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This course aims to provide comprehensive training in nutrition for global health with the choice of specialising in a number of topics and in a range of contexts. It is an integrated programme covering dietary, epidemiological, public health, social and biological aspects of nutritional science. Specialist topics include maternal and child nutrition, nutrition in emergencies, nutrition programme planning, evaluation and monitoring, and nutritional related chronic disease.

The course attracts graduates from many countries and various disciplines who wish to equip themselves for global health nutrition research and teaching, operational work in the field or community nutrition programmes, work in public health nutrition, including health promotion and nutrition education, and for policy and programme planning in nutrition.

The MSc has been designed to focus on nutritional problems in developing countries and transitional societies.

Graduates work for local and national governments, NGOs, international agencies, academic institutions, and in fields ranging from food emergencies to research on nutrient-gene interactions.

Course Duration

Full-time for one year or part-time over two years. Students taking the course over two years can choose to attend part-time throughout both years (this involves attending the School at least two days each week during term-time).

Alternatively, students taking the course by split study over two years attend full-time for part of Year 1, and then undertake the remainder of their course in Year 2. The split can occur anytime between the Christmas break and the end of the formal teaching in May, by prior arrangement with the Course Director. Paper 1 may be taken at the end of Year 1 or at the end of Year 2. Paper 2 must be taken at the end of Year 2. Interested applicants should indicate their choice on the application form.

* The tuition fees for part-time and split-study students are for each year of study. Please note that fees are subject to an increase each year. First year split studies students will be charged tuition fees at the part-time 2014/15 fee rate. Second year split studies students will be charged tuition fees at the full-time 2014/15 fee rate, pro rated for the period they will be studying at the School.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline No official deadline for application - Registration in September - students are to allow 6-8 weeks for processing.
Tuition fee
  • GBP 19450 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 8300 Year (EEA)

Home (2014/15 fees) Full time £8,300 Part time £4,150 Split Study £4,150 Overseas (2014/15 fees) Full time £19,450 Part time £9,725 Split Study £9,725

Start date
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

Term 1

Students take three compulsory modules: Fundamental Public Health Nutrition; Statistics for Epidemiology and Public Health; Basic Epidemiology.

Further optional modules include: Principles of Social Research; Health Promotion Theory; Health Policy, Process and Power.

Terms 2 and 3

Students take a total of five modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). Available modules are shown below. Compulsory modules are shown in italics.

*Recommended modules

Slot 1: Maternal and Child Nutrition

Slot 2: Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*; Family Planning Programmes; History & Health; Qualitative Methodologies; Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

Slot 3: Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health; Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases; Nutrition in Emergencies; Tropical Environmental Health

Slot 4: Nutrition-Related Chronic Disease

Slot 5: Advance Statistical Methods in Epidemiology; Analysing Survey & Population Data; Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries; Nutrition Programme Planning; Principles and Practice of Public Health

Further details for the course modules

Project Report

Students complete a short research project which enables them to work on a subject of special interest, practice skills of analysis and presentation, and integrate different aspects of the year's work.

English Language Requirements

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The programme-specific entrance requirements for MSc Nutrition for Global Health are as follows:
  • Applicants should have obtained a minimum of an upper-second class degree from a recognised university, in a subject appropriate to the course of study
  • Applicants who have worked in health-related activities in developing countries will be given preference

Any student who does not meet the minimum entry requirement above but who has relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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Course Accreditation

The course is accredited by the UK Association for Nutrition and will contribute towards the accreditation of individuals as Registered Nutritionists (public health) in the UK. It should be noted that the course is not a dietetic qualification.

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