Human Nutrition

Ulster University - Coleraine

Human Nutrition

This 12-month full-time (three-year part-time) intensive Masters course is aimed at science graduates, giving them knowledge and understanding of human nutrition and developing scientific research skills to an advanced level. Taught semesters provide study in core modules in human and clinical nutrition, progressing to an independent nutrition research project.

Human nutrition is the scientific study of the foods we eat, the nutrients in foods, the fate of the nutrients when they are eaten, and the effects of diet on health and wellbeing. As a graduate nutritionist, you will have the skills to scientifically evaluate the effects of diet on human health and wellbeing.

There is no placement external to the University, however you are required to undertake a three-month nutrition research project embedded within an internationally recognised research environment.

Graduates work in a variety of areas in the field of nutrition such as industry research or health promotion, or undertake further study such as Dietetics, Sports Nutrition or complete a PCGE.

Work placement / study abroad
This course requires students to undertake a 3 month research project embedded within a nutrition research environment in Ulster University. There are no external placements or internships within this programme.

For further course details please see "Course Web Page".

Subjects taught

Year one
• Applied Nutrition
• Biochemistry and Molecular Approaches to Nutrition
• Public Health and Nutrition Communication
• Research Methods and Biostatistics for Nutritional Sciences
• Nutrition Research Project
• Nutritional Assessment

Optional Modules
• Nutritional Metabolism in Sports and Exercise
• International Food Regulatory Affairs
• Nutrition and Health Claims in the UK and Europe
• Nutritional Controversies
• Diet and Disease
• Food Science & Microbiology

Entry requirements

Standard entry conditions
To apply to our postgraduate taught programmes, you must meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements and any course-specific requirements.

Entry Requirements
Applicants must have gained a second class BSc Hons degree (2:2) or higher in a science based course which has provided substantial background and fundamentals in core science subjects in particular biochemistry and also physiology/anatomy or equivalent science subjects from a recognised institution.

Application dates

Your Application
Application is through the University's online application system (see "Application Weblink").


12-month Full-Time; 3-year Part-Time

Enrolment dates

Start Date: September 2024

Post Course Info

Career options
The academic content of the programme, together with the experience gained from the Masters research project, leads to excellent employment opportunities within industry, nutrition research, health promotion, public health, personalised nutrition ie in the areas of metabolomics, nutrigenomics or in nutrition overseas. Many of our graduates choose to pursue higher research degrees (PhD) or to pursue further taught study in the area of human nutrition, dietetics, sports nutrition or to complete a PGCE and become teachers of science, home economics or biology at both this University or at other institutions of higher education and research.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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