UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences


Nutrition and Dietetics degrees

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Nutrition. Our Bachelor of Nutrition integrates nutrition science with rigorous training in human biology and clinical medicine. Our postgraduate degrees in Nutrition include Dietetics and specialist programmes in disordered eating. UCL is ranked 7th for Clinical and Health in the 2024 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject.

Undergraduate Open Day, 14 September

Due to high demand for places, Medical Sciences is hosting an additional Open Day on Saturday 14 September.

Come and meet our course tutors and current students to find out more about the courses you are interested in.

You'll also be able to speak to staff from accommodation, finance, and our Student Support and Wellbeing Teams.

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Our programmes

Join UCL's world-leading academic community working on obesity, child health, epidemiology, and the psychiatry of disordered eating. Our courses explore the biomedical and societal effects of the food we eat, the benefits of good diet, and the worldwide impact of unhealthy eating. Benefit from an extensive range of scientific, clinical, and educational expertise and access to world-class training, facilities, and equipment.

Nutrition and Medical Sciences, BSc

Explore nutrition at all stages of life, from cellular, whole body and global public health perspectives, on this three-year, full-time BSc degree.

  • Full-time, 3 years.
  • Subjects: Nutrition and Dietetics

Clinical & Public Health Nutrition, MSc / PG Dip

This master's degree focuses on over- and under-nutrition, which apply to most developed nations as well as those undergoing rapid transformation.

  • Full-time, 1 year.
  • Subjects: Nutrition and Dietetics

Dietetics, MSc (Pre-registration)

Our two-year MSc Dietetics combines academic knowledge with practice to help you become a competent, passionate, autonomous dietitian.

  • Full-time, 21 months.
  • Subjects: Nutrition and Dietetics

Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition, MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert

This is the only graduate programme available in eating disorders. It is for professionals wishing to work in the eating disorders field at a high level.

  • Full-time, 1 year. Part-time, 2 years.
  • Subjects: Nutrition and Dietetics

Obesity and Clinical Nutrition, MSc

Explore the latest evidence on treating obesity, combining state-of-the-art research, new technologies, and real-life treatment through clinical visits.

  • Full-time, 1 year. Part-time, 2 years.
  • Subjects: Nutrition and Dietetics

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Why study Nutrition and Dietetics at UCL?

Nutrition is an important concern with global consequences. At UCL, you can learn from leading academics in the field and focus on real-life clinical case studies. Our courses contain specialist modules in a variety of areas, from human biology and nutritional science to the psychiatry of eating disorders. Find out more about studying nutrition in the heart of London.

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Several of our courses are accredited by the Association for Nutrition, a quality kitemark for qualifications that meet the association's competence requirements.

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Meet a Dietitian

Dr Adrian Brown is a Senior Research Fellow and lecturer at UCL, and also a Senior Specialist Weight Management and Bariatric dietitian.

Georgia Tyler

A really fantastic experience

Georgia studied the Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition MSc, a rarely-offered specialism that she was very passionate about.

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Why be a dietitian or nutritionist?

The titles 'Dietitian' and 'Nutritionist' are often incorrectly interchanged. Find out more about these distinct and important roles.

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Basic science for nutrition

Some of our programmes are quite heavily biochemical. If you don't have a bioscience background, follow these tips to get started.

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Shared first year for flexibility

Most BScs in Medical Sciences have a shared first year. This gives you the flexibility to switch degrees if your interests change.

"Help people go in the right direction"

Shahana studied the MSc in Clinical and Public Health Nutrition in London at UCL. She was a major supporter of both healthy eating and exercise and even developed her own blog while she worked on her master's degree. Follow her story and why she would recommend the course at UCL.

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Our nutrition courses will equip you with a real advantage when entering a competitive careers market. Graduates are eligible for a wide range of UK and international career opportunities and are well-equipped for further studies such as a PhD.

Depending which programme you choose, you will be able to pursue a career as a nutritionist in the health services of the UK and other countries, in the clinical nutrition or pharmaceutical industries. 

Students who are health professionals can apply for relevant clinical and research positions at a senior level. We address the needs of professionals working in clinical services in the field of eating disorders and elsewhere.

I made a very sudden decision to study nutrition instead of medicine, partly due to the huge amount of misinformation I was seeing online around nutrition and health.

I chose UCL because of its academic reputation and thoroughly enjoyed the course. Without the MSc I would not be working as a nutritionist now, with my own private practice.

The presentation skills also paid off as I now do more media work, both TV and radio, as a nutrition expert, as well as science communication through social media and publishing a book.

Pixie Turner, Registered Associate Nutritionist.

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Did you know?

  • UCL Alumni Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins won a Nobel Prize for the discovery of growth-stimulating vitamins.
  • UCL Professor Sir Jack Drummond designed the wartime diet or rationing, since regarded as the healthiest period in British History.
  • 12.4% of people aged 18+ with obesity have diagnosed diabetes, five times that of people with healthy weight.
  • In the UK, the estimated cost of overweight, obesity and related morbidity to the NHS was £4.2 billion in 2007. This is predicted to reach £9.7 billion by 2050.
  • UCL is ranked 7th for Clinical and Health in the 2024 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject.

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Our research in Nutrition and Dietetics

As a global leader in nutrition research, UCL examines the incidence and associated problems on a worldwide scale of nutrition-related epidemiology, child health, overnutrition, undernutrition and the psychology behind disordered eating. We publish in high-ranking journals and regularly appear on TV and radio to discuss vital topics around nutrition, diet and health.

Discussing diabetes remission on The Dietitian Café

Dr Adrian Brown joins co-authors on the Dietitian Café podcast to discuss their new landmark review exploring dietary strategies for the remission of type 2 diabetes.

Academic follows ultra-processed diet for documentary

Dr Chris Van Tulleken featured in a 2021 BBC One documentary, 'What are we feeding our kids?'. He ate ultra-processed food for one month, to highlight the harm it causes the body and brain.

Our teaching leads

Dr Adrian Brown

Dr Adrian Brown

Professor Nathan Davies

Prof. Nathan Davies

Dr Anastasia Kalea

Dr Anastasia Kalea

Efstathia Papada

Dr Efstathia Papada

Professor Paul Robinson

Prof. Paul Robinson

Dr Adrian Slee

Dr Adrian Slee

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