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.

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, PgCert or PgDip
Duration
8 months, 16 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
January or September

Study Options

At the University of Aberdeen we understand the need for flexibility for those who choose to study via online learning. Our online degree programmes are designed to fit with your learning needs, whether you want to study an individual course for CPD purposes or work towards achieving a PgCert, PgDip or MSc.

See the study options, costs and duration of study for each stage (pdf)

MSc 24 months Online Learning Part Time January or September
Degree Content

Degree Content

Successful completion of MSc in Clinical Nutrition requires 180 credits from the following courses. We encourage you to get in touch to find out more about the course options available to you and how you could structure your learning to best suit your career objectives.

Compulsory Courses

Introduction to Online Learning (PU5028)

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

View detailed information about this course

Fundamentals of Human Nutrition and Metabolism (PU5035) - 15 Credit Points

This course will provide you with the basic knowledge required to enable you to move on to the complex issues that are addressed in today's 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.

View detailed information about this course

Nutrition and Health Through the Life Stages (PU5543) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Assessment of Nutritional Health (PU5037) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Fundamentals of Research Design (PU5027) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Applied Statistics (PU5522) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Optional Courses

Students must also take one of the following:

Introduction to Economics and Health Economics (PU5008) - 15 Credit Points

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 (PU5031) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Epidemiology (PU5538) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Health Informatics (PU5532) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Extended Research Project in Applied Health Sciences (PU5914) - 30 Credit Points

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 (PU5915) - 30 Credit Points

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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Research Project in Applied Health Sciences (PU5913) - 60 Credit Points

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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PgCert 8 months Online Learning Part Time January or September
Degree Content

Degree Content

Successful completion of PgCert in Clinical Nutrition requires 60 credits from the following courses. We encourage you to get in touch to find out more about the course options available to you and how you could structure your learning to best suit your career objectives.

Please note that the compulsory course 'Clinical Nutrition for Disease Prevention' will be available from September 2018.

Compulsory Courses

Introduction to Online Learning (PU5028)

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

View detailed information about this course

Clinical Nutrition for Disease Prevention (PU5541) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Optional Courses

Fundamentals of Research Design (PU5027) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Fundamentals of Human Nutrition and Metabolism (PU5035) - 15 Credit Points

This course will provide you with the basic knowledge required to enable you to move on to the complex issues that are addressed in today's 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.

View detailed information about this course

Applied Statistics (PU5522) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Evidence - Based Health (PU5031) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Epidemiology (PU5538) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Health Informatics (PU5532) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Nutrition and Health Through the Life Stages (PU5543) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Assessment of Nutritional Health (PU5037) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

PgDip 16 months Online Learning Part Time January or September
Degree Content

Degree Content

Successful completion of PgDip in Clinical Nutrition requires 120 credits from the following courses. We encourage you to get in touch to find out more about the course options available to you and how you could structure your learning to best suit your career objectives.

Compulsory Courses

Clinical Nutrition for Disease Prevention (PU5541) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Introduction to Online Learning (PU5028)

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

View detailed information about this course

Optional Courses

You must gain the remaining 105 credits from the optional courses below. You must include at least one from:

  • Fundamentals of Human Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Health Through the Life Stages
  • Assessment of Nutritional Health
Fundamentals of Research Design (PU5027) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Fundamentals of Human Nutrition and Metabolism (PU5035) - 15 Credit Points

This course will provide you with the basic knowledge required to enable you to move on to the complex issues that are addressed in today's 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.

View detailed information about this course

Applied Statistics (PU5522) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Evidence - Based Health (PU5031) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Epidemiology (PU5538) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Health Informatics (PU5532) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Nutrition and Health Through the Life Stages (PU5543) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Assessment of Nutritional Health (PU5037) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

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
  • 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

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

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.

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

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

International Applicants

Should your programme necessitate a visit to the University you may find the following information helpful.

Fees and Funding

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

MSc 24 months Online Learning Part Time January or September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £750
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.
PgCert 8 months Online Learning Part Time January or September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £750
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.
PgDip 16 months Online Learning Part Time January or September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £750
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 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 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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