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Nutritional science is a subject of growing importance in many aspects of healthcare, lifestyle and industry. Read more

Nutritional science is a subject of growing importance in many aspects of healthcare, lifestyle and industry. This Human Nutrition degree, established since 1994 and accredited by the Association of Nutrition (AfN), provides students with an expert evidence-based approach to human nutrition, integrating teaching on basic sciences, clinical practice and public health applications.

Why this programme

  • Students explore how our choices of foods affect the biochemical and physiological functions of cells and organs, and how our diets influence physical, mental and social health.
  • This Human Nutrition MSc is unique in the UK in providing four different specialisation areas – Public Health Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition, Obesity & Weight Management and Sports & Exercise Nutrition.
  • If you are passionate about nutrition and keen to learn through an in-depth, evidence based, critical approach and enthusiastic about specialising in a particular area then this MSc Nutrition programme is for you. 
  • There is a long tradition of excellence in nutrition at the University of Glasgow, with pioneering research by Cathcart, Paton and Boyd. More recently Durnin, Cockburn and Dunnigan, and current Glasgow academics continue to make important contributions in the field of nutrition. 
  • This programme has a truly global reach, taught by international staff and external experts, offering great flexibility to suit individual student needs. 
  • A range of transferable skills are integrated and embedded into this programme, for example, critical review skills, which are highly sought after within the competitive job market. You will learn how to develop a substantial research proposal as a team, gaining valuable skills for future employment. 
  • After completing this programme you will have gained valuable understanding and a range of skills for interdisciplinary working and for interpreting nutrition research. 
  • Our staff are highly trained, enthusiastic and experienced. The staff and University environment are very supportive: feedback from past students emphasises the dedication, approachability and enthusiasm of the programme team.
  • The Human Nutrition MSc (Med Sci) is accredited by the Association for Nutrition. All graduates will be eligible for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) as an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr). It is expected that you will normally transition to full registration after three years, when you will also identify your area of specialism from the five options available. For more information, please see http://www.associationfornutrition.org/.
  • You will have the opportunity to study at the recently refurbished Glasgow Royal Infirmary with its state of the art teaching facilities.

Programme structure

The programme provides a thorough grounding in the principles, practice and research of human nutrition and the opportunity to follow a successful career in the UK or overseas. You will have the knowledge and experience necessary for engaging in and contributing to current issues in the field of human nutrition. An additional research component allows the development of valuable skills for practising and interpreting nutrition research.

The teaching programme is given in the form of lectures, practical sessions, debates, case studies, team work tasks, self-directed learning, seminars and tutorials. Additional material and electronic resources such as quizzes, online chats and teaching videos are available on moodle, the University’s virtual learning environment, to support and enhance students’ learning experience.

Core courses

  • Food and Nutrient Requirements and Nutrition through the Lifecycle
  • Digestion, Absorption and Nutritional Metabolism
  • Dietary and Nutritional Assessment
  • Public Health and Eating Behaviour
  • Nutrition Research Proposal

Specialisation courses

Choose one from the following

  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Obesity and Weight Management
  • Sports and Exercise Nutrition

As part of their specialisation, all students complete a taught course and research proposal.

Research project

Subject to satisfactory results, students progress on to a research project in the area of their specialisation. The project is presented as a written report in the form of a scientific paper for assessment in August and may also provide the basis for publication and presentation at scientific meetings.

Transferable skills

This programme includes a range of training in transferable skills, including

  • learning techniques
  • communication
  • presentation
  • literature searching
  • academic journal review
  • statistics and data handling

PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAMME DOES NOT LEAD TO STATE REGISTRATION IN DIETETICS.

Career prospects

Graduates are well placed for a variety of employment opportunities in the food and health industries, public health, research, health promotion, food policy, the media and relief/development work in less developed countries. There is an expanding role for high quality nutritionists in all these sectors. The programme is intended to meet this demand. This course provides a sound basis from which to apply for employment in advisory positions in industry or government agencies, to undertake professional training in dietetics, or for further doctoral-level research training for academic or teaching careers. 

A high proportion of our graduates go on to complete PhDs in Glasgow or other high quality institutions across the world. Careers of some of our recent graduates include

  • weight management consultant
  • researcher, MRC nutrition research facility
  • nutritionist, Dribble Delights
  • assistant project worker, Angus Healthy Happy Communities
  • research associate, Nutritional Biochemistry (University of Glasgow)
  • officer for the Nutrition Society of China
  • project administration, Action Against Hunger, Canada
  • private nutrition clinic, Greece
  • nutrition researcher, Kenya
  • lecturer in Clinical Nutrition (University of Glasgow)
  • research fellow on eating behaviour (University of London)
  • development worker, High Five for Fruit, Lanarkshire Community Food and Health Partnership
  • nutritionist, North Lanarkshire Council
  • coordinator, Food & Health Alliance, NHS Health Scotland
  • nutrition consultant, FAO Rome
  • programme officer, Food & Health Alliance, NHS Health Scotland
  • new product development project manager, Kinnerton Confectionery Ltd
  • intervention worker on prevention of childhood obesity, National Institute of Perinatology, Mexico
  • nutrition Adviser, Scottish Consumer Council
  • milton Community Food Project Officer, North Glasgow Healthy Living Community
  • emergency Nutrition Worker, Action Against Hunger, GOAL.


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This collaborative, interdisciplinary pathway brings together key academics within the South West Doctoral Training Partnership whose research and teaching strengths are in the broad area of health and wellbeing - in particular, lifestyle behaviours and public health. Read more
This collaborative, interdisciplinary pathway brings together key academics within the South West Doctoral Training Partnership whose research and teaching strengths are in the broad area of health and wellbeing - in particular, lifestyle behaviours and public health.

Students on this pathway acquire a range of skills to develop and evaluate interventions and strategies to improve health behaviour. Your work will make a major impact on our understanding of the social science that underpins avoidable health problems, and will build research capacity at the interface of biomedical and social sciences, both within and beyond academia.

Programme structure

Core units
-Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Design
-Contemporary Debates in Lifestyle Behaviours and Public Health
-Introduction to Qualitative Research
-Introduction to Quantitative Research

Optional units -These can be taken at either Bristol, Bath or Exeter. Units offered at Bristol can vary from year to year but may include:
-Researching Health and Social Care
-Further Qualitative Methods
-Researching Child and Family Welfare
-Physical Activity, Disease and Public Health
-Nutrition, Disease and Public Health
-Determinants of Physical Activity and Eating Behaviour
-Physical Activity and Nutrition Interventions: Conceptualisation and Design
-Inclusive Research with Disabled People
-Psychological Statistics and research tools
-Neuropsychological analysis tools
-Nutrition and behaviour
-Neuropsychiatry
-Social psychology and Individual Differences

Units can also be selected from outside of the School for Policy Studies, subject to topic relevance, the timetable and availability. Please see the SWDTP Health and Wellbeing web page for more information about the units offered by the Universities of Bath and Exeter.

Dissertation
Over the summer you will complete a research-based dissertation of up to 15,000 words, individually supervised by a member of staff from one of the centres in the school.

Careers

The MRes in Health and Wellbeing offers useful preparation for a number of careers. Foremost, the MRes is the academic basis and preparation for students choosing the 1+3 programme (the first year is the MRes and the +3 the PhD programme).

The MRes emphasises ESRC-accredited research methods training, the ability to plan, research and write a sophisticated dissertation, and the ability to think in broad theoretical and interdisciplinary terms about challenging issues. These provide an ideal introduction to academic research.

After achieving the MRes, our students go on to employment in a range of careers that touch on areas of government policy and health promotion at local, national and international level, while other students have continued within academic careers, taking up doctoral positions and research associate positions in UK and international universities.

The programme also establishes a sound research training base, along with practical applications, which gives our students a competitive edge for different types of employment, including research, policy and intervention implementation.

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Project-X parties organised via Facebook. Unhealthy eating habits. Workplace bullying. Although a wide range of issues, the same rule applies to all of them. Read more

Project-X parties organised via Facebook. Unhealthy eating habits. Workplace bullying. Although a wide range of issues, the same rule applies to all of them: it comes down to the way in which people affect each other's behaviour. In this Master’s programme, you study human behaviour and behaviour change in a social, health, or organisational context.

Tracks

During this Master’s programme, you will choose between the following three tracks:

  • Social Influence: about the social influence of behaviour and attitude change
  • Health Promotion: about improving health-related behaviour
  • Work and Organisation: about the functioning and wellbeing of individuals and teams in organisations

By choosing a track and elective courses you can explore your personal field of interest.

Research driven

This Master’s programme connects closely to our research programmes Social-cognitive and Interpersonal Determinants of Behaviour, Health Psychology: Self-regulation, and Work and Organisational Psychology. Connecting theory and practice is essential in our Master's. You will develop theory-driven interventions by means of the PATH model (Problem-Analysis-Test-Help).

Do you want to know more about our research? Watch the videos of Professor Belle Derks about Work and Organisational Psychology (in Dutch) or about Social Psychology by Professor Kees van den Bos. A video of Professor Denise de Ridder about Health Psychology: Self-regulation will follow soon.

International orientation

The courses in this Master's programme are rooted in international scientific literature and are focused on the internatonal context. You can do your internship and/or thesis abroad or in (internatonal) organisations in the Netherlands, such as Trendsactive, Coca Cola, HaysSogeti (in Dutch), Philips and Nutrica. 

As our student, you are primarily responsible for finding your own internship organisation. The department of Social, Health and Organisational Psychology has a database of internship organisations and has an internatonal network you can use.

Programme objectives

You will gain specialised knowledge, skills and insights in the fields of Social Psychology, Health Psychology and/or Work and Organisational Psychology. Your development as an academic professional is of central concern.

As a Master's graduate, you will be able to analyse and propose interventions for social, health or organisational issues, such as:

  • integration and participation issues
  • consumer behaviour
  • employability of employees
  • innovation and performance in organisations
  • radicalisation
  • gender inequality
  • self-regulation issues
  • health-related behaviour


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This programme focuses on the promotion and maintenance of diet and activity-related public health and wellbeing. There is a clear consensus that new professional and scientific needs are emerging in this field. Read more
This programme focuses on the promotion and maintenance of diet and activity-related public health and wellbeing. There is a clear consensus that new professional and scientific needs are emerging in this field. This programme is one of the first to recognise this need and as such will contribute substantially towards higher level qualifications in this emerging area.

There is now considerable demand for multi-skilled individuals with knowledge and understanding of research, policy and practice in both nutrition and physical activity. This programme equips you with such skills, as well as providing unique insight into the fascinating interactions between physical activity, nutrition and health through blending epidemiology, psychology and policy-relevant research.

The programme is specifically designed for qualified dieticians, physical activity specialists, and other health professionals such as nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists who want to advance in the important area of nutrition-related and physical activity-related public health. It is also suitable for newly-qualified graduates seeking to develop a career in this area.

The results of the latest Research Exercise Framework rate the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences as the leading UK centre of research excellence within the field of physical activity, nutrition and health research. In addition, 100 per cent of its evidence research impact was judged to be of the highest level.

Programme structure

Work is assessed through written assignments, presentations, written reports or research proposals. There are no formal examinations. All units are compulsory, along with a research dissertation. Part-time students will be guided in their choice of units for each year of study.

Core units
-Determinants of Physical Activity and Eating Behaviour
-Nutrition, Disease and Public Health
-Physical Activity, Disease and Public Health
-Physical Activity and Nutrition Interventions: Conception and Design
-Research Methods
-Practical Research Methods

Dissertation
During the final term, you complete an original research investigation and dissertation (10,000-15,000 words) on an approved public health-based topic, incorporating nutrition or physical activity or a combination of the two.

Careers

This programme is designed for students who want to pursue careers in research, public health policy, public health consultancy and the implementation of programmes for promoting health within the public, private or non-profit sectors. The programme also targets professional development by enhancing the practice and delivery of working professionals, such as physiotherapists, nurses or teachers.

Most students go on to become public health project officers, researchers, health promotion specialists, lifestyle managers, nutrition or physical activity project coordinators, or public health and policy consultants.

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Public health nutrition is a new and interesting subject area that concentrates on achieving a sound knowledge in nutrition and public health, providing participants with the expertise to work in a variety of settings to promote nutrition for the benefit of public health. Read more

Public health nutrition is a new and interesting subject area that concentrates on achieving a sound knowledge in nutrition and public health, providing participants with the expertise to work in a variety of settings to promote nutrition for the benefit of public health. A public health nutritionist influences food selection and eating behaviour of a population, based on research and national dietary guidelines. Public health nutritionists can expect to find themselves in advisory and policy/advocacy roles as well as engaged in research in the UK and internationally.

This course will allow graduates of biological sciences to build on their knowledge, and aims to promote the critical appraisal of the theory and application of public health nutrition, and nutrition policy planning and practice, to improve the health of the population through nutrition.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The emphasis is on independent problem-based learning where your previous knowledge and skills are used to develop an understanding in the new subject areas you will be studying. The course is taught using a variety of interactive learning methods including lectures, tutorials,  seminars, workshops, laboratories, group work, role-play and interactive computer sessions. Development of interpersonal skills and professional skills and attitudes are also a major focus of the learning and teaching programme.  Learning activities are guided using web based programmes. The course is modular and each module is assessed mainly by course work, except for one examination in Food and Nutrition. Normally, there are approximately 12 students on this course but some modules are shared with the MSc Dietetics which can result in a class of no more than 24 students. These small class sizes ensure that students receive excellent support and benefit from sharing their experiences with classmates.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. It is estimated that each module will require 150 hours of your time. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part-time.

Links with industry/professional bodies

The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition. This enables graduates to register with the Association for Nutrition as an Associate Nutritionist.

Modules

15 credits: Food and Nutrition/ Principles of Nutrition Science/ Food Policy and Planning/ Public Health Nutrition/Epidemiology/ Clinical Sciences/ Research Methods/ Detriments for Health If studying for an MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits)

Careers

Opportunities exist for public health nutritionists in the following areas: public health; health promotion (specialising in nutrition); government advisory posts; food companies; research; health media and pharmaceutical industry.

Quick Facts

  • Lecturers are experienced registered nutritionists who are research active.  
  • The full MSc is accredited with the Association for Nutrition (AFN), UK.  
  • The broad range of staff research skills in Dietetics, Nutrition and Biological Sciences offer students a wide range of MSc dissertation topics.


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This Clinical Nutrition MSc provides health professionals with specialist knowledge and training in clinical nutrition and is designed for doctors, nurses and pharmacists. Read more

This Clinical Nutrition MSc provides health professionals with specialist knowledge and training in clinical nutrition and is designed for doctors, nurses and pharmacists. You will gain an in-depth, evidence-based knowledge of clinical nutrition and have the opportunity to undertake clinical case studies.

Why this programme

  • There is a growing need for suitable qualified clinical nutritionists who are already qualified health professionals, this programme provides training in evidence based nutritional practice for health professionals.
  • Students have the opportunity to assess nutritional needs of patients and discuss the contribution of nutrition to the cause, progress and treatment of their disease and communicate the nutritional aspects of clinical care to health professionals.
  • This Clinical Nutrition degree allows students to reflect on clinical practice and how it can inform local protocols and highlight learning points for their own practice.
  • Our staff are highly trained, enthusiastic and experienced when it comes to Clinical Nutrition courses. This programme has a truly international flavour, taught by an international teaching and clinical staff and external experts
  • You will learn how to develop a substantial research proposal as a team, gaining valuable skills for future employment. A range of transferable skills eg critical review skills, which are highly sought after within the competitive job market, are integrated and embedded in the programme.
  • You will have the opportunity to observe clinical work at Yorkhill and the recently refurbished Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Programme structure

The programme provides a thorough grounding in the principles, practice and research of nutrition and the opportunity to follow a successful career in the UK or overseas. You will have the knowledge and experience necessary for engaging in and contributing to current issues in the field of human nutrition. An additional research component allows the development of valuable skills for practising and interpreting nutrition research.

The teaching programme is given in the form of lectures, practical sessions, debates, case studies, team work tasks, self-directed learning, seminars and tutorials. Additional material and electronic resources such as quizzes, online chats and teaching videos are available on moodle, the University’s virtual learning environment, to support and enhance students’ learning experience.

Core courses

  • Food and nutrient requirements and nutrition through the lifecycle
  • Digestion, absorption and nutritional metabolism
  • Dietary and nutritional assessment
  • Public health and eating behaviour
  • Clinical nutrition specialisation
  • Nutrition research proposal 

Clinical case studies dissertation

Subject to satisfactory results, students progress to clinical case studies supervised by relevant clinical staff. The clinical case studies provide training in evidence based nutritional practice for health professionals. Students assess and evaluate the medical history of patients with particular reference to nutritional needs in a detailed, in depth manner, with reference to national and international guidelines, current literature and current treatment protocols. Students discuss the contribution of nutrition to the cause, progress and treatment of the disease. They reflect on clinical practice, including how treatment guidelines have been applied, and if there have been any barriers or issues which have prevented this.

Transferable Skills

This programme includes a range of training in transferable skills.

  • Learning techniques
  • Communication
  • Presentation
  • Literature searching
  • Academic journal review
  • Statistics and data handling

Career prospects

Most of our graduates return to their clinical responsibilities once they have completed the programme. However, graduates have a thorough grounding in all aspects of nutrition as well as in their specialisation of clinical nutrition and therefore are able to enter employment in the food and health industries, public health, research, health promotion, food policy, the media and relief/development work in less developed countries. They are also well equipped to undertake and complete PhDs.



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This course is for graduates of biological sciences who want to extend their studies into the professional field of dietetics. Read more

This course is for graduates of biological sciences who want to extend their studies into the professional field of dietetics. Dietetics is the management of diseases that are amenable to dietary intervention and the prevention of nutrition related disorders.  A dietitian influences food selection and eating behaviour of an individual based on specific nutritional or food requirements.

With a clinical and health promotion focus, this course includes three blocks of integrated practice placements of 4, 12 and 12 weeks duration within a hospital and/or primary care setting.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The emphasis is on student-centred learning where your previous knowledge and skills are used to develop your new subject area. Learning activities include lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical classes and are guided using web-based supported materials.

You will also attend three practical placements to enable the integration of theoretical knowledge with practical experience. A variety of assessment methods are used across the course.  Normally, there are 12 – 15 students on this course. This ensures that individuals receive excellent support and benefit from sharing their experiences with classmates.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module is equivalent to a notional 150 hours of work which is made up of attendance in class and independent work. The structure of each module is different with different attendance requirement  for each timetabled module. Over an average semester the expectation is that during 14 weeks of teaching this will equate to approx. 40 hours per week of student effort (contact classes plus independent study time). Students normally complete the course via a full time route but part-time routes are available and can be discussed with the Programme Leader.

All placements are completed on a full-time basis, normally Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Links with industry/professional bodies

This course provides eligibility to apply for registration as a dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council. It is also accredited by the British Dietetic Association.

Modules

15 credits: Food and Nutrition/ Principles of Nutrition Science/ Clinical Sciences/ Therapeutic Interventions/ Professional Studies/ Professional Practice/ Evaluation of Practice/ Pharmacology and Pharmacogenetics. You will also carry out practice placements, which you must pass but which do not carry any credit. If studying for an MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

Careers

Career prospects on completion of the course are varied. Most graduates normally choose to work within the NHS as dietitians. Others will work in health education, health promotion, general practice, private healthcare and government advisory posts. Opportunities also exist in the food and pharmaceutical industries in, for example: food labelling; nutrient profiling; product and recipe development; product evaluation and special diet foods. Some graduates may apply for the opportunity to study for a higher degree (MPhil or PhD).

Quick Facts

  • The MSc/ PgDip Dietetics course is well established, extremely popular, and well respected throughout the profession and has good graduate employability rates.
  • The teaching team includes four registered dietitians who have strong links with the dietetic profession both within Scotland and across the UK. 
  • The university’s clinically relevant research along with the broad range of experience of the teaching team ensures that the course remains current.


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The PG Dip Nutritional Sciences is a full-time programme running for 9 months from the date of first registration for the programme. Read more
The PG Dip Nutritional Sciences is a full-time programme running for 9 months from the date of first registration for the programme. UCC has a long history of teaching and research in food and nutritional sciences and now is amongst Europe’s largest multidisciplinary education and research institutions with world-class academics working in all aspects of the food and nutritional sciences.

Visit the website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/ckp13/

Course Details

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

- Conduct a comprehensive literature search using all available resources of seminal and recent research in a specified topic
- Analyse, synthesise and summarise information critically, including published research or reports, and write a well-constructed and concise scientific report.0
- Explain the principles of, and apply in practice, techniques used in nutritional sciences research;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between nutrition and the development of disease and disorders;
- Demonstrate the importance of nutrition to facilitate optimum physical and mental development and maintenance of health throughout life;
- Apply critical thinking skills to solve problems in nutrition;
- Communicate effectively on nutrition-related issues with different stakeholders;
- Demonstrate the capacity to undertake lifelong learning.

Format

The course content of the PG Dip Nutritional Science is adjusted to each individual students needs therefore it is impossible to quantify contact hours precisely. This PG Dip programme is a challenging course and is intended to be full time. Students are expected to attend lectures or be engaged in their research from 9 am to 5 pm each working day from September to May.

Modules will be chosen with the approval of the Programme Board depending on the student's background. Students take 60 credits.

Core Modules

NT6104Library Project in Nutritional Sciences (10 credits)
NT6106 Current Topics in Public Health Nutrition (10 credits)
NT6107 Integration and Regulation of Nutrient Metabolism (5 credits)
NT6108 Sensory Analysis in Nutrition Research (5 credits)
NT6109 Minerals in Health and Disease (5 credits)
NT6110 Food Security and Implications for Human Nutrition (5 credits)
NT6111 Advances in Vitamins and Other Dietary Bioactives (5 credits)
NT4005 Selected Topics in Nutrition (5 credits)

Elective Modules

Students select 10 credits from the following:
NT3001 Clinical Nutrition (5 credits)
NT3002 Food Toxicology (5 credits)
NT3009 Determinants of Food Choice and Eating Behaviour (5 credits)
NT3014 Assessment of Nutritional Status (5 credits)

Assessment

Assessment is by End of Year Written Examination, Continuous Assessment, In-class presentation, In-class tests, laboratory write-ups and Library Projects.

Careers

On successful completion of this programme, students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between nutrition and the development of disease and disorders; demonstrate the importance of nutrition to facilitate optimum physical and mental development and maintenance of health throughout life; apply critical thinking skills to solve problems in nutrition; communicate effectively on nutrition-related issues with different stakeholders; demonstrate the capacity to undertake lifelong learning.

How to apply: http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/how/

Funding and Scholarships

Information regarding funding and available scholarships can be found here: https://www.ucc.ie/en/cblgradschool/current/fundingandfinance/fundingscholarships/

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Deepen your expertise in dietetics and nutrition on this flexible course. You will be able to choose from an array of modules and shape your learning to your professional interests and aspirations. Read more

Deepen your expertise in dietetics and nutrition on this flexible course. You will be able to choose from an array of modules and shape your learning to your professional interests and aspirations. By tailoring your studies, you will be able to develop a specialism to really enhance your career prospects.

You will focus on developing real-life practical skills, including techniques for embedding guidelines, protocols and behaviour change, interpersonal communication methods, how to deliver seminar presentations and how to pitch for funding from a health commissioner. Depending on your studies, you will learn in our Clinical Skills Suite, interpersonal suites, professional kitchens or physiology labs.

You will have the opportunity to reflect on your day-to-day role and consider your fellow students' alternative approaches to the evidence-based practice you deliver. This will enable you to critique and improve your effectiveness and fully immerse yourself in the latest nutritional knowledge. Some of the modules can be studied online and others studied on campus, allowing you to fit your course around your career.

Course Benefits

Central to our course is flexibility, both in what you study and how you study it. By offering modules from across our Faculty, you have the opportunity to focus on subjects that will meet you interests and help take your career in the direction you want. We offer a broad choice, including, food systems and policy, ethics in health care and nutrition epidemiology. Some of our modules such as Understanding & Evaluating the Evidence and Research & Practice Development are undertaken online, providing you with the chance to enhance your development regardless of your location or lifestyle. We also deliver many of our modules in three day blocks with an additional follow-up day, minimising the amount of time you'd need to spend away from your job. These modules include Obesity in Adults, Behaviour Change for Health & Social Care Professionals, Nutrition in Cystic Fibrosis and Multidisciplinary Approaches to Eating Disorders.

Core Modules

  • Research & Practice Development
  • Research Methods for Health & Wellbeing

Option Modules

  • Depending on your career route and subject to approval, there are a number of option modules to choose from:
  • Lifestyle Disease and Social Context
  • Understanding & Evaluating the Evidence
  • Ethics in Health and Community Care
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Legal Aspects of Medical and Healthcare Practice
  • Advanced Leadership and Management
  • Obesity in Adults
  • Nutrition in Cystic Fibrosis
  • Behaviour Change for Health and Social Care Professionals
  • Enterprise in Public Health Nutrition
  • Nutrition Advances in Practice
  • Evidencing Professional Learning
  • Food Systems and Policy

Job prospects

As you will be already working within the NHS, private clinic, or in a policy or research role, this is your opportunity to develop the specialist knowledge and skills needed for promotion to a senior role. Our graduates have gone on to apply their learning practically by redesigning services and implementing new ways of working.

  • Dietetic Specialist Roles
  • Lecturer
  • Researcher
  • Nutrition Enterprise and Consultancy


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The Masters in Clinical and Abnormal Psychology offers a comprehensive grounding in aspects of psychopathology and abnormal behaviour. Read more
The Masters in Clinical and Abnormal Psychology offers a comprehensive grounding in aspects of psychopathology and abnormal behaviour.

As well as modules that will develop knowledge of the aetiology and treatment of a range of psychological disorders and abnormal behaviours, this programme includes a substantial research element.

You will receive extensive training in research methods via a postgraduate statistics module and will complete a postgraduate dissertation in a related topic. Links with a number of agencies and the University of South Wales’ Psychology Clinic means that suitable students should have the opportunity for access to client groups in order to complete an applied dissertation.

We aim to provide students with access to clinical populations to collect psychological data in order to complete an applied dissertation. This is possible through our links with local NHS trusts and local healthcare providers. In addition, the University of South Wales has recently invested in a new psychology clinic which provides clinical and therapeutic services. Suitable students will be able to benefit from in-house research opportunities and supervised voluntary experience.

The MSc Clinical and Abnormal Psychology draws on the research and applied expertise of psychologists in the fields of developmental, clinical, health, sports and forensic psychology. You will learn about a wide range of developmental disorders including autism and conduct disorder, as well as dependence issues such as alcohol addiction and eating disorders. You will also explore interventions such as pharmacological and behavioural treatments, as well as research on depression, anxiety and personality disorders.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/836-msc-clinical-and-abnormal-psychology

What you will study

You will study 180 credits comprising of the following modules:
- Research Methods in Health Psychology: Measurement & Professional Issues (40 credits)
- Psychopathology Through the Lifespan (20 credits)
- Interventions (20 credits)
- Addiction, Dependence and Deviance (20 credits)
- Current and Historical Perspectives on Psychopathology (20 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)

Learning and teaching methods

The MSc Clinical and Abnormal Psychology is delivered through a variety of lectures, seminars and workshops. Some of these sessions will be led by members of the teaching team and some by external experts in clinical psychology practice. There will also be student-led sessions and some elements will be delivered online.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

While completion of this programme will not qualify you to practice as a Clinical Psychologist in the UK, nor guarantee acceptance onto a DClinPsy course; the skills that you will develop should enhance your applications for professional training programmes, Assistant Psychologist posts, or Research Assistant posts in clinical settings.

Career options:
Graduates of this masters programme will possess a diversity of skills that will enhance their applications for a range of popular training, employment, and research opportunities. These may include:

Clinical psychology doctorate programmes: These are extremely popular and competitive training courses and successful applicants are likely to have work experience in an appropriate setting as well as suitable qualifications. Applied research experience including the collection of psychological data in a clinical setting should be a useful addition to an application for further training. The extensive research training and applied dissertation completed in this MSc programme should contribute to more robust applications to Clinical doctorate programmes.

Assistant Psychologist posts: These are sought after positions with many applicants for every post; not least because experience as an Assistant Psychologist can help support an application to clinical doctorate training programmes. Successful completion of this MSc programme will suggest a commitment to a career in clinical psychology as well as the development of skills and knowledge that are more advanced than those gained during an undergraduate degree. This may help to help enhance applications for Assistant Psychologist posts.

Research Assistant posts: Excellent psychological research is extremely important in the field of clinical psychology. The extensive research focus and the dissertation completed in this programme will provide graduates with a range of research skills including the ability to critically evaluate literature, research, and applications in the field of clinical psychology, as well as experience in designing, conducting, writing up and disseminating good quality psychological research. These are transferable skills that should be valued in a range of Research Assistant posts.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods will be used, including examinations, essays, a systematic literature review, research reports, and case study analysis. You will also complete a dissertation of 15,000- 20,000 words. The range of teaching and assessment methods used will foster a range of skills that are transferable to the workplace and/or further professional training.

Facilities

As a student in the School of Psychology, you’ll have access to the latest learning technologies, facilities and equipment, including excellent designated facilities.

These include observation and interview rooms equipped with two-way mirror, CCTV and audio and allow research and interview practice sessions to be conducted and recorded onto DVD. We also have a custom-built air-conditioned PC laboratory which provides access to specialist software for running psychology experiments and conducting careers guidance interviews. More specialist equipment is also available in our cognitive suite and more details about this are given below.

- Cognitive suite
The cognitive psychology suite houses specialist psychology equipment. This includes eye tracking equipment which is capable of studying the eye movements of individuals whilst they complete cognitive tasks. The suite includes EEG (electroencephalogram) and ECG (electrocardiogram) facilities for recording electrical activity in the heart and scalp. There is also a driving simulator which is currently being used by postgraduate students to complete a study which examines the effects of stressors on driving performance.

- Psychology clinic facility (PAWB Wales)
As well as our excellent dedicated teaching facilities, the School of Psychology offers a wide range of psychological services to the general public. These are offered through our new PAWB Wales clinic facility and include play therapy, behaviour analysis, health and sport psychology interventions. The clinic activities support our wide range of postgraduate opportunities and undergraduate students can also get involved in some of the clinic’s work.

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Deepen your specialist dietetic and nutritional knowledge with this flexible course. You will be able to choose from an array of modules, which are best suited to your career aspirations. Read more
Deepen your specialist dietetic and nutritional knowledge with this flexible course. You will be able to choose from an array of modules, which are best suited to your career aspirations. By tailoring your study we will help develop your professional interests and provide you with a progression plan so you can enhance your current career with a specialism.

You will focus on developing real-life practical skills, such as techniques for embedding guidelines, protocols and behaviour change, interpersonal communication, delivering seminar presentations and how to pitch for funding from a health commissioner. Depending on your studies, you'll learn in our top-of-the-range Clinical Skills Suite, interpersonal suites, kitchens or physiology labs.

You will have the opportunity to reflect on your day-to-day role and consider alternative views from your fellow students of the evidence-based practice you deliver. It's a chance to critique and improve your effectiveness and fully immerse yourself in the latest nutritional knowledge. Some of our modules can be studied online and others studied over three days, allowing you to fit your course around your career.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/nutrition_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

As you will be already working within the NHS, private clinic, or in a policy or research role, this is your opportunity to develop the specialist knowledge and skills needed for promotion to a senior role. Our graduates have gone on to apply their learning practically by redesigning services and implementing new ways of working.

- Dietetic Specialist Roles
- Lecturer
- Researcher
- Nutrition Enterprise and Consultancy

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Central to our course is flexibility, both in what you study and how you study it. By offering modules from across our Faculty, you have the opportunity to focus on subjects that will meet you interests and help take your career in the direction you want. We offer a broad choice, including, food systems and policy, ethics in health care and nutrition epidemiology. Some of our modules such as Understanding & Evaluating the Evidence and Research & Practice Development are undertaken online, providing you with the chance to enhance your development regardless of your location or lifestyle. We also deliver many of our modules in three day blocks with an additional follow-up day, minimising the amount of time you'd need to spend away from your job. These modules include Obesity in Adults, Behaviour Change for Health & Social Care Professionals, Nutrition in Cystic Fibrosis and Multidisciplinary Approaches to Eating Disorders.

Core Modules

Research & Practice Development
Undertake a small-scale piece of research or development that underpins their health-rated practice within nutrition, environmental health or health promotion.

Research Methods for Health & Wellbeing
Gain the theoretical foundation and practical skills required to complete small-scale research, focusing on writing a research proposal, conducting research and how to analyse data.

Helen White

Course Leader

"Knowing that you are effective and can achieve the best outcomes for patients and the public is essential. The MSc Nutrition will give you the confidence that your knowledge is ‘cutting-edge’ and enable you to apply learning directly to practice and really make a difference."

Course Leader Helen White has worked for more than 20 years as a dietitian, lecturer and researcher in the specialist field of nutrition and cystic fibrosis. She is currently working on collaborative projects with the NHS, pharmaceutical industry and charitable trusts investigating how the role of nutrition, adherence and the use of electronic data management can influence our understanding of chronic disease management.

Facilities

- Clinical Skills Suite
Our £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a modern and safe environment.

- Interpersonal Skills Suite
We have plenty of private rooms to allow you to try out your counselling skills. They come equipped with recording facilities so you’ll be able to reflect on and improve your practice.

- Nutrition Laboratories
The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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This new Postgraduate Diploma, a Department of Health initiative, provides specialist post-qualification training for Child and Adolescent (CAMHS) workers within the CYP IAPT model, focusing on the clinical areas of child mental health. Read more

This new Postgraduate Diploma, a Department of Health initiative, provides specialist post-qualification training for Child and Adolescent (CAMHS) workers within the CYP IAPT model, focusing on the clinical areas of child mental health: anxiety, depression and conduct disorder.

About this degree

Students will gain a critical understanding of the CYP IAPT model of service change, outcome monitoring, and fundamentals of evidence-based psychological therapies to common mental health problems in childhood and adolescence (anxiety, depression, and conduct problems). They will develop skills in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) Parent training, Systemic Family Practice or Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents depending on their option choices.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.

The programme consists of a core module (60 credits) and optional modules (total value 60 credits).

Core modules

  • CYP IAPT: Model and Basic Skills

Optional modules

  • Select either CYP IAPT: CBT for Anxiety Disorders andCYP IAPT: CBT for Depression
  • Or CYP IAPT: Parent Training for Conduct Problems
  • Or CYP IAPT: SFP Basic Skills and SFP Eating Disorders
  • Or SFP for Depression and Self-harm and SFP for Conduct Disorder
  • Or Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents

Dissertation/report

Not applicable.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered at the Anna Freud Centre and King's College London, and is taught by leading practitioners in the field. Teaching is a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical practice with on-going cases, and clinical supervision groups. Assessment is through essays, log book, case studies, oral presentations and reflective analysis.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Child and Young Person IAPT Therapy PG Dip

Careers

CAMHS professionals will be well placed to become skilled and creative independent practitioners of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for internalising disorders, parent training for conduct problems, SFP for Eating Disorders or SFP for conduct and depression disorders or IPT-A Practitioners.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Clinical Physiologist, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Brandon Centre
  • Community Mental Health Nurse, North East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Family and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme is based and taught at the Anna Freud Centre, a national charity with a worldwide reputation.

It is a centre of practice, research and learning, which offers treatment for distressed children and support and advice for parents, trains mental health professionals to understand children's emotional development, and carries out pioneering research into effective ways to help young people suffering emotional distress.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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The MSc in the Psychology of Mental Health aims to give students a broad understanding of current issues in mental health care in the UK. Read more
The MSc in the Psychology of Mental Health aims to give students a broad understanding of current issues in mental health care in the UK. This course also offers students an excellent theoretical and practical grounding in psychological research methods.

Why study Psychology of Mental Health at Dundee?

The MSc in the Psychology of Mental Health draws upon the recognised expertise of numerous research-active and clinical staff, and will address a broad range of material, including the scientific study of mental health problems, addiction and eating disorders. In addition to being of interest to those wishing to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology the course will also provide suitable training for those who wish to study for a PhD and would be suitable for professionals working with children or adults with a range of psychological disorders. In addition, this course will provide overseas students with a basic training for job opportunities in their home countries.

As part of the course, students will have the opportunity to complete a research dissertation. This will be jointly supervised by staff from the School of Psychology and a practicing Clinical Psychologist from NHS Tayside.

Please note, completion of this course does not entitle graduates to practice as Applied Psychologists.

Aims of the Programme

This course will enable you to:
Pursue and develop the advanced study of research methods in Psychology and in particular to address contemporary issues of epistemology, data collection, measurement and data analysis.
Approach problems in research by critical evaluation of existing psychological paradigms and research literature and to apply this to current theoretical or applied issues in Psychology.
Develop advanced research skills which will be relevant to policy and practice in the workplace.
Develop and demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in research design, methodology and statistical analysis.
Develop and demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of current research in a specialised field of mental health
engage in the analysis, synthesis, planning, execution and evaluation of research at an advanced level.
Make an original contribution to scientific knowledge, methodology or practice in a research project either grounded in experimental psychology or in an applied area relevant to the learner's employment.
Develop and practice dissemination and presentation skills to peers and to wider academic and professional audiences.
Provide an advanced understanding of scientific issues in the chosen topic specialisation.

Who should study this course?

Psychology graduates wishing to enhance their knowledge of Psychology of Mental Health
Graduates considering a professional training in a developmental field, such as Educational or Clinical Psychology
Psychology graduates intending to progress to a PhD in Clinical Psychology

Postgraduate culture

We have a close postgraduate community with a diverse combination of nationalities. The School runs a Postgraduate seminar and a departmental seminar twice weekly throughout teaching semesters, with invited speakers to the seminars. These seminars are a great way to broaden your awareness of contemporary issues within the field of Psychology, to present your own work, and to network with other postgraduate students.

The School of Psychology also has its own Facebook group, where you can find out more about their activities.

How you will be taught

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including: small group teaching, supervised study, tutorial sessions, seminars, presentations, invited speakers and discussion groups, lectures, practical classes and demonstrations. Joint dissertation supervision by clinical and academic members of staff is designed to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and provide continuity in the learning experiences.

Learning methods will include oral and written presentations, peer assessments of oral presentations, problem-solving assignments and feedback. Some of the exercises will be group-based. Learners will be expected to be able to respond adequately to questions.
What you will study

Core modules:

Research Foundations
Qualitative Research Methods
Advanced Quantitative Methods
Foundations of Adult Mental Health
Current Issues in Psychological Health Care
Research Dissertation
One Advanced Module, typically from:

Developmental Psychopathology
Altered States of Consciousness
Social, Emotional and Moral Development
Evolution and Behaviour
Health in Groups
Find out more about the modules offered from the course webpage.

How you will be assessed

The course is assessed by coursework only.

Each module is worth 20 credits apart from the Research Dissertation Module which is worth 60 credits. The total number of credits awarded is 180 for an MSc course.

Careers

The course will provide a first year of research training for students intending to continue with postgraduate research or further professional training within mental health or Clinical Psychology.

We expect that this course will significantly improve the chances of students gaining a place on Clinical Psychology Courses as well as providing overseas students with a basic training for job opportunities in their home countries.

Overseas Academic Scholarships

The School of Psychology offers three Overseas Academic Scholarships of £3,000 each to overseas (international) taught postgraduate students. These awards are competitive based on academic merit and a personal statement which details and supports the applicant's interest in their chosen taught postgraduate programme. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is 30th June 2014.

A 5% discount on tuition fees is applicable for international applicants to the School of Psychology who pay the full amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline. Please visit our 5% discount webpage for full details.

Other sources of funding for postgraduate students can be found on our Scholarships webpage.

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The Abnormal and Clinical Psychology course aims to provide a high level of understanding of the theory and practice of clinical psychology within healthcare settings and prepares students for professional clinical training. Read more

The Abnormal and Clinical Psychology course aims to provide a high level of understanding of the theory and practice of clinical psychology within healthcare settings and prepares students for professional clinical training.

Key Features of the Abnormal and Clinical Psychology

Performance:

  • One of four Psychology departments to achieve a 100% 4* rating (maximum score possible) for the reach and significance of its work in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Based on this measure Psychology at Swansea was ranked 14th (out of 82) in the UK.
  • Our Psychology department is ranked 5th in the UK for Graduate Prospects by The Times and Sunday Times University League Tables 2018.

Teaching and Employability:

  • State-of-the-art technology, with over 20 general purpose research rooms and numerous specialised testing facilities
  • Majority of teaching carried out by practicing and/or qualified Clinical Psychologists and related professionals
  • Unique range of modules offered
  • Proven track record of assisting students’ progression towards clinical psychology training as well as range of clinical mental health-related occupational roles
  • Numerous NHS clinical based placements secured, providing valuable experience on the journey to becoming a Clinical Psychologist.

Clinical psychology focuses on the challenges faced by people with clinical, mental or physical (neuropsychological) health conditions. The role of the clinical psychologist is to work with these individuals and attempt to improve their quality of life.

The Abnormal and Clinical Psychology course will greatly enhance students’ suitability for professional clinical training, for example a three year DClin Clinical Psychology programme at a BPS accredited training centre.

Entry onto a clinical psychology doctorate training programme is extremely competitive, with candidates usually expected to have acquired training and experience beyond degree level. 

The MSc degree provides a valuable academic foundation for future doctoral training in clinical psychology, it is largely theory-based and is designed to address core topics in abnormal and clinical psychology.

Clinical training courses also look for evidence of clinical experience with relevant client groups.

Swansea University does not provide this directly, but work experience (paid and voluntary) may be available through the local NHS Psychology Services. Opportunities may also be available locally through independent and private sector organisations (e.g. Mind Cymru, Headway, private rehabilitation services, etc.). These opportunities are regularly advertised and students are supported in making the most of them. 

Please note this course does not lead to a clinical qualification recognised by the British Psychological Society. 

Modules

Modules on the MSc in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology may include:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Personality and Sexual Disorders
  • Neuropsychology
  • Statistical and Research Methods
  • Affective and Somatoform Disorders
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Coping with Chronic Disease
  • Psychotherapy
  • Research Project

Abnormal and Clinical Psychology Course Structure

The one year, full-time degree for Abnormal and Clinical Psychology requires students to attend the University for two full days a week (normally Monday and Tuesday).

The two-year part-time degree requires students to attend the University for one full day a week.

In the first two semesters taught modules are provided with the research project typically undertaken during the summer months.

On occasion sessions are arranged on other days of the week (e.g. when visiting clinician talks/workshops or employability sessions). 

Teaching is done via group sessions with practical classes provided on research and design topics. These will be assessed via written course work and a written examination. 

Who Should Apply?

The MSc in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology is suitable for:

  • UK and international psychology graduates seeking positions as Assistant Psychologists (both in the UK and abroad) as part of their journey towards becoming a BPS Chartered Clinical Psychologist
  • Psychology graduates aiming to work in related fields of applied psychology and other areas of clinical mental health
  • Healthcare and other clinical professionals looking to expand their understanding of particular areas of abnormal and clinical psychology
  • Psychology graduates who have relevant work experience to apply for further clinical training, but who need to enhance their academic and research skills
  • Psychology graduates looking to complete a PhD by Research in a clinically applied area

Staff Expertise

Many of the College of Human and Health Sciences team are leaders in their specialist fields of research. They undertake novel and original research in a variety of areas, including clinical and health psychology, brain injury, sleep, cognition, neuroscience and developmental psychology.

Find out more about the Psychology team at Swansea University.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.

Student Testimonials

Here's what students had to say about the Abnormal and Clinical Psychology MSc:

“Completing the MSc has been very beneficial, as in addition to improving my academic knowledge and skills, as well as confidence, it has enabled me to quickly secure employment in this field”. Sam (MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, 2013-14)

“The level of expertise of the lecturers is second to none” Katie (MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, 2011-12)

“An outstanding and highly interesting MSc program” Vasilis (MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, 2009-10)

“Thanks to my masters, I am in such a good placement in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a multi-speciality hospital's Cardiology Unit” Phoram (MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, 2009-10)

“I'm now an Assistant Psychologist in Cardiff, and I do not think I would have had a chance of getting such a post if I didn't have the MSc. I'm really glad I did it!” - Bryn (MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, 2008-09)

“The MSc helped me to get my first assistant post and provided me with a good academic basis to pursue a career in clinical psychology. I am now undertaking the DClin Psych course in Oxford!” - Nicola (MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, 2007-08)



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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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