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Nutritional Science - MSc

Course Description

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.

Visit the Nutritional Science - MSc page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Idowu Joseph Olaniyi

1389.jpg What appealed to you about Northumbria University?
Northumbria is research-oriented and it offers the course I like with a difference compared to other universities that offered the same course. My campus is also situated in the city centre.

How did you feel during your first week at Northumbria?
The environment was calm, beautiful and everything was well-organised, a perfectly suitable environment for learning.

What do you like most about the course?
The course curriculum is well-structured and I love the ways it creates links with all the areas involved in food. The growing concerns of food are well covered. Finally I love it because of its career diversity which varies from working in nutrition, food and health industries to preparation for a life as an academic researcher.

Can you give an example of a piece of work you’ve been involved with recently?
I have the opportunity of learning how to identify a good journal paper. I trained to evaluate all papers before accepting any facts from them. The course is really interesting and demands one to be studious, although with good time management, it’s fun!

How do you get on with your tutors?
My tutors are exceptionally good in their fields.

What do you do when you’re not studying?
I am a member of ‘Friends International’. I love it as I have so many international friends I can go shopping with or to different restaurants, clubs and parties.

What’s your accommodation like?
It’s well secure and organised. I have flat mates from different countries like India, Japan and China, who are also my friends.

What would you like to do when you graduate?
I have always wanted to be an academic researcher, although without a particular focus, but ever since I started my studies, the trend is clear now after so many lectures and meetings with my programme leader.

Have you used Student Services during your course?
The Careers Centre.

Do you have any advice for anyone applying for your course, or for university in general?
The course is exciting; it’s the future in the food terrain. Please ensure that you are financially capable to help with your stay in the UK and that your accommodation is secure. Ensure there is a good learning environment which is suitable for you. This helps to create a good inter-relationship with people with various cultural backgrounds.


Entry Requirements

You should have a minimum of a lower second class (2.2) UK honours degree related to biology, or an equivalent qualification. The majority of your degree must be science-based, with at least 50% of final year topics biological and / or nutrition related, and you should have completed a scientific research project or module in your final year.

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