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MSc Physical Activity, Nutrition & Health Promotion


Course Description

Course Summary

Your interest in how physical activity, nutrition, health psychology, and professional communication skills can help promote health and treat various clinical conditions could lead you to a multitude of career options.

In addition to developing a firm understanding of the links between physical activity, nutrition and health, this course offers invaluable opportunities to further career prospects during placement and research project units – including the development of practical skills and links with NHS organisations, researchers and clinicians in high-interest areas such as obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus and cancer.

With relevant experience, we will also support you in registering as an Associate Nutritionist or converting to full registration as a Nutritionist/Public Health Nutritionist.

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/physical-activity,-nutrition-and-health-promotion#about

Course detail

• Study in a supportive and innovative environment, on a course covering a unique combination of topics designed to integrate with current public health policy
• Explore potential career opportunities in Public Health and/or Health Promotion and Education with this MSc that will also allow you to apply for membership of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education
• Develop high-level professional standards; understanding your ethical, moral and legal responsibilities as well as acquiring the practical competencies, the ability to apply scientific knowledge to public health settings, and the research skills that will help you access careers in public health, the health and fitness industry or academia
• Gain the opportunity to practise your skills on work placement, or if already in post or accredited, the opportunity to specialise and develop your expertise in physical activity and nutrition
• Benefit from access to a wide range of careers in Public Health, Health Promotion and Education, roles in charities whose aims are to improve the nation’s health and/or continue to further research-based study on MSc by research, MPhil or PhD programmes.

Modules

• Research Methods
• Professional Skills for Health Care Providers
• Psychological Approaches to Public Health
• Metabolic Health
• Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health Promotion Dissertation
• Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations
• Placement (short)*
• Placement (long)*
• Exercise Testing and Diagnosis*
• Laboratory Skills*
• Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing and Interpretation*

*denotes options

Assessment

The assessments of this course aim to enhance your learning experience rather than simply provide academic benchmarks. The assessments will be carried out using: oral presentations, case study reports, critical reviews of literature, individual reports, practical assessments, a portfolio of experience, end of unit examinations and laboratory reports.

The assessment methods relate closely to the learning outcomes of the course and individual units, while allowing you scope for creativity in fulfilling them. For example, by self-selection of case study examples to present within a written report within a particular health context.

Assessments will in many cases be vocationally ‘sensitive’ and designed to promote awareness of contextual health policies and to promote engagement with real-life community or clinically-based physical activity and/or nutritionally based research or interventions.

• Written assessments – dissertation, projects, reports, lab reports (approx. 85%)
• Exams and tests (5%)

Careers

In order to develop as a health / physical activity and nutrition professional you will be encouraged to develop the following skills:

• Reflection and the learning process, in order to identify personal and professional goals for continuing professional development and lifelong learning

• Communication skills sufficient to communicate safely and effectively as a professional with patients, carers and colleagues

Opportunities for career development within the health sector and health and fitness sector have been expanding in recent years. In the light of an increasing recognition of the importance of physical activity and nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease within government health reports there are significant opportunities for graduates with an MSc in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health within Primary Care, for example.

Other opportunities exist within organisations or charities with objectives to improve health requiring research expertise and knowledge of health promotion and lifestyle factors.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

Visit the MSc Physical Activity, Nutrition & Health Promotion page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a 2:2 Honours degree in a related discipline such as: biological science, sport and exercise science, psychology/ health psychology or health science based from a recognised higher education institution. English language requirements: View Website

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