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 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of all 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.
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.
The course has been accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) since 2011.
You will be required to have:
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 2018/19 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 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.
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
Module code: NF7044
Module title: Assessment of Nutritional Status
Teaching period: Autumn
Required prior learning: Course entrance requirements
This module focuses on the critical evaluation of the methodologies used in the assessment of nutritional status of individuals, groups and populations.
Assessment: Will comprise of one piece of extended coursework (2500 words), where learners will appraise the relevant literature and present descriptive and analytical data from one large survey, such as the NDNS (data will be provided).
To pass the module an aggregate mark of at least 50% must be obtained
Human Nutrition Dissertation
Pre-requisites: Normally NF7015
The aims of this module are to allow the learner to undertake a detailed piece of original research either by the empirical collection of data or an original secondary analysis of existing data.
To build upon experience at undergraduate level and understanding of the research methodologies relevant to human nutrition and to demonstrate application of knowledge and skills developed through the Advanced Nutrition Research Techniques module. This module also aims to provide an opportunity for critical reflection of the research topic and self-reflection of learning, studying and research skills and knowledge.
This module is designed for learners 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 learners’ ability at postgraduate level.
Assessment: Will comprise of project proposal (750 words), Dissertation (8000 words) and a viva voce of 20 minutes where learners will defend their research submission.
To pass the module an aggregate mark of at least 50% must be obtained
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.
This module aims to develop a critical understanding of the rationale for and the formulation, implementation and limitations of food, nutrition and obesity policies, in local, national and international contexts. The content of this module will draw upon prior knowledge and practical experience in basic food and nutrition science.
This module will focus on the food and nutrition issues at the population level and how they relate to chronic disease prevention and wellbeing. It will draw upon the epidemiology of nutrition-related morbidity to examine how local, UK, European, international and global food, nutrition and obesity policies and strategies are formulated, implemented and evaluated. This will be approached within a context of the wider food and public health systems and policies and the political environment. 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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