MSc in Human Nutrition

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

Program Description

MSc in Human Nutrition

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

Master of Science (MSc) in Human Nutrition

Our diet plays a significant role in growth, development and wellbeing, and a healthy diet can modulate performance and quality of life in all life stages.

The programme is offered in English.

Diet plays a pivotal role in development of life style disease, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. In addition to the burden for the individual, these diseases are expected to constitute the largest global health problem by 2020, and thereby increase the burden on the health system and the society.

The Human Nutrition programme gives you comprehensive knowledge of the importance of nutrition to human health and a thorough understanding of the principles and methods of nutritional science.

In the course of the two-year MSc programme, you will learn about the conversion of energy and nutrients in the human body, the importance of nutrition in the various stages of life and the effects of nutrition on health and disease.

As a graduate from the MSc programme in Human Nutrition, you will be an expert on diet, nutrition and health, and you can therefore contribute to handling the global health challenges.

Profile and Career

Our society is highly focused on food and health. Our diet is important in relation to growth, development and wellbeing, and healthy nutrition can promote performance and the quality of life for all age groups.

As a graduate from the MSc programme in Human Nutrition, you will have a thorough understanding of the principles and methods of nutritional science. You obtain knowledge of the conversion of energy and nutrients and of the importance of the diet in the various stages of life.

You gain insight into the effects of nutrition on health and disease, and you know the cultural significance of our diet and eating habits.

Competence Description

With an MSc degree in Human Nutrition, you master methods of measuring and assessing nutrient intakes and energy requirements. You can initiate and manage prevention initiatives, as you learn through your studies to define target groups, set intervention levels, select specific activities and plan evaluations.

In addition, you are able to monitor and consider aspects that influence people’s relationship to food. You can identify Danish players within the health sector and their areas of responsibility. And you will be qualified to understand the interests of the international, national and local players in the nutrition-related treatment of disease.

Career Opportunities

As an MSc in Human Nutrition, you wil have many different job opportunities, for example:

  • Health coordinator, for example, planning dietary information campaigns.
  • Management and teaching within higher health education.
  • Management of projects and development work, including nutrition-related assessment of food products, for example, at the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration or the National Board of Health, Denmark.
  • Gathering, processing and assessing nutrition scientific knowledge about, for example, the development of new dietary supplements or functional food, at companies like Nestlé or Unilever.
  • Nutrition consultant in patients’ associations and special interest groups, for example, the Danish Cancer Society and the Danish Heart Foundation.
  • Consultancy in countries with undernourishment and malnutrition problems.
  • Teamwork in respect to designing, conducting and assessing nutrition-related studies and clinical tests, for example, at Novo Nordisk and Pharma Nord.
  • Admission to a three-year PhD programme at the university or another research environment.

Programme Structure

The programme consists of both compulsory and elective courses. Instruction is in the form of lectures, seminars, practical and theoretical exercises. You will work independently and in project groups.

The programme consists of:

  • Compulsory courses
  • Thematic courses
  • Electives
  • Thesis

Compulsory courses

The compulsory courses are the foundation of the programme and they are placed in the five first blocks. In the compulsory courses, you learn how to create health-promoting activities in the area of nutrition, acquire knowledge about the content of nutrients in foods and their metabolism as well as their importance for health. You can, for example, focus on teenage obesity, the effect of fish oil on the risk of sudden death from heart failure or the potential of GMO foods to solve global problems with undernourishment.

Thematic course

The thematic course in human nutrition in block 3 will extend your skills in defining and analysing a nutrition-related problem. The work is project-based and problem-oriented and the main part of the course consists of group work, supplemented by some lectures and seminars.

Elective courses

Electives represent approx. 1/8 of the programme. You may choose among courses on nutrition at the Faculty of Science, for example, Bioactive Components and Health, International Nutrition and Health or The Sociology of Food Consumption, or you may choose courses on a completely different topic at other faculties at the University of Copenhagen, at other universities in Denmark or abroad. In addition, it is possible to choose Project in Practice (15 ECT) as an elective course, which will give you an opportunity to apply your academic skills in a commercial context.


You will complete your studies by writing a thesis. Here, you will be working independently on an academic topic of your own choice. You may do either experimental work or analytical work based on collected data.

Teaching on the MSc programe in Human Nutrition

Instruction is in the form of lectures, seminars, practical and theoretical exercises.. You will be working both independently and in project groups.

When and how to apply

The application procedure for EU/EEA and Swiss Citizens

  • Make sure to check the admission requirements.
  • Contact SCIENCE Student Service if you have questions.
  • Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist) - Language tests and certified diplomas can be forwarded through the online application portal up until study start.
  • From 1 February to 1 April you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
  • We must receive your application no later than 1 April (Fall Semester).
  • After 1 April application deadline, your application will be evaluated by an academic admissions committee.
  • You will receive a response no later than 15 June.
  • Study start 1 September 2014.

Application Procedure Non-EU/EEA Citizens

  • Make sure to check the programme admission requirements.
  • Contact SCIENCE Student Services if you have questions.
  • Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist). Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • From 15 November to 15 January you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
  • We must receive your application no later than 15 January (Fall Semester).
  • Your application is evaluated by an academic admission committee between 15 January and 15 March: All applicants offered admission will receive an invoice for tuition fees which must be paid by 15 April
  • If admitted, you will receive your letter of admission after we have received your tuition fee payment.
  • 1 May is the deadline for applying for your residence permit.

Checklist for Documentation

In order to make sure we have all the information needed to evaluate your past achievements and future potential, you are required to submit the following items:

  • An original or certified copy* of your academic transcript from your Bachelor degree. If the transcript is in a language other than English or a Scandinavian language, please include an official English translation.
  • A certified copy* of your Bachelor diploma. If you are yet to receive your diploma, please provide a letter from your university stating the date when the diploma will be issued.
  • Course descriptions of courses undertaken in your Bachelor degree relevant to the programme you are applying for. These can be in the form of photocopies from your university's academic handbook/course lists or print-outs from the university's website. They should describe what was required of you to complete the courses, what was studied and hours of study. These course descriptions allow us to understand exactly what you have studied in your prior degree, and help us to determine whether you meet the requirements and are eligible for the MSc degree at the Faculty of Science.
  • An updated version of your C.V. (curriculum vitae)/résumé A photo is not necessary.
  • A photocopy of your passport. Should you have more than one passport (citizenship) please copy the passport with which you will use to travel to Denmark. NB: You must use your EU/EEA passport should you wish to be given a tuition fee waiver.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (not applicable to native English speakers) 1) Acceptable TOEFL/IELTS exam results (these test results should be sent to us separately from the test centre upon your request) OR 2) Proof that English was the language of instruction in your prior education. See more information on the language requirements.

* An official certified copy is a copy of an original document that has been certified as a true and correct copy by a person who is authorised to witness a statutory declaration. Official certified copies are usually a photocopy of the original document stamped, signed and verified by an official in your country. Each country varies in whom is qualified to certify documents, however generally speaking your university, lawyers and embassies can certify documents for you, so that we can verify that what we have is a true replica of the original (and therefore determine if you are eligible for the MSc with us).

Please note that when you apply for admission through the digital application system, you are responsible for including and uploading all relevant documents listed in the application package as described above. If you do not have the necessary documentation at time of application you must instead upload an explanation. You can not continue the application process, if you fail to upload information when the application system requires it.

Please note that if you are admitted to an MSc programme at SCIENCE, you may be requested to present your original diploma and transcript at your arrival in Denmark. This will allow us to verify the documents.

If you have already applied digitally, you can always log on to the system and check up on the status of where in the application process your application currently is. Once your application is processed, you will also receive messages regarding your application through the online application system.

Application deadlines

  • EU/ EEA/Swiss applicants:

1 April 2014 for admission 1 September 2014

  • Non EU/ EEA applicants:

15 January 2014 for admission 1 September 2014

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 1, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
Denmark Copenhagen
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End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price - No tuition fee - EU/EEA