How does food affect human health, and the prevention and management of diseases?

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

  • Learn from scientists working at the University’s Rowett Institute, one of Europe’s most prestigious nutrition research centres.
  • Access our unique expertise and find out first hand what’s happening in the world of nutrition right now.

Our online Human Nutrition and Metabolism course is designed for wide appeal. It’s an ideal refresher for graduates in nutrition. As a scientist, it will help you move towards a career in nutrition. And it’s CV-boosting professional development for the health professions, industry and government agencies.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This online course is part of:

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards this MSc qualification.

What you’ll 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 you’ll 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 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:

Build your learning

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?

Entry requirements

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.