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Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

This programme is intended for all professionals wishing to work in the eating disorders field at a high level. The qualifications (MSc, Diploma, Certificate) will appeal to clinicians and scientists who wish to provide treatment, develop services and conduct research in this field.

Degree information

This MSc provides a sound programme in human nutrition covering practical approaches, research methods and nutrition in the general population and in disease states. Eating disorders are presented using different teaching methods with an extensive series of seminars, tutorial and clinical attachments at St Ann's, Great Ormond Street and the Royal Free London Hospitals. Students will also undertake a significant research project.

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) is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Disease and Disordered Eating
-Eating Disorders: Clinical Science
-Eating Disorders: Treatment
-Fundamentals of Nutrition and Metabolism
-Malnutrition in the Community
-Practical Nutrition Assessment
-Research Methods
-Therapeutic Aspects of Clinical Nutrition

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of between 10,000-12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, laboratory work, and practicals. Assessment is through examination, presentations, essays, practical reports and the dissertation.


This programme will provide specialist graduate training for health professionals already working in the eating disorders field or prepare students for a career in a clinical eating disorders setting or an academic setting.

Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition is a recently established MSc, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available. However, as an indication, graduates of the Clinical and Public Health Nutrition MSc have taken up positions as dieticians, nutritionists, clinicians or undertaken further PhD studies.

This degree will give graduates a clear advantage when applying for clinical and research positions in units in which children, adolescents or adults with eating disorders are assessed, treated and recruited into research programmes. It is particularly relevant for individuals wishing to apply for senior positions in these units, as well as graduates who aspire to studying for a doctorate in the eating disorders field. Surveys have shown that eating disorder services are continuing to develop in all parts of the country, providing substantial opportunities for employment in this burgeoning field.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The field of eating disorders is rapidly developing in terms of service provision and research. This MSc is the only comprehensive graduate programme available in the field, meeting an important clinical and academic need.

Whether you are a psychiatrist, psychologist, dietitian, nurse or researcher interested in eating disorders affecting adults or children and adolescents, this new degree will provide fundamental nutrition education, and an extensive programme on eating disorders delivered in seminars, tutorials, clinical attachments and a major research project.

The programme fulfils criteria for membership of the Association of Nutrition.

Visit the Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a biological science, medical or healthcare discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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