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PG Certificate
PG Diploma

Human Nutrition

School of Health and Related Research, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

We tackle some of the world’s greatest health challenges to improve the health and care of people across the globe.
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Course description

The course aims to give you an excellent understanding of the fundamentals of human nutritional biochemistry and epidemiology.

You’ll study different methods of dietary assessment and analysis, enabling you to collect, analyse and interpret dietary information. You’ll also explore the nutritional challenges of vulnerable population groups and the importance of nutrition policy both locally and in a global context.

The course helps to prepare you for a career in research, the food industry, academia, community nutrition and nutrition consultancy.


We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.

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Accredited by the Association for Nutrition – graduates can apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists as Registered Associate Nutritionists


Core modules

  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Nutritional Physiology
  • Nutrition in Health and Disease
  • Nutrition in the Global South
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Introduction to Statistics and Critical Appraisal
  • Research Project and Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Molecular Nutrition
  • Health Promotion
  • Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal Techniques
  • Qualitative Research Design and Analysis
  • Further Statistics for Health Science Researchers

Masters candidates complete all core modules plus one optional module. PG Diploma candidates complete all the core modules except the research project and dissertation, plus one optional module.


You’ll learn through lectures and seminars, practical sessions, workshops, group debates, self-study units and individual presentations. You’ll work independently on your research project, with guidance from an academic.


You’re assessed on written reports, laboratory practical classes and group and individual assignments, which may involve oral presentations. There is a written examination at the end of some modules. The research project is assessed by a written dissertation.


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2-5 years part-time

I highly recommend the course to anyone interested in pursuing a career related to nutrition, not only from my personal experience but how positively the degree is spoken about from professionals I have met through my work.

Bethan Hamilton
Human Nutrition

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. We also accept graduates in medicine.

If your degree is not science-based, you may be accepted if you can demonstrate a sound underpinning knowledge in the biosciences, to meet the demands of the programme.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.


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

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.