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Human Nutrition MSc, PGDip, PGCert

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1 year (full-time)

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Navigate health and quality of life with St Mary’s innovative Human Nutrition master’s

Improve human health with our Human Nutrition master’s. You will develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills while covering:

  • sports nutrition
  • nutrigenomics
  • metabolism
  • nutrition policy
  • chronic disease
  • life cycle nutrition.

You can study our postgraduate Human Nutrition course as a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) or Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) if you wish to enhance your nutritional knowledge and for Continued Professional Development.


Our postgraduate Human Nutrition degree is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) and the Hong Kong Nutritionists Society (HKNS). After successfully completing your course, you can:

  • enter the UK Voluntary Register for Nutritionists (UKVRN) as an Associate Nutritionist
  • become a Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) of the HKNS.

If you return to Hong Kong as a graduate and want to practice independently, the HKNS will help you join our guidance programme, where you’ll accumulate practical experience under experienced Registered Nutritionists (RNutr).

Study on your schedule

You only need to attend university one and a half days a week (except for a single intensive week in September). Therefore, you can study around your personal and professional commitments.

Supportive community

You will learn in a close-knit community of peers and committed academics. Our student, Abi, explains that our lecturers are “approachable and friendly, [and] always willing to answer questions and engage in debate”.

Ammi King

Ammi King

Course Lead MSc Human Nutrition

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Course content


The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2023/24 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2024/25. 

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Applicants with at least a 2:2 degree (or equivalent) related to the bio-science field will be considered.

Applicants with a first degree of at least a 2:1 (or equivalent) in a non-related field will be considered, subject to passing our Nutrition Fundamentals online course.


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International Requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section.

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

For international applicants, the interview can be conducted by telephone/Skype.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Fees & funding

September 2024





Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme. Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.


You can check on the UK government website to see if you may be eligible for a loan of up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate programme.

Home and international students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. International students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

For more information, please look at our postgraduate funding page.

How the degree is taught

Assessment methods

Students are expected to undertake a significant amount of work outside formal contact hours. Assessment methods vary across modules and include written coursework, presentations and examinations.

Career opportunities

With our Human Nutrition master’s, you will develop essential transferrable skills, such as communication, teamwork, and adaptability.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of Human Nutrition MSc, PGDip, PGCert include:

community nutritionprimary care trustsfood advocacy public health and health promotion organisationsteaching

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September 2024

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