Why choose this course

There is a complex relationship between nutrition and health.

Delivered by leading experts at the front-line of research and practice, this course is the only evidence-based masters degree of its kind in Europe, and the only masters degree in nutritional medicine to be accredited by the Association for 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 excellence in the field of food and nutrition in both teaching and research.

What you will study

Nutritional medicine concerns itself with the part that nutrition plays in health, disease, lifecycle and ageing.

This course will inform and educate those who people turn to for advice on nutritionally related aspects of health and disease, and those involved in the manufacture of foods and food supplements. It’s suitable for the in-service training of pharmacists, healthcare workers, and for people working in the food industry.

You’ll develop a deep understanding of the complex relationships between nutrition and health, and the range and potential of nutritional management to postpone or treat disease.

The course takes a maximum of 60 months according to your availability. It consists of three or four day taught periods at the University, preceded by preparatory study, and followed by consolidation and assessment. It will teach you to take a critical and scholarly approach to the theory, practice, literature and research findings within the subject. Individual modules may be taken as stand-alone sessions. In addition, there are options to obtain a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Placement Start date
MSc Part-time 60 months September 2019

Professional recognition

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).

Distance learning prior to attendance at the module

You will receive some preliminary material (that will require around 40 hours of study) around four weeks before you attend each module.

This will generally be background material (for example, a core text and/or specially written material/journal article/s) aimed at ensuring that you, whatever your previous learning experience, will have attained a certain basic knowledge of the subject and its terminology.

Teaching at the University

The course takes a maximum of 60 months according to your availability. It consists of three or four day taught periods at the University, preceded by preparatory study, and followed by consolidation and assessment. It will teach you to take a critical and scholarly approach to the theory, practice, literature and research findings within the subject. Individual modules may be taken as stand-alone sessions, such as in the context of continual professional development (CPD). For further information please contact the Programme Leader. In addition, there are options to obtain a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma.

Distance learning following attendance at the module

In the two months following the module, you will be expected to study the material covered and to carry out further reading (including journal articles) to expand your understanding.

Who is the course for?

The course is appropriate for General Practitioners, gastroenterologists, dietitians, pharmacists, other clinicians and health professionals with a role in nutrition and health practice. It is also suitable for individuals working in the food industry.

Programme leader

FIELDING BA Dr (Biosc & Med)

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 our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
 
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.

Disclaimer

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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.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Timetable

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).

Learning and disability

We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is the University of Surrey’s disability and neurodiversity service. The ALS team supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree in either a medical degree (MBBS, MBChB), Biology, Biological Sciences, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nutrition, Dietetics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Chemistry, Biomedical Science, Natural Sciences, Pharmacology, Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Sport and Exercise Science, Psychology (occasional route only), or Veterinary, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each element.

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. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process

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.

Credit transfer

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.

Fees

Study mode Start date Placement UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Part-time September 2019 To be confirmed To be confirmed

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2019-20 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.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

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