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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

Teaching and learning for this course will involve a combination of lectures, assignments, and tutorials. You will receive approximately 50 hours of face-to-face lectures which will provide you with a theoretical background for each topic. 

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

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

Course Aims:

The aim of the course is introduce you to the basic theoretical concepts relevant to the study of human nutrition. This course will give you the opportunity to develop a sound basic knowledge in human nutrition which is an essential platform for all other courses taken within the MSc Human nutrition programme. In particular, the course aims to provide you with detailed knowledge of the metabolism of protein, fat, carbohydrate, alcohol, vitamins, and minerals.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course you should have knowledge and understanding of the following:

  1. Basic theoretical concepts relevant to the study of human nutrition, including digestion and absorption, metabolic pathways, immunology, and introduction to molecular nutrition.
  2. The metabolism of macronutrients such as protein, fat, carbohydrate, and alcohol.
  3. The metabolism of micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and non-nutrient bioactive compounds.
  4. Energy balance, energy expenditure, energy requirements, and bioenergetics.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University week7
  • 2 Lectures during University week7
  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 8 - 10
  • 4 Lectures during University weeks 11 - 13, 16 - 17
  • 1 Lecture during University week14
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8, 16

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Class test (30%), Oral presentation (10%) written exam (60%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Written feedback for assessments.

Course Learning Outcomes


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