Why choose this course
The modern world needs graduates who can accurately represent, explain and further develop nutritional science. On our MSc Human Nutrition course, you’ll develop a deep understanding of current issues in the field of human nutrition.
This course is taught by leading experts at the frontline of research and practice, ensuring everything you learn is relevant and valued by employers. We were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2017-18 for Further and Higher Education, in recognition of our research excellence in the field of food and nutrition.
This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition, giving you the academic requirements needed to apply for direct entry into the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists, once you graduate.
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. Throughout the course, we’ll develop your knowledge and scientific research skills to an advanced level, in addition to your professional development, 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, sports and exercise nutrition.
You’ll also complete a research dissertation that will allow 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.
As a human nutrition student, you’ll get access to our multi-million pound laboratories, kitted out with the latest industry equipment. You’ll use this to enhance your practical skills, which are essential in a research career.
We have a research-led focus to our teaching, ensuring everything you learn is up-to-date and relevant to employers. You’ll be taught by lecturers who are active researchers in diabetes, lipid metabolism, cardiovascular risk, bone health, vitamin D, selenium and iodine, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity and energy balance. 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), and 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, which include the Section of Metabolic Medicine, Food and Macronutrients, and the Section of Public Health and Food Security. You’ll participate in discussions about research topics, findings and publications, and will also 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.
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 field of nutrition grows, so do the number of job opportunities and careers available. This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition, giving you the academic requirements needed to apply for direct entry into the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists, once you graduate.
Over 85% of graduates from this course go on to full-time employment or further study.* Our alumni take on roles as nutritionists and healthcare assistants. Graduates go on to work for the NHS trusts, food production companies, Government departments, nutrition organisations, sports clubs, and start-ups.
The skills you 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.
*Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016-17.
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.
Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes.
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, 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 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 2021-22 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 postgraduate student finance.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View an example of our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally 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 and changes for the specific academic year.
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.
Further, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the academic year 2020/21. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach during 2020/21. Detailed information on all changes is available at our dedicated course changes webpage. This webpage sets out information relating to general University changes, and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.