MSc in Human Nutrition

General

Program Description

How can you help an obese client to manage her weight? Which foods should a client with kidney disease avoid? What effect does fructose have on a child’s health?

Overview

Through this one-year course, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to work as a nutritionist in both the health and food sectors.

You’ll study the theory behind nutritional sciences, exploring topics from food guidelines to biochemistry to the distribution and control of disease. You’ll also have sessions in our laboratories where you’ll complete practical evaluations.

During practical sessions, we’ll help you to understand the assessments you might conduct as a nutritionist. We use patient case studies, so you might complete a nutritional assessment for a patient with Crohn’s disease or diabetes, or perhaps analyse a person’s diet.

Many of our students complete public health nutrition-based projects for their dissertations, focusing on areas they’re hoping to develop a career in. Recent topics include how diet and calorie intake might affect the efficacy of chemotherapy treatment and exercise barriers for young women.

Length

  • 1 year: full-time
  • 2 years: part-time

Features and Benefits

  • Practical sessions - You’ll have practical sessions where you explore topics such as food composition and how to conduct a nutritional assessment.
  • Industry-standard facilities - You’ll use our on-campus food manufacturing facilities, which includes a 10-booth sensory taste panel suite, development kitchens, and food biochemistry and physiology laboratories.
  • Teaching excellence - Our teaching team includes registered nutritionists, food scientists and a dietician.

Career Prospects

From nutrition-related roles within government organisations to working in the media to food industry research and development, there are a variety of career paths you could take as a nutritionist.

You might work in a health setting (such as a hospital) or perhaps set up a consultancy business as a nutritionist, or develop your career within research or teaching nutrition.

Entry Requirements

You will have a minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree in a bioscience subject. A recent relevant bioscience–based degree is desirable, however, students without a bioscience-based degree may be eligible if they can demonstrate a sound underpinning knowledge in the biosciences.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

Excellence Scholarship

We offer an Excellence Scholarship of £2000 to UK students on this course who have achieved a 2:1 degree classification or higher.

Course Details

Our Human Nutrition course aims to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the relationships between diet, disease and health.

It’s designed to give you the skills to analyse and critically evaluate nutrition and food science theory and practice so that you can develop a career as a nutritionist in the health and food sectors.

On this one-year course, you’ll have days with a mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, where you’ll explore some of the evaluations you might conduct as a nutritionist.

Topics you might cover in practicals include dietary assessments, clinical nutrition to help people understand health conditions such as diabetes, and how to assess nutritional status.

You’ll also learn about ethics for scientific research, research methodologies and statistical analyses, including how to appraise scientific research studies.

This is to introduce you to methods you’ll most likely use in your future career, as well as to prepare you for the independent research study you’ll conduct for your final assessment.

For your dissertation, you’ll typically submit a 2,000-word research proposal and a 16,000-word dissertation with your research findings. You’ll have the support of a supervisor to help guide you through your project.

Our academic team at Manchester Met includes registered nutritionists, food scientists and a dietitian. Many conduct research projects in their area of expertise, and you’ll normally have the opportunity to volunteer to help with projects.

Recent research projects include 5:2 diet studies in managing acute disease outcomes, a community project to encourage residents to grow and eat their own food, and various field and laboratory projects exploring the pharmacodynamics and kinetics of molecular nutrition in the human body.

Year 1

Over the duration of this course, you'll cover the following core units:

  • Fundamental Nutrition
  • Sustainable Diets
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Nutrition in Practice
  • Nutritional Assessment
  • Molecular Nutrition and Biochemistry
  • Health Promotion
  • Food Composition and Analysis
  • Dissertation with Research Methods
Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equate to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study

  • Full-time: 30% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 70% independent study
  • Part-time: 30% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 70% independent study

Assessment

  • Full-time: 100% coursework; 0% practical; 0% examination
  • Part-time: 100% coursework; 0% practical; 0% examination

Department of Health Professions

Our Department of Health Professions teaches subjects including physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, and nutritional sciences.

The department is committed to ensuring its courses stay relevant and up-to-date with current professional practice, by maintaining links with colleagues in clinical practice and research.

Fees

UK and EU Students
  • UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £8,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
  • UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1417 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island Students
  • Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £15,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
  • Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2584 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5 pence per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop, up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400.

Last updated September 2019

About the School

Manchester Met has a proud heritage dating back to 1824. We are also one of the largest universities in the UK with over 38,000 students. We have over 3,500 international students from more than 140 c ... Read More

Manchester Met has a proud heritage dating back to 1824. We are also one of the largest universities in the UK with over 38,000 students. We have over 3,500 international students from more than 140 countries. We are ranked amongst the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years old according to the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019 which is a measure of our commitment to delivering and supporting quality research and teaching. Read less