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What makes Diet, Nutrition and Health at Worcester special?

Our taught postgraduate programme will allow you to develop knowledge and skills in evidence- based nutrition which can be applied to many areas of employment in applied nutrition or further study.

The course†is very flexible, with part time and full time options available. It starts in October each year.

Key features

  • Focus on evidence based nutrition.
  • Flexible delivery in 2 or 3 day study blocks, often including Saturdays.
  • Excellent access to nutrition research publications and resources to support research activity.
  • Flexible module choice.
  • Interactive teaching and regular individual support.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree in a biological science, health or nutrition related subject that includes human physiology and biochemistry at level 5 or 6.

Access module

An undergraduate Access module in nutrition and health is available for those with a higher education qualification that does not meet our entry requirements. In this case, passing this module at an appropriate level may be an additional entry requirement for the course.

Additional selection criteria You will need to provide a satisfactory academic reference (or satisfactory reference from a current employer).

In your personal statement you should also address the following;

  • Demonstrate that you are aware of the demands of studying at Postgraduate level.
  • Explain your interest and motivation for studying this subject at this level.
  • Provide evidence of your IT skills such as use of Microsoft Office applications, use of email, internet searching.

Recognition of Prior learning (RPL)

Applications for recognition of prior learning will be considered at admission using the University of Worcester RPL guidance for postgraduate courses. Normally this would only apply to the first module (NUTH4011 Studying nutrition at postgraduate level).

The course team is committed to the University of Worcesterís aim of widening participation in higher education.

International applicants

If your degree was not delivered and assessed in English, you will need to have achieved IELTS at 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 6.0 in speaking and writing and a minimum of 5.5 otherwise, before being admitted onto the programme.

A pre-sessional language course is available (at additional cost) to International students who need to improve their language skills to meet the entry requirements before gaining a place on the programme.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Mandatory modules

  • Studying nutrition at postgraduate level
    Further develop your nutrition knowledge and academic skills to equip you for postgraduate study.
  • Nutritional assessment
    Explore methods of assessing the nutritional status of individuals and populations
  • Nutritional improvement
    Gain an understanding of evidence based diet management and behaviour change.
  • Research approaches and methods
    Acquire the skills necessary to undertake Masterís level research.
  • Dissertation
    Carry out your own research project related to diet nutrition and health.

Optional modules

  • Nutrition through the lifespan
    learn about evidence based practice and the ways in which nutritional requirements and health risks change through the lifespan.
  • Nutrition for optimum sports performance and health*
    Find out how nutrition can play a part in enhancing sports performance while maintaining optimum health.
  • Negotiated study in diet, nutrition and health
    Negotiate with a tutor to devise an individual programme of study and assessment in a topic of personal interest.
  • There is an opportunity to take a module from the MSc Public Health programme*

An additional†Access module in Nutrition and Health†is available in September each year if you donít have a background in physiology, cell biology and biochemistry.

*modules available subject to sufficient enrolment.

Depending on how many modules you want to take, you could study for a Postgraduate Certificate (3 modules) a Postgraduate Diploma (6 modules) or an MSc (9 modules). For more information see our course leaflet.

Full-time study

You will study four 20 credit modules in semester 1 and two or three further 20 credit modules and start the dissertation in semester 2. You have up to 12 months to complete the dissertation. The full-time MSc can be completed in 12-18 months.

Part-time study

You will study two 20 credit modules in each semester in the first year. In the second year, you will take two 20 credit modules in semester 1 and start the dissertation in semester 2. You have up to 12 months to complete the dissertation. The part-time MSc typically takes 2-3 years.

Timetabling options

The course is taught in 2 or 3 day blocks, often including Saturdays, which means that you may be able to study part-time alongside work or caring roles. To give you an idea of the schedule you can download the 2017/18 academic timetable.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?


Student shared lunchEach module is delivered in about 8 weeks using a blended learning approach. This involves you attending around 6 study days on campus in two or three day blocks which are usually on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. †In between study blocks you will work at home on directed reading and assignment preparation supported by our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and individual tutorials.

Study days are usually from 10.15- 17.15 and include a number of different sessions including lectures, seminars, group work, workshops, shared lunches, role plays and discussions.


Modules are assessed by a variety of different types of assignment. These include case studies, reports, reflection, production of an information leaflet, critique of research papers and a final dissertation. In each module students are able to submit some preliminary work for feedback prior to their final submission.


For mere information about the course see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Meet the team

Here are a few members of the department who currently teach on this course:

  • Alison Benbow

    Alison was a practitioner for 15 years and has a range of experience that includes working with clients who have had breast cancer.

    She in is involved in the accreditation process for nutritional therapy courses, chair of the NTEC training providers forum and has also recently been involved in an NTEC initiated project exploring graduate destinations of nutritional therapists.

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    Justine Bold

    Justine is CNHC registered and has worked part time in practice since 2003 and is a member of the NTEC accreditation committee. She is progressing a PhD, has just edited a book on integrative approaches to infertility and currently has a writing residency in care homes.

    Her research interests include the management of food sensitivities, coeliac disease, gluten and non-coeliac disease as well as auto immune conditions.

  • Jane Richardson

    Jane has a background in biology and physiology and has an interest in nutrigenomics and in research methods in nutrition.

    She is currently studying for a PhD looking at the impact of a lifestyle intervention for women who have had breast cancer.


Where could it take you?

Nutrition journalism or other fields within the media.

  • Healthy eating / nutrition advisors or project managers in private or public health practices or NHS.
  • Food or health writers.
  • Wellbeing sector.
  • Food companies.
  • Health product sales.
  • Working within the education sector as a lecturer of nutrition related subjects.
  • Research into applied nutrition.
  • Health promotion within existing professional practice.
  • Further study- PhD / MPhil.

In addition, a postgraduate qualification is a valuable, complementary tool for those working in the wider health arena.


How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

The full-time fee for 2017/18 is £5,150. This represents the cost of the entire programme.

For more details, please visit our†course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

The part time fee is £600 per 20 credit module, and £1,500 for the dissertation (60 credits).

For more details, please visit our course fees page.


Postgraduate Loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,000 per student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For full details visit our†postgraduate loans page.


How do you apply?

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

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Admissions tutor

Jane Richardson
01905 542418

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