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Human Nutrition (Public Health / Sports) - MSc

Why study this course?

Our Human Nutrition (Public Health/Sports) MSc will build the experience you gained from a related undergraduate degree and will provide you with the option to specialise in either public health nutrition or sports nutrition. Accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN), this master’s course will help you to develop advanced practical experience in your approach to research and practice in nutrition. By becoming an effective learner and practitioner with cross-functional skills, you’ll be well prepared for a future career in public health or sports nutrition.

In the most recent (2015-16) 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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The course team on our Human Nutrition (Public Health/Sports) MSc has a wide range of expertise ranging from whole body metabolic research, epidemiology and dietary assessment to clinical research and nutrition policy. These interests are reflected in the subjects you’ll study on the course.

In the core modules, you’ll explore the fundamental concepts of nutrition science and human metabolism and develop your research skills including the critical evaluation of literature, data collection and analysis. You'll also develop your laboratory techniques and methodologies for assessing the nutritional status of individuals, groups and populations.

The Human Nutrition Dissertation module will allow you to undertake a substantial piece of research in the field of nutrition. Through the analysis of data and synthesis of theory, policy and practice in relation to either public health nutrition or sports nutrition, this is your opportunity to become an expert in your own right.

On completion of the course, you will be eligible to become a registrant with the AfN as an associate nutritionist, which will allow you to place the designatory ANutr after your name. After three years of relevant experience as an associate nutritionist, you can become a full registrant. You can apply under one of five specialisms: public health, sports and exercise, nutrition science, animal or food.


This course is assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations.

Professional accreditation

The course has been accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) since 2011.

You will be required to have:

  • a minimum of a lower second class (2.2) UK undergraduate 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 - Tuesday morning

    This module focuses on the food and nutrition issues at the population level and how they relate to chronic disease prevention. It will draw upon the epidemiology of nutrition-related morbidity to examine how local, UK, European, international and global nutrition and obesity policies and strategies are formulated, implemented and evaluated. This will be approached within a context of the global nutrition transition, wider food and public health systems and policies and the political environment. Nutrition and obesity surveillance will be examined ranging from global to local systems, with special reference to the National Child Measurement Programme. The obesogenic environment (with particular reference to the role of the food industry) will be addressed. Health promotion theory, historical and current activities including Change4Life. Fiscal policies to address the obesity epidemic will be evaluated.

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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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  • 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 roles in the food industry, research, local authorities, governmental bodies, the media and charitable organisations. You’ll also be well placed to apply for research studentships with a view to completing a PhD. Employment opportunities are currently increasing in both fields.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We're moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations 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 2018. 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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