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Nutritional Medicine - MSc


Course Description

Delivered by leading experts at the front-line of research and practice, this programme is the only evidence-based Masters’ degree in Nutritional Medicine in Europe.

It will provide you with a deep understanding of the complex relationships between nutrition and health, and the range and potential of nutritional management to postpone or treat disease.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

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.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied part-time. On successful completion of the programme students may apply for registration as a Nutritionist on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists via the Association for Nutrition. 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.
-Principles of Nutritional Science
-Principles of Applied Nutrition and Epidemiology
-Antioxidants, Phytoprotectants and Disease
-Obesity, Diabetes and Eating Disorders
-Diet, the Gut, Food Allergy and Intolerance
-Nutritional Aspects of Pregnancy, Infancy and Childhood
-Nutrition and Ageing
-Lipids and Essential Fatty Acids
-Dietary Minerals in Health and Disease
-Clinical Nutrition and Nutritional Support
-Nutrition and Exercise for Health and Sports Performance
-The Brain and Nervous System: Diet and Behaviour
-Research Project

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

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:
-To further the students’ knowledge of the mechanisms underlying disorders with nutritional aetiologies at both the biochemical and molecular level
-To develop evidence-based knowledge and practice in students in healthcare roles, private practice or industry who provide nutrition-related care or advice
-To enhance the critical and analytical skills of students through taking a critical and scholarly approach to theory, practice, literature and research findings within the subject resulting in a greaterunderstanding of the range and potential of nutritional management of disease risk
-To provide opportunities for professional development, encourage the acquisition of intellectual scientific, technical and transferable skills to promote self-directed and life-long learning, allowing students to show evidence of their development and support their career progression

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
-A breadth of knowledge across a broad range of specialised topics (the principles of applied nutritional science are explored)
-The current dietary requirements/guidelines and evidence, related to adequacy of nutritional intakes in various populations
-Epidemiology of nutritional status and related health in the UK and other populations
-The methods and approaches used for the purposes of nutritional assessment
-Human nutrition and metabolism in health and in the pathogenesis of disease
-The specific roles of macro, micro and phytonutrients in health and disease
-The concept of optimal nutrition - the application of nutrition principles to health as well as disease management, prevention or prophylaxis.
-The therapeutic use of nutrition in the management of disease
-Analytical skills to allow interpretation of data or evidence and formulate conclusions

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Integrate knowledge across a broad range of specialised topics
-Develop a critical, scholarly and evidence based approach to theory and practice in Nutritional Medicine
-Find and critically evaluate scientific literature and other appropriate sources of material
-Critically evaluate research and findings as an evidence base for practice
-Use acquired knowledge and appropriate skills to make professional judgement
-Design research and data analysis to understand or undertake a nutrition research project

Professional practical skills
-Demonstrate competence in commonly used nutrition-research methodology
-Measure food intake and be aware of the pitfalls in such measurements
-Know how to evaluate the nutritional status of individuals
-Develop some ability in helping patients achieve dietary-behaviour change
-Describe food sources of particular nutrients
-Formulate appropriate information on nutrient sources
-Plan a diet for a specific health-related purpose
-Design/plan/undertake an appropriate research project

Key / transferable skills
-Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively by oral, written and visual means
-Work effectively and independently and in small groups and teams towards a common goal/outcome
-Apply basic statistical and numerical skills to nutritional data
-Assess critically a journal paper or article
-Use judgement to draw conclusions and make recommendations
-Be able to communicate knowledge appropriately to patients

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.

Visit the Nutritional Medicine - MSc page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Dr Sheldon Cooper

When I started on the programme I was a Specialist Registrar on the West Midlands Gastroenterology rotational training programme, and am now a Consultant Gastroenterologist with an interest in clinical nutrition in the Dudley Group of Hospitals.

My interest in nutrition was sparked when working for a local gastroenterology consultant who managed a large home parenteral nutrition service, and furthered by observing nutritional challenges with in-patient care. This course is, I believe, ideal for any professional dealing with nutritional issues.

Whilst there are other gastroenterology registrars on the course, students come from all varieties
of backgrounds, for example, dietitians, GPs, pharmacists, dentists, nutritionists and others. With such a wide mix of backgrounds, discussions in seminars and lecturers (as well as socially) are
very stimulating.

The modules cover a wide range of issues of nutrition in health and disease, providing a wellbalanced, scientific and pragmatic view. Every module attracts both national and international experts to share their knowledge.

Whilst the amount of work is considerable, it is this, the slick administration, enthusiasm of
the tutors and lecturers, support of the course organisers and the speakers’ standing in their fields that earns this course, and the awards/degrees, such a high reputation.

(Student Profile)

Sarah Bolger

“Although the demands on my time and energy were challenging, I received unbeatable support from the team at Surrey.”

Sarah, a Practice Development Midwife with 15 years’ experience as a qualified nurse and 11 years’ experience as a qualified midwife, explains how a Masters from the University of Surrey has boosted her career prospects.

“I wanted a course that would enable me to consolidate my previous experience and give me the qualification I needed for career progression. I chose the University of Surrey because it offers higher education as part of a contract with local Trusts. I was also looking to study at a university that could rival others at a national and even an international level.

The most challenging aspect of the course was juggling my academic work, working for the Trust and family life. The impact of studying for a Masters on family life can never be underestimated, so time management is key. For me, this often meant studying in the evening, which after a long day at work was gruelling.

Although the demands on my time and energy were challenging, I received unbeatable support from the team at Surrey. The emphasis wasn’t on taking away my challenges, but providing me with guidance so I could find a path that enabled me to achieve my full potential.

Now I have completed the course, the sense of achievement I have is immeasurable. At Surrey, you’re encouraged to think outside the box and consider new ideas.

Based on the results of my Masters, I have been awarded a full-time funded PhD studentship at Surrey. It’s thanks to the experience I had during my Masters that I had the confidence to even apply.”


(Scholarship)

Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount

Eligibility

Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]



Entry Requirements

Medical graduates and those with a minimum of a 2.1 honours degree in appropriate bioscience or health disciplines. You will take four modules as standalone courses before registering retrospectively for the MSc and counting the accumulated credits towards your degree.

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