Why choose this course
- Study a research-led curriculum to develop a deep understanding of current issues in the field of human nutrition
- Learn from lecturers who’ve been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2017-18 for Further and Higher Education, in recognition of their research excellence in the field of food and nutrition
- Access our multi-million-pound biomedical laboratories, kitted out with the latest industry equipment, to measure rates of synthesis, disposal and conversion of metabolites
- Join one of our research groups to take part in seminars and workshops, and benefit from our links with renowned research institutions across the world
- Get the academic requirements needed to register with the Association for Nutrition (AfN) to work as an associate nutritionist once you’ve graduated.
What you will study
You’ll investigate the evidence-based links between diet, health and disease, supported by a full appreciation for the nutritional mechanisms involved. You’ll develop your knowledge and scientific research skills to an advanced level, preparing you for a career in nutritional sciences.
You’ll study topics, including the fundamentals of human nutrition, international and public health nutrition, metabolic nutrition, molecular nutrition, and sports and exercise nutrition.
You’ll also undertake your own original research, and we’ll supervise you to carry out experiments and projects on important topics in the field. We’ll match your interests with the expertise of our researchers, ensuring you get the best support. You’ll also be part of ongoing research activity at Surrey.
Please be aware: the course content and modules listed for this course are subject to change for the 2023/24 academic year, whilst we undertake a curriculum design review. Please contact the programme leader if you have any queries about the course.
You’ll get access to our multi-million-pound biomedical laboratories, kitted out with the latest industry equipment. This includes our Stable Isotope-based Analysis Core Facility, where we use stable isotope tracers and mass spectrometry to measure rates of synthesis, disposal and conversion of metabolites.
You’ll be taught by experts who are active researchers in diabetes, lipid metabolism, cardiovascular risk, bone health, vitamin D, selenium and iodine, appetite and the gut, obesity, and exercise nutrition, ensuring everything you learn is up-to-date and relevant to employers.
You’ll also learn from lecturers who were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2017-18 for Further and Higher Education, in recognition of their research excellence in the field of food and nutrition. These may include:
- Dr Adam Collins, a qualified nutritionist for over 20 years and an expert in obesity, weight loss, body composition and sports nutrition
- Dr Barbara Fielding, an expert in lipid metabolism and isotope tracers
- Professor Bruce Griffin, a qualified nutritionist and world-leading expert on the effects of diet on cardiometabolic risk
- Professor Margaret Rayman, an expert on the effects of selenium and iodine in pregnancy.
You’ll be invited to join one of our research groups focusing on metabolic medicine, food and macronutrients, and public health and food security. You’ll participate in discussions about research topics, findings and publications, and you’ll benefit from our links with renowned research institutions across the world.
We also have a host of external speakers that visit us and present their work, and a collection of seminars and workshops, allowing you to network with likeminded individuals.
Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:
- Group work (e.g. discussion groups)
- Laboratory-based practicals
- Online learning
Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays, laboratory write-ups and reading.
There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by graduate teaching assistants. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
We use a variety of methods to assess you, including coursework, essays, examinations and presentations.
Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
MSc - Association for Nutrition (AfN)
Accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) for the purpose of eligibility for Direct Entry Registration at Associate Level with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN).
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.
This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN). This means you’ll be eligible to apply for direct entry into the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists to work as an associate nutritionist (ANutr) on successful completion of your studies. Once you’ve gained three years of post-degree professional experience, you’ll be eligible to apply for registered nutritionist status (RNutr). ANutr and RNutr nutritionists are the only evidence-based nutritionists recognised by Public Health England and the Department of Health.
95 per cent of our biosciences and medicine postgraduate students go on to employment or further study (**Graduate Outcomes survey 2022, HESA). Our alumni take on roles as nutritionists and healthcare assistants, working for NHS trusts, food production companies, Government departments, nutrition organisations, sports clubs and start-ups.
The skills you’ll gain are also highly relevant in other fields, including consultancy and pharmaceuticals. Many of our graduates go on to complete a PhD, investigating an area of personal interest.
Learn more about nutrition careers on the Association for Nutrition website.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday – Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in anatomy, biology, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, biological sciences, biotechnology, chemistry, dietetics, forensic science, medicine, microbiology, nutrition, pharmacology, pharmacy, physiology or veterinary, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.
We'll also consider substantial relevant work experience if you don't meet these requirements.
Professional qualifications in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine can also be considered.
Not accepted: Food quality and safety or food science and engineering.
International entry requirements by country
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English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
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Selection will be based upon the candidate’s application. Applications that do not meet the standard criteria are referred to the admissions tutor.
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Start date: September 2023
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