Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £12,310 (FT)
- £23,440 (FT)
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a biological science, medical or healthcare discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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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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 all taught modules is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate comprising four core modules (60 credits) is offered.
- 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
- There are no optional modules for this programme.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-15,000 words.
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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
- Overseas students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- £2,500 (1 year)
- UK, EU students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
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 dietitian, 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
- Dietitian, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
- Research Assistant, UCL
- Obesity Therapist, Mile End Hospital
- Service Co-ordinator, The Food Chain
- Science and Research Assistant, World Cancer Research Fund
This programme runs within 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 to Dietetics courses; one in eight will continue with PhD studies; several are working in the voluntary sector or in industry; one is a leading public health clinician, several teach and research in home universities.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL deliver 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 for Liver and Digestive Health, within the UCL Division of Medicine, we link with clinical services at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and Royal Free Hospitals. 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 UCL, the London community or elsewhere.
Student / staff ratios › 295 staff including 84 postdocs › 74 taught students › 191 research students
Department: Division of Medicine
"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 KoutoukidisClinical and Public Health Nutrition MSc
Application and next steps
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.
- All applicants
- 29 July 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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
- Dr George Grimble