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This Masters programme commenced in Sept 2006 and it was the first of its type in the UK. It is delivered by a team of experienced academics, GPs, hospital doctors, surgeons, dieticians, nutritionists, exercise specialists and psychologists. The programme is highly flexible, allowing students to study full or part time to suit personal and work commitments. This is achieved through each module being delivered in a three or four day blocks, followed by eight weeks of campus or home based learning.

This programme aims:

  • to encourage a critically and theoretically informed, reflective and multi-disciplinary approach to academic study and professional practice relevant to obesity and weight management
  • to build upon and extend previous knowledge and understanding of the research base for both theoretical and applied aspects of obesity and weight management
  • to create a thorough understanding of the practical application of behaviour change techniques, exercise and nutrition guidelines to weight management
  • to increase awareness and insight into both inter and intra-professional and ethical issues relevant to the practice of obesity and weight management in the era of evidence-based practice.

Why Study Obesity and Weight Management with us?

This course was the first of its type to run in UK and Ireland, and is delivered by a team of experienced academics, GPs, hospital doctors, surgeons, dietitians, nutritionists, exercise specialists and psychologists. The specialist input from field experts and academics keeps the course fresh and up to date to cater for the needs of professionals working in this area.

While this is a focused professional development course aimed at healthcare professionals from around the world, it is also suitable for newly qualified graduates aspiring to work in this high-profile area.

What will I learn?

Modules consider obesity and weight management from a variety of perspectives. The course begins with a focus on the obesity epidemic and moves on to cover key areas such as childhood obesity, behaviour change, exercise, dietary approaches, causes of obesity and assessment in obesity.

The MSc is then completed with a research methods module followed by a research project.

How will I be taught?

Our course runs on a modular basis and is delivered at Parkgate Road Campus. Sessions will involve a mixture of practical and theoretical work, relevant to the module being studied. This includes body composition assessment workshops and practical exercise capacity testing.

Each module is delivered in intensive learning blocks of typically three days (25 hours), which are followed by self-directed learning supported by experienced tutors.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by a 4,000-word written assignment or its equivalent – e.g. poster presentation. Research projects may be laboratory or work based under the direction of an individually allocated supervisor.

Course Fees

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Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this course we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please visit our website

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Visit the Obesity and Weight Management page on the University of Chester website for more details!

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