MSc Nutritional Medicine
- Programme director
- Michelle Gibbs
- Programme length
- Part-time: 24-60 months
- Programme start date
- September 2013
Offered as part of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.
Delivered by leading experts at the cutting edge of research and practice, providing evidence based teaching with an applied approach.
This programme is the first university-level, evidence-based Masters degree course in this subject in the UK and is appropriate for the in-service training of doctors (who receive little training in nutrition), dietitians, pharmacists and healthcare workers in the role of nutrition in disease prophylaxis and management. The programme attracts high-quality students from within and outside the UK.
Nutritional medicine includes clinical nutrition but is wider in scope, covering aspects of nutrition and health via the role that nutrition plays in health, disease, lifecycle and ageing. The programme is delivered by leading experts at the cutting edge of research and practice, providing evidence-based teaching with an applied approach. No equivalent programme exists elsewhere at present.
You will gain a deep evidence-based understanding of the complex relationships between nutrition and diseases. You will learn to take a critical and scholarly approach to theory, practice, literature and research findings, resulting in a greater understanding of the range and potential of the nutritional management of disease.
This modular, part-time programme is accessible to those in full-time employment, consisting of three-day taught periods at the University, preceded by preparatory study and followed by consolidation and assessment. Modules can also be taken as stand-alone short courses.
Medical graduates and those with a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree in appropriate bioscience or health disciplines.
English language requirements
IELTS minimum overall: 7.0
IELTS minimum by component:
We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
Fees and funding
All fees are subject to increase or review for subsequent academic years. Please note that not all visa routes permit part-time study and overseas students entering the UK on a Tier 4 visa will not be permitted to study on a part-time basis.
|Programme name||Study mode||Start date||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees|
|MSc Nutritional Medicine||Part-time||Sept 2013||£985 per module||£985 per module|
The two compulsory modules, Principles of Nutritional Science and Principles of Applied Nutrition and Epidemiology, have been planned to give an excellent foundation in nutritional science and applied nutrition which will benefit participants in their understanding of the other modules.
The remaining ten modules range broadly over the interface between nutrition and health, covering diseases widely recognised to have a nutritional component and those, such as mental illness, where such a link is less well known.
Some modules address stages of life such as pregnancy and old age while others concentrate on classes of nutrients important to health. The gut, being the means whereby we receive our nutrients, has a module to itself. Nutrition in the hospital setting is covered in Clinical Nutrition and Nutritional Support. A research module is required for the MSc (except with special permission).
- Principles of Nutritional Science
- Principles of Applied Nutrition and Epidemiology
- Antioxidants, Phytoprotectants and Disease
- Obesity, Diabetes and Eating Disorders
- Diet, the Gut, Food Allergy and Intolerance
- Nutritional Aspects of Pregnancy, Infancy and Childhood
- Nutrition and Ageing
- Lipids and Essential Fatty Acids
- Dietary Minerals in Health and Disease
- Clinical Nutrition and Nutritional Support
- Nutrition and Exercise for Health and Sports Performance
- The Brain and Nervous System; Diet and Behaviour
Distance learning prior to attendance at the module
Within the six-week period before attending a module, you will receive some preliminary material for study that may take some 40 hours to assimilate. This will generally be background material (for example, a core text and/or specially written material/journal article/s) aimed at ensuring that all students, whatever their previous learning experience, will have attained a certain basic knowledge of the subject and its terminology.
Teaching at the University
The three eight-hour days at the University consist mainly of formal lectures but will also include interactive or participative sessions, incorporating some of the following learning strategies: workshops, syndicated work, demonstrations, case studies, debates, journal clubs. You will generally be given additional papers, reviews, notes or reading lists relating to the module lectures.
Distance learning following attendance at the module
In the two months following the module, you will be expected to study the material covered and to carry out further reading (including that of journal articles) to expand your understanding.
Research project module
A hypothesis will be examined by the collection of data, or by analysis of the literature within a novel framework.
Who is the programme for?
The programme is appropriate for GP’s, gastroenterologists, dietitians, pharmacists, other clinicians and health professionals with a role in nutrition and health practice. The Royal Medical Colleges have approved the programme for continuing professional development (CPD) as required by the General Medical Council, and it will be sought for this academic year. The programme is considered suitable for further training of dietitians for the Diploma of Advanced Dietetic Practice.
MSc and Postgraduate Diploma graduates are eligible for full professional membership of the Institute of Food Science and Technology, whereas those with a Postgraduate Certificate are eligible for Licentiate membership.
All students commence the programme with registration for four modules, to include the two core modules. Modules can be taken as stand alone units for CPD.
A Postgraduate Certificate may be awarded on the completion of four modules.
The Postgraduate Diploma may be awarded on the satisfactory completion of eight modules, two of which (the core modules) are compulsory.
Additional requirements for the MSc are a further taught module (nine in total) and a research project, which will normally be carried out at your place of work, for example, hospital, surgery, clinic or pharmacy. Literature-based projects are also acceptable if they include an additional element of complexity.
Those registering for the MSc or Postgraduate Diploma are strongly recommended to begin the programme by attending the two core modules, which are repeated every year, and must in any case take these modules at the first opportunity after registration.
The aim of the programme is to inform and educate those to whom the public turns for advice on nutritionally related aspects of health and disease and those involved in the manufacture of foods and food supplements.
Additionally it aims to:
- Provide a programme in nutritional medicine, defined as the science and practice of prevention and treatment of dysfunction and disease by nutritional means
- Provide a high-level programme, based on a fundamental understanding of nutritional science, which takes a critical and scholarly approach to relevant theory, practice, literature and latest research findings on the importance of nutrition in diet–health–disease relationships
- Provide new knowledge and understanding, for health professionals and other interested groups, of the role of nutrition in both individual and community health
- Discuss the role of diet in the development of disease
- Evaluate the potential, efficacy and scope of nutritional methods of disease prophylaxis and management
- Examine current knowledge of the specific roles of individual macro- and micronutrient deficiencies and imbalances on short- and long-term disease risk
- Explore the concept of optimal nutrition in various special situations
- Evaluate the practice, efficacy and appropriateness of the use of dietary supplements
- Develop an understanding of research methodology in the area of nutritional medicine
- Supply a programme that would serve the need for training in those aspects of nutrition identified by the Royal Colleges
Special course dinners
On some modules, a special dinner is arranged on the theme of the module which is designed as a teaching exercise as well as a social event. Examples are:
- Antioxidant and phytoprotectant dinner (Antioxidants, Phytoprotectants and Disease module)
- Pre- and pro-biotic dinner (Diet, the Gut, Food Allergy and Intolerance module)
- Fertility buffet (Nutritional Aspects of Pregnancy Infancy and Childhood module)
- Healthy fats dinner (Lipids and Essential Fatty Acids module)
- Trace elements dinner (Dietary Minerals in Health and Disease module)
- Running buffet (Nutrition and Exercise for Health and Sports Performance module)
- Brain food dinner (The Brain and Nervous System; Diet and Behaviour module)
The importance of nutritional medicine
The increasing incidence of diet-related diseases, and the growing evidence of the role of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease, demonstrates the importance of nutrition in the health and wellbeing of the population. The extensive media coverage of nutritional health issues, coupled with a high level of interest from the public, testifies to the growing awareness of the importance of the subject. It is therefore especially important that nutrition and health professionals have the knowledge and evidence base to apply to their professional practice.