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Postgraduate courses

Once you have a degree, it is possible to take a masters degree (MSc) or postgraduate diploma, which typically take 12-18 months to complete, or to study for a doctorate (PhD), which takes a minimum of 3 years.

Postgraduate Diploma Courses in Dietetics are run at:

  • University of Chester, www.chester.ac.uk
    PgD/MSc in Nutrition and Dietetics (2 years full-time course PgD)*
  • Glasgow Caledonian University, www.caledonian.ac.uk
    PgD/MSc in Dietetics (2 years full-time course PgD)*
  • Kings College London, www.kcl.ac.uk
    PgD in Dietetics (15-month course for applicants with a BSc in Nutrition or equivalent)*
  • Leeds Beckett University, www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/
    PgD in Dietetics (2 years full time course)*
  • London Metropolitan University, www.londonmet.ac.uk
    PgD/MSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics*
  • Queen Margaret University College, www.qmuc.ac.uk
    PgD/MSc in Dietetics (15 months full time PgD)*
  • University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, www.uwic.ac.uk
    PgD/MSc in Dietetics (2 years full time course, pgd)*
  • University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, www.ulst.ac.uk
    PgD/MSc in Dietetics (2 years full time course, pgd)*


A masters degree in nutrition is a means by which you can change careers if your BSc is in a subject other than nutrition, or by which you can specialise, e.g. by taking a postgraduate course in public health nutrition or sports science. Some masters degrees in Public Health Nutrition have been accredited by the Nutrition Society and are marked by ** in the list below.

To undertake a PhD, it is necessary to have been awarded a very good BSc (first class or upper second (2i) class honours) or to have a MSc in the subject, together with funding that is typically in the form of a research grant.

Postgraduate (MSc) taught courses and opportunities to study for a PhD focusing on nutrition are offered at:

  • University of Aberdeen, www.abdn.ac.uk
    MSc/PgD in Human Nutrition and Metabolism (MSc 1 year full time)**
    MSc in Nutrition
  • University of Bristol www.bris.ac.uk
    Exercise, Nutrition & Health Sciences PhD/Mphil (PhD 36 months full-time/72 months part-time or MPhil 1 year full-time/2 years part-time)
    Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health (MSc/PgD 1 year full time, 2 years part-time)
  • University of Cambridge www.cam.ac.uk
    PhD Human Nutrition (3years)
  • University of Chester www.chester.ac.uk
    Exercise & Nutrition Science (MSc/PGDip/PGCert 1 year full-time or part-time available)
    Public Health Nutrition (MSc/PGDip/PGCert 1 year full-time or part-time available)
  • University College Cork, www.ucc.ie
    MSc in Nutrition (2 years full time)
    MSc/PhD in Nutritional Sciences by research
  • Queen Margarets University, Edinburgh www.qmu.ac.uk
    Public Health Nutrition (MSc 1 year full time/PGDip 9 months full-time or 24-60 part-time)
  • University of Glasgow, www.gla.ac.uk
    MSc (MedSci) in Human Nutrition** (1 year full time and 2-years part time). Specialisation in
    Public Health Nutrition Only.
    PhD/MPhil in Human Nutrition
    Clinical Nutrition MSc/Diploma (medical graduates only) (2 years)
  • Glasgow Caledonian www.gcal.ac.uk
    MSc in Clinical Nutrition & Health (1 year full time)
    MSc/PgD in Dietetics* (1 year full time)
    MSc/PgD in Food and Applied Nutrition (1 year full time)
  • University of Greenwich www.gre.ac.uk
    Nutritional Sciences (MSc/PGDip 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time)
  • University of Huddersfield, www.hud.ac.uk
    MSc in Nutrition and Food Management (1 year full time)
  • University of Keele, www.keele.ac.uk
    Health, Population and Nutrition in Developing Countries MBA (1 year full time)
  • University of Leeds www.leeds.ac.uk
    MSc Nutrition, Obesity and Health (1 year full-time or 2 years part-time)
  • Leeds Beckett University www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/
    MSc/PGDip/PGCert Sport & Exercise Nutrition (1 year full time)
  • Liverpool Hope University www.hope.ac.uk
    Health, Exercise and Nutrition (MSc 12-15 months full-time or 24-36 months part-time, PGDip 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time or PGCert 6 months full-time or 1 year part-time)
  • Liverpool John Moores University This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    Human Nutrition (applied) (MSc 36 months part-time)
  • University of East London www.lcta.com
    Clinical Nutrition for Healthcare practitioners (MSc 2 years full-time, PGDip 1year full-time or PGCert 1year full-time)
  • University College London, www.ucl.ac.uk
    MSc in Clinical and Public Health Nutrition
  • University of London, King’s College, www.kcl.ac.uk
    Human Nutrition (MSc - 1 year full time or Diploma - 8 months full time)
    PhD in Nutrition by research
  • London Metropolitan University, www.londonmet.ac.uk
    MSc in Human Nutrition (1 year full time)
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, www.lshtm.ac.uk
    MSc in Public Health Nutrition** (1 year full time, 2 years part time). .
    MPhil/PhD and DrPH in Public Health Nutrition
  • London South Bank University, www.lsbu.ac.uk
    MSc/PgD in Nutrition, Health and Lifestyle (1 year full time)
  • University of Westminster, London, www.wmin.ac.uk
    MSc/MPH Public Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity (1 year full time, 2 years part time)
    MSc in International Public Health Nutrition** (1 year full time, 2 years part time)
  • Loughborough University www.lboro.ac.uk
    MSc Sports and Exercise Nutrition (1year full-time)
  • University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Human Nutrition Research Centre, www.ncl.ac.uk
    MPhil/PhD in Agriculture, Food and Environment by research
  • Northumbria University www.northumbria.ac.uk
    MSc Nutritional Science (1 year full-time or 30 months part-time)
    MScNutrition and Psychological Sciences (1 year full-time)
  • University of Nottingham, www.nottingham.ac.uk
    PhD/MPhil in Human Nutrition or Animal Nutrition
  • Oxford Brookes, Centre for the Science of Food and Nutrition, www.brookes.ac.uk
    Applied Human Nutrition (MSc 1 year/PGDip or PGCert 8 months full time)
    Applied Sports & Exercise Nutrition (MSc 1 year/PGDip or PGCert 8 months full time)
    MSc/PgD International Nutrition & Food Processing (MSc 1 year full time or PgD 9 months, full time)
    Nutrition & Food Science (MPhil 2 years full time/PhD 3 years full time or part time)
  • University of Plymouth www.plymouth.ac.uk
    Food, Nutrition and Health (PhD 36 months full-time or MPhil 24 months full-time)
    Dietetics and Health MPhil
  • University of Reading, www.reading.ac.uk
    MSc/PgD in Nutrition & Food Science (MSc - 1 year full time, or Diploma 9 months
    full time)**
  • Roehampton University www.roehampton.ac.uk
    Clinical Nutrition with Immunology (MSc - 1 year full time/PGDip 9 months full time/PGCert 6 months full time)
    MSc Clinical Nutrition (1-year full time )**
  • University of Sheffield, www.shef.ac.uk
    MMedSci Human Nutrition**
    Diploma in Human Nutrition (9 months full time)
    MPhil/ PhD in Human Nutrition
  • Sheffield Hallam University www.shu.ac.uk
    MSc Nutrition with Public Health Management (1 year full-time/2 years part-time)**
  • University of Southampton, www.soton.ac.uk
    MSc in Public Health Nutrition** (1 year full time, part time up to 5 years).
    MPhil/PhD in Public Health Nutrition or Nutritional Science
  • University of Surrey, www.surrey.ac.uk
    MSc/PgD in Nutritional Medicine (MSc – 2-5 years, part time or Diploma – up to 4 years)
    MSc/PgD in Food Safety (MSc – 2-5 years, part time or Diploma – up to 4 years)
    MPhil/PhD in Human Nutrition
  • University of Surrey, Roehampton Institute London, www.roehampton.ac.uk
    MSc/PgD in Clinical Nutrition (MSc and Diploma both 1 year full time)
    MSc/PgD in Clinical Nutrition and Immunology
    MPhil/PhD in Nutrition
  • University of Teeside  www.tees.ac.uk
    Food Science and Technology (PhD,  MPhil , DProf , MProf by research)
  • University of Ulster, www.ulst.ac.uk
    MSc/PgD Human Nutrition (MSc - 1 year full time or Diploma - 9 months)
    MPhil/PhD Human Nutrition
  • University of Worcester www.worc.ac.uk
    Nutritional Therapy (MSc 2 years part-time, PGDip 18 months part-time or PGCert 9 months part time)





Last reviewed September 2009. Next review due December 2013
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