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Nutraceuticals, Functional foods and Supplements -PGCert / PGDip / MSc

Course Description

There is a growing awareness of the important roles played by functional foods and components in the prevention of chronic diseases across many national and international jurisdictions. A major aim of the postgraduate course in nutraceuticals, functional foods and supplements is to provide reliable and impartial appraisal of scientific and technological developments in the sector. The course is aimed at those interested in the relations between food, nutrition and health, including health and allied professionals, the food industry and the general public.

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/nutraceuticals-functional-foods-and-supplements-12832

Course detail

- Description -

Candidates enrolled for the Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Nutraceuticals, Functional Foods and Supplements take 60 credit points of modules. Students wishing to proceed towards the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) take a total of 120 credit points of modules. After succeeding with all of the taught modules, candidates may chose to progress to the MSc (180 credit points) by completing an approved research project.

- Teaching and learning assessment -

The e-teaching is based on a virtual classroom model involving diverse activities online including; lectures, presentations, set reading. Students have opportunities to participate in discussion group, collaborative learning, coursework, and independent work. Masters students will complete a dissertation based on research according to their circumstances and supervisors expertise.

Assessment methods include presentations, reports, essays, quizzes, moderated on-line discussions and (for MSc) a written project report and supervisors comments.

- Work placement / study abroad -

The course is fully distance learning. Candidates taking the MSc must either arrange appropriate laboratory access at their location or can come to undertake their project at the Coleraine campus.

Career options

Successful completion of this course should enhance employment prospects within the functional foods, and general food and health sector from food manufacture to retail and legislation. The skills base is relevant also for nutritionists, dieticians, and members of pharmaceutical professions, Government services, teachers, Universities, higher education institutions, as well as independent or private laboratories. Graduates are expected to develop professional competencies related to either research and development, quality control, analysis, education or training. The course will benefit professionals charged with the maintenance and/ or promotion of public health. Elements from the course will be available in the short-course format, suitable for continuous professional development (CPD).

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why study at Ulster?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We are an international university with more than 2,000 international students from over 80 countries and Alumni from 121 countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five or ten equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway


A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

Visit the Nutraceuticals, Functional foods and Supplements -PGCert / PGDip / MSc page on the Ulster University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

PgCert/PgDip: Applicants must :(1) have gained (i)a BSc Hons degree or the equivalent from a recognised institution, (ii) or Graduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification; [and] (iii) a degree in biochemistry, biomedical science, human biology, human nutrition, food science, food and nutrition, physiology, pharmacy, pharmacology or other relevant science. English language entry requirements: View Website

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