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Learn about the role food plays in human health, preventing diseases and managing them when they occur.

Gain the knowledge that underpins the study of human nutrition and metabolism.

You’ll study with scientists working at the University’s Rowett Institute, one of Europe’s most prestigious nutrition research centres. Access their unique expertise and find out first hand what’s happening in the world of nutrition right now.

Our Human Nutrition and Metabolism course is designed for wide appeal, as a refresher for graduates in nutrition, for scientists keen to move into the nutrition field, and as career-boosting professional development for those working in health professions, industry or government agencies.

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

What will I study?

Poor nutrition is a public health problem facing both developed and developing nations today. On this course, you’ll learn how to apply the scientific principles of nutrition to have a real, positive impact on public health.

You’ll focus on the basic biochemistry and physiology relevant to human nutrition, understanding how the body works and how it responds to the food we put into it.

Studying metabolism, you'll also gain a detailed knowledge of the digestion, absorption and metabolism of carbohydrates, protein, fat, alcohol, vitamins and minerals, as well as energy balance and metabolism.

Increasing your knowledge of what constitutes ‘healthy eating’ will give you the solid science to debunk popular myths, diet fads and misunderstandings commonly propagated today around the role of nutrition in maintaining health and preventing and managing disease.

By the end of this course, you will…

  • Have a solid understanding of how the human body responds to the food and nutrients we eat.
  • Know and understand how methods of food production and preparation influence the nutritional quality of the diet.
  • Understand energy balance, energy expenditure and energy requirements of the human body.
  • Be able to recognise strengths and weaknesses in research methods, enabling you to understand the science behind nutritional information.

Feeding the future

For over 100 years, the Rowett Institute has played a major role in informing government policy and establishing the link between diet and health.

Read about the Rowett Institute’s work

How will I study?

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

This course is taught at Masters level by experienced nutrition researchers and academics.

Your course is delivered through MyAberdeen, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Also available as an app, you can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and mobile device 24/7.

Your course features a range of resources, including:

  • podcasts of lectures
  • seminars
  • videos
  • study notes
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
  • interactive discussion boards with colleagues and tutors.

Through the discussion boards, we’ll encourage you to question accepted wisdom and interact with your online colleagues to develop fresh ideas.

Course coordinator

Where will this take me?

Towards a Masters

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

MSc in Clinical Nutrition (180 credits)

  • Study online or on campus.
  • Available to study to Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) and Postgraduate Diploma level (120 credits).

Further short courses

We have a range of online Health short courses you can use to build your skills.

Many carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:


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.

Why study Nutrition online with 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) degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

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Start date
28 September 2020