Postgraduate study
This course is aimed at BSc graduates in biological sciences (or related subjects) to allow them to specialise in nutrition. 
MSc Nutritional Sciences
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2:2 (or international equivalent) in a biological science subject, excluding nutrition or closely related degrees
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
UK/EU fees
£8,235 - Terms apply
International fees
£24,030 - Terms apply
Sutton Bonington Campus



It offers students an in-depth education in human nutrition covering the underlying principles and evidence base, defining concepts, theories and methods, and the current knowledge and development of the subject, within a research-led environment.

Key facts

  • The programme is managed by the school’s nutritional sciences group, which is the largest provider of undergraduate and postgraduate training in nutrition and related subjects in the UK
  • The group is also engaged in internationally renowned research in collaboration with academic and industrial partners
  • The group has an interest in three key research areas, namely: (i) Metabolism, ageing and disease, including nutrient-gene interactions, fetal programming, and molecular nutrition; (ii) Global food security, particularly the nutritional and processing quality of animal and plant products; and (iii) Diet and Health, particularly diet-health interactions in humans
  • The school is ranked the no.1 research environment in the UK for agriculture, veterinary and food science in the Research Excellence Framework 2014; 97% of our work in the Schools of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine and Science was judged to be of international quality

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition. Successful graduates can apply directly for entry to the UK Register of Nutritionists as Associate members and use the ANutr qualification.



Full course details

Students would normally be expected to complete the full masters course but may choose to complete the diploma (taught modules only) if this is better suited to their professional development needs.

The programme aims to cover:

  • 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.

Course venue 

The division is based on the Sutton Bonington Campus, a self-contained site only 20km south of Nottingham. Sutton Bonington is an easy bus or car journey to University Park Campus and to Nottingham City, with free bus service connections between campuses. Two other major UK cities, Derby and Leicester are nearby. East Midlands International Airport is 7km away, plus there are fast rail links to London close by.



The MSc requires 180 credits for completion. Two semesters of taught modules (120 credits) are followed by a Research Project and Dissertation (60 credits). All modules are compulsory.

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

The course is designed to provide an introductory understanding of the role of the health and social care professionals in the community in relation to strategic planning and nutrition policy in public health.

Research Skills in Nutrition

This module covers a review of the steps in the research process, including project planning, applying for funding, project management, and the peer review process. It covers the folloeing areas:

  • Critical review skills
  • Laboratory skills
  • Anthropometry

Nutrition and Metabolism

This module aims to enhance students' 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
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Disease, Lipoproteins, Hyperlipidaemia and Atherosclerosis

Molecular Nutrition

This module will examine the regulatory effects of nutrients, either directly or indirectly, on cellular signaling processes and gene expression and how this influences metabolism and growth in eukaryotic systems. The mechanisms of controlling gene expression will be described. The module will explore the regulation of signaling processes as well as gene expression and the potential for manipulating metabolic processes through nutrient supply. The module will seek to enable an understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which nutrients regulate cell function, the basis of their effects on whole organisms and how variation in genomic sequence is likely to impact on nutrients’ influence on gene expression.

Systematic Review in Nutrition

This module aims to support student to produce a systematic review of 5,000 words on a topic approved by the student's allocated supervisor. The work will draw on and develop students’ skills in collecting and evaluating up to date evidence in relation to an advanced topic in nutrition, synthesizing new data or conclusions in the process. Teamwork will be developed and assessed as the review documents will be produced by pairs, or small teams, of students. Time-management and engagement will be assessed via regular tutorials with the allocated supervisor.

Research Project

Each student will carry out a primary research project in an area of interest related to nutritional sciences.

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. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and funding

UK/EU students

General information on funding for both research and taught degrees, applicable to UK/HEU students is available from the University's Graduate School.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.


Careers and professional development

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

In 2017, 100% of postgraduates in the School of Biosciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,000 with the highest being £65,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career. 

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research.


This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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