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University of Nottingham, Faculty of Science MSc/PGDip in Nutritional Sciences
University of Nottingham, Faculty of Science

MSc/PGDip in Nutritional Sciences

Sutton Bonington, United Kingdom

1 Years


Full time

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GBP 9,045 / per year *


* MSc UK/EU fees; £25,695: MSc international fees; £6,030: PGDip UK/EU fees; £17,130: PGDip international fees


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This course is designed for BSc graduates in biological sciences or related subjects. It provides a direct route to specialise in nutrition. The MSc degree is accredited by the Association for Nutrition.

You'll develop a deep understanding of human nutrition and how this relates to health and disease. You will study the functions of macro and micronutrients, energetics and metabolism. Exploring the latest trends and developments within the field of nutrition.

Highlights include:

  • Molecular nutrition; study how nutrients impact on cellular processes

  • Public health nutrition; the relationship between diet, health and disease. Study in-depth current public health priorities across the lifespan.

  • Healthy People, Healthy Planet module, new for 2021. You'll investigate:
    • International nutrition practices
    • The development of a sustainable global diet
    • The impact on health, survival and development capacity globally
    • The influence of culture, religion and socioeconomic status on nutritional interventions

You'll develop transferable skills such as problem-based abilities and data handling. These are skills required by the Association of Nutrition.

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Why choose this course?

  • AfN accredited - Masters graduates can join the Association for Nutrition register for nutritionists

  • Interpersonal skills to help you in your future nutrition career

  • World-leading research - our research environment was awarded 100% for agriculture, veterinary and food science (Research Excellence Framework 2014)

Course content

This programme requires 180 credits.

The full-time one-year course consists of two semesters of taught modules (120 credits), followed by a research project (60 credits) of three months on a full-time basis during the summer period.

On the PGDip, you would normally study all the core taught modules, and not do the research project. However, there is some flexibility to allow you to choose the research project as an option instead.


  • Research Skills in Nutrition

  • Healthy People, Healthy Planet 2

  • Nutrition and Metabolism

  • Molecular Nutrition

  • Fundamentals of Nutrition 2

  • Public Health Nutrition

  • Postgraduate Research Project

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Lectures

  • Seminars

  • Tutorials

  • Lab sessions

  • Workshops

Although lectures and practical classes still play an important role as the course progresses, your learning experience is enhanced by placing greater reliance on self-directed study, written dissertations and research project work.

Skills are assessed through a combination of essay style or short-answer written examinations or by the use of multiple-choice questionnaires. Assessment of acquisition and interpretation skills also uses coursework assignments based on exercises such as oral presentations, writing essays, reports and dissertations, presentation of posters, and research project work.

How you will be assessed

  • Written exam

  • Lab reports

  • Essay

  • Examinations

  • Presentation

Modules are assessed using a variety of individual assessment types which are weighted to calculate your final mark for each module. Typically all taught modules have one piece of coursework in addition to a final exam.

You will need an average mark of 50% to pass the MSc overall. You will be given a copy of our marking criteria when you start the course and will receive regular feedback from your tutors.

To be able to register as a nutritionist at an associate level with the Association for Nutrition you must pass each module.

Contact time and study hours

As a guide, in the autumn and spring semesters, you will typically spend a minimum of 12 hours per week in classes. You will be expected to spend 3 full days per week on campus.

You will work on your research project between June and September. Depending on your project you would be supervised for up to 3 hours per week, on average.

Teaching is provided by teaching fellows, assistant professors, associate professors and professors. Technical staff, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers provide additional support in small group and practical classes.

There will be around 30 students on this course. On average you would study with around 50 other students across the school.

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Home/ UK students

Undergraduate degree2:2 (or international equivalent) in a biological science subject, excluding nutrition or closely related degrees Examples of related degrees include biology, physiology, sports science, food science and psychology.

EU/ International students

IELTS6.5 (6.0 in any element)
English language requirementsAs well as IELTS (listed above), we also accept other English language qualifications. This includes TOEFL iBT, Pearson PTE, GCSE, IB and O level English.

English language support

If you need support to meet the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course. Our Centre for English Language Education is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

For presessional English courses, you must take IELTS for UKVI to meet visa regulations.

If you successfully complete your presessional course to the required level, you can then progress to your degree course. This means that you won't need to retake IELTS or equivalent.

Alternative qualifications

We recognise that applicants have a variety of experiences and follow different pathways to postgraduate study.

We treat all applicants with alternative qualifications on an individual basis. We may also consider relevant work experience.

If you are unsure whether your qualifications or work experience are relevant, contact us.

Where you will learn

Sutton Bonington Campus

The Schools of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine are based here. Specialist facilities include the world-leading teaching and research laboratories, clinical skills suite and food processing hall. There is also a University farm and dairy centre, and temperature-controlled glasshouses.

There is a great sense of community, and the student union plays a big part in campus life. You will have access to student services, a library, sports centre and places to eat. You can travel to University Park Campus in around 25 minutes on our free hopper bus, and Nottingham city centre via the tram network.

Clinical Skills Suite

You'll access our Clinical Skills Suite on Sutton Bonington Campus which includes a diet laboratory and the latest anthropometric measuring tools including:

  • The BOD POD
  • Bioimpedance and skin-fold callipers


Careers advice

We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students.

Expert staff can help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.

More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.

Job prospects

Graduate destinations

Our graduates go on to work across nutrition and food companies such as Slimming World, Protein World and Danone. Some set up their own nutrition businesses. Others work as nutritionists in health services, for example working for the NHS in mental health nutrition support, or internationally, working for the Ghana Armed Forces.

Every year, some of our graduates decide to study research degrees at the PhD level.

Career progression

88.5% of postgraduates from the School of Biosciences secured graduate-level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £28,711.*

* HESA Graduate Outcomes in 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.



This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition. Graduates can join the Association of Nutritionists’ Register as an Associate and use the ANutr qualification.

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