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
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
- Cardiovascular Disease, Lipoproteins, Hyperlipidaemia and Atherosclerosis
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.
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.