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Human Nutrition (MSc)

Course Description


Designed for graduates with a non-nutrition background, this broad-ranging programme offers you an advanced understanding of nutrition and the links between diet and health. Core nutrition science will underpin a critical evaluation of the role of nutrition in public health at the local, national and international level. Explore the role of nutrition in exercise and sports performance and graduate with the skills to work and lead as a nutritionist in a wide range of environments.

See the website https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/msc-human-nutrition

Key features

- Designed for graduates with a non-nutrition background, this full time programme will provide you with a new and alternative career pathway.

- Train to become an evidence based nutrition professional equipped to manage and lead in dynamic settings.

- The only programme of this type in the south-west region.

- Delivered by a team with extensive experience in the delivery of masters level modules and a diverse range of expertise in nutrition, public health, research, sports nutrition and physiology. The team have external recognition for the quality of feedback to support student learning.

- The programme will be accredited with the Association for Nutrition (AfN) allowing students who have completed the masters to apply for direct entry at associate level to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN).

- Focuses on public health nutrition and disease prevention at the local, national and international level.

- Develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of current and topical issues in sports nutrition and apply them to current practice utilising links with local sporting partnerships.

- Engage with local AfN registrants who will provide curriculum enrichment, local expertise and knowledge of future career pathways.

- Research informed teaching will be embedded throughout the curriculum.

- Issues around sustainability of nutrition will be threaded throughout the programme.

- Gain a core understanding of professional practice and ethics, elements of which are embedded within the programme.

Course Details

This MSc in Human Nutrition will be delivered on a one year full-time basis. Core modules in the science of food, nutrition and human health will underpin an advanced understanding of links between diet and health at the individual, population and strategic level. Nutritional epidemiology will be studied to inform the practice of public health nutrition and how key issues in population health may be addressed. Key and topical issues in sports nutrition will be studied and applied to real world situations. Research modules will provide you with key research skills to design and carry out high quality nutrition research under supervision. You'll become a nutrition professional equipped to work in a range of nutrition settings and you will be eligible to apply to register as an associate nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition.

Nutrition Science (20 credits): Includes the science, application and consequences of food choice/ lifestyle and its impact on human nutritional health.

Applied Nutrition (20 credits): Examines basic nutritional metabolism and the evidence base linking diet and health.

Applied Sports Nutrition (20 credits): Critically evaluate the role of nutrition in sports and exercise and cover the professional aspects of working as a registered nutritionist.

Nutritional Epidemiology (20 credits): Critically evaluates key concepts and principles of nutritional epidemiology, including design aspects of dietary assessment methodologies, aetiology of disease and occurrence of disease in populations.

Public Health Nutrition (20 credits): Judges the role of nutrition in public health and critically evaluates the evidence base for applying nutrition principles to health and wellbeing.

Project Design for Research (20 credits): Identify and appraise research and data analysis methods and allow you to formulate a research proposal.

Research Dissertation (60 credits) You'll complete your research dissertation under the supervision from a member of the programme team.

For a Pg Cert in Human Nutrition - you need 60 credits
Core modules Nutrition Science (20 credits) and Applied Nutrition (20 credits) must be achieved.

For a Pg Diploma in Human Nutrition – you need 120 credits
Core modules Nutrition Science (20 credits) and Applied Nutrition (20 credits) must be achieved.

MSc Human Nutrition - you need 180 credits

Core nutrition modules (Nutrition Science and Applied Nutrition) must be achieved to obtain the exit awards of PgCert and PgDip in Human Nutrition. The remaining credit for PgCert and PgDip can be obtained from any of the remaining 20 credit modules.

Core modules
- HNUT702 Applied Nutrition

- HNUT703 Applied Sports Nutrition

- HNUT701 Nutrition Science

- HNUT704 Nutritional Epidemiology

- ADV715 Project Design for Research

- HNUT705 Public Health Nutrition

- ADV716 Research Dissertation

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Standard fees (Additional): Islands £13,250 (‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.)

Find out how to apply here https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/msc-human-nutrition

Find out about Scholarships here https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/fees/scholarships-bursaries-and-funding

Visit the Human Nutrition (MSc) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You need to have a BSc (Hons) degree at 2:2 or above or European first cycle equivalent in a science or social science subject. International students must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with Plymouth Universities Admissions Code of Practice and requirements set out by the AfN, This will be a minimum overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of at least 6.5 in each element and a mean score of 7.0.

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