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Clinical and Public Health Nutrition MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

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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. 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.

About this degree

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.

Compulsory 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

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

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.

Placement

Students are offered the opportunity to observe related clinics at University College London Hospital.These take place on non-teaching days, ie Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, in term 2.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

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. 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.

Employability

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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.

Department: Division of Medicine

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for medically qualified graduates, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, nutritionists, and bioscientists with a keen interest in the disease/malnutrition axis and in effective nutritional therapies.

Application deadlines

All applicants

26 July 2019

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Clinical and Public Health Nutrition at graduate level
  • why you want to study Clinical and Public Health Nutrition at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • how this MSc will help you develop professionally

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Visit the Clinical and Public Health Nutrition MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert page on the University College London website for more details!

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