This programme is intended for all professionals wishing to work in the eating disorders 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 this field.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £12,680 (FT) £6,260 (PT)
- £24,140 (FT) £12,020 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
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.
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About this degree
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 teaching methods with an extensive series of seminars, tutorial and clinical attachments at St Ann's, Great Ormond Street and the Royal Free London Hospitals. Students will also undertake a significant research project.
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) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.
- Disease and Disordered Eating
- Eating Disorders: Clinical Science
- Eating Disorders: Treatment
- Fundamentals of Nutrition and Metabolism
- Malnutrition in the Community
- Practical Nutrition Assessment
- Research Methods
- Therapeutic Aspects of Clinical Nutrition
There are no optional modules for this programme.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of between 10,000-12,000 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.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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.
Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition is a recently established MSc, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available. However, as an indication, graduates of the Clinical and Public Health Nutrition MSc have taken up positions as dieticians, nutritionists, clinicians or undertaken further PhD studies.
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.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The field of eating disorders is rapidly developing in terms of service provision and research. This MSc is the only comprehensive graduate programme available in the field, meeting an important clinical and academic need.
Whether you are a psychiatrist, psychologist, dietitian, 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, tutorials, clinical attachments and a major research project.
The programme fulfils criteria for membership of the Association of Nutrition.
Department: Division of Medicine
Student / staff numbers
› 411 staff
including 84 postdocs
› 102 taught students
› 201 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Medicine
82% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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?
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.
- All applicants
- 28 July 2017
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 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
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.
- Dr Paul Robinson