Why choose this course
This course is the only evidence-based MSc Nutritional Medicine programme in Europe and uses the latest research to investigate the impact that nutrition has on health, disease and ageing. Designed for those with a role in nutrition and health practice, such as general practitioners, gastroenterologists, dietitians, pharmacists, and food scientists, you’ll learn about nutritionally related aspects of health and disease, in order to inform patients and industry.
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.
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, within the subject.
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.
Before you start each module, you’ll receive some preliminary learning materials, which are equivalent 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.
Each module consists of three or four days of face-to-face learning, preceded by preparatory study, and followed by consolidation and assessment.
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.
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 within their respective fields. These may include Dr Barbara Fielding, an expert in lipid metabolism and isotope tracers, 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.
100% of our graduates from this course go on to full-time employment or further study.** 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. Find out more about careers for nutritionists on the Association for Nutrition website.
**Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016-17.
Academic year structure
This part-time course will enable you to flexibly complete modules, fitting these around your existing commitments. As a result, your academic year structure will depend on how many modules you select to study at a given time.
*This course can take between two to five 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.
Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic the University has revised its courses to incorporate the ‘Hybrid Learning Experience’ in a departure from previous academic years and previously published information. The University has changed the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes. Further information on the general principles of hybrid learning can be found at: Hybrid learning experience | University of Surrey.
We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2021/22. This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
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:
Timetables for each module are normally available one month beforehand. Teaching is always on consecutive days (Monday–Friday). Details can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Timetabling Policy (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 either 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 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.
Start date: September 2021
Part-time - 5 years
- 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 an unstructured self-paced part-time course, the fee shown is per 15 credits for the 2021-22 academic year. The fee payable in subsequent years will be reviewed annually.
Scholarships and bursaries
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
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.
Campus locationManor Park
Manor Park is home to the School of Veterinary Medicine, plus Surrey Sports Park and Manor Park halls of residence.
Some modules on this course will be taught on Stag Hill campus.