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MSc Nutrition and Food Science

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Full time | University of Reading | 12 months | 25-SEP-23

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Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Nutrition Food Science

Course type


Course Summary

Start your career as a nutrition professional in the food sector with our MSc Nutrition and Food Science.

This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN), the independent regulator for Registered Nutritionists.

After graduating you will be eligible to apply to become a Registered Associate Nutritionist with the AfN. This is via the direct entry pathway, and will strengthen your status as a nutrition professional.

The government’s key requirement of the food sector, to provide nutritious food, encourages experts from industry and academia to work together to improve food standards. Your studies will explore the scientific aspects of food and nutrition, and assess the wider implications of diet on health and wellbeing.

The breadth of the course aims to increase your understanding of:

  • human nutrition
  • the development of healthy eating trends
  • key aspects of food and health
  • food composition
  • food storage, safety, and manufacturing.


Careers for MSc Nutrition and Food Science graduates

MSc Nutrition and Food Science is designed for people who wish to develop a career in the food sector, or conduct food-related research.

The food and drink industry is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector. It’s responsible for adding £21.9bn to the gross value of the UK economy – and it needs new graduates to meet its recruitment needs. We focus on the employability of our graduates, and have built excellent, long-established relationships with employers within the food and nutrition sectors.

Graduates of this course have gone on to such professions as:

  • nutritional research scientist
  • technical development (food ingredients)
  • retail nutrition advisor
  • new product development.

Other graduates have gone on to conduct PhD research.


Explore the best practices for communicating nutrition, and consider different communication mediums and audiences. You will have the opportunity to develop your communication skills as a nutritionist and gain awareness of legal, moral and ethical considerations.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Applicants are typically required to have at least a lower second-class honours degree (2:2) in a pure or applied science (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning may be considered based on relevant work and other experience. For MSc Nutrition and Food Science, your degree should have a significant element of biological science.