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Clinical and Public Health Nutrition MSc

This MSc focuses on the 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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£11,950 (FT)
Overseas:
£22,760 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
30 June 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

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) comprising of all taught modules is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate comprising of four core modules (60 credits) 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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Clinical and Public Health Nutrition MSc

Funding

Division of Medicine MSc Bursaries

Value:
£2,500
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Eligibilty: MSc Graduate Bursaries are available to Home/EU applicants applying for entry in 2014/15. All applicants must have a conditional or unconditional offer to study on a taught Masters programme at the UCL Division of Medicine. This award is open to both full-time and part-time applicants applying for the following programmes:

Division of Medicine MSc Bursaries

Value:
£2,500
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Eligibilty: MSc Graduate Bursaries are available to Home/EU applicants applying for entry in 2014/15. All applicants must have a conditional or unconditional offer to study on a taught Masters programme at the UCL Division of Medicine. This award is open to both full-time and part-time applicants applying for the following programmes:

Division of Medicine MSc Bursaries

Value:
£2,500
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Eligibilty: MSc Graduate Bursaries are available to Home/EU applicants applying for entry in 2014/15. All applicants must have a conditional or unconditional offer to study on a taught Masters programme at the UCL Division of Medicine. This award is open to both full-time and part-time applicants applying for the following programmes:

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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 and 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 degree

  • Scientific Officer, World Cancer Research Fund (2012)
  • PhD Studies, UCL (2012)
  • Dietician, Bromley Healthcare (2012)
  • Clinical Research, University of Cambridge (2011)
  • Advanced Paediatric Dietician, South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS (2011)
  • Senior Lecturer in Dietetics, Coventry University (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 eight 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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL has a high proportion of nutrition teaching to medical undergraduates because many UCL staff engage in research with a nutritional dimension.

As part of the internationally renowned Institute of Liver and Digestive Health, Division of Medicine at UCL, we link with clinical services at UCL hospitals and royal free hospital groups. Students benefit from the expertise of the many clinicians and scientists who teach on this MSc.

UCL has a rich and varied research environment. Students can choose projects, which will develop research skills in clinical and public health settings with supervisors from across the UCL, in the London community or elsewhere.

Student / staff ratios › 289 staff › 74 taught students › 191 research students

Department: Division of Medicine

Degree reviews

Student review

"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

Subject: Clinical and Public Health Nutrition MSc

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-06-30

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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