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Human Nutrition - MSc


Course Description

Surrey’s superb facilities and longstanding reputation for excellence in this field ensure that this postgraduate degree will prepare you for a successful career in nutrition. As a Human Nutrition student you will be taught by lecturers who are active researchers and are internationally renowned for their expertise in numerous areas.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Our MSc Human Nutrition programme will develop your scientific research skills to an advanced level and fuel your interest in this fascinating and vital discipline.

You will develop a deep understanding of current issues in the field of human nutrition – all taught elements emphasise the evidence-based links between diet, health and disease, and are underpinned by a full appreciation for the nutritional mechanisms involved.

Our excellent links with industry will help you to pursue a successful and rewarding career. The programme also forms an excellent foundation for those who wish to pursue further education via a PhD or research post in industry following graduation.

MSc students may apply for Associate Nutritionist status on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and an original research project. 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.
-Fundamentals of Nutrition
-Nutrition Evaluation and Assessment
-Metabolic Nutrition
-Research Nutrition
-International and Public Health Nutrition
-Metabolic Nutrition
-Sports and Exercise Nutrition
-Clinical Nutrition
-Original Research Project

WHO IS THIS PROGRAMME FOR?

Our MSc programme caters for the following applicants:
-Surrey biosciences graduates wishing for an opportunity to convert to postgraduate study within Surrey
-Home/EU nutrition graduates from other institutions wishing to further their nutrition training via taught postgraduate study
-Overseas graduates with equivalent of a nutrition degree from a non-UK institution wishing to obtain a recognised UK postgraduate qualification in nutrition
-Home/EU graduates from a related subject (for example, a biological science including biochemistry and physiology) or registrable qualification (for example, medicine, dentistry) seeking a postgraduate qualification as way of conversion into nutrition

WHY CHOOSE TO STUDY HUMAN NUTRITION?

The University of Surrey has long been regarded as a UK centre of excellence for teaching in nutrition and dietetics through our long-running and successful undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Staff within the Department of Nutritional Sciences have an internationally recognised expertise in areas such as diabetes, lipid metabolism, cardiovascular risk, bone health, Vitamin D, selenium and iodine, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity and energy balance.

As a postgraduate student, you will be taught by a variety of lecturers who are actively researching the topic being covered, or have a wealth of experience in that particular area. You will also have the opportunity to undertake independent research via a project, guided by a dedicated and experienced supervisor. Projects are available across a range of topics representing the strength and depth of the Department and wider Faculty. You will be working alongside staff, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers to ensure that you receive the full research experience.

This will form an excellent foundation for those MSc students wishing to pursue further education via a PhD or research post in industry.

The strong scientific element of our teaching will attract students looking for a programme of high academic quality.

CAREER PROSPECTS

The Department has excellent links with industry, which will help you to pursue a successful career in nutrition.

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

-Provide a fundamental understanding of nutritional science, which takes a critical and scholarly approach to relevant theory, practice, literature and latest research findings on the importance of nutrition in diet-health- disease relationships
-Provide new knowledge and understanding of the role of nutrition in both individual and community health
-Discuss the role of diet in the development of disease
-Evaluate the potential, efficacy and scope of nutritional methods in health and disease
-Examine current knowledge of the specific roles of individual macro- and micronutrient deficiencies and imbalances on short- and long-term disease risk
-Explore the concept of optimal nutrition in various special situations
-Develop an understanding of research methodology in the area of Human Nutrition
-Design, undertake, communicate and defend an original research project in nutrition
-Meet the required standards of competency for registered nutritionists as outlined by the Association for Nutrition

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
-The main principles of current human nutrition
-The methods and approaches used for the purposes of nutritional assessment
-Human metabolism in health and in the pathogenesis of disease
-The main principles of public health in relation to diet and nutrition, both nationally and internationally
-Analytical skills to allow interpretation of data or evidence and formulate conclusions
-The application of nutrition principles to sport and exercise
-The influence of nutrition at the molecular/genetic level
-The therapeutic use of nutrition in the management of disease

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Find and critically evaluate scientific literature and other appropriate sources of material
-Critically evaluate research design and the methods commonly used in nutrition research
-Use acquired knowledge and appropriate skills to make professional judgements
-Design relevant experiments to test formulated hypotheses

Professional practical skills
-Demonstrate competence in commonly used nutrition research methodology
-Gather, analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative data
-Effectively communicate both orally and in writing
-Learn independently
-Take responsibility for planning and organisation of work both their own and in a team
-Plan and execute an investigation/experiment, act autonomously and demonstrate originality

Key / transferable skills
-Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively by oral, written and visual means
-Work effectively and independently on a given project or task
-Work effectively in small groups and teams towards a common goal/outcome.
-Apply basic statistical and numerical skills to nutritional data
-Use Information Technology

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 Human Nutrition - MSc page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

(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

An honours degree (normally a 2.1 or better) in nutrition or a related subject (for example, a biological science including biochemistry and physiology), or a registrable qualification in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine. Applicants may also be admitted by virtue of professional or other relevant qualifications and/or experience. Selection is based on a candidate’s application and references.

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