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, offered part-time over two years. Core nutrition science will underpin a critical evaluation of the role of nutrition in public health at the local, national and international level.

Explore the role of nutrition in exercise and sports performance and graduate with the skills to work and lead as a nutritionist in a wide range of environments.

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Key features

  • Designed for graduates with a non-nutrition background - this part-time programme, the only one of this type in the South West region, offers you the chance to discover a new and alternative career pathway, with the added flexibility of balancing study with other commitments.
  • Gain an advanced understanding of nutrition and links between diet and health.
  • Critically evaluate the role of public health nutrition in addressing current issues in human health at the local, national and international level.
  • Understand the role of nutrition in exercise and sports performance and be able to apply this in a real world setting.
  • Train to become an evidence-based nutrition professional, equipped to manage and lead in dynamic settings. Professional practice elements are embedded throughout the curriculum.
  • 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.
  • Benefit from the input of local registered nutritionists - take advantage of opportunities to engage and benefit from curriculum enrichment, local expertise and knowledge of future career pathways.
  • Develop key skills in designing and undertaking high quality nutrition-based research - research informed teaching is embedded throughout the programme.
  • Explore sustainability in nutrition throughout the duration of your study.
  • Apply for direct entry at associate level to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists, following completion of the programme.
  • Graduate equipped to succeed in a variety of nutrition related areas such as public health, food and / or health industries (commercial or private), the media, nutrition policy development, teaching and research for health and education services, government and other organisations.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • This MSc in Human Nutrition will be delivered on a two year part-time basis. Core modules in the science of food, nutrition and human health will underpin an advanced understanding of links between diet and health at the individual, population and strategic level. Nutritional epidemiology will be studied to inform the practice of public health nutrition and how key issues in population health may be addressed. Key and topical issues in sports nutrition will be studied and applied to real world situations. Research modules will provide you with key research skills to design and carry out high quality nutrition research under supervision. You'll become a nutrition professional equipped to work in a range of nutrition settings and you will be eligible to apply to register as an associate nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition.

    Nutrition Science (20 credits): Includes the science, application and consequences of food choice/ lifestyle and its impact on human nutritional health.

    Applied Nutrition (20 credits): Examines basic nutritional metabolism and the link between diet and health.

    Applied Sports Nutrition (20 credits): Critically evaluate the role of nutrition in sports and exercise and cover the professional aspects of working as a registered nutritionist.

    Nutritional Epidemiology (20 credits): Critically evaluates key concepts and principles of nutritional epidemiology, and develop an evidence-based understanding of diet and occurrence of disease in populations.

    Public Health Nutrition (20 credits): Examines the role of nutrition in public health and critically evaluates the evidence base for applying interventions in public health.

    Project Design for Research (20 credits): Identify and appraise research and data analysis methods, allowing you to develop your own research proposal.

    Research Dissertation (60 credits) Complete your research dissertation under the supervision of a member of the programme team.

    Over the two years modules will be studied as follows:

    • Year 1 – Nutrition Science, Applied Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology, and either Public Health Nutrition or Sports Nutrition
    • Year 2 – Project Design for Research, Research Dissertation, and either Public Health Nutrition or Sports Nutrition.


    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.

    For a Pg Cert in Human Nutrition - you need 60 credits
    Core modules Nutrition Science (20 credits) and Applied Nutrition (20 credits) must be achieved.

    For a Pg Diploma in Human Nutrition – you need 120 credits
    Core modules Nutrition Science (20 credits) and Applied Nutrition (20 credits) must be achieved.

    MSc Human Nutrition - you need 180 credits

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

International students must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with Plymouth Universities 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.  If you need to improve your English language to get onto a degree programme at Plymouth University, you can book a pre-sessional academic English course.

SCHOLARSHIPS

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

Fees, costs and funding

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Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Alumnus loyalty reward for postgraduate study

From September 2018, the University applies a discretionary alumni reward where alumnus meet certain criteria on particular postgraduate taught courses.

  • a 20 per cent discount on home/EU tuition fees
  • or a £2,000 discount on international tuition fees.

PGCE programmes, Master of Architecture, MChem, MEng, MGeol, MPsych, MSci, ResM and postgraduate research degrees are not included in this reward.

For further details, and contact information, please review our alumni discount policy.

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.

Apply for this programme

Applications should be made by using the relevant PDF or Word application form.

Postgraduate application form DOC – A DOC application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to University

Postgraduate application form PDF – A PDF application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to University

International student postgraduate application form DOC – Postgraduate taught programmes application for international students

International student postgraduate application form PDF – Postgraduate taught programmes application for international students

Printed application forms are also available and can be obtained from the Professional Development Unit. Please send your completed application form to the address or email listed below:

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

Email: pduadmissions@plymouth.ac.uk
Tel: +44 1752 586951

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information, to take part in an interview or you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

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

Support is also available if you are an overseas student applying to the University from our International Office.


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.

English Language Centre

We offer a range of courses to help you develop your academic English language skills.

These include pre-sessional academic English courses for undergraduates, taught postgraduates and research students along with insessional language classes, tutorials and activities to support students who have English as a second language.

Find out how we can help you reach your potential.

Scholarship for MSc Human Nutrition international applicants

A £3000 fee waiver will be awarded to international applicants who exceed the entry requirements for this programme.

You need to have a BSc (Hons) degree at 2:1 (or equivalent) OR an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of at least 7.0.


Scholarship for MSc Human Nutrition international applicants

A £1500 fee waiver will be awarded to international applicants who meet the entry requirements for this programme. 

There are 10 scholarships available and they will be awarded on a first come first served basis to those accepted onto the programme.

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