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.
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.
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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
Nutritionists within the public health sector play an important role in promoting good health and preventing dietary related disease in the population. If you are a recent graduate or health professional, this course equips you with the knowledge and skills to specialise in public health nutrition. You graduate ready to enter the profession or advance into a leadership role.
The course has been designed following Association for Nutritionist guidelines in consultation with public health partners, ensuring you are taught to a nationally recognised standard. You build your knowledge of • nutrition • behaviour change theories • physiology • biochemistry • food science • public health policy and practice.
It also provides opportunities for you to develop managerial skills, practical skills and counselling skills relevant to the public health sector.
The nutrition and public health sectors are the main focus of the course, but you also develop broader analytical and personal skills applicable to many careers. The student-centred approach to learning includes seminars, workshops and practical sessions. We also encourage you to attend conferences, external workshops and other sector related events. The blend of core nutrition and public health content and broader managerial and work-related learning enhances your employability in the public health sector.
The course is based on the following principles
This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN). Successfully completing an accredited course allows graduates to apply for Direct Entry Registration (at Associate Level) with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN).
With the knowledge and expertise you gain from this course, you will be in an ideal position to develop a successful career in nutrition and public health management.
Typical roles of graduates include • public health manager, such as obesity lead or healthy schools • food development co-ordinator • health promotion specialist • company nutritionist • nutritionist for international humanitarian organisations • nutrition researcher.
You can also continue with further study by completing a PhD.
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.
Public health nutrition is a new and interesting subject area that concentrates on achieving a sound knowledge in nutrition and public health, providing participants with the expertise to work in a variety of settings to promote nutrition for the benefit of public health. A public health nutritionist influences food selection and eating behaviour of a population, based on research and national dietary guidelines. Public health nutritionists can expect to find themselves in advisory and policy/advocacy roles as well as engaged in research in the UK and internationally.
This course will allow graduates of biological sciences to build on their knowledge, and aims to promote the critical appraisal of the theory and application of public health nutrition, and nutrition policy planning and practice, to improve the health of the population through nutrition.
The emphasis is on independent problem-based learning where your previous knowledge and skills are used to develop an understanding in the new subject areas you will be studying. The course is taught using a variety of interactive learning methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, laboratories, group work, role-play and interactive computer sessions. Development of interpersonal skills and professional skills and attitudes are also a major focus of the learning and teaching programme. Learning activities are guided using web based programmes. The course is modular and each module is assessed mainly by course work, except for one examination in Food and Nutrition. Normally, there are approximately 12 students on this course but some modules are shared with the MSc Dietetics which can result in a class of no more than 24 students. These small class sizes ensure that students receive excellent support and benefit from sharing their experiences with classmates.
Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. It is estimated that each module will require 150 hours of your time. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part-time.
The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition. This enables graduates to register with the Association for Nutrition as an Associate Nutritionist.
15 credits: Food and Nutrition/ Principles of Nutrition Science/ Food Policy and Planning/ Public Health Nutrition/Epidemiology/ Clinical Sciences/ Research Methods/ Detriments for Health If studying for an MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits)
Opportunities exist for public health nutritionists in the following areas: public health; health promotion (specialising in nutrition); government advisory posts; food companies; research; health media and pharmaceutical industry.
Nutritional medicine concerns itself with the part that nutrition plays in health, disease, lifecycle and ageing.
The aim of the programme is to inform and educate those to whom the public turns for advice on nutritionally-related aspects of health and disease and those involved in the manufacture of foods and food supplements.
It is appropriate for the in-service training of doctors, dietitians, pharmacists and healthcare workers.
The programme consists of three-day taught periods at the University, preceded by preparatory study, and followed by consolidation and assessment. It will teach you to take a critical and scholarly approach to the theory, practice, literature and research findings within the subject.
This programme is studied part-time. On successful completion of the programme the exit awards are as follows
On successful completion of the MSc programme, students are eligible for direct entry on to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists as an Associate Nutritionist via the Association for Nutrition. Students who exit with a Diploma or Certificate would still be eligible to apply for Associate Nutritionist Membership, via the Portfolio- based application pathway.
Students may also enrol for modules on an occasional route with or without assessment. Please contact us for further details.
Example module listing
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
Distance learning prior to attendance at the module
You will receive some preliminary material (that will require approximately 40 hours of study) around four weeks before you attend each module.
This will generally be background material (for example, a core text and/or specially written material/journal article/s) aimed at ensuring that all students, whatever their previous learning experience, will have attained a certain basic knowledge of the subject and its terminology.
Teaching at the University
The three-day periods spent at the University consist mainly of formal lectures, but will also include interactive or participative sessions incorporating some of the following learning strategies: workshops, syndicated work, demonstrations, case studies, debates, and journal clubs.
You will generally be given additional papers, reviews, notes or reading lists relating to the module lectures.
Distance learning following attendance at the module
In the two months following the module, you will be expected to study the material covered and to carry out further reading (including journal articles) to expand your understanding.
The programme is appropriate for GPs, gastroenterologists, dietitians, pharmacists, other clinicians and health professionals with a role in nutrition and health practice.
The aim of the programme is to provide Masters-level learning in Nutritional Science related to health and disease. Students will gain knowledge and skills necessary to investigate, understand and apply the concepts of Nutritional Medicine in relation to current health issues. Specifically, the programme aims:
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.
Diet and nutrition significantly affect sport and exercise performance. The food and fluid which an athlete consumes before, during and after training and competition affects health and body composition, as well as performance in, and recovery from the effects of exercise. Sound knowledge of sport and exercise nutrition can therefore ensure a healthy balance between exercise and diet for a range of athletes, from amateur to elite levels within different sports. This programme provides a postgraduate pathway for graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in the area of sport and exercise nutrition. As an accredited course, the programme achieves the competencies required for graduate registration with the British Dietetic Association (BDA) Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) meaning those students graduating with the PgDip/MSc are automatically eligible to register with the SENr as a graduate registrant.
The programme is delivered by blended learning (combined distance learning and on campus modules). Students enrolled for the PgDip Sport and Exercise Nutrition course need to undertake modules to a total of 120 credit points and for the MSc undertake an additional research project of 60 credit points. Modules studied will include: nutrition and exercise metabolism, nutritional assessment, recommendations and requirements, sport-specific nutrition issues, research design and biostatistics, nutrition for health and disease prevention, evidence-based practice in healthcare sciences, practical sports nutrition and the sport and exercise nutrition research project.
The full-time programme (over 1 calendar year; i.e. three academic semesters) is comprised of taught modules in semester one and two and the research project which is completed in semester three. All semester one modules are delivered by distance-learning. In semester two, one 30 credit point module is delivered by distance-learning with the remaining two 15 credit point modules being delivered as face-to-face modules at the Jordanstown campus.
In part-time mode, all modules in year one, and semester one of year two are delivered by distance-learning. In semester two of year two students will attend the Jordanstown campus for the remaining two 15 credit point modules which are delivered as face-to-face modules. As for full-time students, students taking the programme in part-time mode who progress to the MSc (and depending upon the nature of their project work chosen) will opt to undertake their MSc research project work either on-campus (at either the Jordanstown or Coleraine campus) or may complete their project work in the work-place (subject to approval by the project module co-ordinator).
This programme achieves the competencies required for graduate registration of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr).
Career options within sport and exercise nutrition are expanding and include becoming a freelance sports nutritionist/performance nutritionist or working with sporting/government organisations. Professional Recognition As an accredited course, the programme achieves the competencies required for graduate registration with the British Dietetic Association (BDA) Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) meaning those students graduating with the PgDip/MSc are automatically eligible to register with the SENr as a graduate registrant, and following appropriate professional experience graduates are encouraged to pursue full registration. For more information please visit the website
Accredited by the Association for Nutrition
Lead academic 2018: Dr Peter Grabowski
This course will give you a good understanding of the fundamentals of human nutrition. You’ll learn research skills and techniques.
It will prepare you for a career in research, the food industry, academia, community nutrition and nutrition consultancy.
The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (accreditation No. AC247). On successful completion of the course you can apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists as an Associate Registered Nutritionist (ANutr).
Masters candidates complete all core modules plus one optional module. PG Diploma candidates complete all the core modules except the Research project and Dissertation, plus one optional module.
You'll learn through lectures and seminars, practical sessions, workshops, group debates, self-study units and individual presentations.
You'll work independently on your research project, with guidance from an academic.
You’re assessed on written reports, laboratory practical classes and group and individual assignments, which may involve oral presentations.
There is a written examination at the end of most modules. The research project is assessed by a written dissertation.
Study at one of the most renowned international Institutes for health nutrition research which has continued to play an important part in research for over 100 years at Aberdeen and internationally. The Rowett Institute informs policy and continues to join the dots between diet and health. If you are interested in health and dietary factors this programme will provide much theory and research towards answers and questions you want to ask. You look at dietary assessments, macronutrients, energy balance, metabolism, micronutrients, nutrition and body influence, body composition and nutrition throughout life. You also apply statistics to uncover answers to questions.
Understanding the link between diet and health can be the differentiator between good health and issues affecting public health. This major area of interest has grown considerably over the past few years with increasing awareness of disease and its prevention and the growth in population using health services and the service ability to cope in the future. There has also been a steady increase in the amount of professionals providing consultancy and support to people who have realised the link and want to take action to become healthier with books, films and many other supporting communications in what has almost become an industry in itself.
The Rowett Institute in Aberdeen is known UK wide and internationally as a major research contributor to many discoveries within food and nutrition, informing policy, debating health and food security and many other issues relating to the food we eat and its effects on our bodies.
The aim of this innovative programme is to provide training in human nutrition for graduates in biological or other sciences. The main focus of the programme is on the relationship between diet, health and disease, and the nutritional mechanisms involved in disease development and disease with three specialist areas harnessing Aberdeen’s unique range of expertise in Metabolic Nutrition, Molecular Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition. This programme can take in in several directions after graduation. You may want to work as a Nutritionist, within Public Health as a Policy Manger, as a Dietitian, or within private practice as a Fitness and Nutrition Counsellor or teaching and studying for a PhD.
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The safety, quality and nutritional properties of the food reaching consumers depends upon an understanding of science and technology.
You will gain the knowledge required to embark on a career within a range of organisations, including multinational food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, major retail chains and smaller companies supplying niche markets. Alternatively, you could go on to study for a PhD.
Recent examples of jobs obtained by our graduates have included: Process Technologist with Pepsico International, Quality Executive with Agro Tech Foods, New Product Developer with Bakkavor, Food Technologist with Tesco and Research and Development Technologist with Kerry Ingredients and Flavours.