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Course Overview

This course provides students with the under pinning knowledge required when studying human nutrition. Introducing the basic concepts of the biochemical and metabolic processes essential to human health, you will have lectures, tutorials and practical assignments on the metabolic and endocrinology pathway and immune system responses to the food and nutrients we eat.  During the course you will gain a detailed understanding of the digestion, absorption and metabolism of carbohydrates, protein, fat, alcohol, vitamins and minerals, as well as an in-depth knowledge of energy balance and metabolism.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Vanessa Rungapamestry

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • MSc Human Nutrition (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • MT5022 Foundation for Nutrition (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The overall aims of the foundations of nutrition course are to:

· Introduce the basic concepts relevant to the study of human nutrition

· Give a detailed knowledge of the metabolism of protein, fat, carbohydrate and alcohol, vitamins and minerals

· Give an in-depth understanding of energy metabolism, energy balance, energy expenditure, energy requirements and bioenergetics.

· Training in the selection and use of scientific literature, in scientific writing and critical analysis of literature

By the end of the course students should have an understanding of the following:

· Basic concepts relevant to the study of human nutrition, including endocrinology, immunology, and metabolic pathways

· The metabolism of protein, fat, carbohydrate, alcohol, vitamins and minerals

· Energy balance, energy expenditure, energy requirements and bioenergetics

· How to select and critically appraise scientific literature, and write scientifically


Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MSc Human Nutrition

Contact Teaching Time

102 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Class Test (20%); Essay (30%); 2 hour Exam (50%)

Formative Assessment




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