Centre Gastronomica, Oxford Brookes is an international leader in Tourism, Hotel and Food Management. It offers academic programmes at all levels which lead to excellent professional integration as well as competitive research.

Burgundy School of Business’ Institute of Wine Management (IMV) is composed of its two Specialised Masters as well as its MSc, and is a first rate international expert in teaching, research and entrepreneurship in the wine sector. By aligning Oxford Brookes and IMV’s academic and pedagogical influence with the incomparable reputation of Burgundy wines in the world, the MA in Food, Wine & Culture will quickly become a degree reference.