Earn qualifications in nutrition

Go beyond FutureLearn and earn graduate qualifications in nutrition.

We offer online short courses that can lead to a Masters degree and Registered Associate Nutritionist status.

Join our free online Lifestyle Medicine course.

Examine the latest evidence in lifestyle medicine, which takes a holistic approach to human health.

With expert nutritionists and lifestyle medicine practitioners, you’ll investigate the lifestyle changes that affect long-term health and wellbeing.

You’ll explore the health impacts of:

  • diet and nutrition, including gut health
  • fasting
  • sleep
  • mental health
  • mindfulness
  • physical activity
  • stress
  • our social life and environment.

You’ll learn to evaluate a range of evidence. And you’ll reflect on lifestyle impacts on your personal health, and ways to improve your own quality of life.

Who can join our Lifestyle Medicine course?

This online course is open to anyone interested in health, including allied health professionals and those working in health care or the food system.

What you’ll study

You’ll cover topics including:

  • the relationship between diet and non-communicable (chronic) disease
  • the role nutrition plays in preventing disease
  • how and why physical activity has a positive influence on health
  • the role of stress and resilience on mood and food intake
  • the influence of environment and social factors on health and wellbeing
  • the use of tracker devices to monitor the health of individuals and populations.

With expert guidance, you’ll learn how to evaluate a range of evidence used in lifestyle medicine, from systematic reviews to observational studies.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Explain the preventative role diet and nutrition play in lifelong health.
  • Describe the role of physical activity and movement in improving health outcomes.
  • Discuss the relationship between stress and resilience, food intake and mood.
  • Identify and assess environmental and social factors influencing health, wellbeing and longevity.
  • Evaluate a range of hierarchy of evidence used in lifestyle medicine research, including systematic reviews and observational studies.

How you’ll study

Online learning

Lifestyle Medicine is a four-week short course that you can start anytime. It’s delivered flexibly online via FutureLearn.

You can study anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Your teaching

This course is taught at undergraduate level.

You’ll learn in FutureLearn’s study platform, through a mix of:

  • bite-sized videos
  • audio
  • long- and short-form articles
  • practical activities.

In every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from an internationally experienced team of health researchers and academics from the Rowett Institute and University of Aberdeen. The Rowett Institute is one of Europe’s most prestigious nutrition research centres. Read about the Rowett.

Study hours

You’ll spend around five hours per week on this course.

Your teaching team

Professor Alex Johnstone

Alex is a registered UK nutritionist and consultant for the food sector. She currently leads an innovative Scottish Government-funded research programme, examining human appetite control, weight loss, and obesity, with a focus on the role of protein.

View Alex’s profile

Marta Lonnie

Marta is a PhD student and Teaching Fellow at the Rowett Institute. She’s been studying human nutrition for almost a decade. Marta’s actively researching the role of nutrition to support health.

View Marta’s latest blog post

Where this will take you

Earn a qualification in nutrition

If you’re keen to learn more and earn graduate qualifications in this area, check out our range of credit-bearing online nutrition courses:

Online short courses in nutrition

These flexible short courses help you earn university credits towards postgraduate qualifications in nutrition, including Masters qualifications.

View all online nutrition courses.

Masters degrees in nutrition


This course will support your learning within the scope of preventative healthcare or lifestyle approaches for lifelong health.

If you’re a current healthcare or allied health professional, you’ll gain supplementary, non-pharmacological skills that will broaden your knowledge and expertise.

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.

Keep learning for free

Further your knowledge and add more skills to your CV with our suite of free online nutrition courses:

All are flexible four-week FutureLearn courses delivered by our expert Rowett Institute nutritionists.

Choose the University of Aberdeen for online nutrition science courses

Fits around full-time work

This course is designed to fit around work. With flexible hours and 24/7 study access.

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

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