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The MSc Human Nutrition is an Association for Nutrition (AfN) accredited course for bio-science graduates looking for a Master's degree in nutrition.

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Why study Human Nutrition?

The proportion of adults living in the UK categorised as obese continues to rise...

Current data from The Health Survey for England suggests that a quarter of adults are obese, predisposing them to greater risk of diabetes, cancer and coronary heart disease.

In an attempt to reduce levels of obesity and other diet related health problems numerous government initiatives have been launched such as Healthy Lives, Healthy People; the National Child Measurement Programme; the Public Health Responsibility Deal and the Change4Life campaign, with the aim of preventing people from becoming overweight by encouraging them to eat healthily and move more.

Increased awareness of the importance of a healthy diet and the association between diet and health at all stages of life has led to a growth of public interest in the subject of nutrition.

Why St Mary's?

The course has been designed to enable you to continue working along side your studies. You will only attend St Mary’s University for one day a week (plus two intensive weeks).

The programme has been accredited by The AfN (AC282). This accreditation allows successful MSc students direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register for Nutritionists (UKVRN) as an Associate Nutritionist.

Programme Structure

  • PGCert: Students will take two core modules and one optional module.
  • PGDip: Students will take three core modules plus two optional modules in addition to a directed study.
  • MSc: Students will take five core modules plus one optional module in addition to a research project. Full-time students will be required to attend one full-day a week in addition to two intensive week long modules, one in September and one in January

Teaching methods

A wide range of teaching methods are employed. There is a considerable amount of student involvement in sessions and great emphasis is placed on developing communication skills.

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.

Key facts

  • You are able to study alongside other work requirements
  • AfN accredited programme
  • Optional modules include sports nutrition and nutrigenomics

Course content


  • Directed Study 
  • Food and Nutrition Policy and Health Promotion 
  • Life Cycle Nutrition 
  • Nutrigenomics 
  • Nutrition and Chronic Disease 
  • Principles of Human Nutrition 1 
  • Principles of Human Nutrition 2 
  • Professional Skills 
  • Research Study 
  • Sports Nutrition 
Please note: information published on this webpage is subject to change before the programme commences. Please refer to the Programme Specification document (PDF) for an authoritative summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

In today’s market place, employers are seeking staff who are suitably skilled and qualified to undertake their roles and responsibilities.

A Master's degree in Human Nutrition provides you with the theoretical underpinning together with relevant practical skills to enable you to practice in the fields of nutrition and public health.

The MSc/PGDip programme in Human Nutrition is suitable for individuals wishing to pursue careers in:

  • Community nutrition
  • Primary care trusts
  • Food advocacy
  • Public health and health promotion organisations
  • Teaching in further and higher education institution

The PGCert in Human Nutrition is suitable for individuals wishing to develop their nutritional knowledge and for Continued Professional Development.

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.


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Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Home/EU: £7,000
International: £13,650

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The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2018/19 academic year. For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee 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 contact

Further information

Previous dissertations

  1. Through the Media Lens to Reality: The Weight Loss Action of Raspberry Ketones (A Pilot Study)
  2. Increasing dietary fibre intake among British adults through nutrition education and its impact on health
  3. An Intervention Examining the Effectiveness of an Online Behaviour Change Tool as a Means of Altering Diet and Exercise Behaviours.
  4. Man with a pan: A Social Cognitive Theory driven nutrition workshop in elderly male populations.