The programme covers:
- the principles of nutrition including the sources and functions of macro and micronutrients, energetics and metabolism
- a range of methods for acquiring and interpreting biological and epidemiological information
- the role of diet in the causation and prevention of disease and the promotion of health
- the latest trends and developments within nutrition and of philosophical and ethical issues associated with those trends
- the fundamental interdisciplinary information which underpins the discipline of human nutrition
You would normally be expected to complete the full masters course, however you may choose to complete the postgraduate diploma, which provides the taught modules but no research project, if this suits your professional development needs.
Systematic Review in Nutrition
This module aims to support you in producing a systematic review of 5,000 words on a topic approved by your allocated supervisor. The work will draw on and develop your skills in collecting and evaluating up to date evidence in relation to an advanced topic in nutrition, synthesising new data or conclusions in the process. Teamwork will be developed and assessed as the review documents will be produced in pairs or small teams. Time-management and engagement will be assessed via regular tutorials with the allocated supervisor.
Nutrition and Metabolism
This module aims to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the role of nutrition in a variety of physiological & pathological situation covering:
- Metabolism in the Fed, Fasted and Starved States.
- Nutrition, Metabolism and Exercise
- Disorders of Metabolism
- Cardiovascular Disease, Lipoproteins, Hyperlipidaemia and Atherosclerosis
This module will introduce the concept of metabolic control at the gene expression level with particular reference to the role of nutrients in these processes. Through the provision and application of relevant biochemical and molecular biology information, you will gain an understanding of the regulatory effects of nutrients, either directly or indirectly, on gene expression and how this influences metabolism and growth in eukaryotic systems.
Fundamentals of Nutrition
This module aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the key concepts in the field of Nutrition, including requirements for macronutrients (e.g. proteins, carbohydrates and fats) and micronutrients (e.g. vitamins and minerals).
Public Health Nutrition
This module will provide an integrated programme of epidemiology, basic nutrition and molecular science and public health nutrition and policy to examine the relationship between nutritional status and major human disease. The emphasis of the module will be upon understanding population-wide approaches to evaluation of disease risk factors and development and implementation of preventive strategies.
Research Skills in Nutrition
The research process:
A review of the steps in the research process, including project planning, applying for funding, project management, and the peer review process.
Critical review skills:
A discussion of reading strategies appropriate for scientific literature, and how to critically assess the quality of published material.
Data collection and statistical analysis:
An introduction to the types of data commonly collected in research in nutritional sciences and the basic concepts of statistical analysis, with practical application using SPSS. How to present data effectively.
An introduction to the basic skills required to work effectively and safely in a laboratory environment.
The tools available for dietary assessment, both at individual and population level. Discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of these tools, according to different research scenarios in the nutritional sciences.
The tools available for measuring body composition, both at the individual and population level. Discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of these tools, according to different research scenarios in the nutritional sciences. Practical application of laboratory, dietary assessment and anthropometry techniques
Postgraduate Research Project
This is an individual project undertaken either on campus or as part of an industrial placement, depending on the degree programme. If you are completing your project in industry you will have an industrial supervisor who will determine the topic of the project. You will design the study; gain familiarity with previously published literature, together with the methods/techniques, ethical issues and, where appropriate, safety procedures relevant to the topic; and undertake data collection and appropriate quantitative analysis in preparation for the report and poster presentation.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
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.
Career destinations included biochemists, lecturers, medical scientists and scientific researchers. Companies and organisations our graduates have gone on to work for include Domantis GSK, GE Healthcare, Lonza Biologics, Mars Confectionary, Q Chip and Unilever.
Average starting salary and career progression
100% of postgraduates in the School of Biosciences secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £28,000 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £65,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers support and advice
We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students whatever your course, mode of study or future career plans.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate. Expert staff will help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.
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