Introduction

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.

The 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.

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
Duration
1 Year / 2 Years
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September

What You'll Study

The information below applies to the 1 year full time / 2 year part time online learning MSc programme which runs in September.

Degree Structure

Introduction

Successful completion of MSc in Clinical Nutrition requires 180 credits from the following courses

Compulsory Courses

Introduction to Online Learning

The Introduction to online learning course gives students the opportunity to ensure they are comfortable and familiar with the use of the various online tools used during the courses in the online PgCert in Research Methods for Health. These include listening to podcasts, taking online quizzes, uploading electronic assignments, contributing to synchronous or ‘live’ discussions in our virtual classroom and asynchronous discussions using discussion boards, wikis and blogs as well as activating links to relevant and current websites, e-books/journal articles. Students are required to have a headset with a microphone function for this course

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Fundamentals of Research Design - Credits: 15

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of health research methods. The course will focus on the development of research protocols, including how to formulate research questions, identify appropriate study designs, identify relevant outcomes and plan data collection. Students will be introduced to the main study designs used in health research including experimental, observational, qualitative and mixed method designs. Sampling techniques and methods for data collection for both quantitative and qualitative methods will be addressed. Students will also be introduced to the importance of critical appraisal and research ethics and will learn how to communicate scientific findings.

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Fundamentals of Human Nutrition and Metabolism - Credits: 15

This course will provide you with the basic knowledge required to enable you to move on to the complex issues that are addressed in todays society around the role of nutrition and food in disease prevention and management. This coures is designed as a refresher course for those who have already undertaken nutrition at undergraduate levels or to enable students with a strong science background to convert their knowledge into the nutrition field.

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Nutrition and Health Through the Life Stages - Credits: 15

This course will provide a detailed knowledge of the relationships between diet, human development, health, and disease. Topics covered include diet and nutrition across the life course, integration and adaptability of different metabolic pathways e.g. starvation, exercise, and the role of diet in the development of diseases including cancer and cardiovascular disease. During the course you will also develop the skills required to select and critically appraise scientific evidence.

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Applied Statistics - Credits: 15

Applied statistics introduces students to statistical concepts involved in the appropriate design, analysis and interpretation of research in health settings, covering aspects of data types and presentation of data; probability; samples, distributions, statistical inference; hypothesis testing; univariate parametric and non-parametric methods and correlation with an introduction to regression.

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Clinical Nutrition for Disease Prevention - Credits: 15

The overall aim of nutrition practice and research is to enable everyone to gain optimum health and well-being through good nutrition. This course aims to enable student to develop the fundamental understanding and application of evidence based health at an individual- and population-level. This course also aims to help future nutrition practitioners and researchers develop the skills and insights necessary to advocate for better health through diet and nutrition, and the public and social policies that support better nutritional and health outcomes.

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Assessment of Nutritional Health - Credits: 15

This course will give you a detailed theoretical and practical understanding of the methods used to assess nutritional status, dietary intake and the nutritional composition of food. Theory will be put into practice through a series of practical workshop to give you ‘hands-on’ experience of using a range of assessment techniques using equipment routinely employed by nutritionists. The assignments for this course are designed to help you develop the skills you will employ in daily life as a nutritionist these include presenting an academic poster, producing a paper and conducting a nutritional assessment of a client.

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Research Project in Applied Health Sciences - Credits: 60

To give the students direct experience of the different processes involved in scientific research, either in a laboratory, clinical or public health setting.

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Optional Courses

Introduction to Economics and Health Economics - Credits: 15

Health Economics is concerned with the optimal use of scarce health care resources. The PgCert in Health Economics introduces economic techniques for determining the optimal allocation of resources and economic arguments for ways of financing and providing health care. This course provides an introduction to economic concepts underpinning the topics covered in the remainder of the programme. It provides students with an introduction to how health care differs from other commodities and the implications for the organisation and delivery of health care. Students will study the concepts of scarcity, opportunity cost, demand and supply and their relevance to health care.

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Evidence - Based Health - Credits: 15

This course is taken by students registered for the PGCert in Research Methods for Health and the MPH. It is delivered online and provides interaction with fellow students and faculty both synchronously and asynchronously. Everyone taking part must be registered for the course and complete all assessments.This course aims to enable the fundamental understanding and application of evidence based health at an individual- and population-level, focusing on the use of systematic reviews to synthesise evidence as well as methods to translate and implement evidence to inform health practice and policy.

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Epidemiology - Credits: 10

This course in applied epidemiology gives an introduction to disease measurement at a population level, basic epidemiological study design and analysis, and provides an understanding of key methodological issues needed to apply when designing – or critically appraising – an epidemiological study.

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Health Informatics (Distance Learning) - Credits: 15

We live in a time of ‘Big Data’ with the rapid growth in the digital capture of health information. Health Informatics is the science of data capture, linkage and analysis of large datasets to improve health. The demand for health researchers with training and experience in health informatics is high. For people practicing in Public Health, it is a key skill. It will equip students for any career in health research or public health practice and this course is an excellent stepping stone for those wishing to develop a specialist interest in the field.

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Extended Research Project in Applied Health Sciences - Credits: 30

This course must be taken in conjunction with the research project in applied health sciences and offers the students the opportunity to extend the project length from 15 weeks to 22 weeks. This additional time is to allow student to undertake a more extensive project in order to develop additional research skills. By taking this combination of courses makes this one of the most extensive research projects to be undertaken in a taught masters.

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Work Placement in Applied Health Sciences - Credits: 30

This course must be taken in conjunction with the research project in applied health sciences and offers the students the opportunity to extend the project length from 15 weeks to 22 weeks. This additional time is to allow student to undertake a more extensive project in order to develop additional research skills. By taking this combination of courses makes this one of the most extensive research projects to be undertaken in a taught masters.

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Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • E-learning
  • Individual Projects
  • Professional Placements
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

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.

Students from other disciplines who do not have the required level of biomedical sciences can be considered for the programme once they have successfully completed the University of Aberdeen’s Access to Postgraduate Biomedical Science course. This 6-week online course has been designed to help students, planning to study Clinical Nutrition, gain the required level of biomedical sciences knowledge and understanding to prepare for postgraduate studies.

The Access to biomedical sciences course will run for 6 weeks from early May to mid-June (exact dates to be confirmed) at a cost of £500. If you are considering registering for this access course please contact Dr Janet Kyle (j.kyle@abdn.ac.uk) for further details.

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.

CV
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

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

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.

Funding Opportunities

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. More information can be found on our Finance and Funding page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

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 a top 1% University 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 Us

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