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MSc Public Health Nutrition

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- Lecturers are experienced registered nutritionists who are research active.
- The full MSc is accredited with the Association for Nutrition (AFN), UK.
- The broad range of staff research skills in Dietetics, Nutrition and Biological Sciences offer students a wide range of MSc dissertation topics.

This course will allow graduates of biological sciences to build on their knowledge and aims to promote the critical appraisal of the theory and application of public health nutrition, and nutrition policy planning and practice, to improve the health of the population through nutrition.

Public health nutrition is a new and interesting subject area that concentrates on achieving a sound knowledge in
nutrition and public health providing participants with the expertise to work in a variety of settings to promote nutrition for the benefit of public health. A public health nutritionist influences food selection and eating behaviour of a population, based on research and national dietary guidelines.

Public health nutritionists are expected to find themselves in advisory and policy/ advocacy roles as well as engaged in research in the UK and internationally.

EXIT AWARDS: MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Delivery: At QMU

Single Modules: Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest

Duration: Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 - 7 years

Start date: September

Application deadline: none

Teaching, learning and assessment: The emphasis is on independent problem-based learning where your previous knowledge and skills are
used to develop an understanding in the new subject areas you will be studying.
The course is taught using a variety of interactive learning methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, laboratories, group work, role-play and interactive computer sessions. Development of interpersonal skills and professional skills and attitudes are also a major focus of the learning and teaching programme. Learning activities are guided using web-based programmes. The course is modular and each module is assessed mainly by course work, except for one examination in Food and Nutrition. Normally, there are approximately 12 students on this course but some modules are shared with the MSc Dietetics which can result in a class of no more than 24 students. These small class sizes ensure that students receive excellent support and benefit from sharing their experiences with classmates.

Teaching hours and attendance: Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. It is estimated that each module will require 150 hours of your time. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part-time.

Links with industry/professional bodies: The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition. This enables graduates to register with the Association for Nutrition as an Associate Nutritionist.

An honours degree, that includes significant emphasis on human biochemistry and/or physiology, normally at 2:2 classification or above

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.0 and no individual component score below 5.5.

Home/EU - full-time: £4500 per year

Home/EU - part-time: £475 per 15 credit module

Home/EU - part-time, dissertation: £950

International - full-time: £12500 per year

International - part-time: £1400 per 15 credit module

International - part-time dissertation: £2800

Scholarships: SAAS Funding
In 2015 this course had SAAS (Students Award Agency for Scotland) funding. This funding was available for some Scots-domiciled and non-UK EU postgraduate students as well as local students. It is likely that this will be available for entry in 2016 - please check the SAAS website

- More information about scholarships for international students

Funding Information for International Students:
Visit the International section of the website.

Course Fees:
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Graduates of the University who hold a verified QMU undergraduate or postgraduate award and who are admitted to a postgraduate award of QMU will be eligible for a 10% discount on the published fees.

Sources of Funding:
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15 credits: Food and Nutrition/ Principles of Nutrition Science/ Food Policy and Planning/ Public Health Nutrition/ Public Health/ Epidemiology/ Clinical Sciences/ Research Methods.

If studying for an MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (June 16), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.

Opportunities exist for public health nutritionists in the following areas: public health; health promotion (specialising in nutrition); government advisory posts; food companies; research; health media and pharmaceutical industry.

Case study:
Rhona Archibald, MSc Public Health Nutrition

I had completed an honours degree in Neuroscience at Glasgow University and, although I was still interested in health, I decided I didn't want to work in a medical environment and would prefer to use my scientific knowledge in a more creative preventative role.

I found the nutrition aspects of health very interesting and I originally looked into studying dietetics. However, I wanted to work towards preventing nutrition-related illness in populations and the MSc Public Health Nutrition course at QMU was more tailored to this and really attracted me.

QMU came highly recommended from friends, especially in the fact that classes are smaller and there is more one to one lecturer contact than a lot of other universities. The course was really enjoyable and support was there whenever I needed it.

I am currently working on secondment as a Food and Health Development Officer with West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership. I'm also back at QMU studying part-time for a Professional Doctorate - Health and Social Sciences.



further information:

0131 474 0000 or
Dr Douglas McBean
+44 (0)131 474 0000

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