Human Nutrition MSc

Surrey’s longstanding excellent reputation, expertise and superb facilities combine to provide a postgraduate degree that will prepare you for a successful career in nutrition.

Why Surrey?

Staff within our Department of Nutritional Sciences are internationally recognised for their expertise in areas such as diabetes, lipid metabolism, cardiovascular risk, bone health, Vitamin D, selenium and iodine, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity and energy balance. As a Human Nutrition student, you will be taught by lecturers who are active researchers, or have a wealth of experience in their areas.

Programme overview

Our MSc Human Nutrition programme will give you an in-depth knowledge and understanding of nutrition and develop your scientific research skills to an advanced level. A student-led research project will fuel your interest in this fascinating and vital discipline, and will form an excellent foundation for those who wish to pursue further education via a PhD or research post in industry following completion of the MSc.

The degree has been designed to enable you to develop the skills and knowledge required to understand the current issues in the field of human nutrition. All taught elements emphasise the evidence-based links between diet, health and disease, underpinned by a full appreciation for the nutritional mechanisms involved.

The programme is designed to accommodate UK/EU or oversees graduates in a related subject seeking a postgraduate qualification as a way of conversion into nutrition (for example, graduates in a biological science including biochemistry and physiology) or those with a registrable qualification (for example, medicine or dentistry). The programme also caters for nutrition graduates from both the UK and oversees.

The MSc consists of eight taught modules (15 credits each) and a research project (60 credits).

The Programme is accredited by the Association for Nutrition, delivering all the core competencies required of registered nutritionists. Upon successful completion of the MSc, graduates are able to enter the UK voluntary register of nutritionists, and our excellent links with industry will help you to pursue a successful and rewarding career.

Programme structure

Semester 1
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • Nutritional Evaluation and Assessment
  • Metabolic Nutrition
  • International and Public Health Nutrition
Semester 2
  • Research Nutrition
  • Molecular Nutrition
  • Sports and Exercise Nutrition
  • Clinical Nutrition
Summer project period
  • Research Project

Module overview

Fundamentals of Nutrition (15 credits)

This module, organised by Dr Barbara Fielding, will include: macronutrients; micronutrients; food science; nutrition through the lifecycle; nutrients in health and disease.

Nutritional Evaluation and Assessment (15 credits)

This module, organised by Dr Adam Collins and Dr Barbara Engel, will include: the assessment of nutritional status (theory); practical nutrition techniques (energy expenditure, postprandial properties of food, body composition, biochemical and dietary analysis, food analysis); the appreciation of new and emerging nutritional assessment approaches, such as metabolomics.

Metabolic Nutrition (15 credits)

This module, organised by Professor Bruce Griffin, will include: energy balance; appetite regulation and control; energy expenditure and energy metabolism; lipid and lipoprotein metabolism; metabolic disorders (for example, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome).

International and Public Health Nutrition (15 credits)

This module, organised by Dr Michelle Gibbs, will include: determinants of health/health statistics and use of nutritional data; nutrition policy, guidelines and regulations; policy in practice; UK food supply and sustainability; malnutrition and malnourished populations; challenges for international nutrition (including double/triple burden of disease); implementing nutrition interventions; emergency nutrition.

Research Nutrition (15 credits)

This module, organised by Dr Kourosh Ahmadi, will include: research design; critical appraisal of research publications; analysis of scientific data (quantitative and qualitative); the use of SPSS and other statistical packages; writing a research protocol; research ethics; presenting scientific findings. You will develop a working research protocol and submit an application to university ethics (if applicable), in order to progress to your Original Research Project.

Sports and Exercise Nutrition (15 credits)

This module, organised by Dr Adam Collins, will include: exercise physiology (theory and practical); the energy and macronutrient demands of exercise; fluids and hydration; nutrition and the female athlete; supplements and ergogenic aids (including a practical evaluation of sports nutrition products); applying sports nutrition in the field; the role of the sports nutritionist. You will be assessed on a critical appraisal of the nutritional concerns of a chosen sport.

Clinical Nutrition (15 credits)

This module, organised by Dr Barbara Engel, will include: obesity and disordered eating; dietary and pharmacological treatment of diabetes; metabolic response to stress/trauma; immuno-nutrition; GI; liver and renal disease; adverse reactions to foods.

Molecular Nutrition (15 credits)

This module is organised by Dr Ruan Elliott. Molecular biological approaches provide the key to unlocking cell signalling and other mechanisms by which dietary components impact upon human health. This module will take you through the molecular biology tool box, including structural and functional genomic methods, showing how these tools have provided key insights into homeostatic control mechanisms, how they can play a role in biomarker development and how they are being used to forge links between genetics, epigenetics and individual dietary requirements.

Original Research Project (60 credits)

You will produce a 5,000-word scientific paper based on original research, alongside an assessed presentation and oral defence of your research findings. The research project will be based on the research protocol and ethics application (if applicable) submitted as part of the Research Nutrition module.

You will be assigned a suitable supervisor from within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. You may also elect to collaborate with external organisations or individuals as co-supervisors. This part of the programme is organised by Dr M Denise Robertson.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is through a combination of formal lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and self-directed learning. The structure of the programme is modular, with each module (excluding the research project) taught in two-week blocks.

The programme will be assessed by a variety of methods, including formal examinations combined with coursework, laboratory reports and presentations. The research project will be assessed by written manuscript, presentation and questions, for which an external examiner may be present.

Who is this programme for?

Our MSc programme caters for the following applicants:

  • Surrey biosciences graduates wishing for an opportunity to convert to postgraduate study within Surrey 
  • Home/EU nutrition graduates from other institutions wishing to further their nutrition training via taught postgraduate study
  • Overseas graduates with equivalent of a nutrition degree from a non-UK institution wishing to obtain a recognised UK postgraduate qualification in nutrition
  • Home/EU graduates from a related subject (for example, a biological science including biochemistry and physiology) or registrable qualification (for example, medicine, dentistry) seeking a postgraduate qualification as way of conversion into nutrition

Why choose to study Human Nutrition?

The University of Surrey has long been regarded as a UK centre of excellence for teaching in nutrition and dietetics through our long-running and successful undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Staff within the Department of Nutritional Sciences have an internationally recognised expertise in areas such as diabetes, lipid metabolism, cardiovascular risk, bone health, Vitamin D, selenium and iodine, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity and energy balance. As a postgraduate student, you will be taught by a variety of lecturers who are actively researching the topic being covered, or have a wealth of experience in that particular area.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake independent research via a project, guided by a dedicated and experienced supervisor. Projects are available across a range of topics representing the strength and depth of the Department and wider Faculty. You will be working alongside staff, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers to ensure that you receive the full research experience. This will form an excellent foundation for those MSc students wishing to pursue further education via a PhD or research post in industry.

The strong scientific element of our teaching will attract students looking for a programme of high academic quality.

Career prospects

The Department has excellent links with industry, which will help you to pursue a successful career in nutrition.

Professional recognition

The programme is accredited by the Association for Nutrition, allowing graduates to enter the register of nutritionists as an associate nutritionist and convert to full registration status after gaining three years’ experience.

Related programmes

Postgraduate (Taught)

Professional development

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Programme leader

Dr Adam Collins

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Admissions enquiries:

+44-(0)1483-682-222

admissions@surrey.ac.uk

Programme facts

Type of programme:

MSc

Programme length:

  • Full-time: 12 months

Start date:

Sep 2016

Entry Requirements

An honours degree (normally a 2.2 or better) in nutrition or a related subject (for example, a biological science including biochemistry and physiology), or a registrable qualification in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine. Applicants may also be admitted by virtue of professional or other relevant qualifications and/or experience.

Selection is based on a candidate’s application and references.

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English language requirements

IELTS min overall 7.0

IELTS min by component 6.5

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

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2016 £7,000 £20,000

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2016/2017 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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