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This flexible taught programme will develop knowledge and skills in evidence based nutrition which can be applied to many areas of employment. Read more
This flexible taught programme will develop knowledge and skills in evidence based nutrition which can be applied to many areas of employment. Current research, provides strong evidence that good nutrition is fundamental to health.

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Nutrition has long been recognised as a vitally important determinant of health status within both industrialised and industrialising countries. Read more
Nutrition has long been recognised as a vitally important determinant of health status within both industrialised and industrialising countries. Significant changes are occurring in the profile of nutritional problems. Many countries continue to face problems of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies, but countries in economic transition also face the public health challenge of rising rates of diet-related chronic disease, such as obesity and coronary heart disease. Also, many industrialised countries now face problems of food insecurity among low income groups. These challenges have led to growing political resources to address nutrition. There is now an increased need for trained public health nutritionists, to work in a range of contexts, to control and prevent diet related problems.

The United Nations Secretary General has declared 2016-2025 the Decade of Nutrition. What better time to develop your skills in this crucial area. This course will give you the specialist scientific knowledge and practical skills to take an active role in global public health nutrition in a range of different settings.

You will be introduced to policy making, leadership and governance frameworks. You will be encouraged to explore and debate the political and social influences underpinning policy implementation and impact. Your modules will explore the relationship between diet and disease, the nutrition science underpinning these factors, public health nutrition epidemiology, research methods for health science, nutritional assessment tools and how to develop and manage nutrition programmes. The course will introduce you to stakeholders and skills that can enhance your professional competency, employability and development as a public health reflective professional.

The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition as part fulfilment of the requirements for registration as an associate Public Health Nutritionist.

Modules

-CONCEPTS AND PRINCIPLES OF NUTRITION
-DIET AND DISEASE
-GLOBAL CHALLENGES FOR FOOD AND HEALTH
-INTERVENTIONS AND PROGRAMME PLANNING
-NUTRITION ASSESSMENT
-POLICY AND GOVERNANCE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION
-RESEARCH METHODS FOR HEALTH SCIENCE I
-RESEARCH METHODS FOR HEALTH SCIENCES II AND RESEARCH PROJECT

Associated careers

The course is designed for people wishing to work in national or global public health contexts such as Public Health Nutrition organisations, academic research institutions e.g. Public Health England, Ministries of Health, NGOs (like Save the Children and Action against Hunger), UNICEF, FAO, GAIN and other UN organisations.

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Nutrition is a fast-moving discipline that focuses on understanding the role of diet in maintaining a healthy human body and the prevention of disease. Read more

Nutrition is a fast-moving discipline that focuses on understanding the role of diet in maintaining a healthy human body and the prevention of disease. This course will give you an in-depth understanding of the scientific, social and ethical considerations that inform the nutrition profession, as set by the professional voluntary register of nutritionists.

Throughout the course you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the scientific principles that underpin the relationship between diet, human health and wellbeing. You’ll develop your ability to critically appraise the effects of food processing on the nutritional quality of foods and the role of processed foods in the diet.

The programme will encourage you to evaluate the current issues and developments related to the nutrition discipline, and propose new insights and solutions to diet-related problems.

Accreditation

The Programme is accredited by the Association for Nutrition which means it delivers all the core competencies required of registered nutritionists. On successful completion of this MSc, you are able to enter the UK voluntary register of nutritionists, and our excellent links with industry will help you to pursue a successful and rewarding career.



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Our MSc Human Nutrition programme will develop your scientific research skills to an advanced level and fuel your interest in this fascinating and vital discipline. Read more

Our MSc Human Nutrition programme will develop your scientific research skills to an advanced level and fuel your interest in this fascinating and vital discipline.

You will develop a deep understanding of current issues in the field of human nutrition – all taught elements emphasise the evidence-based links between diet, health and disease, and are underpinned by a full appreciation for the nutritional mechanisms involved.

Our excellent links with industry will help you to pursue a successful and rewarding career. The programme also forms an excellent foundation for those who wish to pursue further education via a PhD or research post in industry following graduation.

MSc students may apply for Associate Nutritionist status on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and an original research project.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. All modules described are compulsory.

Who is this programme for?

Our MSc programme caters for the following applicants:

  • Surrey biosciences graduates wishing for an opportunity to convert to postgraduate study within Surrey
  • Home/EU nutrition graduates from other institutions wishing to further their nutrition training via taught postgraduate study
  • Overseas graduates with equivalent of a nutrition degree from a non-UK institution wishing to obtain a recognised UK postgraduate qualification in nutrition
  • Home/EU graduates from a related subject (for example, a biological science including biochemistry and physiology) or registrable qualification (for example, medicine, dentistry) seeking a postgraduate qualification as way of conversion into nutrition

Why choose to study Human Nutrition?

The University of Surrey has long been regarded as a UK centre of excellence for teaching in nutrition and dietetics through our long-running and successful undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Staff within the Department of Nutritional Sciences have an internationally recognised expertise in areas such as diabetes, lipid metabolism, cardiovascular risk, bone health, Vitamin D, selenium and iodine, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity and energy balance.

As a postgraduate student, you will be taught by a variety of lecturers who are actively researching the topic being covered, or have a wealth of experience in that particular area.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake independent research via a project, guided by a dedicated and experienced supervisor. Projects are available across a range of topics representing the strength and depth of the Department and wider Faculty.

You will be working alongside staff, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers to ensure that you receive the full research experience.

This will form an excellent foundation for those MSc students wishing to pursue further education via a PhD or research post in industry.

The strong scientific element of our teaching will attract students looking for a programme of high academic quality.

Career prospects

The Department has excellent links with industry, which will help you to pursue a successful career in nutrition.

Educational aims of the programme

  • Provide a fundamental understanding of nutritional science, which takes a critical and scholarly approach to relevant theory, practice, literature and latest research findings on the importance of nutrition in diet-health- disease relationships
  • Provide new knowledge and understanding of the role of nutrition in both individual and community health
  • Discuss the role of diet in the development of disease
  • Evaluate the potential, efficacy and scope of nutritional methods in health and disease
  • Examine current knowledge of the specific roles of individual macro- and micronutrient deficiencies and imbalances on short- and long-term disease risk
  • Explore the concept of optimal nutrition in various special situations
  • Develop an understanding of research methodology in the area of Human Nutrition
  • Design, undertake, communicate and defend an original research project in nutrition
  • Meet the required standards of competency for registered nutritionists as outlined by the Association for Nutrition

Programme learning outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

  • The main principles of current human nutrition
  • The methods and approaches used for the purposes of nutritional assessment
  • Human metabolism in health and in the pathogenesis of disease
  • The main principles of public health in relation to diet and nutrition, both nationally and internationally
  • Analytical skills to allow interpretation of data or evidence and formulate conclusions
  • The application of nutrition principles to sport and exercise
  • The influence of nutrition at the molecular/genetic level
  • The therapeutic use of nutrition in the management of disease

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Find and critically evaluate scientific literature and other appropriate sources of material
  • Critically evaluate research design and the methods commonly used in nutrition research
  • Use acquired knowledge and appropriate skills to make professional judgements
  • Design relevant experiments to test formulated hypotheses

Professional practical skills

  • Demonstrate competence in commonly used nutrition research methodology
  • Gather, analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative data
  • Effectively communicate both orally and in writing
  • Learn independently
  • Take responsibility for planning and organisation of work both their own and in a team
  • Plan and execute an investigation/experiment, act autonomously and demonstrate originality

Key / transferable skills

  • Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively by oral, written and visual means
  • Work effectively and independently on a given project or task
  • Work effectively in small groups and teams towards a common goal/outcome.
  • Apply basic statistical and numerical skills to nutritional data
  • Use Information Technology

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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Nutrition has long been recognised as a vitally important determinant of health status within both industrialised and industrialising countries. Read more
Nutrition has long been recognised as a vitally important determinant of health status within both industrialised and industrialising countries. Significant changes are occurring in the profile of nutritional problems. Many countries continue to face problems of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies, but countries in economic transition also face the public health challenge of rising rates of diet-related chronic disease, such as obesity and coronary heart disease. Also, many industrialised countries now face problems of food insecurity among low income groups. These challenges have led to growing political resources to address nutrition. There is now an increased need for trained public health nutritionists, to work in a range of contexts, to control and prevent diet related problems.

The United Nations Secretary General has declared 2016-2025 the Decade of Nutrition. What better time to develop your skills in this crucial area. This course will give you the specialist scientific knowledge and practical skills to take an active role in global public health nutrition in a range of different settings.

You will be introduced to policy making, leadership and governance frameworks. You will be encouraged to explore and debate the political and social influences underpinning policy implementation and impact. Your modules will explore the relationship between diet and disease, the nutrition science underpinning these factors, public health nutrition epidemiology, research methods for health science, nutritional assessment tools and how to develop and manage nutrition programmes. The course will introduce you to stakeholders and skills that can enhance your professional competency, employability and development as a public health reflective professional.

The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition as part fulfilment of the requirements for registration as an associate Public Health Nutritionist.

Modules

-CONCEPTS AND PRINCIPLES OF NUTRITION
-DIET AND DISEASE
-GLOBAL CHALLENGES FOR FOOD AND HEALTH
-INTERVENTIONS AND PROGRAMME PLANNING
-NUTRITION ASSESSMENT
-POLICY AND GOVERNANCE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION
-RESEARCH METHODS FOR HEALTH SCIENCE I
-RESEARCH METHODS FOR HEALTH SCIENCES II AND RESEARCH PROJECT

Associated careers

The course is designed for people wishing to work in national or global public health contexts such as Public Health Nutrition organisations, academic research institutions e.g. Public Health England, Ministries of Health, NGOs (like Save the Children and Action against Hunger), UNICEF, FAO, GAIN and other UN organisations.

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Your programme of study

Are you interested in improving health outcomes and minimising the start or duration of disease by understanding the effects of diet on health? This dynamic subject area comes from years of research from the world renowned Rowett Institute at University of Aberdeen and a real need in society and organisational level to focus on improving health. This institute provides current and emeritus experts in all areas of human nutrition which include diet, gut health, bacteria and much more and it is one of the oldest institutes in this area with over 100 years of major discoveries.

There is now a growing recognition amongst the general population that diet and health are intertwined leading to growing consultancies, books, online support and clinics now specialising in specific areas of nutritional health to support changes in behaviour. Besides freelance and consultancy work you can become a Nutritionist and you can work in public health as a Policy Manager, Nutrition and Dietetics and as an academic.

The programme gives you a solid Master's level qualification in Nutrition at clinical level to allow you to work in both clinical level within health organisations and consultancy level within the community. Apart from an excellent understanding of Nutrition you also cover Public Health and Epidemiology which can open up wider opportunities at a more strategic level in organisations. You can also take this a step further by studying Health Economics if you wish to be involved in strategic operational areas of health organisations, policy and practice. This subject is very relevant internationally and carries transferrable knowledge to allow you to practice in different countries.

You develop understanding of:

  • Science of Nutrition
  • Molecular to Population level Nutrition
  • Food Chain and impact on choice and supply
  • Social and individual behaviour at each stage of life
  • How to apply knowledge to health promotion and recognise risks and benefits

University of Aberdeen offers a very successful free short course https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/online/free.php within Nutrition and Wellbeing which is entirely online. Find out more about when this course is running if you would like to find out more about this subject area.

Courses listed for the programme

Compulsory Courses

  • Introduction to Online Learning
  • Fundamentals of Human Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Health Through the Life Stages
  • Assessment of Nutritional Health
  • Fundamentals of Research Design
  • Applied Statistics

Optional Courses

  • Introduction to Economics and Health Economics
  • Evidence-Based Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Informatics
  • Extended Research Project in Applied Health Sciences
  • Work Placement in Applied Health Sciences
  • Research Project in Applied Health Sciences

Find out more about courses

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/degree-programmes/1050/clinical-nutrition/

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/degree-programmes/1050/clinical-nutrition/

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You are taught by experts from the Rowett Institute who have been responsible for ground breaking research in effects of milk on children's growth, partition chromatography and the Scottish Diet Action Plan plus research collaborations internationally and with food industries.
  • You are taught online which allows you to fit the programme around current work and life and it also allows you to study where you choose.
  • The programme is co-ordinated by the Medical School ranked 7th in the UK (Guardian 2016)

Where you study

Find out about fees

 https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/tuition-fees-and-living-costs-287.php

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

 https://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/

Find out more about:

  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

Find out more about living in Aberdeen

https://abdn.ac.uk/study/student-life



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Your programme of study. Study at one of the most renowned international Institutes for health nutrition research which has continued to play an important part in research for over 100 years at Aberdeen and internationally. Read more

Your programme of study

Study at one of the most renowned international Institutes for health nutrition research which has continued to play an important part in research for over 100 years at Aberdeen and internationally. The Rowett Institute informs policy and continues to join the dots between diet and health. If you are interested in health and dietary factors this programme will provide much theory and research towards answers and questions you want to ask. You look at dietary assessments, macronutrients, energy balance, metabolism, micronutrients, nutrition and body influence, body composition and nutrition throughout life. You also apply statistics to uncover answers to questions.

Understanding the link between diet and health can be the differentiator between good health and issues affecting public health. This major area of interest has grown considerably over the past few years with increasing awareness of disease and its prevention and the growth in population using health services and the service ability to cope in the future. There has also been a steady increase in the amount of professionals providing consultancy and support to people who have realised the link and want to take action to become healthier with books, films and many other supporting communications in what has almost become an industry in itself.

The Rowett Institute in Aberdeen is known UK wide and internationally as a major research contributor to many discoveries within food and nutrition, informing policy, debating health and food security and many other issues relating to the food we eat and its effects on our bodies.

The aim of this innovative programme is to provide training in human nutrition for graduates in biological or other sciences. The main focus of the programme is on the relationship between diet, health and disease, and the nutritional mechanisms involved in disease development and disease with three specialist areas harnessing Aberdeen’s unique range of expertise in Metabolic Nutrition, Molecular Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition. This programme can take in in several directions after graduation. You may want to work as a Nutritionist, within Public Health as a Policy Manger, as a Dietitian, or within private practice as a Fitness and Nutrition Counsellor or teaching and studying for a PhD.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Foundations of Nutrition
  • Assessment of Nutritional Status
  • Applied Statistics
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Generic Skills

Semester 2

  • Research Methods and Professional Practice

Optional

  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Molecular Nutrition
  • Public Health Nutrition

Semester 3

  • Specialist Research Project Human Nutrition
  • Diploma Literature Review in Human Nutrition

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/degree-programmes/118/human-nutrition/

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You can specialise in Clinical Nutrition, Molecular Nutrition or Public Health Nutrition, the MSc is accredited by the Association for Nutrition
  • You are taught by researchers from the Rowett Institute of Health and Nutrition in a new purpose designed building at the health campus, Foresterhill
  • Lord Boyd Orr won a Nobel Peace Prize for contributions to the worldwide fight against hunger at University of Aberdeen and insulin was first developed at the university

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 or 24 months
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • September

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about international fees

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/tuition-fees-and-living-costs-287.php

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs

https://abdn.ac.uk/study/student-life



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This course of study offers graduates and experienced practitioners in food, nutrition and science and health related subjects the opportunity to move into research, health, and management positions in the food and nutrition sectors. Read more
This course of study offers graduates and experienced practitioners in food, nutrition and science and health related subjects the opportunity to move into research, health, and management positions in the food and nutrition sectors.

The course aims to give you cutting edge and relevant practical experience in nutrition, health and nutritional product development, alongside exploring the global and local impacts of sustainable food, diet and nutrition. You will examine the evidence supporting the relationship between nutrition, health and lifestyle, the impact of social and corporate responsibilities on sustainable food production and consumption, and the impact on diet and health. The medical and physiological implications of under and over nutrition throughout the life-cycle are a key feature of the programme. You will also have the opportunity to learn how to analyse the factors influencing the food consumption behaviour of consumers. The course also provides you with the opportunity to meet, engage and network with numerous food and nutrition enterprises at a leading Food Symposium and Conference.

Features and benefits of the course

-As a student of this course you will automatically be enrolled as a student member of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (http://www.ifst.org) which will give you access to membership benefits, networking and career development opportunities.
-MMU have invested in the latest body composition, exercise physiology and food technology equipment that you will use during the practical sessions on the course.
-Combination of flexible learning supported by tutorials.
-Postgraduates are eligible to become Associate Nutritionists via non-direct entry with the Association for Nutrition (AfN) http://www.associationfornutrition.org/

About the Course

Throughout the course you will study a range of methods for assessing nutritional status and dietary intake. You will look in-depth at the role of nutrition and diet in high-risk groups and in relation to specific health disorders and learn to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention studies aimed at improving health.

The course is designed to give you an excellent experience in the study of food, nutrition and health and will develop your critical and analytical skills in the scientific, commercial and social policy aspects of nutrition.

Assessment details

Assignments including critical review articles, presentations, practical experiments and data analysis reports, case studies and an independent dissertation.

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The proportion of adults living in the UK categorised as obese continues to rise. Current data from The Health Survey for England suggests that a quarter of adults are obese, predisposing them to greater risk of diabetes, cancer and coronary heart disease. Read more
The proportion of adults living in the UK categorised as obese continues to rise...

Current data from The Health Survey for England suggests that a quarter of adults are obese, predisposing them to greater risk of diabetes, cancer and coronary heart disease.

In an attempt to reduce levels of obesity and other diet related health problems numerous government initiatives have been launched such as Healthy Lives, Healthy People; the National Child Measurement Programme; the Public Health Responsibility Deal and the Change4Life campaign, with the aim of preventing people from becoming overweight by encouraging them to eat healthily and move more.

Increased awareness of the importance of a healthy diet and the association between diet and health at all stages of life has led to a growth of public interest in the subject of nutrition.

Why St Mary's?

The course has been designed to enable students to continue working along side their studies. They will only attend St Mary’s University for one day a week (plus two intensive weeks).

The programme is mapped against the Competency Requirements for Course Accreditation outlined by The Association for Nutrition (AfN). This accreditation allows successful MSc students direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register for Nutritionists (UKVRN).

Teaching and Assessment

A wide range of teaching methods are employed. There is a considerable amount of student involvement in sessions and great emphasis is placed on developing communication skills.

Students are expected to undertake a significant amount of work outside formal contact hours. Assessment for most of the modules is through coursework.

Career Prospects

In today’s market place, employers are seeking staff who are suitably skilled and qualified to undertake their roles and responsibilities.

The MSc in Human Nutrition provides students with the theoretical underpinning together with relevant practical skills to enable them to practice in the fields of nutrition and public health.

In addition, once the course has been accredited it will provide students direct entry on to The UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN).

The MSc/PG Diploma programme in Human Nutrition is suitable for individuals wishing to pursue careers in:
-Community nutrition
-Primary care trusts
-Food advocacy
-Public health and health promotion organisations
-Teaching in further and higher education institution

The PG Certificate in Human Nutrition is suitable for individuals wishing to develop their nutritional knowledge and for Continued Professional Development.

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Summary. The overall aim of this master's programme is to provide science graduates with core knowledge and skills to practice as a dietitian and develop advanced research skills. Read more

Summary

The overall aim of this master's programme is to provide science graduates with core knowledge and skills to practice as a dietitian and develop advanced research skills. Registered dietitians are qualified health professionals who assess diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems both at individual and population level. Dietitians use the most up to date research on diet and health which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

This course is an intensive 20 Masters taught course designed to provide a scientific base in the study of food and nutrition and the effect of diet and health on wellbeing. On completion of this course graduates will be qualified to work as a dietitian and be eligible to register with HCPC/CORU. Graduates will also have advanced research skills having completed an independent reasearch project as part of this degree.

This course is designed for pre-registration training in Dietetics. It is not aimed at qualified dietitians wishing to take a masters research degree. Qualified dietitians are encouraged to apply for the MSc Human Nutrition.

About

This course is a master's course. It is studied on a full-time basis over 20 months where attendance is required on campus most days each week during semester. During placement attendance is required each day. This course cannot be taken part time.

This course provides study of core modules in human nutrition and dietetics and includes two clinical placement blocks. Year 1 semester 1 (60 credits) and 2 (75 credits) are taught modules in core subjects. Year 1 semester 3 students undertake Human Nutrition Masters research project which is an integral part of the programme where students undertake an independent research project. Clinical placement modules are undertaken in year 2 and are generally within a hospital and/or community setting. Placements are predominantly in Northern Ireland with consolidation tutorials at University between placements. Successful students will be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for Registration as a dietitian or apply to CORU for validation of qualification to practice as a dietitian in the Republic of Ireland.

Dietetic placements are an integral part of this course. Placements are generally undertaken within hospital and/or community Trusts in Northern Ireland and must be approved by the University in advance of allocation to students.

Attendance

This course is a taught full-time course over 20 months including master's research project and clinical placements. Attendance is required during semester most days each week. Placements require daily full time attendance. This course cannot be taken part time.

Work placement / study abroad

Dietetic placements are an integral part of this course. Placements are generally undertaken within hospital and/or community Trusts in Northern Ireland and are approved by the University in advance of allocation to students.

Placements are unpaid and full time. Placements are approved by HCPC therefore graduates from this programme are eligible to apply for registration with the Statutory Regulator for Dietitians, the HCPC. The course is also accredited by the British Dietetic Association.

Professional recognition

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a dietitian.

Career options

The academic content of the programme together with the experience gained from clinical practice placements leads to excellent employment opportunities. There are excellent opportunities for graduate dietitians in hospitals, community or public health as well as the food industry, research, sports or to pursue a higher research degree (PhD) in the area of human nutrition.



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Over the past decade, the impact of nutrition and exercise in optimising athletic performance and recovery from injury has become increasingly clear and there has been a growing demand for highly trained specialists in this field. Read more

Over the past decade, the impact of nutrition and exercise in optimising athletic performance and recovery from injury has become increasingly clear and there has been a growing demand for highly trained specialists in this field.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

Experts in sport and exercise nutrition translate the latest scientific research into practical, evidence-based advice for competitive and recreational athletes, as well as groups and individuals wanting to improve their health, lose weight, recover from injury or become more active. 

Incorporating up-to-date research and contemporary practice, this course aims to prepare you for broad range of careers – from clinical practice assessing professional sports teams to work as a dietitian for clients with specific nutritional issues.

Based in our multimillion pound, state-of-the-art Science and Health Building, you can take full advantage of our cutting-edge facilities, including indoor running track and extensive exercise science laboratories. You’ll gain hands-on experience of some of the equipment and techniques used in professional sports and health environments. 

The course seeks to provide an in-depth understanding of the nutritional and metabolic demands of exercise and practical experience of the effect of and interactions between diet, exercise and health. We provide opportunities to work with University and local sports teams, as well as recreational athletes seeking personalised nutrition advice. 

Our teaching team has a broad range of academic and professional experience, many of whom have worked with a range of health initiatives, professional athletes and clubs. You will also learn about our own latest research findings from the Centre for Research in Applied Biological and Exercise Sciences.

Master’s study will also give you the opportunity to gain important experience and skills in research, which will help you to understand and evaluate future developments. 

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Your main study themes are:

  • Exercise Physiology: How the body adapts and responds to exercise and strength training. We will examine exercise in different populations, using appropriate physiological assessment techniques to differentiate between acute reactions occurring during exercise and late onset adaptations that occur with training. You will then apply this understanding to critically evaluate training schedules for individuals at differing stages of fitness or competition.
  • Nutrition: The science of nutrition and the use of dietary strategies to enhance sport and exercise performance
  • Research Skills: Key aspects of scientific method will be developed. Types of information, finding appropriate information for scientific purposes, and how to use this information. Experimental design, analysis and presentation of data.

This multidisciplinary course draws together a broad range of biosciences subject matter within the areas of sport, exercise physiology, health and nutrition.

Content has been designed to develop your appreciation of the human body and its functions, together with nutrition science and its role in promoting human health so that you can apply this knowledge to develop appropriate dietary advice and exercise programmes.

We will consider the components of fitness, including nutritional requirements, energy expenditure, body mass and body composition, examining some of the common problems associated with general health and wellbeing, diet and nutrition, exercise and sport performance. These include diets, hydration and supplements, for example.

Covering how to scientifically measure nutritional requirements and dietary allowances of macronutrients, micronutrients and other metabolically active components of food such as fibre. We also consider the negative effects of things like food additives, tannins or drugs and how ethnic and culture may affect practical advice on foods, meals and menus.

As well as subject-specific knowledge, we will encourage a critical, analytical and flexible approach to problem-solving in sport and exercise nutrition. You will systematically and creatively explore complex issues, such as physical activity, nutrition and obesity, and elite physiological support through a variety of case studies, laboratory sessions and group work.

Our aim is to effectively prepare you for professional employment, so we focus on providing enhanced practical and professional skills through a combination of lectures, laboratory and field sessions and case studies. The nature of the course also enables topical aspects to be discussed, for example, the latest popular supplement for sports people or fad diet.

You are also required to complete in-depth research study in the area of sport and exercise science, so will receive training in research methods, including data analysis in both research and applied practice. 



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The Dietetics study programme aims to equip graduates who already have a BSc or MSc in Nutrition with the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes required to practise as a Registered Dietitian. Read more

The Dietetics study programme aims to equip graduates who already have a BSc or MSc in Nutrition with the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes required to practise as a Registered Dietitian.

Key benefits

  • We are Europe's largest centre for medical and professional healthcare education.
  • You will undertake 28 weeks of practice placements in a variety of settings.
  • Unique opportunities to attend meetings at the Royal Society of Medicine Forum on Food and Health.
  • King’s College London is ranked 16th in the world for Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health (Times Higher Education 2017 subject ranking).
  • You will be eligible to apply for Registration in Dietetics with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Description

Registered dietitians are qualified health professionals who assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems in society. They translate public health and scientific research on food, health and disease into practical guidance enabling people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

The MSc pathway is a two-year course that requires modules totalling 285 credits. The Postgraduate Diploma pathway is studied over a shorter period of 17 months and requires completed modules with a total of 225 credits. Part of the course is spent in clinical practice through placements and will provide you with unique opportunities to develop your clinical skills and improve your employability.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We use different teaching strategies: lectures, seminars, food service and diet therapy practicals, case study-based learning, observed structured clinical examinations and group tutorials, to deliver the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

The MSc pathway involves approximately 850 hours of self-directed learning plus 600 hours of project work.

The PG Dip pathway involves approximately 850 hours of self-directed learning.

For both pathways 350 hours of contact time (approximately) will be campus based, additionally a further 28 weeks will be spent on practice placements.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, practical assessments and examinations.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

Course accreditation

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and is accredited by the British Dietetic Association.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Career prospects

Most of our graduates go on to work within the NHS, either in hospital or community health services. Former graduates have also found employment in a range of organisations including research institutes, consumer groups, food retailers, and government departments and agencies. Others have become successful food and health journalists or developed careers in the food and pharmaceutical industries.



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Bioarchaeology is an exciting and fast-advancing field which combines archaeology with branches of the natural sciences to study key topics such as past health and well-being, diet, ecology, subsistence strategies and environmental impacts. Read more
Bioarchaeology is an exciting and fast-advancing field which combines archaeology with branches of the natural sciences to study key topics such as past health and well-being, diet, ecology, subsistence strategies and environmental impacts.

The MSc in Bioarchaeology aims to develop a broad understanding of these issues through the study of human remains. Students on this programme will also have the opportunity to study animal remains, as well as floral and faunal evidence.

The programme develops advanced practical skills in skeletal analysis, making use of the department’s well-provisioned specialist laboratories and reference collections. A particular strength of our provision is that we are able to address the bioarchaeology of both the New and Old Worlds. Those completing the Course acquire the skills necessary to continue into academic research or employment, as an osteologist in field units, museums or Cultural Resources Managament companies.

The programme allows you to specialise in one of two named pathways: Human Osteoarchaeology (physical anthropology and funerary archaeology) or Zooarchaeology (animal bones and other faunal remains).

Learning and teaching

Most of the formal classes that you attend will be based on a mixture of lectures, seminars, and workshops. The precise mix will vary between modules. These aim to outline the principal issues of the module, to explore some detailed issues, and, where relevant, to give you experience of working with a particular technique or data set.
All members of staff are actively engaged in research, both in Britain and abroad, and regularly attend conferences, symposia and workshops. It is through this active engagement in the discipline that we are able to supply top quality teaching by experts in their field and as a result we have a 24/24 grading for our teaching from the Quality Assurance Agency.
In addition to our established palaeobotany, experimental archaeology, and microscopy laboratories, we have a new bioarchaeology lab dedicated to the study of anatomical variation, palaeopathological conditions, and the funerary context of human and animal remains. The laboratory, accompanied by a designated store for the Department's collection of human remains, provides facilities for use by researchers and students for examining skeletal remains recovered from archaeological sites. Equipment includes anatomical casts and demographic reference standards used to determine the sex, age-at-death, stature and body proportions from human remains.

Research areas

Bioarchaeological research at Exeter combines the study of archaeology with branches of the natural and physical sciences to address questions of health and well-being, diet, ecology, subsistence strategies and natural and human-induced environmental impacts in the past.

Our approach is holistic and inter-disciplinary, drawing its inspiration from both definitions of ‘bioarchaeology’: as a study applied to human remains (human osteoarchaeology) and, as originally defined by Grahame Clark, as related to the integration of environmental archaeology, floral and faunal evidence – archaeobotany and zooarchaeology – in archaeological research.
Active field research programmes in North and South America and Eurasia link with extensive laboratory research to address questions of social structure and social organisation, the process of animal and plant domestication, the development of social inequality and power relations, violence and warfare, the rise of élites and craft specialists, and division of labour.

Programme Structure

This programme includes 135 credits of compulsory modules and 45 credits of optional modules.

Pathways

The two available pathways are; Human Osteology (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/archaeology/bioarch/humanosteology/) and Zooarchaeology
(http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/archaeology/bioarch/zooarchaeology/)

Compulsory modules

The compulsory modules for each of the pathways can include the following; Research Methods and Archaeological Theory; Musculo-skeletal Anatomy; Advanced Zooarchaeology; Advanced Human Osteology; Zooarchaeology (Masters level); Bioarchaeology Dissertation and Bioarchaeology Dissertation Zooarchaeology.

Optional modules

The following is a list of the possible optional modules; Advanced Project; Experimental Archaeology in Practice; Field Study; Landscape Archaeology: Understanding the historic environment; Material Culture; Advanced Human Osteology; ;Zooarchaeology (Masters level); Palaeobotany (Masters level); Funerary Osteoarchaeology (Masters level); Musculo-skeletal Anatomy and Researching the Historic Environment Online.

The modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand

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Nutritional medicine concerns itself with the part that nutrition plays in health, disease, lifecycle and ageing. Read more

Nutritional medicine concerns itself with the part that nutrition plays in health, disease, lifecycle and ageing.

The aim of the programme is to inform and educate those to whom the public turns for advice on nutritionally-related aspects of health and disease and those involved in the manufacture of foods and food supplements.

It is appropriate for the in-service training of doctors, dietitians, pharmacists and healthcare workers.

The programme consists of three-day taught periods at the University, preceded by preparatory study, and followed by consolidation and assessment. It will teach you to take a critical and scholarly approach to the theory, practice, literature and research findings within the subject.

Programme structure

This programme is studied part-time. On successful completion of the programme the exit awards are as follows

  • Post Graduate Certificate: 4 modules (60 credits)
  • Post Graduate Diploma: 8 taught modules (120 credits)
  • MSc: 9 taught modules plus a research project (180 credits)

On successful completion of the MSc programme, students are eligible for direct entry on to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists as an Associate Nutritionist via the Association for Nutrition. Students who exit with a Diploma or Certificate would still be eligible to apply for Associate Nutritionist Membership, via the Portfolio- based application pathway.

Students may also enrol for modules on an occasional route with or without assessment. Please contact us for further details.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Distance learning prior to attendance at the module

You will receive some preliminary material (that will require approximately 40 hours of study) around four weeks before you attend each module.

This will generally be background material (for example, a core text and/or specially written material/journal article/s) aimed at ensuring that all students, whatever their previous learning experience, will have attained a certain basic knowledge of the subject and its terminology.

Teaching at the University

The three-day periods spent at the University consist mainly of formal lectures, but will also include interactive or participative sessions incorporating some of the following learning strategies: workshops, syndicated work, demonstrations, case studies, debates, and journal clubs.

You will generally be given additional papers, reviews, notes or reading lists relating to the module lectures.

Distance learning following attendance at the module

In the two months following the module, you will be expected to study the material covered and to carry out further reading (including journal articles) to expand your understanding.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is appropriate for GPs, gastroenterologists, dietitians, pharmacists, other clinicians and health professionals with a role in nutrition and health practice.

Educational aims of the programme

The aim of the programme is to provide Masters-level learning in Nutritional Science related to health and disease. Students will gain knowledge and skills necessary to investigate, understand and apply the concepts of Nutritional Medicine in relation to current health issues. Specifically, the programme aims:

  • To further the students’ knowledge of the mechanisms underlying disorders with nutritional aetiologies at both the biochemical and molecular level
  • To develop evidence-based knowledge and practice in students in healthcare roles, private practice or industry who provide nutrition-related care or advice
  • To enhance the critical and analytical skills of students through taking a critical and scholarly approach to theory, practice, literature and research findings within the subject resulting in a greaterunderstanding of the range and potential of nutritional management of disease risk
  • To provide opportunities for professional development, encourage the acquisition of intellectual scientific, technical and transferable skills to promote self-directed and life-long learning, allowing students to show evidence of their development and support their career progression

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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Summary. Human Nutrition is the scientific study of the foods we eat, the nutrients in foods, the fate of the nutrients when they are eaten and the effects of diet on health and well being. Read more

Summary

Human Nutrition is the scientific study of the foods we eat, the nutrients in foods, the fate of the nutrients when they are eaten and the effects of diet on health and well being. As a graduate nutritionist you will have the skills to elicit, disseminate, and apply knowledge drawn from the relevant sciences to promote an understanding of the effects of diet on human health and well-being.

This master's course is an intensive programme accredited by Association for Nutrition. This programme will provide students with a broad knowledge and understanding of human nutrition developing scientific skills to master's level. Taught semesters provide study in core modules in human nutrition. The human nutrition research project is an integral part of this programme where students undertake an independent research project under close supervision.

Attendance

Full-time: Semesters 1 & 2 are taught modules where attendance is required most days each week. Semester 3 is an independent research module which students carry out under close supervision. Attendance will vary depending on the nature of the research project.

Part-time: In years 1 & 2 both semesters consist of core taught modules requiring attendance at least one day each week during semester. Attendance is required on campus for most modules, however there are a few optional modules which can be taken distance learning. The independent research project is carried out under close supervision requiring attendance which is dependant on the individual project.

Professional recognition

Association for Nutrition (AfN) 

Accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) for the purpose of eligibility for Direct Entry Registration at Associate Level with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN).

Career options

The academic content of the programme, together with the experience gained from Masters research project, leads to excellent employment opportunities within industry, nutrition research, health promotion, public health, personalised nutrition ie in the areas of metabolomics, nutrigenomics or in nutrition overseas. Many of our graduates choose to pursue higher research degrees (PhD) or to pursue further taught study in the area of human nutrition, dietetics, sports nutrition or to complete a PGCE and become teachers of science, home economics or biology at both this University or at other institutions of higher education and research.



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