University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Human Nutrition

The course aims to provide training in human nutrition for graduates in biological sciences to equip them for future careers in academic institutions, hospitals, industry or national and international agencies; the main focus of the course is on the relationship between diet, health and disease, and the nutritional mechanisms involved in disease development and disease prevention.

Entry requirements

Degree in medicine or second class honours in biological science, or equivalent research or field experience.

Course modules

Core modules: Nutritional physiology; nutrient metabolism; energy, growth and body composition; assessment of nutritional status; dietary assessment; nutrition in health and disease; computing and applied statistics; epidemiology and study design; laboratory techniques; tracers of metabolism; molecular biology applied to nutrition; clinical nutrition; (MSc and PgDip students); 18-week supervised original research project which is chosen to reflect the student's particular interests and training needs; (MSc students); 6-week supervised literature review (PgDip).

Assessment methods

Assessment is carried out through continuous assessment (essays, laboratory practicals and individual and group presentations) and by written examinations in January and March; the MSc project is assessed by thesis and oral presentations of the project findings, and all students have an oral examination; the PgDip literature review is assessed by thesis: oral examination is only required for borderline pass/fail candidates.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

Key information

Postgraduate Secretary, College of Life Sciences and Medicine
Telephone number: 
01224 559971