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Nutrition in Practice
Postgraduate course
MSc

Nutrition in Practice

Overview

Help tackle the big public health issues of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease by becoming an expert in food and nutrition.

By analysing how lifestyle affects food and nutrition, the vested interests of the food industry and the role of food and nutrition in disease, you will gain a solid understanding of current issues, enabling you to make a positive difference in a variety of nutrition-related roles around the world.

You will develop a range of practical skills, including the ability to devise programmes for interventions, secure funding from commissioners and report your findings to wider audiences. By working face-to-face with community groups, you will understand how to successfully engage with audiences and influence behaviour change using websites, media presentations, workshops and social media.

Our links with employers in the field of nutrition will ensure you have an opportunity to integrate work experience alongside your academic study, enhancing your employability when you qualify and enabling you to meet the Association for Nutrition competencies to become a registered Associate Nutritionist when you graduate. If you have a degree in a health, science, psychology or sport-related subject coupled with an interest in food and nutrition and its application in public health, private industry and research environments, we can widen your knowledge to give you more varied career options.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.
You'll undertake a four to six-week placement either in the UK or abroad. It's an opportunity to gain significant work experience in areas such as food product development, weight loss and healthy lifestyles, and consultancy in either the private, public or charity sector. You'll also have access to our state-of-the-art biomedical science laboratories, clinical skills suite and kitchens, which will allow you to hone your practical skills further.

You'll be taught by an experienced team of professionals including Professor Pinki Sahota, an expert in childhood nutrition and obesity with 17 years' experience in the NHS, and Professor Alan White, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Men's Health Forum.

You'll also hear from other leading professionals in the field as we host regular guest speakers from nutritional practice, the food industry, public health departments, hospital settings and research.

Entry Requirements

Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Clinical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Sports Science, Sports & Exercise Science, Nutrition, Health or Psychology, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

All applications should be supported by a reference; a template can be accessed at this link.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Clinical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Sports Science, Sports & Exercise Science, Nutrition, Health or Psychology, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

All applications should be supported by a reference; a template can be accessed at this link.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
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Careers

Claire Gardiner

Careers

Claire Gardiner
Senior Specialist Renal Dietitian St James's University Hospital

MSc Nutrition

“Thanks to my course and the support from my knowledgeable tutors, I was able to hit the ground running and apply what I’d learned to my practice as a renal dietician. The course projects were purposeful as they tied into my work with the NHS, and I now have the confidence to get involved in more research at clinical level as well as teach part-time at Leeds Beckett.

Modules & learning

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A population and lifespan based approach to the nutritional needs of individuals and communities, and contemporary issues influencing these.

Study the food systems currently operating across the food chain in agriculture, processing, distribution, retailing and food service. We will increase your awareness of the properties and behaviour of food, and how various systems are managed and operated.

Examine lifestyle conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity and analyse the health, psychosocial, cultural and socioeconomic determinants associated with prevalence.

Explore the theory and principles of human nutrition. You'll focus on integration of nutritional science, clinical science, and food science. Alongside theory, you will develop skills to critically evaluate and integrate current research.

Examine the role of nutrition in the aetiology and trends of nutrition-related diseases. You'll look at the strengths and weaknesses of nutritional epidemiological methods, design concepts and application of appropriate statistical methods.

An opportunity to undertake a small scale piece of research and / or development that supports your health-related practice within nutrition.

Develop both theoretical and practical skills that you will use in your dissertation module.

A four to six week work experience placement taking place either in the UK or abroad over the summer.

Professional and Collaborative Practice

Kate Austin
Kate Austin
Senior Lecturer
As well as a Course Leader and lecturer, Kate is also the regional representative for the Association for Nutrition. Her main area of research is nutrition in early years and links to appetite regulation.
I'm passionate about raising the profile of the preventative nutrition agenda, working to develop strategies and services to halt the rise in obesity and prevent the development of nutrition-related disease in the UK. This passion extends into my teaching where I enjoy facilitating the development of students into competent practitioners.
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Helen White, Course Leader

Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Facilities

  • Nutrition Laboratories
    Nutrition Laboratories

    Our nutrition labs will allow you to develop your practical nutritional skills.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

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