Clinical and Public Health Nutrition MSc

Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate


This MSc focuses on two problems of over-nutrition and under-nutrition, which apply 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.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £11,600
  • Overseas Full-time: £22,100

Application date

  • All applicants: 30 June 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

The programme focuses on periods of the lifecycle when nutrition is particularly important; these include 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) in the metabolism and physiology which underly obesity and disease-related malnutrition throughout the lifecycle, in optimum nutritional treatments for patients and in the ethics and governance of applied health research.


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.

Core Modules

  • Fundamentals of Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Disease-related Malnutrition
  • Experimental Design and Research Methods
  • Practical Nutritional Assessment
  • Therapeutic Aspects of Clinical Nutrition
  • Nutrition and Public Health
  • Malnutrition in the Community
  • Disease and Disordered Eating

Options

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

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, site visits and practicals. Assessment is through examination, presentations, essays, practical reports and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:


Scholarships available for this department

Division of Medicine MSc Bursaries

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.


Entry requirements

We require a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a healthcare or health-related or bioscience-related discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

International equivalencies

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 30 June 2014.

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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Career

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.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • World Cancer Research Fund, Scientific Officer, 2012
  • UCL, PhD Student, 2012
  • University of Cambridge, Clinical Research, 2011
  • NHS, Advanced Paedriatic Dietitian, 2010
  • Coventry University, Senior Lecturer in Dietetics, 2010

Employability

This programme runs with the School of Life & Medical Sciences; one of the largest and most prestigious aggregations of academics in its field, with a global reputation for teaching informed by cutting-edge research. Our close links with major hospitals and public health organisations allows students to perform significant nutrition projects. Some use the MSc to improve their medical/clinical knowledge-base, or to gain entry into Dietetics courses; one in 8 will continue with PhD studies; several are working in the voluntary sector or in industry; one is leading Public Health clinician, several teach and research in home universities.


Next steps

Contact

Miss Gemma Martin

T: +44 (0)20 3108 2308

W: Division of Medicine

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Student View

"I have 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."

Dimitrios Koutoukidis

Degree: Clinical and Public Health Nutrition MSc

Staff View

"In addition to UCL and UCL Hospitals, London in general has all you need in terms of basic science and resources as well as clinical oncologists that want to team up with basic scientists to develop potent translational programs in cancer, autoimmunity, genetic diseases and so on."

Dr Sergio Quezada

Group Leader

Subject: Cancer Institute, Faculty: Medical Sciences