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Make your mark in the field of nutritional health.

Explore the impact of diet on health. Study the science behind nutritional health and learn how to design interventions to achieve healthier populations.

Join this part-time online course that you can fit around full-time work. Designed and delivered by the Rowett Institute, you’ll have access to some of the best experts in the field and their latest research.

Aimed at anyone with an interest in nutrition, this nutritional health course is a flexible route to develop your career in:

  • research
  • the food industry
  • government agencies
  • health or related professions.

You can use the credits you earn on this course towards our Masters in Clinical Nutrition.

What will I study?

You’ll gain a detailed theoretical and practical understanding of the latest methods used to assess the nutritional status of a person, their dietary intake, and the nutritional composition of food.

You’ll learn to perform dietary assessments and to understand current dietary guidelines and the issues surrounding them.

In studying the nutritional assessment of food intake, you’ll keep a detailed food diary and then learn how to use sophisticated software to perform calculations. You’ll learn how to measure protein, alcohol, fat and other components being consumed.

Through online videos, you’ll be introduced to the Rowett’s ‘BodPod suite’ – our state-of-the-art BodPods measure the body composition of humans with precision, from which you can calculate percentages of fat and muscle.

We’ll help you integrate knowledge and understanding from a variety of sources, enabling you to identify and propose solutions to improve human health through diet and physical activity.

By the end of this course, you will…

  • Understand the latest techniques in assessing nutritional status, body composition, dietary intake and food composition.
  • See what’s happening at the very forefront of nutritional health, with access to the cutting-edge research that’s going on at the Rowett Institute.
  • Be able to propose solutions to improve human health through dietary interventions or changes in physical activity.
  • Gain insight into your own nutritional health, as well as current dietary guidelines and their issues.

Why study Nutrition online with Aberdeen?

How will I study?

This flexible nutrition course is delivered part-time, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your own study hours to suit you.

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • a virtual classroom where you’ll use professional dietary software to analyse dietary intakes
  • podcasts of lectures
  • BodPod and body composition videos
  • projects
  • case studies
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
  • discussion boards with classmates and tutors.

Through the online discussion boards and assignments, you will develop your skills in critically appraising dietary, nutrition and health research methods.

Your tutors

This course is taught at Masters level by highly experienced health researchers and nutritionists.

If you’re studying this course, you’ll have access to the best experts in this field.

Sylvia Stephen, Course coordinator

Where will this take me?

This course is one of our suite of online Health and Nutrition short courses, including:

These courses can be used to build up credits towards postgraduate qualifications, including Masters.

Find out more about credits.

Further learning

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards further study, including our:


The course provides a career development route for health professionals and those working in industry or government agencies.

If you’re a scientist or graduate keen to move into the nutrition field, this is a step towards a career in this area.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Am I ready?

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:2 (second-class) degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

Apply for this course

Start date
28 September 2020