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Surrey’s superb facilities and longstanding reputation for excellence in this field ensure that this postgraduate degree will prepare you for a successful career in nutrition. Read more
Surrey’s superb facilities and longstanding reputation for excellence in this field ensure that this postgraduate degree will prepare you for a successful career in nutrition. As a Human Nutrition student you will be taught by lecturers who are active researchers and are internationally renowned for their expertise in numerous areas.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

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. 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.
-Fundamentals of Nutrition
-Nutrition Evaluation and Assessment
-Metabolic Nutrition
-Research Nutrition
-International and Public Health Nutrition
-Metabolic Nutrition
-Sports and Exercise Nutrition
-Clinical Nutrition
-Original Research Project

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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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 programme, 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 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 - public health nutrition, clinical nutrition, obesity and weight management or sports and exercise nutrition, then this 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 MSc (Med Sci) Human Nutrition 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

Specialisation courses - 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.
-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 (U. of Glasgow)
-Nutrition Society of China officer
-Project administration, Action Against Hunger, Canada
-Private Nutrition clinic, Greece
-Nutrition Researcher, Kenya
-Lecturer in Clinical Nutrition (U. of Glasgow)
-Research Fellow on Eating Behaviour (U. of London)
-Development Worker, High Five for Fruit, Lanarkshire Community Food and Health Partnership
-Nutritionist, North Lanarkshire Council
-Food & Health Alliance Co-ordinator, 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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Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide and is highly prevalent in most modern industrialised nations. It is a global epidemic and a leading cause of several major non-communicable diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Read more
Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide and is highly prevalent in most modern industrialised nations. It is a global epidemic and a leading cause of several major non-communicable diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Prevention and management is critical in reducing the considerable health costs of obesity. This online course will focus on enabling health care professionals to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to treat patients effectively.

The course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Obesity and Weight Management. It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role.

On completion of the course students will have:
1. A systematic understanding of the care of patients in obesity and weight management.
2. A critical awareness of current issues affecting the care of patients undertaking weight and obesity management treatments.
3. An advanced knowledge of obesity and weight management that will facilitate decision-making in unpredictable and/or complex situations.
4. An ability to use knowledge to adapt professional practice to meet the changing demands of health care systems.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1800-postgraduate-diploma-in-obesity-and-weight-management-online-delivery

What you will study

The course consists of 6 modules over one year, each of 6 weeks duration:

Module 1 – The adipocyte, regulation of appetite and nutrition
The module aims to develop a critical understanding of the physiology and regulation of the adipocyte, adipose tissue, human nutrition and appetite.

Module 2 – Obesity: defining obesity, epidemiology and health risks
The module aims to develop a critical understanding of the epidemiology of obesity, including the importance of the distribution of adiposity, its epidemiology, the global problems of obesity and its relationship in different populations.

Module 3 – Causation of obesity and weight gain in relation to disease and genetics
The module aims to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the medical and genetic conditions that can cause obesity and weight gain.

Module 4 – Weight Management – Diet, exercise and changing behavior
The module aims to enhance the clinical skills and knowledge required to effectively evaluate and treat obesity with emphasis on lifestyle and behavioural modifications.

Module 5 – Weight Management – Medical treatments and emerging therapies
The module aims to develop an understanding of the role of medications and emerging therapies used in weight management including pharmacovigilance and post-marketing surveillance.

Module 6 – Surgical approaches to weight management
The module aims to enhance the clinical skills and knowledge required to understand surgical weight management strategies.

Learning and teaching methods

Each of the 6 modules is taught online and includes self-directed learning, tutor stimulated discussion on case scenarios, examinations, group projects and independent projects. Reflective practice is also studied which involves considering how you can apply the knowledge gained into everyday work and practice.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The Obesity & Weight Management courses have been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within weight and obesity management including GP’s, doctors, nurses, physicians, surgeons, physiotherapists, dieticians, psychologists, and counsellors running clinics. Following successful completion of this specialised course, you will have the knowledge to further improve patient care and it could enhance your future career progression.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods will vary for each module and include case-based examinations, discussions and scenarios, reflective portfolio, forum discussions and group activities.

Facilities

As part of your online studies you will have access to the Learning Resources Centre materials at the University of South Wales. FINDit is the University’s portal which allows you to search for over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles, conference proceedings and approximately 160 databases via one search box- the majority of these materials are accessible online. Interactive study skills modules are available to study via Blackboard to enable you to utilise the library services fully.

Teaching

The course is delivered by a board who have an established international reputation in Obesity & Weight Management and delivering online education:
- Dr. Steve Davies – Consultant Endocrinologist and Director of Diploma MSc
- Dr Simon Williams – Principal Lecturer, Obesity and Physical Activity Epidemiologist
- Professor Nadim Haboubi – Consultant Gastroenterologist
- Dr Dev Datta – Consultant Clinical Biochemist

Work and Study Placements

Students will usually be employed as health care professionals before commencing this course. Consequently work or study placements are not available.

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This course brings together the science of nutrition and the innovation of business to expand student’s horizons beyond the more traditional approaches to public health nutrition. Read more
This course brings together the science of nutrition and the innovation of business to expand student’s horizons beyond the more traditional approaches to public health nutrition. It will enhance your public health and nutrition knowledge and skills.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The increase in non communicable diseases across the globe, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and malnutrition is inextricably linked to poor diet. This has led to an increasing demand for graduates who have an in-depth knowledge of the impact of dietary intake on the risk factors of disease, as well as the ability to apply this knowledge through education and influencing policy to improve the population’s health.

If you choose this course you will benefit from:
-A focus on the science of nutrition and public health policy and practice
-Innovative and creative approaches to tackling public health nutrition issues, including a focus on business and media
-A diverse teaching team including a range of public health nutrition academic experts who are committed to providing a range of excellent teaching and learning experiences
-Access to the broad research interests of the teaching team, which include food poverty, obesogenic environments, behaviour change and whole-person care including spirituality
-Opportunities to apply for work experience in public health nutrition

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Throughout your course you will study key issues in public health nutrition and the influence of policy and the wider environment:
-Human nutrition, including nutrients in health and disease: ‘hot’ topics in nutrition
-Public Health Policy and Practice
-Whole-Person Nutrition including the role of spirituality
-Nutritional Journalism
-Entrepreneurial Nutrition
-Research methods to enable you to undertake your own research and use research

The first semester of the course provides you with the opportunity to critically explore key nutrition issues pertinent to public health. You will also critique the role of public health policy, at international, national and local level alongside exploring a range of public health nutrition programmes. This provides a platform for you then to develop business acumen and a critical understanding on the role of media and other communication in public health nutrition. The final semester of the course provides you with the opportunity to carry out your own public health nutrition research project.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR AN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

The University runs a number of specific schemes to allow students periods of overseas study or work experience and the University offers a limited number of International Experience and Mobility Grants to enable such visits. A number of students in our School, across a range of courses, have been successful in securing places via these schemes.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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Applied Human Nutrition is a practical, research driven masters course detailing the science behind the nutritional requirements of humans from pre-conception to old age. Read more
Applied Human Nutrition is a practical, research driven masters course detailing the science behind the nutritional requirements of humans from pre-conception to old age.

Recently there has been a significant rise in diet-related illnesses around the globe, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and cardiovascular disease. Poor nutrition is causing increasing public health problems in all sectors and ages, especially among the young and the elderly. On the other hand, in some areas of the world deficiency diseases and malnutrition are common.

A key focus of this course is examining the provision of food and nutrients to the body to facilitate optimum physical and mental development and maintenance of health throughout a lifetime. It also emphasises the specific problems of global nutrition and the public health implications.

The course is suited to graduates with a background in the biological sciences. Applications are encouraged from UK, EU and international students with an interest in acquiring expertise in nutrition, and from graduates who wish to pursue careers as nutritionists.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/applied-human-nutrition/

Why choose this course?

- High profile speakers from the food industry, government and research bodies regularly present at our nutrition seminar series, keeping students up-to-date with current thinking on nutrition, food and policy topics.

- You have opportunities to work with our Functional Food Centre, the UK's first research centre dedicated to functional foods, in undertaking your research project - involving you in some of the cutting edge research that helps the government and food industry develop new products with specific health and nutritional benefits.

- Our Functional Food Centre has excellent links with the food industry, giving students an opportunity to undertake their research project externally or to develop contacts for career progression.

- Our course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN), the largest learned society for nutrition in Europe. There is increasing recognition among employers, in industry and in the public sectors that registration with the AfN is a sign of quality, which could enhance graduate career prospects.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is organised on a module-credit basis, with each module involving approximately 200 hours of student input and approximately 36 hours of staff contact, normally delivered through three hours' teaching each week for 12 weeks. Learning methods include lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, practical and project work. The research project will be supervised on a one-to-one basis.

Each module is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written or design work, and to some extent on verbal presentations. Assessment methods may include essays, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, project work, design and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations, and practical exercises.

Teaching staff are drawn primarily from the Department of Sport and Health Sciences, but will include visiting speakers from business and industry, local government, consultancies, research bodies and other universities.

The Functional Food Centre is an internationally-renowned research group consisting of visiting professors, fellows, research assistants and PhD students, who are all researching nutrition and food topics.

Specialist facilities

As one of the biggest European Centres for Glycaemic Index testing, the Functional Food Centre boasts impressive facilities including a dedicated product development kitchen and fully equipped sensory booths

How this course helps you develop

There are a number of networking opportunities with people from the nutrition profession through the Functional Food Centre's links with the food industry, public health bodies and other research institutes. In addition, students will benefit from the experience of meeting and listening to high-profile speakers from food companies, government and other universities who give key-note lectures.

Careers

Graduates pursue a range of nutrition-related careers, particularly in health promotion as food and health co-ordinators: in industry with food and drink manufacturers and retailers, medical food companies, food service providers and trade associations; in government and policy to improve the health of the population; and in research in universities, food companies or research institutes.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research areas and clusters

We have a number of research strengths and exciting projects currently underway that you can can get involved in during your research projects.Some of the areas of interest include:
- Glycaemic control and the development of low glycaemic index foods
- Female nutrition and the role of the menstrual cycle in energy regulation
- Appetite and satiety
- Childhood obesity and the factors influencing it
- Sensory testing of foods
- Weight management
- Management of type 2 diabetes with nutrition and physical activity
- Functional food ingredients and their effect on energy regulation
- Antioxidant properties of foods

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This MSc focuses on the problems of over- and under-nutrition, which apply to most developed nations as well as those undergoing rapid transformation. Read more
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.

Degree information

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.

Core modules
-Fundamentals of Nutrition and Metabolism
-Disease-related Malnutrition
-Experimental Design and Research Methods
-Practical Nutritional Assessment
-Therapeutic Aspects of Clinical Nutrition
-Nutrition and Public Health
-Malnutrition in the Community
-Disease and Disordered Eating

Dissertation/report
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.

Careers

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. It is envisaged that 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.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-PhD Obesity, Imperial College London
-Food Researcher, COFCO
-Dietitian, Self-Employed Dietician
-Senior Clinical Fellow, Salford Royal Hospital (NHS)
-MPhil/PhD Nutrition and Health, University College London (UCL)

Employability
This programme runs within the School of Life & 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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL deliver 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 Royal Free Hospitals. 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.

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MSc Nutrition and Food Sciences is targeted at students who have studied the core disciplines of nutrition and food science related to health and wellness. Read more
MSc Nutrition and Food Sciences is targeted at students who have studied the core disciplines of nutrition and food science related to health and wellness. This course is highly relevant as there is a need for high quality postgraduate Nutritional and Food Scientists that will serve the North West and the current epidemic of nutrition-related health problems (Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and Cancer). It is recognised that good nutrition and a healthy balanced diet are important to health. An in depth understanding of nutrition is inextricably linked to the foods consumed and underpinned by an understanding of the science behind food production, processing and safety.

INDUSTRY LINKS

Our courses draw upon a broad base of knowledge and skills across health, science and social sciences within UCLan and links with organisations outside of the university, including the food industry, regional and international charities, environmental health and the NHS.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Learning and assessment is via a combination of case studies, presentations, research reports, critical reviews and a research dissertation.

FURTHER INFORMATION

This postgraduate course in Nutrition and Food Sciences consists of core modules in advanced human nutrition and applied food sciences as well as advanced research methods and a research project. A choice of options allows for specialism in nutrition and food law.

MSc Nutrition and Food Science requires you take nine modules in total, all at Level 7. The modules will be taken through a combination of single semester and double semester delivery. The triple research project module will be undertaken during Semesters 2 and 3.

OPPORTUNITIES

With an increasing importance placed on the preventative medicine sectors and emphasis on the food industry to develop novel and innovative products high quality postgraduate Nutrition and Food Scientists are needed in the UK to serve the current climate of increasing non-communicable nutrition-related health problems (Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and Cancer) and the increase in consumption of functional foods. From an international perspective postgraduates from this course will also learn to appreciate the nutritional challenges in developing countries. Access to physiology and biochemistry labs, food industry field trips and engagement with Internationally recognized Professors in Nutrition and Food Safety are some of the experiences on offer to students on this course.

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

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

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

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

Modules

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

Associated careers

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

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

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

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

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

Modules

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

Associated careers

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

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The MSc Human Nutrition builds on your experience gained from an appropriate first degree and provides options to specialise in public health nutrition or sports nutrition. Read more
The MSc Human Nutrition builds on your experience gained from an appropriate first degree and provides options to specialise in public health nutrition or sports nutrition. In particular the aims are:
-To offer a programme of advanced study and training for a future career in public health or sports nutrition
-To advance practical experience and develop a critical and reflective approach to research and practice in nutrition
-To enable you to become effective learners and practitioners by developing cross-functional skills

In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

On completion of the course, you are registered with the Association of Nutrition (AfN) as an associate nutritionist, which will allow you to use ANutr after your name.

After three years of relevant experience, associate nutritionists can become registered nutritionists. You can apply under one of five specialisms from public health, sports and exercise, nutrition science, animal and food.

The course team has a wide range of expertise ranging from whole body metabolic research, epidemiology, dietary assessment and clinical research to nutrition policy. These aspects are reflected in the course.

Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examination.

Professional accreditation

The course has been accredited by AfN since 2011.

Modular structure

The MSc is a one-year full-time course, involving 30 weeks of taught modules divided into two 15-week semesters commencing in either September or February. The part-time mode follows a similar pattern over two years.

As a full-time student you will take four taught core modules and two optional taught modules.
-Assessment of Nutritional Status
-Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health I
-Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health II (core for the Public Health route)
-Sports and Exercise Nutrition (core for the Sport Nutrition route)
-Obesity & Weight Management
-Scientific Frameworks for Research

Optional modules:
-Nutrition Politics and Policy
-Exercise and Health
-Advanced Nutrition Research Techniques

To qualify for the MSc award you will need to carry out a Research Project and then submit a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation.

After the course

Career opportunities include employment in the food industry, research, the media and charitable organisations. Graduates are well placed to apply for research studentships with a view to completing a PhD. Career opportunities are increasing in both fields.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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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. Read more

Summary

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.

Content

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.

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Our Diploma in Obesity & Weight Management course is accredited by the Royal College of General Practioners(RCGP). Read more
Our Diploma in Obesity & Weight Management course is accredited by the Royal College of General Practioners(RCGP).

The Postgraduate Diploma and Masters course in Obesity and Weight Management have been developed in conjunction with The Faculty of Life Sciences and Education at the University of South Wales, who have an established reputation for the delivery of innovative learning in Postgraduate education for health professionals.

Obesity is a growing epidemic worldwide. However, fewer than 1% of UK health professionals have received any specialised obesity training. Our team of course authors and tutors are recognised experts and opinion leaders in their specialty areas. Our MSc/ PGDip in Obesity and Weight Management will focus on the rapidly growing pandemic, expand your knowledge and enable you to effectively treat patients. This fact, in conjunction with our affordable prices, promises a truly accessible course of the highest standard.

The Obesity & Weight Management courses have been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within weight and obesity management including GP’s, doctors, nurses, physicians, surgeons, physiotherapists, dieticians, psychologists, and counsellors running clinics.

Both our Postgraduate Diploma and Masters course in Obesity & Weight Management can be completed online and are available 24/7, giving you the flexibility to learn at a time that suits your busy schedule.

Diploma Course Structure

The online course lasts one calendar year and is a part time distance learning course. It consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration.

Module 1 - The adipocyte, regulation of appetite and nutrition
Module 2 - Obesity: defining obesity, epidemiology and health risks
Module 3 - Causation of obesity and weight gain in relation to disease and genetics
Module 4 - Weight Management - Diet, exercise and changing behaviour
Module 5 - Weight Management - Medical treatments and emerging therapies
Module 6 - Surgical approaches to weight management
Assessment

Online Diploma in Obesity and Weight Management

The course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process.

Each of the 6 modules have the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).

Students are split into groups of 10-15 students and are assigned a dedicated expert tutor who:

Facilitates clinical case discussions with the group.
Monitors, assesses and marks each student throughout the module.
Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities (see below).
Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion - 40%
Individual learning portfolio - 10%
Group/individual activity - 20%
Case based examination - 30%

MSc Course Structure

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal (compulsory module)
Module 2 - Professional Project or Independent Prescribing Module
Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules however it is run over 12 weeks.

Module 2 - Professional Project

To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course however much of the work is self-directed.

Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1500 words).

Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded on the student's journal by the student.

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This rewarding research-based programme will prepare you for a career in nutrition research, clinical environment or the health industry. Read more

Summary

This rewarding research-based programme will prepare you for a career in nutrition research, clinical environment or the health industry. With an increasing need for research experts in nutrition, collaborate with internationally renowned experts in the field to tackle modern metabolic diseases and the impact on human health.

This specialist programme offers a highly topical theoretical and practical training in the science behind nutrition in preparation for your rewarding career within health research, a clinical environment or the health industry.

With the imminent global obesity crisis and the associated increase in human metabolic disorders, there is increasing demand for interventions and experts who can offer solutions for healthy diets and nutrition to tackle these issues.

You will be taught by renowned experts in the field who have made an impact in topical areas of nutrition and metabolism. You will also conduct your own research and could choose from a variety of research topics including: the gut microbiota, Polypehnols and cardiovascular disease, the impact of meal times, the importance of breakfast, type 2 diabetes- insulin secretion and beta cell survival, dietary interventions for obesity, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and the endocrine regulation of appetite and bodyweight.

The development of your research methods skills is an integral part of the course. You will further your understanding of modern nutrition research with a project which will give you not only experience of specialist research techniques, but also skills in research design and data handling and analysis with the use of statistics.

As a member of the course, you will join the Health Sciences Research Centre and will be encouraged to attend research seminars and lab meetings led by experts who are currently investigating a range of cutting-edge developments in Nutrition and health sciences.

Content

This programme is a research based postgraduate degree which offers research training in nutrition and metabolism with a focus on a research project in a current topical area. The programme has a strong background of research methods with emphasis on research design, ethics and statistical methods. Subject-specific lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work will both introduce and prepare you for recent advances in the field, both theoretical and technological and their applications in Nutrition.

This modern and unique postgraduate programme prepares you for careers in nutrition and metabolism research: academia, clinical research, industry or government, and forms an excellent foundation for PhD studies.

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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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This MSc in Public Health Nutrition will provide you with the specialist scientific knowledge and practical skills required to meet the nutritional challenges of the 21st century. Read more
This MSc in Public Health Nutrition will provide you with the specialist scientific knowledge and practical skills required to meet the nutritional challenges of the 21st century. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the role diet and nutrients play in the aetiology, prevention, treatment and management of diseases, discovering how to apply this knowledge in a variety of health-based settings and make evidence-based judgements on appropriate nutritional care. You will also develop a clear understanding of the factors that influence food choice. The context for the programme is provided by societal issues such as a rapidly ageing population, food poverty and food insecurity, health inequalities in nutritional wellbeing and the high prevalence of obesity.

What will I study?

You will learn about the metabolism of nutrients with regards to their effect on the causation and prevention of disease, while exploring the psychological models of behaviour and behaviour change in relation to food choice. Global health challenges, such as maternal and child nutrition, sustainable food production and food poverty, will also be considered.

Alongside this you will study emerging topics in the field of nutrition that have an impact on health status. This will include issues such as nutrigenomics and the impact of sugar intake on health.

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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