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Do you work in the food sector but lack a nutrition background?

This online short course is designed to fill that knowledge gap.

Find out what really influences eating behaviour. Explore the psychology of eating and how food choice impacts on health, environment and the economy.

Discover how and where to find the data you need to support evidence-based decision making in your sector. Boost your skills as you learn to evaluate a wide range of data.

Designed for the food sector and delivered by the Rowett Institute, this course gives you access to some of the best experts in this field and their very latest research. You’ll learn from UK-registered nutritionists, health psychologists and highly experienced academics and researchers.

Choose between a credit-bearing and non-credit-bearing version of the course. If you choose the credit-bearing version, you’ll be formally assessed online.

What will I study?

By the end of this course, you will...

  • Better understand the relationship between diet and health and the role of the food sector within this complex system.
  • Be able to use evidence-based information to assess the impact of food choice on health, the environment and economy.
  • Understand the key factors that influence food choice and eating behaviour.
  • Have gained insight into the psychology of eating behaviour and how this is applies to consumer behaviour.

How will I study?

Food Choice and Behaviour is a four-week short course, delivered entirely online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

This course is taught at postgraduate level by UK-registered nutritionists, health psychologists, academics and researchers.

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Also available as an app, you can access your learning materials on smartphone and mobile devices round the clock.

Your course features a range of resources, including:

  • videos
  • slides
  • podcasts
  • audio clips
  • reading materials
  • online discussion board
  • case studies looking at Kerry Foods and Food and Drink Federation Scotland
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library

Fresh material will be released weekly and you can set your own hours to cover these.

You can get involved in discussions with tutors and colleagues via Twitter and a dedicated discussion board. Professor Alex Johnstone will be there to support you.

Your teaching team

Where will this take me?

This focused nutrition course will help you develop your career in the food sector.

Equipped with fresh skills and specialist training, you could progress within or towards a role in:

  • new-product development
  • food technology
  • food science.

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

Further learning

If you’re keen to learn more, there’s plenty to explore. We offer a fascinating range of short courses and degrees in this area:

Online short courses in Nutrition

Masters degrees in Nutrition

Why study Nutrition online with the University of Aberdeen?

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) undergraduate degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

Apply for this course

Start date
3 May 2021