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Human Nutrition

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

This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition – graduates can apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists as Registered Associate Nutritionists. You’ll study different methods of dietary assessment and analysis, and you'll explore the importance of nutrition policy on a local and global scale.
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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


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Continuing Professional Development

All modules on this course can be studied as standalone CPD modules. It is possible to complete standalone modules and then apply to transfer to an MSc/PGDip/PGCert qualification. Any time spent on the CPD route counts toward the time-limit a student has to complete their chosen qualification.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.


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.

Our teaching combines authentic and social learning:

  • Authentic learning: we use real-world, real-life, up-to-date case studies, examples and scenarios. You can immediately see how your learning is 'authentic' and applicable to your own working life
  • Social learning: We learn from each other as much as from purely independent study. This course uses multiple tools to deliver content and facilitate interaction with and between tutors and students


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

Your career

After successfully completing their course, graduates have had the opportunity to secure roles within food manufacturing, the pharmaceutical industry, local and central government, overseas aid agencies and teaching.

Many alumni have also gone on to study dietetics, resulting in a career in the NHS. Others have gone into research or PhD student positions both nationally and internationally.

Our masters graduates go on to work in very diverse areas and found many exciting opportunities within well sought after organisations:

  • Nestle
  • Bakkavor
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Danone, Ireland
  • Mondelez International
  • Public Health England
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Nutrition Society
  • University of Oxford
  • MRC Human Nutrition Unit, Cambridge
  • Mesa Community College, San Diego
  • Centro de Nutricion Clinica, Costa Rica
  • Anjali Mukerjee Health, Mumbai
  • NY Vasta Global LLC. Mumbai, India
  • Helen Keller International
  • Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Malaysia

Student profile

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.

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

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.


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

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+44 114 222 5454

Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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