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MSc Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition

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.

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 for two terms.

Module TitleCredit ValueTermDay
MEDC0034 Fundamentals of Nutrition and Metabolism151Weds
MEDC0036 Therapeutic Aspects of Clinical Nutrition152Weds
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 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 multi-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?

This course is, to the best of our knowledge, the only graduate programme in Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition in the world.

We have, therefore, always attracted and welcomed a very diverse range of students, in terms of age, clinical experience, educational backgrounds, nationality, and future career plans.

Recently, there have been significant 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.

Some our students have already completed a clinical training and are working dietitians, nutritionists, psychologists or psychiatrists. They may either be already working in the field of eating disorders, or they may be keen to break into it. Either way, this degree offers them sound theoretical, scientific and clinical understanding and exposure to eating disorders and clinical nutrition.

The majority of our students are graduates in psychology, nutrition and biomedical science, who are keen to embark on a clinical training, or further research / academic careers. They recognise that their future career may, or may not, include work with people with eating disorders.

Their motivation for applying for this course is primarily strong interest in the subjects we offer; in addition, they are aware that our degree could strengthen, significantly, their applications for a PhD, or the clinical training programmes that they need to complete in order to become fully qualified clinical psychologists, dieticians etc.

Students should note that although our degree is very clinically focused, it is not a clinical training, and therefore successful graduation does not qualify you to work independently with patients with eating disorders.

"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 if I have an eating disorder?

We welcome applications from students who may have had personal experience of an eating disorder. However, it is important to be aware that some aspects of the course have the potential to be triggering. For this reason, based on student feedback and in consultation with professional bodies, including the British Dietetic Association, we advise that applicants should have been fully recovered from their eating disorder for at least two years before joining this course.

If you are unsure whether you are sufficiently recovered, then we would advise that you contact one of the Course Tutors, who are all clinicians actively working in the field.
 

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.

Association for Nutrition Accreditation 

AfN Logo

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. As part of this accreditation, students must pass all core-competency modules. If a student fails a module, they will be able to graduate (in compliance with UCL policy) with an alternative MSc degree title, however this will not be accredited.

Potential applicants should be aware that whilst the MSc in Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition provides AfN accreditation it does not qualify graduates to work with people with eating disorders independently.

Working clinically and independently with patients with eating disorders requires an additional clinical qualification such as dietetics, medicine, or clinical, or counselling, psychology.  

 

What careers can this course lead to?

The range of careers that this degree can lead to is as diverse as the make-up of its students.

This course therefore offers its graduates a significant advantage when applying for clinical or positions in eating disorders or clinical nutrition services, or departments where eating disorders or nutrition research is undertaken.

When starting work in these services or departments, graduates should feel confident that they have acquired a sound and up to date knowledge of some of the most important theoretical, scientific and clinical concepts and ideas that underpin the field of eating disorders and clinical nutrition. They should also have the skills and knowledge to remain up to date with future developments, and to potentially contribute to advancements in the field through clinical and scientific research and innovation.

Destinations of 2016/17 graduates from our degree programme include:

Graduates already possessing a clinical qualification:

  • A qualified dietician working as an Eating Disorders Practitioner
  • A consultant psychiatrist running an Intensive Outpatient Program for people with Eating Disorders

Graduates without a clinical qualification:

  • Undertaking PhD Research with the UCL School of Pharmacy
  • Taking a further Master's in Dietetics
  • Working as a Psychology Assistant in an Eating Disorders service
  • Working as a Research Associate

Further information about the varied backgrounds of our students and their motivation for applying to the course can be found earlier on this page.

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.

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
The Eating Disorder and Clinical Nutrition MSc. was academically rigorous and engaging. The balance of theoretical knowledge with practical applications allowed me to solidify what  I was learning in the classroom and opened my eyes to career possibilities in the field. In fact, it was through  the practiumm at St. Ann’s hospital that I decided to pursue a career in medicine. Because of the the MSc., I aspire to become a GP and work towards bridging the gap between physical and mental health services.  Sydney McDonald, 2016-17

 

Where does the course take place?

The course is taught on the UCL campus 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 2020/21:

TermDates
First TermMonday 28 September 2020 to Friday 18 December 2020
Second TermMonday 11 January 2021 to Friday 26 March 2021
Third TermMonday 26 April 2021 to Friday 11 June 2021

Students on full-time Masters programmes study for a full calendar year and students are expected to study beyond the end of the third term to prepare their dissertation in time for submission at the end of August.

 

How much does it cost?

The tuition fees shown below are for 2019/20, fees for 2020/21 will be published shortly*:

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.

 

Wondering how to fund your Master's at UCL? Watch a video on YouTube to learn about available funding options: How to fund your Master’s at UCL

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. Practical advice for prospective EU students concerning Brexit, as well as links to further information on the topic can be found here.

 

How do I apply?

Applications for 2019/20 are now closed, applications for 2020/21 will open later this year.

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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