School of Health Professions

MSc Human Nutrition

Designed for graduates with a non-nutrition background, this broad-ranging programme offers you an advanced understanding of nutrition and the links between diet and health. Core nutrition science will underpin a critical evaluation of the role of nutrition in public health at the local, national and international level.

This contemporary masters degree is designed to develop professionals with a broad range of skills in human nutrition who are equipped to manage and lead in a range of dynamic settings, such as public health nutrition, health promotion, sports nutrition, the media, research and government.

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Careers with this subject

Successful completion allows graduates to work in a variety of nutrition-related areas such as public health, food and/or health industries, the media, nutrition policy development, teaching and research for health and education services, or other organisations.

Key features

  • Designed for graduates with a non-nutrition background, this full time programme will provide you with a new and alternative career pathway.
  • Train to become an evidence based nutrition professional equipped to manage and lead in dynamic settings.
  • The only programme of this type in the south-west region.
  • Delivered by a team with extensive experience in the delivery of masters level modules and a diverse range of expertise in nutrition, public health, research, sports nutrition and physiology. The team have external recognition for the quality of feedback to support student learning.
  • The programme will be accredited with the Association for Nutrition (AfN) allowing students who have completed the masters to apply for direct entry at associate level to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN).
  • Focuses on public health nutrition and disease prevention at the local, national and international level.
  • Develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of current and topical issues in sports nutrition and apply them to current practice utilising links with local sporting partnerships. 
  • Engage with local AfN registrants who will provide curriculum enrichment, local expertise and knowledge of future career pathways.
  • Research informed teaching will be embedded throughout the curriculum.
  • Issues around sustainability of nutrition will be threaded throughout the programme. 
  • Gain a core understanding of professional practice and ethics, elements of which are embedded within the programme.

Please note that when you enrol on this programme, you always enrol to study the master degree but we offer three exit awards: PgCert, PgDip and MSc.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • Postgraduate Certificate

    To achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to obtain 60 credits by completing the three core modules below.

    Core modules

    HNUT706 Nutrition Science 20 Credits

    HNUT702 Applied Nutrition 20 Credits

    HNUT707 Applied Epidemiology 20 Credits          


    Postgraduate Diploma

    To achieve a postgraduate diploma, you will have first completed the PgCert and need to obtain an additional 60 credits (to give 120 credits in total). This must include the three core modules.

    Core modules

    HNUT703 Applied Sports Nutrition 20 Credits

    HNUT705 Public Health Nutrition 20 Credits

    ADV715 Project Design for Research 20 Credits


    MSc

    To achieve a full master degree, you will have first completed the PgDip and need to obtain an additional 60 credits (to give 180 credits in total).

    Core module

    ADV716 Research Dissertation 60 Credits

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Human Nutrition programme specification 5742

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

UK/EU

You need to have a BSc (Hons) degree at 2:2 or above or European first cycle equivalent in a science or social science subject.

INTERNATIONAL

You need to have an equivalent BSc (Hons) degree at 2:2 or above or European first cycle equivalent in a science or social science subject.

International students must also provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with the University of Plymouth's Admissions Code of Practice and requirements set out by the AfN, This will be a minimum overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of at least 6.0 in each element and a mean score of 6.5.   

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are available for postgraduate taught programmes. Tell me more about scholarships and bursaries.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

New Student 2020 2021
Home £9,800 tbc
International £14,800 tbc
Part time (Home)  N/A tbc

Information about loans and funding for postgraduate study

Students applying for a postgraduate loan will be subject to stipulations regarding the duration of the programme. Please contact the pathway lead for advice before applying.

How to apply

When to apply

Applications for this programme should be made by the end of July in the academic year that you wish to commence studying. Please check the closing date and apply as early as possible as our programmes are popular.

Applying for this programme

Please visit our PDU admissions homepage for full details on the application process and to download the relevant forms.

Please return your completed forms to:

Email: pduadmissions@plymouth.ac.uk

Professional Development Unit
4th floor, Rolle Building
University of Plymouth
Drake Circus
Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Tel: +44 (0)1752 586951

What happens after I apply?

After your application is received by the PDU Admissions team, it will be processed and sent to the Programme Lead for a decision to be made on your suitability to study. You may be asked to provide additional information or to take part in an interview (for overseas students this may be by telephone or video conference). Once this decision has been made, you will be sent an email either confirming your place on the programme, or rejecting your application and giving the reasons for this decision (you may request further feedback in order to improve your chances of selection at a later date).

Please note that you will be enrolled on the full MSc programme. You may choose to exit with the qualification of PgCert upon completion of an appropriate 60 credits, or a PgDip upon completion of an appropriate 120 credits. More information is contained within the programme specification.

For applicants with disabilities

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by the University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services webpage.

Applying for this programme

Please visit our PDU admissions homepage for full details on the application process and to download the relevant forms.

Please return your completed forms to:

Email: pduadmissions@plymouth.ac.uk

Professional Development Unit
4th floor, Rolle Building
University of Plymouth
Drake Circus
Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Tel: +44 (0)1752 586951

What our students say...

  • @ “The modules provide a critical understanding of current nutrition knowledge and detail how it can be applied within professional practice. They are also taught by friendly and dedicated staff.” Alexander Cornwell, 2017 graduate

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