M.Sc. Public Health Nutrition

University of Southampton

Application deadline: The deadline for application is six weeks prior to the start of the programme.
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This MSc is designed to prepare you for professional practice in public health nutrition in the EU or internationally, and is accredited by The Nutrition Society. All three programmes build on a sound theoretical framework, and apply this to enable you to solve nutrition-related health problems, in whatever setting you work. On successful completion of the MSc programme, you will be able to register as an associate public health nutritionist on the professional register of The Nutrition Society.

Careers: The course will enable you to practise as a public health nutritionist or pursue a career in research


Normal University attendance is for two three-day teaching blocks per module: three modules in the first semester and three in the second semester. You would normally be expected to successfully complete the first three modules before progressing to the modules in the second semester. Once you have completed all the taught modules, you will register for a 14-week dissertation (MSc only) via traditional research or via a professional project. Programmes at PG Cert and PG Dip levels are also available or you may register for stand-alone assessed modules.

The MSc modules are:

* Assessment of nutritional status
* Food systems
* Research skills and statistics
* Nutrition health improvement
* Collaboration working for nutritional health
* Policy and programmes

Plus: Research project and dissertation (60 credits)
You may apply for credits for prior learning in relevant topics

Assessment: Assignments, presentations, dissertation


Second-class honours degree in nutrition, dietetics or other biomedical or health science; ability to study at HE7 in the form of (i) a relevant professional qualification at a suitable level, (ii) relevant post-qualifying professional experience, or (iii) intercalation on a UK undergraduate medical degree and successful completion of at least three years of the programme.

Other qualifications may be considered; prior work experience is desirable but not essential; you must satisfy the Regulations for Admission to Degree Programmes, as specified in Section 4 of the Universitys General Regulations (English language: IELTS 7.0 or equivalent for speakers of other languages).

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.



The MSc in Public Health Nutrition is accredited by the Nutrition Society.


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