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    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

Good nutrition is fundamental to living a long, full and rewarding life. Nutrition-related ill-health is a major factor that contributes towards preventable disease including obesity and many of the non-communicable diseases on both a national and global scale: diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. 

This is the first course of its kind in the UK to explore the role of behaviour in guiding diet and nutrition and the effects of diet and nutrition on shaping behaviour. It will provide a solid foundation in the physiology and biochemistry of nutrition, which is complemented by units focused on the role of nutrition in behaviour and cognition and the management of associated clinical conditions.

The course will improve the practical management skills of nutritionists and provide an important insight into contemporary developments in nutrition and behaviour for a range of healthcare professionals and graduates.

This Master’s encompasses the role of nutrition from preconception to old age and includes topics such as in-utero programming, infant feeding practices, the development of food likes and dislikes in children, food promotion, psychological factors contributing to the development of obesity including appetite and weight control, disordered eating behaviours, prevention of diet-related disease, and the role of diet in normal ageing and age-related conditions. 

You’ll also undertake a short placement in an environment of your choice; this could be the health care, community or the private sector.

“The course has great content. Some amazing guest lecturers have visited us and their knowledge has been inspirational. There is plenty of support from the staff, and I would recommend anyone who wants to study nutrition further to consider this Master’s.”
John Carmichael, current student

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

1 year full-time, or 2-4 years part-time

Accreditations:

Association for Nutrition

Required subjects:

Clinical/life sciences, psychology, nursing or equivalent health professionals

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 or equivalent in a required subject. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Accredited by:

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students.

Download the programme specification (pdf 1.2mb)

Placements

This course offers a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience in the workplace as part of one of your units, Evidencing Professional Learning.

You’ll have the option of completing your placement locally or nearer home. Placements are wide-ranging and give you the opportunity to pursue your own areas of particular interest in nutrition and or behaviour.

Find out more about placements for postgraduate students

Your application

Entry requirements

Careers

This course will equip you with the academic and practical skills required for professional practice. The emphasis on core practical skills will give you extra marketability in the professional arena.

Upon completion of the course graduates can apply for Associate level status with the Association of Nutrition.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the new Postgraduate Loans Scheme, offering up to £10,000 of support (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the nutrition sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below. 

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