MSc Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition

Course Tutors: Dr Paul Robinson and Dr Nadia Micali


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This MSc is the only graduate training programme available in the Eating Disorders field and meets an important clinical and research need and furthers professional development.

There have been progressive increases in the number of specialist services for eating disorders in the UK and internationally, with increasing numbers of professionals working in these services. New developments in research on the aetiology and treatment of eating disorders make this field a growing research area.

This MSc focuses on providing knowledge and skills in the classification, aetiology, epidemiology and risk for eating disorders, as well as the physical and psychiatric assessment and treatment of eating disordered patients of different ages, sex and ethnic group. It also concentrates on management and service development in the Eating Disorders field.

The Eating Disorder specific modules are embedded within a set of modules covering fundamentals of nutrition and metabolism, practical and research methods and clinical and community aspects of nutrition practice.

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I was initially drawn to this MSc programme because the course appeared to perfectly fit my interest and passion in both the fields of Nutrition and Eating Disorders. Having attained a BA in Psychology and aspiring to a career in the eating disorder discipline, this MSc has been a fundamental year for expanding my knowledge and confirming a career I wish to pursue. The lecturers were fantastic and of the highest standard. We had the privilege to listen to and interact with leading experts involved in eating disorder research in the UK. I am currently applying for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in the hope to further develop my knowledge and skills as a practitioner, in order to help as many patients with eating disorders to maximal health and well-being.

Jessica Jackson – MSc Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition, 2013/14

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I would strongly encourage people to apply to study at UCL-it truly is a world-class university in a league of its own. The MSc in Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition has exposed me to the latest research in the area and afforded me the opportunity to meet and be lectured by the leaders in the field. The attached practical component also gave me hands on experience in a clinical setting. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at UCL, have utmost respect for the course leaders and lecturers and will forever have very fond memories of my time here and all the wonderful people I have met.​

Aleeza Rosenberg - MSc Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition, 2013/14

Eating Disorders in the UK are burgeoning, with increasing numbers of professionals working in clinical services. This MSc, the only comprehensive graduate programme presently available, meets an important clinical need and will further professional development.

Whether you are a psychiatrist, psychologist, dietitian, nurse or researcher interested in Eating Disorders which affect adults or children and adolescents, this programme will provide fundamental nutrition education, and an extensive course on eating disorders

Graduates of this programme would be qualified for jobs in research, health, fitness and the nutrition and food industry.

This MSc is particularly suitable for candidates who wish to pursue a career in 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. Membership would allow graduates to apply for Nutritionist positions, or to practice privately as a Nutritionist.

Some students go on to become registered dieticians, and then are able to work in hospital or eating disorder settings.  Graduates wishing to work in a clinical setting might need to have some clinical training in addition to the MSc. 

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.

Full-time

Students on the full-time programme 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
Term
Day
GASNG002 Fundamentals of Nutrition and Metabolism 15
Term 1
Wednesday
GASNG003 Disease and Disordered Eating 15
Term 2
Friday
GASNG004 Therapeutic Aspects of Clinical Nutrition 15
Term 2
Wednesday
GASNG005 Practical Nutritional Assessment
15 Term 1
Friday
GASNG006 Malnutrition in the Community 15
Term 2
Friday
GASNG007 Experimental Design and Research Methods 15
Term 1
Friday
GASNG009 Eating Disorders: Clinical Science
 15 Term 1
Wednesday
GASNG010 Eating Disorders: Treatment
15
Term 2
Wednesday
GASNG098 Research Project 60
Term 3
n/a


Part-time

Students on the part-time programme must take the above modules, totalling 180 credits, over two years. Part-time students complete their research project in the second year but are advised to complete background reading in their second year.

Suggested Schedule for attendance on one day per week:

Year one
Module Title
Credit Value
Term
Day
GASNG002 Fundamentals of Nutrition and Metabolism 15
Term 1
Wednesday
GASNG004 Therapeutic Aspects of Clinical Nutrition 15
Term 2
Wednesday
GASNG009 Eating Disorders: Clinical Science
15 Term 1
Wednesday
GASNG010 Eating Disorders: Treatment
15
Term 2
Wednesday
Year two
Module Title
Credit Value
Term
Day
GASNG003 Disease and Disordered Eating 15
Term 2
Friday
GASNG005 Practical Nutritional Assessment
15 Term 1
Friday
GASNG006 Malnutrition in the Community 15
Term 2
Friday
GASNG007 Experimental Design and Research Methods 15
Term 1
Friday
GASNG098 Research Project 60
Term 3
n/a


*Module Availability
Modules offered on the programme may not run in every academic year. If there are any modules that 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
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
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
Eating Disorders in Pregnancy Dr Nadia Micali
Liver dysfunction in Anorexia Nervosa: is there a relationship to increased intestinal permeability? Dr Paul Robinson
Children at age 3 of mothers with eating disorders Dr Nadia Micali
Qualitative study of therapy for patients with Eating Disorders and borderline personality disorder symptoms Dr Paul Robinson
Refeeding syndrome in anorexia nervosa Dr Paul Robinson
Excessive exercise and its relationship to Anorexia Nervosa Dr Nadia Micali
 Life time Eating Disorders in maternal population Dr Nadia Micali
Qualitative study post bariatric surgery Dr Paul Robinson
SUSS test in Anorexia Nervosa Dr Paul Robinson

The Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) comprises all of the taught modules from the full MSc, 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

Term

Day

GASNG002 Fundamentals of Nutrition and Metabolism 15
Term 1 Wed
GASNG009 Eating Disorders - Clinical Science
15
Term 1 Wed
GASNG010 Eating Disorders - Treatment
15
Term 2 Wed
GASNG004 Therapeutic Aspects of Clinical Nutrition 15
Term 2 Wed

We now offer two modules specialising in Eating Disorders. Please follow these links for more information:

GASNG009 Eating Disorders: Clinical Science

GASNG010 Eating Disorders: Treatment

MARSIPAN (CPD accredited)

Key Facts
  • The only graduate programme of its kind available in the UK.
  • Full-Time MSc taught over two days per week (Wednesday and Friday).
  • Part-time MSc taught over one day per week for two years (Wednesday year one and Friday year two).
  • Clinical attachments for five weeks at an Eating Disorders service. Hospitals include St Ann's, Great Ormond Street Hospital, and the Royal Free.

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