Delivered by leading experts at the cutting-edge of research and practice, this programme is the only evidence-based Masters degree course in Nutritional Medicine in the UK.
On our MSc Nutritional Medicine, you’ll gain a deep evidence-based understanding of the complex relationships between nutrition and diseases. You’ll 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.
Nutritional medicine includes clinical nutrition but is wider in scope, covering aspects of nutrition and health via the part that nutrition plays in health, disease, lifecycle and ageing.
This programme attracts high-quality students from both within and outside the UK, and is appropriate for the in-service training of doctors (who receive little training in nutrition), dietitians, pharmacists and healthcare workers.
The 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. During some modules, a special dinner is arranged on the theme of the topic studied.
To complete the MSc, students must complete nine taught modules 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. The Postgraduate Diploma may be awarded on the satisfactory completion of eight modules. A Postgraduate Certificate may be awarded on the completion of four modules. Modules can be taken as standalone units for CPD.
All students commence the programme with registration for four modules, to include the two compulsory modules. The programme has a number of "modular" start dates, enabling you to begin your study at a time that is convenient for you. For further details about the dates please contact the admissions team.
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 that 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).
You will receive some preliminary material (that will require approximately 40 hours of study) around six weeks before you attend each module. 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.
The three-day periods spent 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, and journal clubs. You will generally be given additional papers, reviews, notes or reading lists relating to the module lectures. Module 1 is four days long, to allow for registration and introductory sessions.
In the two months following the module, you will be expected to study the material covered and to carry out further reading (including journal articles) to expand your understanding.
A hypothesis will be examined by the collection of data, or by analysis of the literature within a novel framework.
The programme is appropriate for GPs, gastroenterologists, dietitians, pharmacists, other clinicians and health professionals with a role in nutrition and health practice.
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:
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:
Recent graduates' roles include:
Modules can be used for continuing professional development (CPD) as required by the General Medical Council.
The programme is considered suitable for further training of dietitians towards the Diploma of Advanced Dietetic Practice.
Medical graduates and those with a minimum of a 2.1 honours degree in appropriate bioscience or health disciplines.
You will take up to three modules as standalone courses before registering retrospectively for the MSc and counting the accumulated credits towards your degree.
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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.
|Study mode||Start date||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees|
|Part-time||Sep 2015||£1,100 per 15 credits||£1,100 per 15 credits|
Please note these fees are for the academic year 2015/16 only. All fees are subject to annual review.
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