Public Health Nutrition, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #101 (ARWU) ,
The Msc Public Health Nutrition at University of Southampton 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.


Public health professionals apply core competences from epidemiology and social sciences to develop, implement and evaluate evidence-based programmes to improve health and wellbeing. They are also concerned with equity, quality, effectiveness, cost effectiveness and accessibility of health care and will become involved in policy and strategy development, particularly where this impacts on community health and wellbeing.

Comprehensive programme

Our comprehensive MSc from University of Southampton provides a broad public health learning experience and supports the development of relevant expertise. We offer three pathways in nutrition, intelligence and global health with specialist modules to equip you for a career in these specialisms.

We will provide you with thorough training and support to develop essential skills in epidemiology, and quantitative and qualitative competencies, which you will need to analyse healthcare data and develop your own campaigns.

During the programme you will have the opportunity to debate contemporary issues with leading public health experts. You will also meet international researchers in lifecourse epidemiology, geographical aspects of health, health inequalities, maternal and child health and nutrition.

You will learn with and from other students, sharing your experiences from a range of health systems around the world.

Professional skills
  • Our programme aims to develop your intellectual and practical skills in the core areas of public health to maximise your opportunities for employment as a practitioner or researcher. It will:
  • Provide opportunities for you to develop mastery in public health through advancing your analytical skills, communication skills and knowledge.
  • Prepare you to lead teams and individuals, build healthy alliances, develop capacity and capability and work in partnership to improve health and wellbeing.
  • Enable you to promote the health of populations by influencing the lifestyles of populations, communities and individuals.
  • Enable you to prevent ill-health through risk assessment and the promotion and implementation of evidence-based interventions.
  • Enable you to use or evaluate research using sound methodological principles.
  • Provide you with relevant tools, skills and understanding of concepts and terms, which will support effective public health practice.

We support the careers of aspiring public health researchers and actively encourage applications for further study at PhD level.

This programme is offered by the Faculty of Medicine and as such you will receive most of your teaching in the Faculty of Medicine located in Southampton General Hospital.


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

Programme Structure

Year 1

Option modules in demography and social sciences will be available depending on timetabling requirements.


  • Epidemiology - Concepts, Analysis and Application
  • Medical statistics and qualitative methods for public health
  • Enabling Change for Health Improvement
  • Development and Implementation of Public Health Policies and Strategies


  • Health Services Organisation and Evaluation
  • Public Health, Law and Ethics
  • Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Developing Public Health Practice
  • Food Systems
  • Health Policy and Economics
  • Population, Poverty and Policy


  • Epidemiology - Concepts, Analysis and Application
  • Medical statistics and qualitative methods for public health

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class
Recommended score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of Upper Second Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Applicants are expected to have an appropriate second-class honours degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University, or relevant professional experience in nutrition, dietetics or other biomedical or health sciences.

English language requirements

Competency in English is essential as the course is taught entirely in the English language. Students who do not have a recent degree from an approved university that has been taught and assessed in English, or who are from a country that is not on the list of those exempt from testing, require a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in listening, reading and speaking, and a minimum of 6.5 in writing. We accept a range of Secure English Language Tests. Those for whom English is not their first language are asked to indicate the level of English they have attained.

As part of the application process, candidates are asked to write a personal statement to explain their motivation for wishing to take the Masters Programme and to indicate their future career plans. This should also cover the following points:

  • What is your current work?
  • What is your experience in the field of public health or pathway of interest?
  • Why do you want to study a postgraduate qualification in public health or pathway of interest?
  • How do you intend to use your qualification in the future?

Candidates will also be required to submit two references, their degree transcript and degree certificate.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15920 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
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  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    7500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7500 GBP per year and a duration of  .
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Part-time fees:

  • UK/EU: £3750
  • International: £7960


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