Do you want to help prevent disease and improve the understanding of the relationship between diet and health? This MSc focuses on the problems of over and under nutrition, which apply to most developed nations as well as those undergoing rapid transformation.

This programme is studied fully online.

The Clinical Nutrition programme offers specialised training in the clinical and scientific basis of human nutrition. Through your studies you will be given the opportunity to improve your knowledge of clinical, metabolic and molecular nutrition while also learning about the issues affecting public health.

Students benefit from a high degree of flexibility both in learning time and content. The programme is designed to fit around your work and family life and to enable you to study at a pace that suits you.

This programme has been designed by leading academics and professionals in the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition. Many of the academics involved in the delivery of this programme are based at the Rowett Institute, one of the leading and oldest nutrition research institutes in Europe.

For over 100 years, the Rowett Institute has played a major role in informing policy and establishing the link between diet and health; it continues to be at the forefront of scientific discoveries on major diet related health and food security issues to this day.

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of

  • the scientific basis of nutrition. Understanding nutritional requirements from the molecular through to the population level
  • the food chain and its impact on food choice. Integrating the food supply with dietary intake
  • food in a social or behavioural context, at all stages of the lifecourse
  • how to apply the scientific principles of nutrition for the promotion of health and wellbeing of individuals, groups and populations; recognising benefits and risks

Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
MSc, PgDip or PgCert
8 months, 16 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • E-learning
  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lab Work
  • Peer Learning
  • Professional Placements
  • Research

Why Study Clinical Nutrition?

  • Studying Clinical Nutrition at Aberdeen means you will experience multi-disciplinary, research-led teaching by experts who are leaders in the field.
  • You will have access to the Rowett Institute, which has been responsible for ground-breaking nutritional research including the effect of milk on the growth of children, the development of partition chromatography and the establishment of the Food Standard’s Agency and the Scottish Diet Action Plan.
  • The University has a strong focus on developing your applied skills and expertise, so that your knowledge is closely aligned to employers’ needs.
  • Our programme is delivered 100% online using a variety of online learning tools allowing you to study whenever and wherever you choose.
  • Tutors will work with you to guide the selection of elective courses and topic area/length for your project at an early stage to ensure your studies are aligned to your career aspirations.
  • We use a variety of teaching formats including videos, text, audio and discussion panels. All our live sessions are recorded so you can log-in to watch live or tune in at a time convenient to you.
  • The programme is delivered via our Virtual Learning Environment, My Aberdeen, which provides access to all the tools and support you will need during your studies.
  • The Clinical Nutrition programme is co-ordinated with the Medical School which is ranked 7th in the UK (Guardian League Tables 2016).

Entry Requirements


A second-class honours degree in Biological Sciences or Life Sciences, or equivalent research or field experience. Minimum 2.2, 60% or GPA 2.4/4 or 3.0/5 overall.

Please check the In My Country pages to find out if your degree is equivalent.

English Language Requirements

All students must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the College of Life Sciences and Medicine Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempt from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme.

an up-to-date CV/Resumé
Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Fees and Funding

Tuition fee rates can be found on our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Click a row below to view detailed fee information for each study option.

MSc Clinical Nutrition 2 Years Online Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £750
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.
PgDip Clinical Nutrition 1 Year, 4 Months Online Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £750
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.
PgCert Clinical Nutrition 8 Months Online Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £750
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.


Completing the MSc Clinical Nutrition at the University of Aberdeen will give you the knowledge, understanding and practical insight required to advance your career in nutrition. You will broaden your career opportunities and develop an invaluable network of contacts.

Career options available to you include:

  • Further study (PhD)
  • Academic jobs in university settings, e.g. lecturer, researcher
  • Nutritionist
  • Public Health Policy Manager
  • Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinator
  • Fitness and Nutrition Counsellor

Not only will you gain a qualification from one of the world’s top universities, but you will be part of Aberdeen’s strong heritage of research excellence. In 2014, the University was ranked number 1 in the UK by the Research Excellence Framework in the Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science category.

Our Experts

Programme Coordinator
Dr Nigel Hoggard

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time.

Research Impact

Marks & Spencer (M&S) plc developed the Fuller Longer food range with expert input from University of Aberdeen scientists, led by Dr Alex Johnstone.

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Contact Details

College of Life Sciences and Medicine Graduate School
University of Aberdeen
Polwarth Building
AB25 2ZD

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