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Nutrition MSc

(Full time) 2018/19

Masters in Nutrition

Nutrition is a fast-moving discipline that focuses on understanding the role of diet in maintaining a healthy human body and the prevention of disease. This course will give you an in-depth understanding of the scientific, social and ethical considerations that inform the nutrition profession, as set by the professional voluntary register of nutritionists.

Throughout the course you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the scientific principles that underpin the relationship between diet, human health and wellbeing. You’ll develop your ability to critically appraise the effects of food processing on the nutritional quality of foods and the role of processed foods in the diet.

The programme will encourage you to evaluate the current issues and developments related to the nutrition discipline, and propose new insights and solutions to diet-related problems.

Accreditation

The Programme is accredited by the Association for Nutrition which means it delivers all the core competencies required of registered nutritionists. On successful completion of this MSc, you are able to enter the UK voluntary register of nutritionists, and our excellent links with industry will help you to pursue a successful and rewarding career.

Read more about Association for Nutrition accreditation.

Through this course you’ll develop an understanding of the functions of food components and nutrients, as well as a capacity to critically analyse a problem, create an action plan and go through a scientific investigation. You’ll also have opportunities to develop skills such as effective communication and presentation.

The programme aims to develop your understanding of nutrition from an international perspective, and encourages the development of research projects that satisfy both the course requirements and your individual interests.

During the latter part of the year, you will choose a research area relevant to the research grouping of the School (Food Colloids and Processing, Food Chemistry and Biochemistry, Nutrition) and will undertake a critical evaluation of the literature and write a research proposal to answer a research question, as identified by the you and your academic tutor.

You will undertake the project in one of the research laboratories. The emphasis will be on the generation of primary data, and the discussion of research results in the context of current knowledge and opinions in the field.

Course structure

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Research Project 60 credits
  • Diet and Cardiovascular Health 10 credits
  • Impacts of Food Processing on Nutritional Quality 10 credits
  • Food and Cancer 10 credits
  • Professional Development for Employment and Research 20 credits
  • Nutrition: Policy and Practice 20 credits
  • Personalised Nutrition 10 credits
  • Applied Nutritional Epidemiology 20 credits
  • Nutrition Through the Lifecourse 20 credits

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information on typical modules, read Nutrition MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Teaching is by lectures, practical classes, tutorials, seminars and supervised research projects. We make extensive use of IT and a wide range of materials is available to enable students to study at their own pace and in their own time to enhance and extend the material taught formally.

Assessment

Assessment is by course work and written exams which take place at the end of the semester in which the module is taught.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) or equivalent in a relevant science subject.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information please contact the School of Food Science and Nutrition admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

  • don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
  • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks)

How to apply

Application deadlines

UK/EU applicants 31 August 2018

International applicants 31 July 2018

Apply

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Documents and information you’ll need

Original or certified copies of your transcripts

Original or certified copies of your degree certificate

Copy of passport (if applicable)

Letter of sponsorship (if applicable)

Two academic references

Original or certified copy of your IELTS/TOEFL results (if applicable)

It may help your application if you include a personal statement and CV.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: £10,000 (total)

International: £23,000 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

The School of Food Science and Nutrition offers a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Find out more about our Scholarships.

On graduating from the Nutrition MSc you’ll have the knowledge and skills relevant for registration as a qualified nutritionist, in food companies and other nutrition and health-related industries, providing personalised advice on healthy eating.

Many of our graduates go on to work as Food Nutritionists or Public Health Nutritionists.

Food Nutritionists usually work in the food manufacturing industry and look at the science, ingredients, policy, legislation and regulations involved in the consumption or marketing of a food item. As a Food Nutritionist your role will vary between nutrition training or education, health promotion and assessing, setting, implementing and communicating nutritional standards and information, marketing, product development, regulatory support and scientific research.

Public Health Nutritionists develop, implement and evaluate nutrition policies and programmes. As a Public Health Nutritionist you’ll undertake research and apply scientific knowledge to ensure the government, people and communities have a good understanding of the impact of food and diet on health and well-being. You’ll also be in a position to advise on how to improve the diet, nutrition and health of people and communities.

Further study

A Masters in food science will also serve you well in progression to research-led projects. Many of our students go on to undertake PhD research here at the University of Leeds in one of the School’s research groups. Read about postgraduate research in the School of Food Science and Nutrition.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Key facts

Start date:
September 2018

Duration/Mode:
12 months full time

UK/EU fees:
£10,000 (total)
International fees:
£23,000 (total)

Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) or equivalent in a relevant science subject.

Language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components

Apply

Contact us:
School of Food Science and Nutrition Admissions Team
+44 (0)113 343 0347
mscenquiry@food.leeds.ac.uk