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Human Nutrition (Public Health / Sports) - MSc

Why study this course?

The MSc Human Nutrition builds on your experience gained from an appropriate first degree and provides options to specialise in public health nutrition or sports nutrition. In particular the aims are:

  • to offer a programme of advanced study and training for a future career in public health or sports nutrition
  • to advance practical experience and develop a critical and reflective approach to research and practice in nutrition
  • to enable you to become effective learners and practitioners by developing cross-functional skills

In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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On completion of the course, you are registered with the Association of Nutrition (AfN) as an associate nutritionist, which will allow you to use ANutr after your name.

After three years of relevant experience, associate nutritionists can become registered nutritionists. You can apply under one of five specialisms from public health, sports and exercise, nutrition science, animal and food. 

The course team has a wide range of expertise ranging from whole body metabolic research, epidemiology, dietary assessment and clinical research to nutrition policy. These aspects are reflected in the course.


Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examination.

Professional accreditation

The course has been accredited by AfN since 2011.

You will be required to have:

  • a lower second class (2.2) UK first degree (or equivalent) in nutrition or a related subject such as biochemistry, sports science or physiology (other related subjects will be considered on an individual basis)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    This module focuses on the fundamental concepts of nutrition science and human metabolism. It addresses the functional roles of energy and macro- and micronutrients (and non-nutrients) and explores the physiological influences on energy and nutrient demands across the lifespan and in altered nutritional states.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    This module develops the student skills in conducting research in nutrition with experience in critical evaluation of literature, study design, data collection, data analysis, and laboratory techniques

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday morning

    This module focuses on the critical evaluation of the methodologies used in the assessment of nutritional status of individuals, groups and populations.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester
    • summer studies

    This module is designed for students to undertake a substantial piece of research in the nutrition subject field. The research project is intended to build upon the taught modules of the award and is underpinned by the (NF7015) Advanced Nutrition Research Techniques module. The dissertation is designed to demonstrate synthesis of knowledge and skills developed throughout the award. As the largest piece of assessed work undertaken on the award, the dissertation will carry great significance with the assessment board as it will be seen as the clearest expression of the students’ ability at postgraduate level.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module focuses on evaluating the methodologies used to assess dietary intake, critically appraise nutrition epidemiological studies, to interpret and evaluate the evidence for diet-disease relationships, particularly for chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, and how this informs public health policy.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday morning

    This module introduce students to key organisations and individuals in the UK nutritional public
    health areana. Students also develop their own nutritional epidemiology reseach proposal.

    Prerequiste: NFP010N Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health I
    Assessment: Reseach Proposal Report 100% (3500 words).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday morning

    This module applies student’s knowledge and experience of metabolic nutrition and applied nutrition to a critical understanding of the nutritional and practical dietary needs of physically active sports people. This module focuses on a range of sporting groups and addresses individual diets. It examines exercise types; macro- and micronutrient requirements; food-based practical dietary considerations in relation to training and competition and current issues and research in sports nutrition. Hydration and performance. Ethical, legal and professional aspects of sports nutrition practice. Sports nutrition policy.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester

    Largely practice based, this module will develop the skills required for a nutrition professional in the contemporary workforce, in either public health nutrition or sports and exercise nutrition.

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The MSc is a one-year full-time course, involving 30 weeks of taught modules divided into two 15-week semesters commencing in either September or February. The part-time mode follows a similar pattern over two years.

As a full-time student you will take four taught core modules and two optional taught modules.

  • Assessment of Nutritional Status
  • Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health I
  • Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health II (core for the Public Health route)
  • Sports and Exercise Nutrition (core for the Sport Nutrition route)
  • Obesity & Weight Management
  • Scientific Frameworks for Research
Optional modules:
  • Nutrition Politics and Policy
  • Exercise and Health
  • Advanced Nutrition Research Techniques

To qualify for the MSc award you will need to carry out a Research Project and then submit a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation.

Read more details about the modules from our course specification.

Career opportunities include employment in the food industry, research, the media and charitable organisations. Graduates are well placed to apply for research studentships with a view to completing a PhD. Career opportunities are increasing in both fields.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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