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How do we improve our understanding of the relationship between diet and health?

Study the clinical and scientific basis of human nutrition.

  • Train in clinical, metabolic and molecular nutrition.
  • Explore issues affecting public health.
  • Learn how to help prevent disease.

This online Masters in Clinical Nutrition is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN). It’s the voluntary regulator for nutritionists and nutrition scientists in the UK.

This flexible Clinical Nutrition degree fits around full-time work and lets you set your own study pace.

Study with the Rowett Institute

Join us online and you’ll learn with the Rowett Institute. It’s been informing government health policy and establishing the link between diet and health for over 100 years.

You’ll be joining an institute at the forefront of scientific research into diet-related health and food security issues today.

AfN accredited programme. Accreditation number AC310

AfN accredited programme

MSc Clinical Nutrition is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN).

Graduate and you can register with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists as a Registered Associate Nutritionist.

Find out more about AfN accreditation

By the end of this degree, you’ll be able to...

  • Describe the scientific basis of nutrition.
  • Explain nutritional requirements, from the molecular through to the population level.
  • Describe the food chain and its impact on food choice, integrating the food supply with dietary intake.
  • Evaluate food in a social or behavioural context, at all stages of the life-course.
  • Apply the scientific principles of nutrition for the promotion of health and wellbeing of individuals, groups and populations.
  • Apply for direct entry to the UKVRN as a Registered Associate Nutritionist.

What will I study?

You can choose to study for a:

  • Masters (180 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
  • Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
  • or start with one of the short courses that make up this degree (15 credits).

How will I study?

This is a multi-disciplinary and research-led Masters degree. It’s delivered part-time, entirely online.

Your 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 do not need to purchase any books at all. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including online access to our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Live teaching sessions are recorded for you to join live, or stream later at a time that suits you.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from leading academics and health professionals in our School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, and the Rowett Institute.

Assessments

All assessments are completed and delivered online.

Your support team

Our friendly team are here to answer any queries you have before, during and after your studies.

Where will this take me?

Become a Registered Associate Nutritionist

MSc Clinical Nutrition is an AfN accredited programme.

This means, once you graduate, you can apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) as a Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr).

The degree was accredited by the AfN in July 2020 and will remain so for five years.

Find out what it means to be a Registered Associate Nutritionist.

Careers

Completing the MSc Clinical Nutrition at the University of Aberdeen will give you the knowledge, understanding and practical insight required to advance your career in nutrition. You will broaden your career opportunities and develop an invaluable network of contacts.

Career options available to you include:

  • Nutritionist
  • Public Health Policy Manager
  • Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinator
  • Fitness and Nutrition Counsellor
  • Further study (PhD)
  • Academic jobs in universities (including lecturer, researcher)

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, and for up to five years after you graduate.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Fees and funding

The fees quoted above are based on you starting your studies with us in the 2020/21 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% per year for the next two academic years (2021/22, and 2022/23). The indicative fees above include these 5% fee rises.

Pay as you go

Don’t worry, you do not have to pay the full degree fee upfront.

You can pay for your degree one term at a time. This gives you a flexible way to spread the cost.

Why study Nutrition online with the University of Aberdeen?

Entry requirements

MSc, PgDip and PgCert

  • A 2:2 (lower-second) honours degree in Biological Sciences or Life Sciences
  • or equivalent research or field experience.

These are our minimum entry requirements. They are given as a guide and do not guarantee entry.

Access routes

MSc access routes are also available if you do not meet the entry requirements. For example, if you have a lower degree in a relevant subject or appropriate level of degree but in an alternative discipline.

Access routes are designed to help you gain the level of biomedical science knowledge you need to study our online MSc Clinical Nutrition or MSc Human Nutrition (on campus). For more information please email us about access routes.

Master of Science - 180 Credits

You can choose from the following courses and projects to make up the 180 credits of your MSc qualification.

You can start your studies in January or September and progress at a pace that suits you.

Duration

It takes a minimum of 24 months to complete the MSc. To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. You can take study breaks between courses, as long as you complete your studies within six years.

Your final 60 credits

This flexible degree gives you a range of options to earn your final 60 credits:

  • a 60-credit research project in either a non-laboratory or a laboratory setting
  • a 30-credit research project and a 30-credit case study
  • a 30-credit project or 30-credit case study plus two optional 15-credit courses (see above)
  • or four 15-credit optional courses (see above)

Projects are optional. You can obtain all 180 credits through courses.

We will endeavour to make all these courses available, but they are subject to change. Read our policy on changes to degree programmes and courses.

Postgraduate Diploma - 120 Credits

You’ll work through eight 15-credit courses to gain your PgDip in Clinical Nutrition.

You can start your studies in January or September and progress at a pace that suits you.

Duration

It takes a minimum of 18 months to complete the PgDip. To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. You’re welcome to take a study break between courses.

Core courses

Choose at least one of these courses. Note that these courses are compulsory for the MSc, so you may want to factor that in if you are considering progressing to the MSc after you complete the PgDip.

We will endeavour to make all these courses available, but they are subject to change. Read our policy on changes to degree programmes and courses.

Postgraduate Certificate - 60 Credits

You’ll work through four 15-credit courses to gain your PgCert.

Our online awards are flexible, so you can progress at a pace that suits you.

Duration

It takes a minimum of 9 months to complete the PgCert. To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. You’re welcome to take a study break between courses.

Core courses

Choose at least one of these courses. Note that these courses are compulsory for the MSc, so you may want to factor that in if you are considering progressing to the MSc after you complete the PgDip.

We will endeavour to make all these courses available, but they are subject to change. Read our policy on changes to degree programmes and courses.

Start with a short course

Not sure you can commit to a full degree? You can start off with one of these short courses that are part of the degree instead.

You’ll earn credits for each course you complete. Your credits count towards the MSc. You can study any course stand-alone, or build your way up to the full Masters one short course at a time.

Master of Science

180 Credits

Indicative cost

£11,650

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 180 credits of study over two years.

Postgraduate Diploma

120 Credits

Indicative cost

£7,770

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 120 credits of study over two years.

Postgraduate Certificate

60 Credits

Indicative cost

£3,790

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 30 credits of study per term.

Apply for this programme

Start month
January or September
INDICATIVE COST
£11,650

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 180 credits of study over two years.

Apply via our Applicant Portal