MSc in Clinical and Public Health Nutrition

Course Tutor: Dr George Grimble


Under and over-nutrition increases healthcare costs and represents present and future clinical risks. We have developed the MSc in Clinical and Public Health Nutrition to analyse these contrasting situations in a unified manner by combining the disciplines of Clinical Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition.

The Gastrointestinal Services at University College London Hospital is internationally renowned and members are active contributors to the ESPEN life-long learning project. It is one of 9 centres in Europe to be part of the EU partnership for nutrition education and one of 3 prospective centres for the European study of nutrition and intestinal failure.                                                             

The UCLH centre for weight loss, metabolic and endocrine surgery is one of the busiest in the UK. The course will be taught largely by scientists and clinicians based at University College London, University College London Hospitals NHS Trust and the Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust.

Student view


Elizabeth Pompa - I chose UCL for my postgraduate studies because of its excellent academic and teaching resources that reflect on its ranking of universities worldwide.  The MSc in Clinical and Public Health gave me a chance to expand my knowledge on evidence-based clinical nutrition and the latest advances in nutrition therapy in this area, critically appraise nutrition-related publications and information, as well as to further develop my research skills, which has proven to be valuable for the PhD in Child Health/Nutrition I am currently undertaking at the UCL Institute of Child Health.


Dimitrios Koutoukidis- Having a Dietetics background, I chose to study this MSc at UCL to gain a wider understanding on both the clinical and public health aspect of nutrition. The programme covers both the science of nutrition, by providing evidence-based knowledge, as well as the practice of nutrition, by visits in hospitals and community settings. I had also attended a Congress in St. Andrews with my supervisor regarding my dissertation project. It was wonderful to meet other scientists, to discuss their work and to use the experience to discover what really interests me. Like many others before me, I have discovered that UCL is a place of inspiration, professionalism, and enthusiasm for nutritional sciences. The sharpened research skills and in-depth knowledge I obtained during the MSc were essential for the PhD in Women’s Cancers I am currently undertaking at UCL.


Sabrina Neilson - Having completed my first degree, Biochemistry, at Oxford University, I was particularly drawn to the dynamic and cosmopolitan ethos of UCL, as well as its reputation for being a leading global academic institution. The course itself has been excellent in both the breadth and depth of topics it covers and has given me a really strong foundation in evidence-based nutritional science. Lectures are given by world-class experts, with plenty of time for Q&A and class discussion. This has been invaluable to my learning, as it really allows us to test our understanding in dialogue with the best of the best. One of the highlights of the course is the opportunity for individual research as part of a dissertation project, as we are given the chance to pick a topic of our choice and carve our own path in a field of interest. There is also brilliant careers support and I've been fortunate to meet with healthcare, industry and pharmaceutical professionals, including from Abbott Nutrition. With support always available from friendly course tutors and a tight-knit community of fellow students, UCL has been a fantastic and truly unique place to study.

All current students are supported by the extensive services offered by the UCL Careers Service, as well as the department's own specialist Careers Day, which forms part of our annual calendar of events.

This MSc is particularly suitable for candidates who wish to pursue a career in the field of cutting-edge research, the practice of nutrition therapy in the health services of the UK or other countries, or in the clinical nutrition industry. The programme will provide an ideal foundation for graduates who wish subsequently to undertake a PhD within UCL or elsewhere.

Whilst this MSc does not lead to registration to practice as a dietician, it provides a firm foundation for an application (via the indirect route) for registration with the Association for Nutrition, a professional body that holds the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN), a competency-based register of nutritionists.


Destinations and job roles of recent graduates include:

  • Nutritionist
  • Nutrition Support and Research Dietitian
  • Paediatric Dietitian
  • Lecturer in Dietetics
  • PhD student
  • SpR in Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • Health Columnist 
  • Clinical Researcher 
  • World Cancer Research Fund
  • Ministry of Health Advisor

This is a full-time programme and students must take modules* to the value of 180 credits. The MSc programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

Module Title
Credit Value
GASNG001 Disease-related Malnutrition 15
Term 1
GASNG002 Fundamentals of Nutrition and Metabolism 15
Term 1
GASNG003 Disease and Disordered Eating 15
Term 2
GASNG004 Therapeutic Aspects of Clinical Nutrition 15
Term 2
GASNG005 Practical Nutrition Assessment 15
Term 1
GASNG006 Malnutrition in the Community 15
Term 2
GASNG007 Experimental Design and Research Methods 15
Term 1
GASNG008 Nutrition and Public Health 15
Term 2
GASNG099 Research Project 60
Term 3

*Module Availability
Modules offered on the programme may not run in every academic year. If there are any modules which are integral to your study you should check whether they are running in the relevant academic year.

This is an example of projects taken by our current students: 

 Topic Title  Supervisor
Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) in Infant Population Dr Marko Kerac
Are we managing malnutrition in IBD properly? Professor Alastair Forbes
An investigation into the relationship between maternal nutritional knowledge,  parental feeding practices and children’s eating behaviour and fruit and vegetable intake                               Dr Lucy Cooke
Intestinal Motility of Parkinson’s disease patients with Wireless capsule Dr Anton Emmanuel
Evaluation of Primary Obesity Surgery Endolumenal for weight loss in comparison to Roux-en-Y bypass surgery on gut hormones, insulin sensitivity and cardiometabolic risk factors Dr Rosaire Gray
Eating disorder symptomology in relation to self-objectification and gender-role identification in athletes in appearance based and non-appearance based sports. Dr Nadia Micali
Observational study to describe and measure changes in taste acuity for salt and sweet tastes before and after two modalities of weight loss and the interrelationship with urinary ketones.  Professor Nick Finer
Body composition of adolescents born at term with a lower birth weight: does catch-up growth affect body composition? Dr Mary Fewtrell
The Impact of 10-weeks supplementation of fruit and vegetable, a (FV) voucher on well-being and changes in BMI of foodbank client Dr George Grimble
Liver dysfunction in Anorexia Nervosa: is there a relationship to increased intestinal permeability? Dr Paul Robinson
An Audit of the Hospital Food Service Dr George Grimble
Angiogenesis in Adipose Tissue Dr Ian Evans
The Effect of Diet and Lifestyle on Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Yemeni Women. Dr George Grimble
Inflammatory Stress Mediated Dysfunction of Cholesterol Sensor SCAP Accelerates Foam Cell Formation: a potential new mechanism of atherosclerosis. Xiong-Zhong Ruan
 Preoperative nutritional factors in enterocutaneous fistula patients as a predictor of morbidity James Crosbie
 Quality of glycaemic control in T2DM patients at presentation for surgery Professor Nick Finer
 Taste changes following bariatric surgery/obesity and women's health/BUPA Professor Nick Finer
 Assessment of infant and youngchild feeding practices among teenaged and young adult mothers in coastal dwelling communities in Ghana. Dr Marko Kerac
 Vegetarianism and veganism - motivations for dietary change Marcus Richards
 Beetroot and blood pressure Dr George Grimble
 The effect of a 5-day fast on inflammation in stellate cells. Manlio Vinciguerra
 Obesity post-operative advice regarding diet and exercise to non-vulnerable adults attending obesity service clinics Rachel Batterham
 Height predictions for Chinese adults and stature differences among populations from different regions of China Dr George Grimble
 Sweet taste changes following bariatric surgery or VLCD Professor Nick Finer
 Estimated iron intake and iron status during different stages of complementary feeding in infants in Bogota, Colombia Dr Mary Fewtrell
 Differences in diet, physical activity and smoking between early and late stage endometrial cancer survivors up to one year post-treatment Dr Anne Lanceley
 Measuring pinch strength of dialysis patients to determine correlation between muscle strength measured by DXA, bioimpedance and pinch strength Andrew Davenport
 Fruit and vegetable consumption in people attending Foodbanks Dr George Grimble
 Fenugreek (methi) and blood lipids and blood pressure Dr George Grimble
 Pilot study to assess the effects of exercise during dialysis Andrew Davenport
 Weight change in international students studying for examination/Chinese students to determine lifestyle and dietary issues through use of questionnaires. Dr George Grimble
 Low Birth Weight in South Asia Trial Naomi Saville

The Postgraduate Diploma comprises all of the taught modules from the full MSc (120 credits), without the independent Research Project. It is designed to allow students to complete it within 9 months by attendance on two days only.

The Postgraduate Certificate is an alternative option for students who can't commit to full-time study, or who only want a taster of the full MSc degree. It is designed to allow students to complete it within 9 months by attendance on one day only. Students registered for the Postgraduate Certificate must take four core modules totalling 60 credits:

Module Title
Credit Value



GASNG002 Fundamentals of Nutrition and Metabolism 15
Term 1 Wednesday
GASNG001 Disease-related Malnutrition 15
Term 1 Wednesday
GASNG008 Nutrition and Public Health 15
Term 2 Wednesday
GASNG004 Therapeutic Aspects of Clinical Nutrition 15
Term 2 Wednesday

As well as lectures and tutorials, teaching also takes place in the form of practical lab sessions and site visits to health-care facilities and the wider community. For example: 

  • Students will have the opportunity to attend site visits to areas such as the Salvation Army,  Hopetown Women's Hostel, Landsdowne Care Centre and Kings College Hospital. The visits will culminate in a 3000 word case study.
  • Students will complete two assessed practicals in 'Energy Expenditure' and 'Anthropometry'.
  • Students may have the opportunity to observe in the  Gastrointestinal (GI) Services at UCLH.
Key Information
  • Full-time MSc taught on two days per week - Wednesday and Friday
  • Clinical observations at University College London Hospital
  • Provides a firm foundation for an application (via the indirect route) for registration with the Association for Nutrition, a professional body that holds the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN), a competency-based register of nutritionists.

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