Msc(MedSci) Human Nutrition

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    MSc (Med Sci): 12 months full-time

Course Description



  • Experience an expert evidence-based approach to human nutrition, integrated teaching on basic sciences, clinical practice and public health applications.
  • Four different specialisation areas are provided – Public Health Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition, Obesity & Weight Management and Sports & Exercise Nutrition.
  • Learn through an in-depth, evidence based, critical approach and specialise in a particular area
  • There is a long tradition of excellence in nutrition at the University of Glasgow, with pioneering research by Cathcart, Paton and Boyd.  More recently Durnin, Cockburn and Dunnigan. While current Glasgow academics continue to make important contributions in the field of nutrition.
  • Be taught by international staff and external experts, offering great flexibility to suit individual student needs.
  • A range of transferable skills are integrated and embedded into this programme, for example, critical review skills, which are highly sought after within the competitive job market.
  • Develop a substantial research proposal as a team.
  • Gain valuable understanding and a range of skills for interdisciplinary working and interpreting nutrition research.
  • Be part of a very supportive environment: feedback from past students emphasises the dedication, approachability and enthusiasm of the programme team.
  • Teaching will mainly take place off-campus at the recently refurbished Glasgow Royal Infirmary, with its state of the art teaching facilities.
  • Get direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) as an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr). It is expected that you will normally transition to full registration after three years, when you will also identify your area of specialism from the five options available.

Entry Requirements

An Honours degree in a suitable science subject, or an ordinary degree in a highly relevant subject such as nutrition or dietetics from an institution recognised by the University Court.


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Student Destinations

Graduates are well placed for a variety of employment opportunities in the food and health industries, public health, research, health promotion, food policy, the media and relief/development work in less developed countries.

There is an expanding role for high quality nutritionists in all these sectors and the programme is intended to meet this demand.

This course provides a sound basis from which to apply for employment in advisory positions in industry or government agencies, to undertake professional training in dietetics, or for further doctoral-level research training for academic or teaching careers.

A high proportion of our graduates go on to complete PhDs in Glasgow or other high quality institutions across the world.

Careers of some of our recent graduates include:

  • Weight management consultant
  • Lifestyle coach
  • Health adviser (BUPA)
  • Public health nutritionist
  • Researcher, MRC nutrition research facility
  • Nutritionist, Dribble Delights
  • Clinical dietician-nutritionist
  • Trainee product technologist
  • Assistant project worker, Angus Healthy Happy Communities
  • Research associate, Nutritional Biochemistry (University of Glasgow)
  • Officer for the Nutrition Society of China
  • Project administration, Action Against Hunger, Canada
  • Private nutrition clinic, Greece
  • Nutrition researcher, Kenya
  • Lecturer in Clinical Nutrition (University of Glasgow)
  • Research fellow on eating behaviour (University of London)
  • Development worker, High Five for Fruit, Lanarkshire Community Food and Health Partnership
  • Nutritionist, North Lanarkshire Council
  • Coordinator, Food & Health Alliance, NHS Health Scotland
  • Nutrition consultant, FAO Rome
  • Programme officer, Food & Health Alliance, NHS Health Scotland
  • New product development project manager, Kinnerton Confectionery Ltd
  • Intervention worker on prevention of childhood obesity, National Institute of Perinatology, Mexico
  • Nutrition Adviser, Scottish Consumer Council
  • Milton community food project officer, North Glasgow Healthy Living Community
  • Emergency nutrition worker, Action Against Hunger, GOAL

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