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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

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

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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Explore core and optional modules

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.


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

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.