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 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 also develop a critical and scholarly approach to the theory, practice, literature and research findings within the subject.
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 articles) 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
This MSc course takes a maximum of 60 months according to your availability. Each module 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. For further information please contact the Course 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, and other clinicians and health professionals with a role in nutrition and health practice. It is also suitable for individuals working in the food industry.
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.
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:
The timetable is available for the upcoming two years at the beginning of each academic year.
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
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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 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.
- 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 an unstructured self-paced part-time course, the fee shown is per 15 credits for the 2020-21 academic year. The fee payable in subsequent years will be reviewed annually.
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.
Scholarships and bursaries
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