Clinical Nutrition MSc

Course summary

This course investigates effective nutrition assessment through organisation of nutrition support teams; in addition, all techniques of artificial nutrition support are critically surveyed, for major diagnostic categories and patient groups; key study areas: effect of disease on nutrition status and of nutrition status on outcome; macronutrient and micronutrient metabolism in health and disease; nutrient digestion and absorption and gastrointestinal disease; nutrition in paediatric, adult, older adult and critically ill patients; parenteral and enteral nutrition; research methods.

Course modules

HEP020L001Y Health Research Methods (20 Credits) - Core

The module will be in three parts. The first part will focus on quantitative experimental designs and will introduce more advanced concepts and methodologies, which will enhance the ability of students to understand and interpret the research literature. The second part will focus on social science methods (e.g. surveys, questionnaires, interviews and qualitative research) and how such data may be interpreted. The suitability of different research designs will be discussed, as will methods for collecting data and considering its quality, reliability and validity. The third part will focus on research proposal writing. The intellectual and practical skills necessary to transforming a research idea into a research question, developing an appropriate methodology and summarising a research plan into a coherent research proposal will be discussed.

HEP020L034A Principles of Nutrition (20 Credits) - Core

A detailed overview of carbohydrate, lipid and protein metabolism is covered in this module to develop an understanding of biochemical principles in a nutritional context with reference to genetic influences. An understanding of the molecular basis of human metabolism and physiology is an essential prerequisite for the study of human nutrition. The integral role of vitamins and minerals in nutrient metabolism will be discussed. The influence of diet and nutrition in Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes will also be covered including factors influencing dietary behaviour.

HEP020L037Y Nutrition in Acute and Chronic Illness (20 Credits) - Core

This module will examine how the disease process alters metabolism and leads to changed nutrient requirements and specific nutritional deficiencies in acute and chronic illness, for example inflammatory bowel disease, cancer cachexia and kidney disease. A critical evaluation will be made of recent advances in specific nutrition therapies for each disease category. As the field of health sciences continues to be changing and developing at a rapid pace the key skills to access, interpret and critically evaluate current literature are integral to this module.

Entry requirements

Degree in nutrition, life sciences, medicine, nursing, psychology, or equivalent normally required; applications also welcome from candidates with other appropriate experience or qualifications, e.g. members of nutrition support teams in hospitals (dieticians, doctors, nurses, speech and language therapists and pharmacists); also intended for students intending to pursue clinically-based nutrition research which does not require state registration as dietician; special entry considered by means of qualifying examination.


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Nutrition Nursing

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Whitelands College

Holybourne Avenue



SW15 4JD

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