MSc Clinical and Public Health Nutrition

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    MSc 1 year full-time

Course Description

This MSc is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career in cutting-edge research, the practice of nutrition therapy, or in clinical and/or nutrition industries.

We focus on periods of the lifecycle when nutrition is particularly important, such as acute illness, trauma, surgery or malignancy, and chronic conditions in which disease, nutrition and treatment interact. We explore the aetiology, pathophysiology, and epidemiology of obesity alongside the approaches currently used in its treatment.

We examine the key issues related to nutrition in public health. Food insecurity is a major concern for both developed and developing regions around the world. We also examine the impact of healthy eating programmes and consider how organisations meet the nutritional needs of differing populations.

The UCL Division of Medicine has effective links with clinical services at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Royal Free Hospital. You will benefit from a rich and varied research environment and from the expertise of the clinicians and scientists who teach on this MSc.

Who this course is for

This course is ideal for medically qualified graduates, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, nutritionists, and bio-scientists with a keen interest in the disease / malnutrition axis and in effective nutritional therapies. Applicants will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend observation visits in hospital premises, but the course can be completed without this.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in a biological science, medical or healthcare discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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Programme Funding

UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.

Student Destinations

This MSc is particularly suitable for candidates who wish to pursue a lifelong career in the field of cutting-edge translational research and the practice of nutrition therapy in the health services of the UK and other countries, or in the clinical nutrition industry.

While this MSc does not lead to registration to practise as a dietitian, it provides a firm foundation in nutritional science and allows successful graduates to apply for direct registration with the Association for Nutrition. This is the professional body which holds the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN), a competency-based register of nutritionists.


Many graduates of the MSc Clinical and Public Health Nutrition work in the voluntary sector or in industry. Some work as independent or public health nutritionists (one as a leading public health clinician). Several teach and research in home universities.

We also provide an ideal foundation for graduates who wish to undertake further study. Some students use this MSc to improve their medical / clinical knowledge base, or to gain entry to Dietetics courses. Around one in eight of our graduates continue onto PhD studies, at UCL or elsewhere.

Module Details

Compulsory modules

  • Disease Related Malnutrition
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Therapeutic Aspects of Nutrition
  • Practical Nutritional Assessment
  • Malnutrition in the Community
  • Experimental Design and Research Methods in Nutrition
  • Nutrition and Public Health
  • Research Project (Clinical & Public Health Nutrition)
  • Disease and Disordered Eating

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