Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition MSc
Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate
This new programme addresses the demand for education in eating disorders, for all professionals wishing to work in this field at a high level. The qualifications (MSc, Diploma, Certificate) will appeal to clinicians and scientists who wish to provide treatment, develop services and conduct research in the eating disorders field.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £11,600
- Overseas Full-time: £22,100
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
This MSc provides a sound programme in human nutrition covering practical approaches, research methods and nutrition in the general population and in disease states. Eating disorders are presented using different approaches with an extensive series of seminars, clinical attachments and a research project which may lead to publication.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
There has been a burgeoning of specialist services for eating disorders in the UK, with increasing numbers of professionals working in these services. The field of eating disorders is rapidly developing in terms of service provision and research This new MSc is the only comprehensive graduate programme available in the field, meeting an important clinical and academic need and furthering professional development.
Whether you are a psychiatrist, psychologist, dietician, nurse or researcher interested in eating disorders affecting adults or children and adolescents, this new degree will provide fundamental nutrition education, and an extensive programme on eating disorders delivered in seminars, clinical attachments at St Ann’s, Great Ormond Street and the Royal Free Hospitals, and a major research project.
The programme fulfils criteria for membership of the Nutrition Society.
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 between 10,000 and 15,000 words.
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:
Scholarships available for this department
The purpose is to encourage a greater up-take from Home/EU students – in general applications from Home/EU students for our courses. The scheme will assist promising students to undertake our courses, who would not otherwise be able to do so due to financial constraints and who may, for this reason, select to take courses at competitor institutions.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a healthcare or health-related discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
Who can apply?
This programme is designed for graduates and health professionals in psychology, psychiatry, medicine and nutrition who have a clinical or academic interest in eating disorders.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition at graduate level
- why you want to study Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
This programme will provide specialist graduate training for health professionals already working in the eating disorders field or prepare students for a career in a clinical eating disorders setting or an academic setting.
This degree will give graduates a clear advantage when applying for clinical and research positions in units in which children, adolescents or adults with eating disorders are assessed, treated and recruited into research programmes. It is particularly relevant for individuals wishing to apply for senior positions in these units, as well as graduates who aspire to studying for a doctorate in the eating disorders field. Surveys have shown that eating disorder services are continuing to develop in all parts of the country, providing substantial opportunities for employment in this burgeoning field.
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