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.
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.
Our MSc programme caters for the following applicants:
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.
The Department has excellent links with industry, which will help you to pursue a successful career in nutrition.
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
Intellectual / cognitive skills
Professional practical skills
Key / transferable skills
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.
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.
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.
Choose one from the following
As part of their specialisation, all students complete a taught course and research proposal.
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.
This programme includes a range of training in transferable skills, including
PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAMME DOES NOT LEAD TO STATE REGISTRATION IN DIETETICS.
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
Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading centres in Food Science and Technology in Europe and the world. The history of the Food Technology programme at the university goes back more than 50 years; it is considered to be one of the best and most innovative programmes in its field in Europe.
Wageningen (the Netherlands, 40.000 inhabitants, 10.000 students) is one of the leading areas for Food Technology and Nutrition in the world. Besides the many groups within Wageningen University & Research working on Food Science and Nutrition, there are also numerous companies and research institutes in Wageningen.
On the Programme of Food Technology page you can find the general outline of the programme and more detailed information about courses, theses and internships.
Within the master's programme you can choose one of the following Specialisations to meet your personal interests.
Graduates of the Food Technology programme generally find a job in either one of the food industries, the government, universities or institutes. Around 10% of the graduates will pursue a PhD degree. Below you can find several stories of graduates Food Technology about their job. Read more about career perspectives and opportunities after finishing the programme.
Gain the essential skillsets as a nutritionist to help improve people’s health and well-being in the context of the malnutrition, obesity, metabolic response to injury and chronic disease.
This was the first MSc in Clinical Nutrition to be established in the UK and has gained an international reputation, attracting students from around the world. You will consider the patient’s journey from birth to extreme age in the context of the metabolic response to injury or to chronic disease. The course is designed for all members of nutrition support teams and is also suitable for students who wish to pursue clinically-based nutrition research.
After establishing a firm foundation in physiology and the biochemistry of nutrition, this course will cover the nutritional management for clinical conditions such as gastro-enteral problems, long-term disablement and intensive care. It also includes a focus on nutrition support in paediatric, adult, older adult and critically ill patients.
This course is perfect for nutrition support teams or those who want to pursue a career or a doctorate in clinically-based nutrition. The course will provide an important insight into contemporary developments in clinical nutrition for a wide range of healthcare professionals.
You will have access to our state-of-the art facilities and excellent laboratories including a food lab complete with sensory analysis tasting booths and specialist laboratories for physiology, microbiology and computing.
Please note this programme does not lead to a qualification in the UK as a registered Dietitian. It is an accredited course with the Association for Nutrition, and does enable you to become a registered nutritionist, once you have complete two years in the nutrition field.
This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition.
We offer a diverse range of modules to build your knowledge and enable you to focus on topics that interest you. Recent examples of these topics have included: macronutrient and micronutrient metabolism in health and disease, nutrient digestion and absorption and gastrointestinal disease, nutritional support in paediatric, adult, older adult and critically ill patients, the effect of disease on nutrition status.
Research areas that are also included in the programme are dietary management strategies in women with polycystic ovary syndrome; the role of brain–gut interaction in obesity, eating disorders, and irritable bowel syndrome; the role of the enteric nervous system in known intestinal diseases; vitamin E status in health and disease; the role of microbiota in food and nutritional systems; food bioactives for a healthy gut, brain and vascular system; the regulation of insulin secretion and glucose metabolism in health and diabetes.
Here are examples of the modules:
Nutritionist (public sector, private commercial or independent), public health nutritionist, academia research/teaching, commercial research, NHS (various roles) and local and central government (roles in policy and health promotion). In addition, many students are already health professionals and study the course as part of their career development and specialisation.
This MSc focuses on the problems of over- and under-nutrition, which apply to most developed nations as well as those undergoing rapid transformation. The programme offers specialised training in the clinical and scientific basis of malnutrition and obesity, and therapeutic approaches to correcting this in the hospital, community and educational setting.
The programme focuses on periods of the lifecycle when nutrition is particularly important; these include: acute illness, trauma, surgery or malignancy; and chronic conditions in which disease, nutrition and treatment interact. The aetiology, pathophysiology and epidemiology of obesity will be explored alongside all approaches currently being used in its treatment.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) comprising all taught modules is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate comprising four core modules (60 credits) is offered.
There are no optional modules for this programme.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-15,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, laboratory work, site visits and practicals. Assessment is through examination, presentations, essays, practical reports and the dissertation.
Students are offered the opportunity to attend related clinics at University College London Hospital.These take place on non-teaching days, ie Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Clinical and Public Health Nutrition MSc
This MSc is particularly suitable for candidates who wish to pursue a lifelong career in the field of cutting-edge translational research and the practice of nutrition therapy in the health services of the UK and other countries, or in the clinical nutrition industry. This programme will provide an ideal foundation for graduates who wish subsequently to undertake a PhD within UCL or elsewhere.
Whilst this MSc does not lead to registration to practice as a dietitian, it provides a firm foundation for an application (via the indirect route) for registration with the Association for Nutrition, a professional body that holds the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN), a competency-based register of nutritionists.
Recent career destinations for this degree
This programme runs within the School of Life and Medical Sciences; one of the largest and most prestigious aggregations of academics in its field, with a global reputation for teaching informed by cutting-edge research. Our close links with major hospitals and public health organisations allows students to perform significant nutrition projects. Some use the MSc to improve their medical/clinical knowledge-base, or to gain entry to Dietetics courses; one in eight will continue with PhD studies; several are working in the voluntary sector or in industry; one is a leading public health clinician, several teach and research in home universities.
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.
UCL delivers a high proportion of nutrition teaching to medical undergraduates because many UCL staff engage in research with a nutritional dimension.
As part of the internationally renowned Institute for Liver and Digestive Health, within the UCL Division of Medicine, we link with clinical services at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Royal Free Hospital. Students benefit from the expertise of the many clinicians and scientists who teach on this MSc.
UCL has a rich and varied research environment. Students can choose projects, which will develop research skills in clinical and public health settings with supervisors from across UCL, the London community or elsewhere.
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 Medicine
80% 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.
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.
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.
Within the master's programme you can choose one of the following Specialisations to meet your personal interests.
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.
Massey’s MSc (Human Nutrition) will give you the knowledge and experience you need to interpret and contribute to current issues in human nutrition.
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Massey’s MSc (Human Nutrition) will give you in-depth knowledge and understanding of the latest issues in the field of human nutrition.
You’ll study nutrition principles in four core courses, then choose areas of interest for remaining courses, or a special topic, tailored to your requirements.
You’ll develop your scientific research skills to an advanced level with a high-quality, student-led research project under the supervision of experienced and dedicated staff. You’ll investigate the links between diet and health, and the factors affecting them, by evaluating the underlying research and nutritional mechanisms.
Your research project can be completed in the nutrition research facilities on our campuses, in the community or in your workplace. Research projects may be part of existing research within the University, or designed specifically for your needs and interests. Your MSc (HumNutr) can have a particular focus, such as public health nutrition, sports nutrition or nutritional physiology.
Study hours are flexible to fit in with your busy life, with courses offered in block mode. You can study full-time or part-time, combining study with your work and other commitments.
Teaching is a mixture of self-directed learning (supported by the Stream virtual classroom environment) and block courses (usually two eight-hour block courses for core courses and two four-hour, half-day block courses for elective courses). The block courses are video-linked and you can attend in Palmerston North or Auckland, regardless of where the course is hosted.
If you don’t have a science or nutrition background, you can take a conversion course, such as the graduate certificate or graduate diploma, to transition to postgraduate study. If you have postgraduate qualifications in nutrition or dietetics, you may be eligible to enrol in an MSc(HumNutr) by thesis or a PhD.
With internationally marketable skills, you’ll be able to select from a wide range of career opportunities as a human nutrition postgraduate, including:
Help tackle the big public health issues of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease by becoming an expert in food and nutrition. By analysing how lifestyle affects food and nutrition, the vested interests of the food industry and the role of food and nutrition in disease, you will gain a solid understanding of current issues, enabling you to make a positive difference in a variety of nutrition-related roles around the world.
You will develop a range of practical skills, including the ability to devise programmes for interventions, secure funding from commissioners and report your findings to wider audiences. By working face-to-face with community groups, you will understand how to successfully engage with clients and influence behaviour change using websites, media presentations, workshops and social media.
Our links with employers in the field of nutrition will ensure you have an opportunity to integrate work experience alongside your academic study, enhancing your employability and enabling you to meet the Association for Nutrition competencies to become a registered associate nutritionist upon graduation.
Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.
You'll undertake a four to six-week placement either in the UK or abroad. It's an opportunity to gain significant work experience in areas such as food product development, weight loss and healthy lifestyles, and consultancy in either the private, public or charity sector. You'll also have access to our state-of-the-art biomedical science laboratories, clinical skills suite and kitchens, which will allow you to hone your practical skills further.
You'll be taught by an experienced team of professionals including Professor Pinki Sahota, an expert in childhood nutrition and obesity with 17 years' experience in the NHS, and Professor Alan White, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Men's Health Forum.
You'll also hear from other leading professionals in the field as we host regular guest speakers from nutritional practice, the food industry, public health departments, hospital settings and research.
Your future job options are varied and can meet your own professional interests. You could work in nutritional research at a charity, in the food industry with a major retailer, or in international public health delivering nutrition programmes. Other options are also available to you in public health departments, local government, the NHS, consultancy work, specialist service provision or in the media.
The course provides training in public health nutrition in a global setting. An integrated programme covers epidemiological, dietary, public health, social and biological aspects of nutritional science. Specialist topics include: maternal and child nutrition; nutrition in emergencies; nutrition programme planning, evaluation and monitoring; nutrition-related chronic disease. The main programme focus is on nutritional problems in low and middle-income countries – although skills and learning outcomes are widely applicable to populations globally.
The course attracts graduates from many countries and various disciplines who wish to equip themselves for global health nutrition research and teaching, operational work in the field or community nutrition programmes, work in public health nutrition, including health promotion and nutrition education, and for policy and programme planning in nutrition.The MSc has been designed to focus on nutritional problems in low and middle income countries. This course is not a dietetic qualification.
Graduates work for local and national governments, NGOs, international agencies, academic institutions, and in fields ranging from food emergencies to research on nutrient-gene interactions.
The course is accredited by UK Association for Nutrition (http://www.associationfornutrition.org/), Graduates can apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists.
- Full programme specification (pdf) (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/files/ngh_progspec.pdf)
- Intercalating this course (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/courses/ways-study/intercalating-study-masters-degree)
Visit the website https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/nutrition-global-health
Applicants who have worked in nutrition, health or other relevant global nutrition activities will be given preference.
Any student who does not meet the minimum entry requirement above but who has relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.
By the end of this course students should be able to:
- demonstrate an advanced knowledge of nutrition for global health at biological, social and policy levels
- assess critically, select and apply a range of appropriate research skills and techniques, from anthropometry and information on dietary intake to broader analytical skills
- interpret and synthesise different types of data used to analyse and assess nutritional problems at population and population sub-group levels
- evaluate critically the findings of scientific studies of public health nutrition
- disseminate and present findings of research in a range of formats and contexts
- identify and formulate appropriate responses and intervention strategies to address nutritional issues, taking into account the public health and social policy contexts
- apply knowledge of effective teamwork and communication skills to solve problems and achieve goals
All students take three compulsory modules:
- Fundamental Public Health Nutrition
- Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health
- Basic Epidemiology
One additional optional module may also be taken from:
- Principles of Social Research
- Health Promotion Theory
- Health Policy, Process and Power
Students take a total of five modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other modules which can only be taken after consultation with the course director.
- Slot 1:
Maternal and Child Nutrition (compulsory)
- Slot 2:
Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*
Family Planning Programmes
History & Health
Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
- Slot 3:
Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health
Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
Nutrition in Emergencies
Tropical Environmental Health
- Slot 4:
Nutrition-Related Chronic Disease (compulsory)
- Slot 5:
Advance Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
Analysing Survey & Population Data
Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries
Nutrition Programme Planning
Principles and Practice of Public Health
Further details for the course modules - https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/courses/masters-degrees/module-specifications
During the summer months (July - August), students complete research project which enables them to work on a subject of special interest, practice skills of analysis and presentation, and integrate different aspects of the year's work, for submission by early September.
Find out how to apply here - http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/msphn.html#sixth
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.
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.
Within the master's programme you can choose one of the following Specialisations to meet your personal interests.
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.