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 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:
- the food industry
- government agencies
- health or related professions.
What you’ll 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’ll be able to…
Explain the latest techniques in assessing nutritional status, body composition, dietary intake and food composition.
Discuss what’s happening at the forefront of nutritional health, with access to the cutting-edge research going on at the Rowett Institute.
Propose solutions to improve human health through dietary interventions or changes in physical activity.
Evaluate your own nutritional health, as well as current dietary guidelines and their issues.
Learn with the Rowett Institute
For over 100 years, the Rowett has played a major role in informing UK government health policy and establishing the link between diet and health.
How you’ll study
This distance learning nutrition course is delivered flexibly, 100% online.
You can learn anywhere in the world, with no need for a study visa, and manage your study hours to suit you.
This course is taught at Masters level.
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
- case studies
- discussion boards with classmates and tutors
- the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.
Through the online discussion boards and assignments, you’ll develop your skills in critically appraising dietary, nutrition and health research methods.
You’ll learn from a team of highly experienced health researchers and nutritionists from the University of Aberdeen’s Rowett Institute. Read about the Rowett Institute.
This course is assessed entirely online via a series of assignments. These include:
- critical evaluation of energy expenditure methods in a short answer format
- developing and recommending an optimal diet to a client taking into account specific requirements in a short answer format
- delivering a nutritional and health assessment for your client, by video.
The course totals approximately 150 hours of study and assessment time. That’s around 10 – 15 hours per week.
This is an indicative guide to the time required for a typical student at this level to achieve the learning outcomes.
You can largely set your own study hours each week to cover the materials. MyAberdeen is available 24/7, so you can log in and study when it suits you.
Activities at fixed times
There may be some activities scheduled for fixed times. This could include coursework and assessments with deadlines, or online meetings with your tutor. Otherwise, you can access and work through the course at your convenience.
Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You’ll have contact with your course coordinator throughout your course. This could be by email, MyAberdeen, online call, or phone. You can use social media and discussion boards to chat with your fellow students too.
We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:
- Careers and Employability Service
- Disability support
- IT support
- Library support
- Student Support Service – help with finances, stress, wellbeing and non-academic issues
- Student Learning Service – study support, with advice sessions available via phone or Skype
- Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) – run by students for students
- Toolkit – clever apps and free training that can make your study life easier
Wherever you are in the world, you’ll feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.
Your course coordinator
Dr Magaly Aceves Martins
Magaly is a Research Fellow in the Rowett Institute. She has vast experience in assessing nutritional health. Magaly is particularly interested in using data and new technologies like AI to drive innovation in nutrition and health.View Magaly’s profile
Where this will take you
Towards a Masters
You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:
Masters in Applied Health Sciences
Fast-track your career in healthcare with our uniquely flexible MSc Applied Health Sciences. Study 100% online or combine with on-campus courses at our Foresterhill Health Campus. 10% discount for NHS staff.View MSc Applied Health Sciences
Masters in Clinical Nutrition
Join an online Nutrition degree accredited by the Association for Nutrition. Study the link between diet and health, and how issues of over and undernutrition affect populations today. 10% discount for NHS staff.View MSc Clinical Nutrition
Build your learning with more short courses
We have a range of online nutrition and healthcare courses you can use to build your skills.
Many carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:
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.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for CPD hours. Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.
Why choose the University of Aberdeen for online nutrition courses?
Nutritional health pioneers
Study with the Rowett Institute. Governments and the food and drink industry have turned to us for research for decades.Find out more about Rowett research
We’re proud winners of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, the highest national honour for a UK university, for sustained excellence in health research over the last 40 years.Why we were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize
Learn from tutors and scientists at the forefront of nutrition studies, publishing research into gut health, metabolism and obesity.
We welcome students from all over the world.
This course has no formal entry requirements. You do not need to provide proof of your qualifications.
But you do need to check the entry guidance above to understand the level of teaching delivered, to decide if this course is right for you.
If you do not have qualifications from the UK, check the equivalent teaching level for your country.
You do not need a visa to study online with us.
English language requirements
Teaching is delivered in English.
You do not have to provide proof of your English language skills to join this course. But we want to make sure that you can use English well enough to study successfully.
Recommended level of English
This course uses our Postgraduate Higher level of English language proficiency.
These are our Postgraduate Higher requirements, and these are minimum scores.
IELTS Academic and IELTS Online (not IELTS Indicator or IELTS General Training)
- 6.5 overall
- 5.5 for listening and speaking
- 6.0 for reading and writing
TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Home Edition
- 90 overall
- 17 for listening
- 21 for reading
- 20 for speaking
- 21 for writing
- TOEFL DI code is 0818
Cambridge English: B2 First, C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency
- 176 overall
- 162 for listening and speaking
- 169 for reading and writing
LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator (Written and Spoken)
- Overall High Pass
- 33 for listening, reading and speaking
- 38 for writing
PTE Academic (online test not accepted)
- 62 overall
- 59 for listening, reading, speaking and writing
For more information about language qualifications see our English Language Requirements page.
You will need access to:
A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on either:
- Windows 10 or later
- macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or later.
Most teaching materials are smartphone- and tablet-friendly. But we recommend a proper laptop or desktop for completing assignments comfortably.
Reliable internet access
- a wired connection
- a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps so you can take part fully in live sessions.
Speakers or headphones
- We recommend a headset with built-in microphone and earphones if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
- A webcam is optional, but you may like to use one for some interactive sessions.
We’ll give you access to Office365 applications. This means you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.
If your course requires specialist software, we’ll provide you with access to this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.
See our detailed IT requirements for more information.
When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure so that you’re never alone in your studies.
But learning online does mean you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.
Your most important commitment to your course will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.
Before you start a course that involves a high degree of independent study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your course each week:
- Be realistic
- Create a weekly schedule as a guide
If you have any questions about studying online, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help.
Your course fee needs to be paid in full before you start your course.
We accept payment via Visa Debit, Visa Credit and Mastercard.
Ways to save
You may be able to get help funding this course via:
- discounts – if any discounts are available for this course, they’ll appear in the section below
- employer sponsorship – we accept full and partial fee payments from sponsors.
All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card. This gives you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.
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) undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences or Life Sciences
- or relevant experience that supports this level of study.