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MSc - Master of Science

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Course Summary

Designed for graduates with a non-nutrition background, this broad-ranging programme offers you an advanced understanding of nutrition and the links between diet and health. Core nutrition science will underpin a critical evaluation of the role of nutrition in public health at the local, national and international level. This contemporary masters degree is designed to develop professionals with a broad range of skills in human nutrition who are equipped to manage and lead in a range of dynamic settings, such as public health nutrition, health promotion, sports nutrition, the media, research and government.

Careers with this subject

Successful completion allows graduates to work in a variety of nutrition-related areas such as public health, food and/or health industries, the media, nutrition policy development, teaching and research for health and education services, or other organisations.

Key features

Designed for graduates with a non-nutrition background, this full time programme will provide you with a new and alternative career pathway; Train to become an evidence based nutrition professional equipped to manage and lead in dynamic settings; The only programme of this type in the south-west region; Delivered by a team with extensive experience in the delivery of masters level modules and a diverse range of expertise in nutrition, public health, research, sports nutrition and physiology. The team have external recognition for the quality of feedback to support student learning; The programme is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN). Students who have successfully completed the programme are eligible to apply via Direct Entry for the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionist as a Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr); Focuses on public health nutrition and disease prevention at the local, national and international level; Develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of current and topical issues in sports nutrition and apply them to current practice utilising links with local sporting partnerships; Engage with local AfN registrants who will provide curriculum enrichment, local expertise and knowledge of future career pathways; Research informed teaching will be embedded throughout the curriculum; Issues around sustainability of nutrition will be threaded throughout the programme; Gain a core understanding of professional practice and ethics, elements of which are embedded within the programme. When you enrol on this programme, you always enrol to study the master degree but we offer three exit awards: PgCert, PgDip and MSc.


This module enables students to develop a sound scientific understanding of the role and function of nutrients and non-nutrients in the human body and impact on health. It includes the science, application and consequences of food choice/ lifestyle and impact on human nutritional health. In addition it explores the evidence behind health claims and impact of compounds such as drugs on nutritional status and function.

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Entry requirements

You need to have a BSc (Hons) degree at 2:2 or above or European first cycle equivalent in a science or social science subject.

University information

The University of Plymouth’s campus is centrally located within Britain’s Ocean City, perched on the South Westerly coast of Devon in between scenic Cornwall and the historic Dartmoor National Park. The University is renowned for its world leading research; postgraduate students are supported by accomplished and experienced staff who undertake research that is innovative, operates across disciplinary boundaries, and provides outstanding...more

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