Why choose this course
- Study on the only evidence-based nutritional medicine masters in Europe, designed specifically for those with a role in nutrition and health practice, such as general practitioners, gastroenterologists, dietitians, pharmacists and food scientists
- 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
- Get the academic requirements needed to register with the Association for Nutrition (AfN) to work as an associate nutritionist once you’ve graduated
- Join the 95 per cent of our biosciences and medicine graduates who go on to employment or further study.**
What you will study
You’ll gain a deep understanding of the complex relationships between nutrition and health, and the range and potential of nutritional management to postpone or treat disease. You’ll develop a critical and scholarly approach to theory, practice, literature and research findings.
You’ll study topics, including antioxidants, diet and behaviour, epidemiology, lipids, nutrition and exercise for health and sports performance, nutritional aspects of pregnancy, the nervous system and phytoprotectants.
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.
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 be taught by experts at the frontline of research and practice, 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 Sarah Bath, an expert in iodine in pregnancy
- Professor Margaret Rayman, an expert on the effects of selenium.
Your teaching will include face to face activities at our on campus and will be delivered through a combination of:
- Group work (e.g. discussion groups)
- Online learning
- Bespoke module dinners.
Before you start each module, you’ll receive preliminary learning materials which are equivalent to up to 40 hours of independent study. This material will ensure you’re prepared with the correct background knowledge to begin your module.
After each module, you’ll be expected to continue studying the material covered. This includes additional reading of journal articles to reinforce and further your understanding.
There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students; 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, including essays and case studies, data analysis, 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 often start or continue careers as general practitioners, pharmacists and researchers in industry.
Many of our graduates go on to complete a PhD, investigating an area of personal interest.
Academic year structure
This part-time course will enable you to flexibly complete modules, fitting these around your existing commitments.
*This course can take between 2-5 years to complete. This is dependent on how many modules you select to study at a given time.
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:
Timetables for each module are normally available one month before a module begins. Teaching is always on consecutive days (Monday – Friday). Details 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 2:1 UK honours degree in a medical degree (MBBS, MBChB), biology, biological sciences, pharmacy, dentistry, nutrition, nutritional science, human nutrition, dietetics, biochemistry, microbiology, medical microbiology, chemistry, biomedical science, natural sciences, pharmacology, physiotherapy, osteopathy, sport and exercise science, psychology (occasional route only), or a recognised equivalent international qualification.
Not accepted: Lower qualifications in nutritional therapy; nutritional therapy diploma from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition.
International entry requirements by country
Do I meet the requirements for this course?
We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).
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 and references. 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 your experience exceeds the typical requirements for entry to the programme, 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. If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for specific modules through your previous learning, it may be possible to exempt you from those modules, and for you to 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.
In some cases, prior knowledge and skills may allow applicants to join the start of a course without meeting the formal entry requirements.
Please see our code transfer and recognition of prior learning guide (PDF) and recognition of prior learning and prior credit web page for further information. Please email Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any queries.
Start date: September 2023
Part-time - 5 years
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- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2023-24 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually
- If you are on an unstructured self-paced part-time course, the fee shown is per 15 credits for the 2023-24 academic year
- 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.
Scholarships and bursaries
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Modules take place on Manor Park or Stag Hill campuses, and some sessions may be online.