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Throughout the Nutritional Science Masters degree, we aim to guide you to an in-depth understanding of the broad discipline of Nutritional Science through the study of its different aspects both at theoretical and practical levels. In particular our MSc curriculum covers foundation and advanced human nutrition, nutrient analysis, food policy, statistics and general research skills as well as applied and professional nutritional skills.

We place great emphasis on using diverse teaching media and approaches to develop both your technical skills and abilities for effective teamwork and communication.

MSc graduates can become members of the Nutrition Society and associate nutritionists in the Association for Nutrition. Many of our MSc graduates are progressing in the nutrition, food and health industries, or have embarked on further academic research.


Throughout the Nutritional Science Masters degree, we aim to guide you to an in-depth understanding of the broad discipline of Nutritional Science through the study of its different aspects both at theoretical and practical levels. In particular our MSc curriculum covers foundation and advanced human nutrition, nutrient analysis, food policy, statistics and general research skills as well as applied and professional nutritional skills.

We place great emphasis on using diverse teaching media and approaches to develop both your technical skills and abilities for effective teamwork and communication.

MSc graduates can become members of the Nutrition Society and associate nutritionists in the Association for Nutrition. Many of our MSc graduates are progressing in the nutrition, food and health industries, or have embarked on further academic research.


Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 years part-time
1 other options available

Department
Applied Sciences

Location
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

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Modules are assessed via combinations of coursework, laboratory reports and seminar presentations.

You will be provided with the best possible practical learning experience through wet lab and IT based classes, which will include data collection and the use of specialist software such as our very own food processing pilot plant.

The department has a range of technical staff with backgrounds in biology, chemistry, nutrition, sport and exercise. An academic member of staff as well as a highly experienced technician supervises all practical work.

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Expert academic members of staff who work in close collaboration with health, nutrition, and policy organisations via research programmes and consultancies will mentor you.

Our teaching staff is made up of industry specialists and registered nutritionists from a broad range of backgrounds. Each academic brings with them vast experience, from working within various areas of the health sector, to conducting research on behalf of government departments and within leading hospitals.

They are all actively engaged in contemporary research and consultancy – leading the agenda in areas such as metabolomics, complex public health interventions as well as public engagement.

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You will benefit from modern laboratory facilities including designated laboratories for Food Technology, Sensory Evaluation, Food Analysis, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. There is also specialised computer software for dietary evaluation and statistical analysis.

Technology enabled learning is embedded in the Nutritional Science MSc.

All academic materials are available on your online learning platform (eLP), allowing you to learn at your own pace and stay up to date, wherever you are.

Digital reading lists provide instant access to key texts and you’ll be able to submit and receive feedback on assessments electronically. Electronic discussion boards such as wikis and blogs are used for networking, support and review. 

You’ll always be given a full understanding of the scope, method and application of your studies, helping you to progress and readying you for your next job or further research.

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Research rich learning is a core component of the teaching strategy at Northumbria, and we are highly focused on building sustainable partnerships with industry and commerce.

You will learn from academics that have a research background relevant to the module content. You will take part in discussions during lectures, seminars and tutorials about current nutrition research and will undertake a research project from April-September.

Departmental research topics include: early years and preschool nutrition, nutrition in the elderly, and in deprived families, and the evaluation of a number of school nutrition/physical activity interventions funded by Public Health England and Newcastle United Foundation.

During the Nutritional Science MSc you will gain the experience of carrying out research and gaining valuable skills within an academic and professional environment.

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At all stages of study you will be encouraged to embrace your creativity, to approach problems innovatively and to develop entrepreneurship skills through assessment tasks.

Our projects are of particular value in consolidating and putting into action the discipline knowledge. Projects are given in nutritionally relevant topics and you will be mentored by expert academic members of staff who work in close collaboration with health, nutrition, policy organisations via current research programmes and consultancies.

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Nutritional Science is a discipline of high importance in both the public and scientific agendas for a number of reasons. Nutritional scientists endeavour to understand and reduce the impact of a broad number of diet related diseases including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. The chief goals of the nutritional science sector are to secure a healthy ageing population and avoid malnutrition.

This part-time Nutritional Science MSc will equip you with the knowledge and transferable skills for you to gain professional employment to start your own business venture or go on to further postgraduate study and research.

The course will allow you to engage with employers directly through work related learning experience, STEM ambassador activities or other volunteering opportunities.

The skills learnt and assessed through the course will develop your employability, and the research project will enhance your enterprise and entrepreneurship and will be recognised and valued by future employers.

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Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree related to biology, or science equivalent that includes biological and/or nutrition topics in the final year, and a completed a scientific research project or module.

International qualifications
 
If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry 
 
English Language requirements
 
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
 
*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £6,990

Full EU Fee: £6,990

Full International Fee: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AP0709 -

Foundations of Human Nutrition (Core, 40 Credits)

You will learn some of the fundamental principles in the field of human nutrition and dietetics such as the biochemistry of nutrients, the digestion, absorption, assimilation, and function in the human body as building blocks for growth and repair and as energy sources. The health effects of nutrient deficiencies and excesses and the contribution of diet and lifestyle to the establishment of disease will also be discussed.
You will also learn about energy requirements and energy balance, the control of bodyweight and calculations of body mass index; ideal body weight and individual nutritional requirements will be discussed in depth. Factors which influence dietary intake and barriers which are encountered when recommending dietary change will be discussed. You will also learn about the role of nutrition with regards to healthy ageing and be aware of the various roles that diet and nutrition can play in disease. This module will also introduce you to the use of dietary surveys and epidemiological studies, how they can be used to identify links between diet and disease and how this evidence is then used in nutritional guidance for the public and individuals.
You will learn about the application of methods of collecting, analysing and evaluating nutritional data with practical experience analysing dietary data using computer software as well as learning about the practice and theory of laboratory based methods to provide an understanding of their relationship with nutrition. Good working practice, the importance of professional standards and the application of professional conduct will also be covered.

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AP0710 -

Advanced Human Nutrition (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is designed to further an understanding of the principles of dietary intervention and how nutrition is related to disease. You will learn about the biochemical basis of a range of disorders that are seen in the clinic. This module expands on basic nutritional concepts but with more focus on scientific literature and evidence.

You will learn about how to assess nutritional status using anthropometric, clinical and biochemical data and how these relate to case studies and nutrition-related disease. You will learn how each clinical or metabolic disorder influences nutritional status, and the underlying metabolic complications that causes these conditions.

You will learn about the principles of dietetics, dietary management and control in the clinical environment. You will learn how clinical conditions can influence nutritional status and how these conditions are treated through adequate nutrition.

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AP0700 -

Graduate Science Research Methods (Core, 20 Credits)

This module will provide you with an opportunity to develop your skills in the use and understanding of relevant literature and in both quantitative and qualitative methods. You will learn how to evaluate and contribute to the scientific literature and to interpret and disseminate scientific information. You will appreciate the desirable properties of research design and be able to select an experimental design appropriate to a given system and create the design matrix. You will learn how to assess the kinds of scientific data and tests of hypotheses and will be able to select, apply, and interpret the output from statistical methods of data analysis, and to evaluate the results of statistical analyses as applied to a given data set. Using contemporary science stories, you will develop scientific communication skills in systematic searching, summary writing and critical analysis of the underpinning primary research.

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AP0708 -

Applied Sciences Research Project (Core, 60 Credits)

This module provides you with a vehicle for developing, refining and applying your research skills in an independent project. Guided by a staff member, you will plan, carry out and report the outcomes of an independent research project to professional standards. You will identify stakeholders in your research and describe the projected impact your research holds for them. In order to prepare you for life as a research professional, assessments emulate authentic professional documentary formats aimed at securing project resources and disseminating your findings to ensure they develop real world impact.

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AP0711 -

Contemporary Issues in Food and Nutrition (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about the challenges facing the ever-changing food and nutrition sector. You will be introduced to the current legislative and advisory bodies that generate food and health policies in the U.K., Europe and internationally and will have the opportunity to review and appraise current policies, including consideration of their impact on relevant stakeholders.
Given the nature of this module, the syllabus will change and evolve and will be influenced by the issues pertinent at any given time. That said, there will be themes which are ongoing challenges relevant across food systems including obesity, food production, food scares, environmental impacts and consumer behaviour. This module will also enable you to evaluate the role of the media in educating and informing the population in realtion to food and nutrition.

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AP0712 -

Professional Nutrition Skills (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn how to apply for funding to support a theoretical nutrition based health promotion campaign or public engagement activity. You will also gain valuable communication skills from presenting your ideas and funding bid in the form of a poster to an audience. The module will help to support you to develop a range of knowledge skills, behaviours, attributes and attitudes which will enable you to be successful not just in employment but in life.

The transferable skills that you will gain in this module will include critical thinking, record-keeping, problem solving, independent learning, and communication of ideas to various audiences and project management as well as development of your emotional intelligence.

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EF0177 -

Academic Language Skills Applied Sciences PG (Optional, 0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

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Study Options

The following alternative study options are available for this course:

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