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 you’ll 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 you’ll study

Online learning

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

Your teaching

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.


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 this will take you

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.


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)

Lifelong career support

Our careers support doesn’t stop when you graduate.

You have access to our free careers service while you study, and beyond.

We’re here with 1:1 appointments, CV checks, interview prep, and to connect you with job opportunities around the world.

Fees and funding

The fees quoted above are based on you starting your studies with us in the 2022/23 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% for the 2023/24 academic year. Fees for future academic years are provisional, but our indicative fees assume a 5% fee rise each year.

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.

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Master of Science

180 credits


This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over two years, starting in January 2023.

Postgraduate Diploma

120 credits


This indicative cost is based on 120 credits of study over two years, starting in January 2023.

Postgraduate Certificate

60 credits


This indicative cost is based on 30 credits of study per term, starting in January 2023.

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This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over two years, starting in January 2023.

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