Why choose this course
The modern world needs graduates who can accurately represent, explain and further develop nutritional science.
Our superb facilities and reputation in this field means our MSc in Human Nutrition will equip you for a successful career in this field. Supported by internationally renowned researchers, you’ll have the exciting opportunity of conducting an original research project in your chosen area of nutrition.
The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, the highest accolade for any academic institution, was awarded to us in recognition of our impact in the field of food and nutrition in both teaching and research.
What you will study
Our MSc in Human Nutrition will develop your knowledge and scientific research skills to an advanced level and fuel your interest in this fascinating and vital discipline.
You will develop a deep understanding of current issues in the field of human nutrition. Our teaching emphasises the evidence-based links between diet, health and disease, supported by a full appreciation for the nutritional mechanisms involved.
Our excellent reputation with industry and the nutrition profession will help you develop the skills required to pursue a successful and rewarding career. This course is also accredited by the Association for Nutrition, allowing you to enter the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists once you graduate.
Who is this course for?
Our MSc Human Nutrition is for you if:
- You’re a graduate of a related subject from the UK or EU (for example, a biological science including biochemistry and physiology) or registrable qualification (for example, medicine, dentistry) and you’re looking for a postgraduate qualification so you can move into nutrition
- You’re a graduate with the equivalent of a nutrition degree from a non-UK institution and you want a recognised UK postgraduate qualification in nutrition
- You’re a Surrey biosciences graduate and you’d like an opportunity to take on postgraduate study within Surrey.
Why choose to study human nutrition?
At Surrey, we’ve long been regarded in the UK and beyond for our excellent teaching in nutrition and dietetics through our long-running and successful undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Staff in our Department of Nutritional Sciences have 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.
You’ll be taught by a variety of lecturers who are actively researching the topic being covered or who have a wealth of experience in that particular area. You will also have the opportunity to complete an independent research 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.
Our course is also an excellent foundation if you want to pursue further education with a PhD or a research post in industry after you graduate.
Study and work abroad
There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.
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.
As the profession of nutrition continues to grow so do the diversity of opportunities to build your career. Our course opens up multiple avenues within various organisations and industries, such as public health, research and academia, media and communications or in the area of consultancy work.
It could be that you also move on to exciting opportunities in the food industry, the pharmaceutical industry, government or non-governmental organisations and or opportunities within small and medium-sized enterprises. Likewise, you could join a start-up company or you may decide to do regular work for various types of individual clients within teams, clubs, organisations and more.
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 or 60 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 course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either 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 / Food Science and Engineering.
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English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
Selection will be based upon the candidate’s application. Applications that do not meet the standard criteria are referred to the admissions tutor.
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.
- Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about student finance.
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Terms and conditions
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Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.