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MSc Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition

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Tuesday 26th March 2019 (10.00-13.00)

MSc Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition 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, tutorials and brief clinical attachments at leading Eating Disorder services.

MSc Eating Disorders 2015-16…

“ I am a registered dietitian and a member of the British Dietetics Association. I would strongly encourage people to apply to study at UCL- it truly is a world-class university in a league of its own. The MSc in Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition has exposed me to the latest research in the area and afforded me the opportunity to meet and be lectured by the leaders in the field. The attached practical component also gave me hands on experience in a clinical setting. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at UCL, have utmost respect for the course leaders and lecturers and will forever have very fond memories of my time here and all the wonderful people I have met." Aleeza Rosenberg, 2013-14

 

Page Contents
1. What will I learn?
     a) MSc
     b) Postgraduate Diploma
     c) Postgraduate Certificate
     d) Short Courses
2. Who is this course for?
3. What are you looking for in prospective students?
4. Where can this course lead me in terms of careers and employability?
5. Where does this course take place?
6. When does the course run?
7. How much does it cost?
8. How do I apply?

 

What will I learn?

This MSc is the only graduate training programme available in the Eating Disorders field and meets an important clinical and research need.

This course focuses on providing knowledge and skills in the classification, aetiology, epidemiology and risk for eating disorders, as well as the physical and psychiatric assessment and treatment of eating disordered patients of different ages, sex and ethnic group. It also concentrates on management and service development in the Eating Disorders field.

MSc

Full time

Students on the full-time programme must take modules to the value of 180 credits. The MSc programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits). 

Module TitleCredit ValueTermDay
MEDC0034 Fundamentals of Nutrition and Metabolism151Weds
MEDC0035 Disease and Disordered Eating152Fri
MEDC0036 Therapeutic Aspects of Clinical Nutrition152Weds
MEDC0037 Practical Nutrition Assessment151Fri
MEDC0038 Malnutrition in the Community152Fri
MEDC0039 Experimental Design and Research Methods151Fri
MEDC0041 Eating Disorders: Clinical Science151Weds
MEDC0042 Eating Disorders: Treatment152Weds
MEDC0043 Research Project603N/A
*Module Availability - Modules offered on the programme may not run in every academic year. If there are any modules which are integral to your study you should check whether they are running in the relevant academic year.

 

Part time

This course is also avaliable part time. Students on the part-time programme must take the above modules, totalling 180 credits, over two years. Part-time students complete their research project in the second year but are advised to complete background reading in their first year.

The module structure for part time students is as follows:

Year one
Module TitleCredit ValueTermDay
MEDC0034 Fundamentals of Nutrition and Metabolism151Weds
MEDC0036 Therapeutic Aspects of Clinical Nutrition151Weds
MEDC0041 Eating Disorders: Clinical Science152Weds
MEDC0042 Eating Disorders: Treatment152Weds
Year two
Module TitleCredit ValueTermDay
MEDC0037 Practical Nutrition Assessment151Fri
MEDC0039 Experimental Design and Research Methods151Fri
MEDC0035 Disease and Disordered Eating152Fri
MEDC0038 Malnutrition in the Community152Fri
MEDC0043 Research Project603N/A
*Module Availability - Modules offered on the programme may not run in every academic year. If there are any modules which are integral to your study you should check whether they are running in the relevant academic year.

 

Research Project

All students must complete an independent research project, normally with a supervisor from the Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre at UCLH or a NHS-funded research initiative run with conjunction with UCL. Some projects will be subject to ethical approval and CRB clearance, which should be discussed with your supervisor. Students should explore a research areas that interest them and make contact with the relevant departments to see if they can offer  an MSc project. Alternatively, students can explore research activities taking place across UCL via IRIS (http://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/) by using the search engine.

Recent Student Research Projects
Project titleSupervisor
Does health education have a role in the development of eating disorders in children? A preliminary explorationDr Dasha Nicholls/ Dr Nadia Micali
An investigation into the relationship between maternal nutritional knowledge, parental feeding practices and children’s eating behaviour and fruit and vegetable intakeDr Lucy Cooke
Eating disorder symptomology in relation to self-objectification and gender-role identification in athletes in appearance based and non-appearance based sports.Dr Nadia Micali
Eating Disorders in PregnancyDr Nadia Micali
Children at age 3 of mothers with eating disordersDr Nadia Micali
Excessive exercise and its relationship to Anorexia NervosaDr Nadia Micali
Life time Eating Disorders in maternal populationDr Nadia Micali
Does loss of control over eating in pregnancy predict higher gestational weight gain and higher weight and ED behaviours 20 years later?Dr Nadia Micali
The Effect of Westernization on The Prevalence of Eating Disorders in Lebanese University Students. Dr Nadia Micali
Brain and neuropsychological functioning in girls at high risk for eating disorders: social cognitionDr Nadia Micali
Liver dysfunction in Anorexia Nervosa: is there a relationship to increased intestinal permeability?Dr Paul Robinson
Qualitative study of therapy for patients with Eating Disorders and borderline personality disorder symptomsDr Paul Robinson
Refeeding syndrome in anorexia nervosaDr Paul Robinson
Qualitative study post bariatric surgeryDr Paul Robinson
SUSS test in Anorexia NervosaDr Paul Robinson
A qualitative study of males with eating disorders [ED-MALE_QUAL]Dr Paul Robinson
A follow up study considering the differences between inpatient and day patient care one to four years after dischargeDr Paul Robinson
A Qualitative Study in Males with Bulimia Nervosa Dr Paul Robinson
Does sexuality and gender identity affect eating attitudes in men?Dr Paul Robinson
Micro-nutrients in Severe and Enduring Anorexia Nervosa (SEED-AN)Dr Paul Robinson
Evaluation of Primary Obesity Surgery Endolumenal for weight loss in comparison to Roux-en-Y bypass surgery on gut hormones, insulin sensitivity and cardiometabolic risk factorsDr Rosaire Gray

 

As above, modules run on Wednesdays and Fridays in term time (full time) or one day a week part time. We teach for full days, usually from 9-6pm, so please be prepared to work long hours. A research project schedule will be organised with your supervisor nearer the time.

Postgraduate Diploma

The Postgraduate Diploma comprises all of the taught modules from the MSc programme (120 credits), without the Research Project. This course is designed to allow students to complete it within 9 months.

Module TitleCredit ValueTermDay
MEDC0034 Fundamentals of Nutrition and Metabolism151Weds
MEDC0035 Disease and Disordered Eating152Fri
MEDC0036 Therapeutic Aspects of Clinical Nutrition152Weds
MEDC0037 Practical Nutrition Assessment151Fri
MEDC0038 Malnutrition in the Community152Fri
MEDC0039 Experimental Design and Research Methods151Fri
MEDC0041 Eating Disorders: Clinical Science151Weds
MEDC0042 Eating Disorders: Treatment152Weds
*Module Availability - Modules offered on the programme may not run in every academic year. If there are any modules which are integral to your study you should check whether they are running in the relevant academic year.
 

As above, modules run on Wednesdays and Fridays in term time. We teach for full days, usually from 9-6pm, so please be prepared to work long hours.

Postgraduate Certificate

The Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is designed to allow students to complete it within 9 months by attendance on one day only.

Module TitleCredit ValueTermDay
MEDC0034 Fundamentals of Nutrition and Metabolism151Weds
MEDC0036 Therapeutic Aspects of Clinical Nutrition151Weds
MEDC0041 Eating Disorders: Clinical Science152Weds
MEDC0042 Eating Disorders: Treatment152Weds
*Module Availability - Modules offered on the programme may not run in every academic year. If there are any modules which are integral to your study you should check whether they are running in the relevant academic year.
 

As above, modules run on Wednesdays in term time. We teach for full days, usually from 9-6pm, so please be prepared to work long hours.

Short courses

We now offer two 5-week courses and one full day course specialising in Eating Disorders. All three of these courses are taught on campus in Bloomsbury, London. We do not offer any online or distance courses at this time.

Please follow these links for more information on each course:

 

Who is this course for?

Our students are doctors, dietitian, nutritionists, or graduates in psychology, nutrition and biomedical science. There have been progressive increases in the number of specialist services for eating disorders in the UK and internationally, with increasing numbers of professionals working in these services. New developments in research on the aetiology and treatment of eating disorders make this field a growing research area. Students without clinical training, such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, clinical psychology or dietetics should consider acquiring such a training either before or after the MSc if they wish to work in clinical settings. 

"I am a psychiatrist from Italy and have always had a solid interest in eating disorders. The MSc is taught by leading experts and provides evidence-based knowledge, as well as the opportunity to undertake a clinical placement within an eating disorder service. I would recommend this MSc both for the inspiring scientific approach and for the great people I have met at UCL."  Maria Giulia, 2013-14

 

What are you looking for in prospective students?

This course requires a medical degree or a UK bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject (biological science, biomedicine, biophysics, nutrition, chemistry, medicine), awarded with first or upper second-class honours. If you studied any other subject (such as psychology) you are advised to do some reading and study before you arrive. See our Basic Science for Non-Basic Scientists page for some advice on this.

If you did not study your degree in the UK, please see our International Equivalences page.

If English is not your first language, you'll also have to provide evidence of your language ability, see more on our English Language Requirements page. This course requires "Standard".

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

 

Where can this course lead me in terms of careers and employability?

Patients suffering from eating disorders in the UK is increasing, creating the demand for professionals working in clinical services. This MSc is the only comprehensive graduate programme presently available which addresses this clinical need by providing fundamental nutrition education and an extensive course on eating disorders.

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.

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This MSc is registered with the Association for Nutrition, a professional body that holds the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN), a competency-based register of nutritionists. Graduates of this programme will be eligible to apply for direct entry to the UKVRN as Registered Associate Nutritionists.

All UCL students are supported by the UCL Careers Service, as well as the department's own specialist Careers Tutor. Find out how UCL students have benefited from London’s wealth of resources, networking potential, placements, internships and employment opportunities on our Graduate page.

Destinations of our 2016/17 graduates include:

  • Undertaking PhD Research with the UCL School of Pharmacy
  • Working as a Research Associate
  • Working as an Eating Disorders Practitioner
  • Working with a Nutritionist specialising in EDs
  • Running an Intensive Outpatient Programme for people with Eating Disorders
  • Taking a further Master's in Dietetics

The following students are alumni of this course:

I have a BA in Psychology and aspire to have a career in the eating disorders discipline. The MSc helped me to explore my interest and passion for Nutrition and Eating Disorders.  The lecturers were of the highest standard and I had the privilege to listen to and interact with leading experts involved in eating disorder research in the UK. I am currently applying for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in the hope of becoming an eating disorders practitioner."  Jessica Jackson, 2013-14““UCL is a charming place where I not only obtained essential knowledge for my further study, but also made lifelong friends. Through my masters project which focused on eating disorders in pregnancy, I found I was interested in pregnancy study and am now undertaking a PhD degree in this field with the UCL School of Pharmacy.”
Zixuan Wang, 2016-17“UCL is a charming place where I not only obtained essential knowledge for my further study, but also made lifelong friends. Through my masters project which focused on eating disorders in pregnancy, I found I was interested in pregnancy study and am now undertaking a PhD degree in this field with the UCL School of Pharmacy.”
Zixuan Wang, 2016-17“UCL is a charming place where I not only obtained essential knowledge for my further study, but also made lifelong friends. Through my masters project which focused on eating disorders in pregnancy, I found I was interested in pregnancy study and am now undertaking a PhD degree in this field with the UCL School of Pharmacy.”
Zixuan Wang, 2016-17
 UCL is a charming place where I not only obtained essential knowledge for my further study, but also made lifelong friends. Through my masters project which focused on eating disorders in pregnancy, I found I was interested in pregnancy study and am now undertaking a PhD degree in this field with the UCL School of Pharmacy.” Zixuan Wang, 2016-17
I loved the course and was very interested in the material covered, especially the medical aspect and it was through the rotations in the inpatient/outpatient units at St. Ann's Hospital that I realized I would like to pursue a career as a medical doctor. My ambition is to become a GP and help to bridge the gap between physical and mental health services for eating disorder patients and, ultimately, run a ED treatment centre one day. After my degree I worked for a neurosurgeon as a research associate, and I am currently working with the local University to create an eating disorder service at the school while studying for my Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).”  Sydney McDonald, 2016-17

 

Where does the course take place?

The course is taught on campys in Bloomsbury, the heart of London. We do not offer any online or distance courses at this time.

 

When does the course run?

The term dates shown below are for 2019/20:

TermDates
First TermMonday 23 September 2019 to Friday 13 December 2019
Second TermMonday 13 January 2020 to Friday 27 March 2020
Third TermMonday 27 April 2020 to Friday 12 June 2020

 

How much does it cost?

The tuition fees shown below are for 2019/20*:

CourseUK/EUOverseas
MSc£13,450 (FT) £6,840 (PT)£24,860
Postgraduate Diploma£8,680 (FT) £4,470 (PT)£17,460
Postgraduate Certificate£4,470£8,680
* Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary.

 

Further information on fees can be viewed on the UCL Fees page. If you're unsure of your fee status, please see our Student Fee Status page and for funding opportunities visit our Scholarships and Funding page.

 

How do I apply?

Applications for 2019/20 are now open and will remain open until 26th July 2019.

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places and those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

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