MMedSci/Diploma Human Nutrition

The Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Enhance your career with a masters in a specialist field. Our courses are backed by world-class interdisciplinary research.

Medicine at Sheffield is leading the way, taking a coordinated, interdisciplinary approach to some of the most pressing issues in global health.

Our funding comes from research councils, the Department of Health, the EU, and prominent charities such as the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation. Our partners and sponsors include Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Eli Lilly.

About the course

Accredited by the Association for Nutrition

Lead academic: Dr Peter Grabowski

This course will give you a good understanding of the fundamentals of human nutrition.

You'll learn research skills and techniques.

It will prepare you for a career in research, the food industry, academia, community nutrition and nutrition consultancy.

Core modules

  • Epidemiology and Community Nutrition
  • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Molecular Nutrition
  • Nutritional Physiology
  • Nutrition for Developing Countries
  • Clinical Nutrition

The Diploma follows the same taught structure as the masters and students must complete all modules.

Additional core modules

For the MMedSci, you'll complete an original research project plus a literature review.

For the Diploma, you'll complete a library-based research project.


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical sessions
  • Workshops
  • Group debates
  • Self-study units
  • Individual presentations
  • Research skills tutorials

Students work independently on the research and library projects, with guidance from an academic.


  • Written reports
  • Laboratory practical classes
  • Group assignments
  • Individual assignments which may involve oral presentations
  • Written exam at the end of each module
  • Original research project assessed by a written dissertation and an oral presentation (MMedSci only)
  • Library-based project assessed by written dissertation (Diploma only)

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Postgraduate medicine students

Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

You'll have a 2:1 degree in a relevant science subject. A 2:2 may be acceptable depending on the degree and your references. Graduates in Medicine are also accepted.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS 7.0 with 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Your career

This course will prepare you for a wide range of careers including food manufacturing/retail; pharmaceutical industry; local government/community; central government; international non-government organisations, overseas aid agencies; teaching; further training (PhD, dietetics etc); nutritional consultancy; and research.

Hepatitis B policy

If your course involves a significant risk of exposure to human blood or other body fluids and tissue, you’ll need to complete a course of Hepatitis B immunisation before starting. We conform to national guidelines that are in place to protect patients, health care workers and students.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Theresa Caruth
T: +44 (0)114 222 5536