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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

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

*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

Living in Aberdeen

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Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs



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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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The MSc in Nutrition and Genetics aims to educate students in molecular biology principles that explain the interactions between human DNA and nutrition. Read more
The MSc in Nutrition and Genetics aims to educate students in molecular biology principles that explain the interactions between human DNA and nutrition.

Why study Nutrition and Genetics?

The degree provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the progress, advantages and limitations of personalised nutrition. Finally, the programme will provide students with the necessary practical skills associated with molecular nutrition techniques.

NHS England states that “the shift to personalised medicine is already underway” and the NHS National Genetics and Genomics Education Centre has developed specific learning outcomes that need to be achieved by currently practising and future dietitians.

Freelance dietitians and nutritionists already feel the need to include elements of genetics and personalised nutrition in their consultations. An extensive market analysis on consumer trends (DataMonitor) showed that one of the main food-consumer “mega” trends is that people of all ages are more proactively addressing their health in a more personalised manner. The UK is one of the leading countries in consumer rates who consider the idea of using genetics in nutritional advice.

Why St Mary's?

St Mary’s University, Twickenham is the first and only university in the UK that offers a degree in Nutrition and Genetics. Teaching staff at St Mary’s have great experience teaching Nutrition and they also conduct research in the field of Nutrition and Genetics. St Mary’s University has been ranked as the top London university for student experience and we are proud of the excellent tutoring support we offer. The specific programme offers the opportunity for students to carry out their Research Project at the University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) as part of the Erasmus exchange programme.

Course Content

What you will study
-Principles of molecular biology
-Genetics in health and disease
-Nutrient-gene interactions
-Genetics and personalised nutrition
-Applied personalised nutrition
-Genetic tests in nutrition
-Research Project

Please note: All information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the MSc in Nutrition and Genetics will have gained an expertise in incorporating elements of genetic profiling in nutritional and dietary assessments and regimes. Also, graduates of this programme will be in a unique position to work for (or with) companies that offer genotyping services; such companies are becoming increasingly popular, creating the need for such expertise.

Finally, the specific degree is the ideal platform for a career in research considering that graduates will be in the advantageous position to combine two distinct scientific disciplines (Nutrition and Genetics).

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Are you interested in nutrition and health? Then this is the right place for you. Learn more about the MSc Nutrition and Health at Wageningen University & Research. Read more

Are you interested in nutrition and health? Then this is the right place for you. Learn more about the MSc Nutrition and Health at Wageningen University & Research. This two-year full-time master's programme gives you the chance to study an important concept of our nowadays lives, that is the impact of nutrition on our health.

Study programme

The history of the Nutrition & Health programme at Wageningen University goes back for 40 years; it is considered to be one of the best and most innovative programmes in its field in Europe. Human nutrition is a multidisciplinary field of expertise. Visit the background of the programme page for more information.

Specialisations

Within the master's programme you can choose one of the following Specialisations to meet your personal interests.

Your future career

Once you have finished the Master Nutrition and Health you are prepared to start your career, whether it is in science or the private sector. Read more about career perspectives and opportunities after finishing the programme.

Related programmes:

MSc Food Safety



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Course description. Accredited by the Association for Nutrition. Lead academic 2018. Dr Peter Grabowski. This course will give you a good understanding of the fundamentals of human nutrition. Read more

Course description

Accredited by the Association for Nutrition

Lead academic 2018: Dr Peter Grabowski

This course will give you a good understanding of the fundamentals of human nutrition. You’ll learn research skills and techniques.

It will prepare you for a career in research, the food industry, academia, community nutrition and nutrition consultancy.

The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (accreditation No. AC247). On successful completion of the course you can apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists as an Associate Registered Nutritionist (ANutr).

Core modules

  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Nutritional Physiology
  • Nutrition in Health and Disease
  • Nutrition in the Global South
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Introduction to Statistics and Critical Appraisal
  • Research Project and Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Molecular Nutrition
  • Health Promotion
  • Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal Techniques
  • Qualitative Research Design and Analysis
  • Further Statistics for Health Science Researchers

Masters candidates complete all core modules plus one optional module. PG Diploma candidates complete all the core modules except the Research project and Dissertation, plus one optional module.

Teaching and assessment

You'll learn through lectures and seminars, practical sessions, workshops, group debates, self-study units and individual presentations.

You'll work independently on your research project, with guidance from an academic.

You’re assessed on written reports, laboratory practical classes and group and individual assignments, which may involve oral presentations.

There is a written examination at the end of most modules. The research project is assessed by a written dissertation.



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Lead academic 2016. Dr Peter Grabowski. Accredited by the Association for Nutrition. This course will give you a good understanding of the fundamentals of human nutrition. Read more

About the course

Lead academic 2016: Dr Peter Grabowski
Accredited by the Association for Nutrition

This course will give you a good understanding of the fundamentals of human nutrition. You’ll learn research skills and techniques. It will prepare you for a career in research, the food industry, academia, community nutrition and nutrition consultancy.

Our study environment

You’ll be based in teaching hospitals that serve a population of over half a million people and refer a further two million. We also have close links with the University’s other health-related departments.

Our research funding comes from many sources including the NIHR, MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, the Department of Health, EU, and prominent charities such as the Wellcome Trust, ARC, YCR, Cancer Research UK and BHF. Our partners and sponsors include Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Eli Lilly.

You’ll also benefit from our collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

How we teach

Classes are kept small (15–20 students) to make sure you get the best possible experience in laboratories and in clinical settings.

Our resources

We have a state-of-the-art biorepository and a £30m stem cell laboratory. The Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) opened in November 2010. We also have microarray, genetics, histology, flow cytometry and high-throughput screening technology, and the latest equipment for bone and oncology research.

At our Clinical Research Facility, you’ll be able to conduct studies with adult patients and volunteers. The Sheffield Children’s Hospital houses a complementary facility for paediatric experimental medical research.

Hepatitis B policy

If your course involves a significant risk of exposure to human blood or other body fluids and tissue, you’ll need to complete a course of Hepatitis B immunisation before starting. We conform to national guidelines that are in place to protect patients, health care workers and students.

Core modules

Epidemiology and Community Nutrition; Nutritional Biochemistry; Molecular Nutrition; Nutritional Physiology; Nutrition for Developing Countries; Clinical Nutrition. The Diploma follows the same taught structure as the masters and students must complete all modules.

Masters students complete an original Research Project and a literature review. PG Diploma students complete a library-based research project.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll learn through lectures and seminars, practical sessions, workshops, group debates, self-study units and individual presentations. The taught modules include research skills tutorials. You’ll work independently on the research and library projects, with guidance from an academic.

You’re assessed on written reports, laboratory practical classes and group and individual assignments, which may involve oral presentations. There is a written examination at the end of each module with an original research project for the MSc and a library-based project for the Diploma. The research project is assessed by a written dissertation and an oral presentation. The library project is assessed by written dissertation.

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This course offers an opportunity to undertake a detailed study of nutritional sciences. It approaches the subject area from both a perspective of population nutrition and individual level nutrition. Read more

This course offers an opportunity to undertake a detailed study of nutritional sciences. It approaches the subject area from both a perspective of population nutrition and individual level nutrition.

Students will study the development and use of food and nutrition guidelines, dietary assessment and management, determinants of nutritional status, diet-disease relationships and health promotion. These topics are underpinned by teaching on the sciences of biochemistry, molecular nutrition, food composition and epidemiology.

The course also offers the opportunity to undertake an independent research study, with the support of a supervisor with specialist expertise in the research area. Through this, students will learn about ethics for scientific research, research methodologies and statistical analyses. This prepares students to run and appraise scientific research studies and introduces them to the standards of scientific research required of their chosen profession.

The course is currently being prepared for submission to the Association for Nutrition for accreditation. Once accredited graduates of the course will be able to apply to the Association for Nutrition via direct entry as a Registered Associate Nutritionist and will then be entitled to use the letters ANutr after their name.



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From the discovery of new energy sources to the design of enzymes to produce new medicines, most cutting-edge research requires knowledge of molecular processes. Read more

From the discovery of new energy sources to the design of enzymes to produce new medicines, most cutting-edge research requires knowledge of molecular processes. The two year MSc Molecular Life Sciences study programme focuses on the molecular aspects within the fields of nutrition, health, nature and the living environment. 

This MSc programme consists of four specialisations that are based upon a unique combination of three main disciplines: biology, chemistry and physics. Research is an important part of the programme and there is a wide variety of research subjects to choose from in order to carry out your thesis and internship during your second year. The combination of chemistry, physics and biology is especially appealing to many employers.

Programme summary

Discoveries through chemistry are based on research conducted by motivated people. Furthermore, a combination of disciplines is needed to be at the forefront of the field of science. Wageningen University offers all that and more. Wageningen University graduates are able to conduct high level research and perform in an interdisciplinary environment. It is here that theory is put to practice and it will give you a strong background for employment in industry, government or universities.

On the programme of Molecular Life Sciences page you can find the general outline of the programme and more detailed information about courses, theses and internships.

Specialisations

Within the master's programme you can choose one of the following Specialisations to meet your personal interests.

Your future career

The labour market for Molecular Life Sciences graduates is still looking good: the large majority finds a job within a few months. About 80% starts a PhD research. In the Netherlands you get a salary for doing a PhD; in Dutch this job is called AIO = "assistant in opleiding". After finishing your PhD you get the Dutch Doctor title; you are allowed to put Dr. in front of your name. 

Read more about career perspectives and opportunities after finishing the programme.

Related programmes:

MSc Biotechnology 

MSc Food Technology 

MSc Bioinformatics

MSc Nutrition and Health

MSc Plant Biotechnology

MSc Biology



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This MSc in Applied Clinical Nutrition is intended for those currently working or planning to work in health and/or social care professions, providing advice to the public about nutrition-related aspects of health and disease. Read more

This MSc in Applied Clinical Nutrition is intended for those currently working or planning to work in health and/or social care professions, providing advice to the public about nutrition-related aspects of health and disease. The programme has been developed to meet the growing need for health and social care professionals to have a fundamental knowledge of nutrition, as they become increasingly tasked with the responsibility to provide nutritional support and advice.

You will acquire an in-depth knowledge of the relationship between diet and disease, from the molecular to the population level, and discover the nutrients required throughout each stage of the life cycle to maintain optimal health status. You will also develop a clear understanding of the factors that determine behaviour change in relation to nutrition and health.

If you are a health professional that would like to advance your knowledge of the role nutrition plays in managing health to a high level, this course will equip you with the necessary nutritional expertise to work alongside nutrition-based health professionals to make important contributions to the nutritional wellbeing of patients.

What will I study?

You will learn about the metabolism of nutrients with regards to their effect on the causation and prevention of disease and explore the psychological models of behaviour and behaviour change in relation to food choice. The dietary and nutrient requirements needed to maintain optimal health status from pre-conception to old age will also be considered.

A key element of the programme is the development of nutritional assessment competencies including dietary assessment, anthropology and functional tests in order to learn about nutrition support and the role it plays in improving health outcomes. In addition, you will study the concept of nutrition counselling to enable you to approach patients sensitively and confidently when nutritional status is a concern for health outcomes.

The knowledge and skills you develop throughout the course will be utilised in a project-based module that will provide you with the opportunity to complete a research project relevant to your own interests or area of employment. This will be underpinned by a dedicated module enhancing your knowledge of research methods and the research process.

How will I study?

The programme incorporates a variety of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, workshops, student-led seminars, practical activities and case studies. This varied approach is designed to meet a range of learning needs, encourage problem-solving skills and foster peer discussion and communication. Teaching will usually be delivered during the daytime.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods are varied and include a combination of essays, case studies, presentations and examinations.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by specialists in the fields of nutrition, health, physiology, biochemistry and psychology. The programme team are actively engaged in nutrition-related research and consultancy and will use this expertise to support and enhance your learning experience.

What are my career prospects?

You will be able to register with the Association for Nutrition as an Associate Nutritionist upon completion of the course via the submission of a portfolio of evidence.

This programme provides ideal preparation to progress into nutrition-related roles in many organisations within the public and private sector. These include local authorities, charitable organisations, the NHS, health promotion organisations, the leisure industry and the private sector. Alternatively, you may wish to progress onto PhD study to further develop a specialist knowledge of nutrition.



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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

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

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  

*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

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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The importance of good nutrition in ensuring a healthy, disease-free human life is currently very high in the public and scientific agendas.Throughout the Nutritional Science Masters degree, we aim to guide you to an in-depth understanding of the broad discipline of Nutritional Science through the study of its different aspects both at theoretical and practical levels. Read more
The importance of good nutrition in ensuring a healthy, disease-free human life is currently very high in the public and scientific agendas.Throughout the Nutritional Science Masters degree, we aim to guide you to an in-depth understanding of the broad discipline of Nutritional Science through the study of its different aspects both at theoretical and practical levels. In particular our MSc curriculum covers foundation and advanced human nutrition, nutrient analysis, food policy, statistics and general research skills as well as applied and professional nutritional skills.

We place great emphasis on using diverse teaching media and approaches to develop both your technical skills and abilities for effective teamwork and communication.

The programme is specifically designed to allow you to apply the scientific knowledge from your first degree to develop your understanding of the science underpinning nutritional principles in relation to human health.

MSc graduates can become members of the Nutrition Society and associate nutritionists in the Association for Nutrition. The programme will enhance your career opportunities in the nutrition, food and health industries, or prepare you for further academic research.

This course can also be taken part time - for more information, please view this web-page: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/nutritional-science-dtpnls6/

Learn From The Best

Expert academic members of staff who work in close collaboration with health, nutrition, and policy organisations via research programmes and consultancies will mentor you.

Our teaching staff is made up of industry specialists and registered nutritionists from a broad range of backgrounds. Each academic brings with them vast experience, from working within various areas of the health sector, to conducting research on behalf of government departments and within leading hospitals.

They are all actively engaged in contemporary research and consultancy – leading the agenda in areas such as metabolomics, complex public health interventions as well as public engagement.

Teaching And Assessment

Modules are assessed via combinations of examinations, coursework, and seminar presentations.

You will be provided with the best possible learning experience through wet lab and IT based classes, which will include data collection and the use of specialist software such as Microdiet© for dietary assessment.

The department has a range of technical staff with backgrounds in biology, chemistry, nutrition, sport and exercise. An academic member of staff as well as a highly experienced technician supervises all practical work.

Module Overview
AP0700 - Graduate Science Research Methods (Core, 20 Credits)
AP0708 - Applied Sciences Research Project (Core, 60 Credits)
AP0709 - Foundations of Human Nutrition (Core, 40 Credits)
AP0710 - Advanced Human Nutrition (Core, 20 Credits)
AP0711 - Contemporary Issues in Food and Nutrition (Core, 20 Credits)
AP0712 - Professional Nutrition Skills (Core, 20 Credits)

Learning Environment

You will benefit from modern laboratory facilities including designated methodology for nutritional and food sciences, laboratories for Food Technology, Sensory Evaluation, Food Analysis, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. There is also specialised computer software for dietary evaluation and statistical analysis.

Technology enabled learning is embedded in the Nutritional Science MSc.

All academic materials are available on your online learning platform (eLP), allowing you to learn at your own pace and stay up to date, wherever you are.

Digital reading lists provide instant access to key texts and you’ll be able to submit and receive feedback on assessments electronically. Electronic discussion boards such as wikis and blogs are used for networking, support and review.

You’ll always be given a full understanding of the scope, method and application of your studies, helping you to progress and readying you for your next job or further research.

Research-Rich Learning

Research rich learning is a core component of the teaching strategy at Northumbria, and we are highly focused on building sustainable partnerships with industry and commerce.

You will learn from academics that have a research background relevant to the module content. You will take part in discussions during lectures, seminars and tutorials about current nutrition research and will undertake a research project from April-September.

Departmental research topics include: early years and preschool nutrition, nutrition in the elderly, and in deprived families, and the evaluation of a number of school nutrition/physical activity interventions funded by Public Health England and Newcastle United Foundation.

During the Nutritional Science MSc you will gain the experience of carrying out research and gaining valuable skills within an academic and professional environment.

Give Your Career An Edge

At all stages of study you will be encouraged to embrace your creativity, to approach problems innovatively and to develop entrepreneurship skills through assessment tasks.

Our projects are of particular value in consolidating and putting into action the discipline knowledge. Projects are given in nutritionally relevant topics and you will be mentored by expert academic members of staff who work in close collaboration with health, nutrition, policy organisations via current research programmes and consultancies.

Your Future

Nutritional Science is a discipline of high importance in both the public and scientific agendas for a number of reasons. Nutritional scientists endeavour to understand and reduce the impact of a broad number of diet related diseases including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. The chief goals of the nutritional science sector are to secure a healthy ageing population and avoid malnutrition.

This Nutritional Science MSc will equip you with the knowledge and transferable skills for you to gain professional employment to start your own business venture or go on to further postgraduate study and research.

The course will allow you to engage with employers directly through work related learning experience, STEM ambassador activities or other volunteering opportunities.

The skills learnt and assessed through the course will develop your employability, and the research project will enhance your enterprise and entrepreneurship and will be recognised and valued by future employers.

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The graduate program in Human Nutrition offers opportunities for advanced study and original investigations in basic and applied human nutrition at both the master’s and doctoral levels. Read more
The graduate program in Human Nutrition offers opportunities for advanced study and original investigations in basic and applied human nutrition at both the master’s and doctoral levels. The curriculum includes coursework and thesis research through laboratory or field work in a variety of areas relevant to human nutrition including nutrient metabolism, diet and disease, nutrition through the life cycle and nutrition behaviours.

Research projects also examine environmental, social, and individual determinants of food choices and eating patterns; this includes better understanding of socio-cultural effects on diet, and the impact living in “food deserts” can have on good health.

International nutrition projects in Cambodia, Zambia, Rwanda, and other countries seek to improve maternal, infant, and child nutrition.

The program is enriched through collaboration with colleagues in graduate programs such as Applied Animal Biology, Food Science, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and others.

Coursework selected in consultation with the student's supervisory committee includes graduate courses in human nutrition and from other areas relevant to each student's research.

Research facilities are housed both within the Family and Nutritional Sciences (FNS) Building and, on a shared basis, in other buildings on campus. Within the FNS Building, the research facilities include various modern analytical laboratories and other equipment for conducting biochemical and basic molecular biological research, and computers for conducting dietary and qualitative data analysis.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Science
- Specialization: Human Nutrition
- Subject: Health and Medicine
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Land and Food Systems

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Your programme of study. Are you interested in the ever more revolutionary innovations in health and disease treatments, the potential to innovate, research new ways to treat diseases, set up a spin out company as a result of what you find, or work for top names in the industry?. Read more

Your programme of study

Are you interested in the ever more revolutionary innovations in health and disease treatments, the potential to innovate, research new ways to treat diseases, set up a spin out company as a result of what you find, or work for top names in the industry?

If you want to study course modules within a variety of biotechnology, genetics, immunology, pharmacology, and microbiology areas but you want to choose the modules based on your aspirations this programme will not only give you choice of course modules but also great potential in many high growth and new generation revolutionary areas related to health and medical sciences and applications at the end of the programme.

We are living in an age of technological advances which are catapulting many fields including the health sciences into new ways to research and treat disease and new ways to produce and manufacture drugs and treatments. Biotechnology and pharmacy are enjoying a revolution in which customised health options, diagnosis, smart technologies, rapid prototyping and delivery, genomic sequencing, and molecular medicine are now possible and delivering new benefits to patients and economies. You study the essential areas of molecular medicine but you can choose from wide ranging courses such as Molecular Pharmacology, Drug Metabolism and Toxicology, Biologic Drug Discovery to Host-Pathogen Interactions and much more.

At the end of the programme you can choose your direction which can be anything from research science in private industry, institutes and centres, universities working towards PhD to finding a new method of treatment, rapid upscaling and spin out company possibilities. You may like to view the Scottish Innovation Centres within the health sciences to fully appreciate just how far you can take your expertise after graduation in Scotland and find out about innovation centres in England, Wales, Ireland or internationally.

Courses Listed for the Programme

Semester 1

  • Bioinformatics
  • Generic Skills
  • Basic Skills
  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biotechnology

Optional

  • Drug Metabolism and Toxicology
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Introduction to Immunology
  • Applied Statistics

Semester 2

  • Advanced Bioinformatics and Genomic Sequencing
  • Research Tutorials

Optional

  • Human Genetics
  • Genome Enabled Medicine
  • Biologic Drug Discovery
  • Drug Development to Evidence Based Medicine
  • Host- Pathogen Interactions
  • Immunogenetics

Semester 3

  • Masters Research Project

Why Study at Aberdeen?

  • Study at a top 10 ranked UK medical school, teaching and researching since the Middle Ages with major innovations such as Insulin, MRI scanning and more
  • Enjoy an immersive study and research experience at one of the largest medical campuses in Europe with institutes, centres and internationally recognised research staff and students working across medical sciences, pharmacology, nutrition, award winning public health and economics, and more
  • Join one of the top 10 universities for spin out company formation in the UK, many of which are from the medical sciences
  • Learn from leading research, technological advances and innovation and apply your knowledge to wide ranging career options from private industries, public sectors to patents and spin out company formation.

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time
  • 12 Months
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

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*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

Living in Aberdeen

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Goal of the pro­gramme. Why do we eat the way we do? What happens to food in our body? How does nutrition maintain our health? How do we study the way people use food? How does culture influence our food choices? How is food discussed in the media? How can we change food behaviour?. Read more

Goal of the pro­gramme

Why do we eat the way we do? What happens to food in our body? How does nutrition maintain our health? How do we study the way people use food? How does culture influence our food choices? How is food discussed in the media? How can we change food behaviour?

The Master’s Programme in Human Nutrition and Food-Related Behaviour focuses on human nutrition and related behaviour from the perspective of public health nutrition, nutrition physiology and social sciences. The innovative, thought-inspiring programme is built around human nutrition, food behaviour and food consumption. 

The goal of the Master’s programme is to enable you to

  • Understand the significance of nutrition to bodily functions and health
  • Learn to analyse the physiological, psychological, social and cultural aspects that determine food choices of individuals and communities
  • Recognise the diversity of food and nutritional issues and ways to influence them

Pro­gramme con­tents

The Master’s Programme in Human Nutrition and Food-Related Behaviour focuses on

  • The role of nutrition and other lifestyle factors in promoting health and preventing illness
  • The mechanisms through which food impacts our body at the molecular biology level
  • Food choices and consumption behaviour, and means of influencing them through policies, interventions and communication
  • Food services and their management
  • Food culture and social movements
  • Research methods in the fields of nutrition and food-related behaviour
  • The Master’s thesis
  • Other studies, which you can choose according to your interests

The multidisciplinary University of Helsinki provides numerous options for other studies.

The courses incorporate different methods of study, such as

  • Contact teaching, lectures
  • Group work
  • Oral presentations
  • Written reports (individual, pair, group)
  • Independent study
  • Laboratory work and other assignments and related reports
  • Learning journals, oral group examinations, written examinations, take-home essays
  • Seminars

The diversity of learning methods enhances the development and application of critical thinking, argumentation and problem-solving skills.



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MPhil supervision covers a number of research topics supported by our research active academic staff. Read more
MPhil supervision covers a number of research topics supported by our research active academic staff. Our broad range of research areas relate to understanding how food and food constituents affect human health and well-being, relating to healthy ageing, food security, sensory quality, international nutrition and personalised nutrition.

Much of the research is multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary, via links across research areas within the School, and across the University through the Human Nutrition Research Centre.

Research themes

-Health benefits of consuming selected foods and food types, eg whole grains, carrots, nitrate-rich vegetables, food supplements, regarding cardiovascular health, cancer, sarcopenia, cell damage
-Elucidation of roles of fat-soluble vitamins in health and disease, eg vitamins A and D, modelling and understanding sources and metabolism in humans and farm animals
-Medicinal properties of herbs and plant extracts, eg effects on cognitive performance, pain, mood, well-being, dementia
-Effects of production/processing factors on food composition & sensory quality, eg effects of organic/conventional production, supply chain temperatures, varieties/breeds

Facilities

Our modern laboratories provide important teaching and research environments and are equipped with analytical equipment such as HPLCs, GCs, CNS analyser, centrifuges, spectrophotometers and molecular biology equipment. Our specialist research facilities include:
-A tissue culture laboratory
-Plant growth rooms
-A Class II laboratory for safe handling of human biological samples
-Taste panel facilities and test kitchen
-A thin section facility for soils analysis

We operate closely with other Schools, Institutes and the University's Central Scientific Facilities for access to more specialist analytical services. For work with human subjects we use a purpose built Clinical Research Facility which is situated in the Royal Victoria Infirmary teaching hospital and is managed jointly by us and the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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