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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This course provides up-to-date knowledge of the biological and molecular science research methods relevant to understanding the role food and nutrients in health and disease. A combination of lectures, seminars and laboratory classes will help you integrate the practicalities of undertaking nutrition research with the biological processes involving nutrition and its roles in both clinical and public health nutrition. During this course you will be required to contribute to lively discussions of the application of the research methods, study and intervention design.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Foresterhill Sustained Study No
  • Dr Janice Drew

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Lectures, seminars and practicals on molecular biology theory and methods, molecular nutrition, molecular analysis of human samples, model systems to study molecular nutrition, genomics, proteomics and nutrition research, human genome and polymorphisms, genes and disease, ethical considerations.

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 Computer Practical during University week26
  • 1 Science Laboratory during University week25
  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 25 - 26, 31
  • 4 Lectures during University weeks 27 - 29
  • 3 Lectures during University week30
  • 1 Practical during University week25
  • 2 Workshops during University weeks 26, 29

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

Lab practical report (20%), Essay (20%) and Class test (60%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Feedback on all assessments will be provided with 14 days of submission for all assignments and will take the form of either written or face-to-face feedback and discussion in tutorial sessions. Feedback will always provide information on areas that the students needs to focus on to improve their understanding.

Course Learning Outcomes


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