UCL Division of Medicine


Basic Science for Non-Basic Scientists

In order to give students a good grounding in nutrition, the MSc Clinical and Public Health Nutrition and MSc Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition have a couple of modules that are quite heavily biochemical.

If this area is familiar to you (e.g. Krebs Cycle, mitochondrial function) then you may be fine covering these topics on the course. However if your background is scientific, but not stricly a bioscience, for example nursing or psychology, you may not have covered these topics in great detail. 

We'd ideally like to make sure that the immersion into biochemistry, especially in the Fundamentals of Nutrition module, is as comfortable as possible.

We recommend that students consider enrolling in a brief course in nutrition, perhaps online, and/or reading one or more of the following:

  • Salway J.G, Metabolism at a Glance. 4th edition, Wiley Blackwell, 2017.
  • Salway J.G,  Medical Biochemistry at a Glance, 3rd edition, Wiley Blackwell, 2012.
  • Bender, D, Introduction to Nutrition and Metabolism, 5th Edition, CRC Press, 2014. 
  • Geissler C & Powers, H, Human Nutrition, Oxford, 2017.

This pre-reading is a recommendation only. Pre-reading is not a suitable alternative to meeting our entry requirements i.e you must still have a scientific background at undergraduate level to join us.