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Clinical and Public Health Nutrition MSc
This MSc focuses on the international problem of over-nutrition and under-nutrition, which applies to most developed nations as well as those undergoing rapid transformation. The programme offers specialised training in the clinical and scientific basis of malnutrition and obesity, and therapeutic approaches to correcting this in the hospital, community and educational setting.
What will I learn?
The programme focuses on periods of the lifecycle when nutrition is particularly important; acute illness, trauma, surgery or malignancy; and chronic conditions in which disease, nutrition and treatment interact. The aetiology, pathophysiology and epidemiology of obesity will be explored alongside all approaches currently being used in its treatment.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The practice of gastroenterology at UCL Hospitals group is internationally renowned and members are active contributors to the ESPEN lifelong learning project. It is one of nine centres in Europe to be part of the EU partnership for nutrition education, and students benefit from the expertise of the clinicians and scientists who teach on this MSc.
Students develop theoretical knowledge and understanding and practical skills in research methodology, including statistical methods applied to medical research, metabolism and physiology which underlies obesity and disease-related malnutrition throughout the lifecycle, optimum nutritional treatments for patients and the ethics and governance of applied health research.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time three months) is offered.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words or a manuscript suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, laboratory work, and practicals. Assessment is through examination, presentations, essays, practical reports and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
We require a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a healthcare or health-related discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The closing date for applications is 30 June for the year of entry. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is designed for medically qualified graduates, nurses, dieticians, pharmacist, nutritionists, and bioscientists with a keen interest in the disease/malnutrition axis and in effective nutritional therapies.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Clinical and Public Health Nutrition at graduate level
- why you want to study Clinical and Public Health Nutrition at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- how this MSc will help you develop professionally
This MSc is particularly suitable for candidates who wish to pursue a lifelong career in the field of cutting-edge translational research and the practice of nutrition therapy in the health services of the UK or other countries or in the clinical nutrition industry. It is envisaged that this 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.
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