|Course Length:||1 Year Full-Time, 2 Years Part-Time|
|Start Dates:||September 2020|
|Department:||Faculty of Health and Social Care|
|Location:||Edge Hill University|
Please note, this programme is not available for September 2019 entry.
For details of Nutrition programmes which are open to applications for academic year 2019/20, please see www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/nutrition.
- Gain the advanced nutritional assessment skills and knowledge needed to make evidence-based contributions, as part of a team, to the nutritional wellbeing of patients;
- Develop the competencies required to register as an associate nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition;
- Learn how to sensitively and confidently approach patients when nutritional status is a concern for health outcomes.
This MSc in Applied Clinical Nutrition is intended for those currently working or planning to work in health and/or social care professions, providing advice to the public about nutrition-related aspects of health and disease. The programme has been developed to meet the growing need for health and social care professionals to have a fundamental knowledge of nutrition, as they become increasingly tasked with the responsibility to provide nutritional support and advice.
You will acquire an in-depth knowledge of the relationship between diet and disease, from the molecular to the population level, and discover the nutrients required throughout each stage of the life cycle to maintain optimal health status. You will also develop a clear understanding of the factors that determine behaviour change in relation to nutrition and health.
If you are a health professional that would like to advance your knowledge of the role nutrition plays in managing health to a high level, this course will equip you with the necessary nutritional expertise to work alongside nutrition-based health professionals to make important contributions to the nutritional wellbeing of patients.
What will I study?
You will learn about the metabolism of nutrients with regards to their effect on the causation and prevention of disease and explore the psychological models of behaviour and behaviour change in relation to food choice. The dietary and nutrient requirements needed to maintain optimal health status from pre-conception to old age will also be considered.
A key element of the programme is the development of nutritional assessment competencies including dietary assessment, anthropology and functional tests in order to learn about nutrition support and the role it plays in improving health outcomes. In addition, you will study the concept of nutrition counselling to enable you to approach patients sensitively and confidently when nutritional status is a concern for health outcomes.
The knowledge and skills you develop throughout the course will be utilised in a project-based module that will provide you with the opportunity to complete a research project relevant to your own interests or area of employment. This will be underpinned by a dedicated module enhancing your knowledge of research methods and the research process.
How will I study?
The programme incorporates a variety of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, workshops, student-led seminars, practical activities and case studies. This varied approach is designed to meet a range of learning needs, encourage problem-solving skills and foster peer discussion and communication. Teaching will usually be delivered during the daytime.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment methods are varied and include a combination of essays, case studies, presentations and examinations.
Who will be teaching me?
You will be taught by specialists in the fields of nutrition, health, physiology, biochemistry and psychology. The programme team are actively engaged in nutrition-related research and consultancy and will use this expertise to support and enhance your learning experience.
A Great Study Environment
The Faculty of Health and Social Care is one of the leading providers of education and training for health and social care professionals in the North West of England.
Offering some of the best facilities for health and social care students in the country, the innovative £14m Faculty of Health and Social Care building provides outstanding teaching and learning resources, including leading edge clinical skills facilities, ten teaching rooms, an 860-seat lecture theatre and a number of social learning spaces.
A professional food science laboratory and kitchen space is currently under development that will enable Nutrition students to undertake a variety of practical work with foods in a purpose-built environment.
This dedicated space and the University’s modern Biosciences laboratories will enable you to test how certain foods are manufactured and produced, investigate the physical properties of food, and conduct sensory evaluations. There will also be opportunities to participate in enterprise initiatives and research activity using the Nutrition facilities.
Learning resources for Nutrition students include sphygmomanometers for measuring resting blood pressure to indicate cardio vascular risk, bariatric and geriatric suits to experience physical and mobility restrictions, wrist-based global positioning systems (garmin devices) that measure exercise duration, energy expenditure and heart rate, and actigraphs which estimate exercise intensity and track sleep quality and duration.
The faculty is home to a thriving research culture which includes a series of staff and student conference programmes, guest lectures and seminars, as well as active research groups.
HEA4444Research Methods (20 credits)
Research Methods introduces you to the research process including the philosophical fundamentals of both quantitative and qualitative traditions and a range of research methodologies. The module will enable you to demonstrate the ability to critically appraise a range of research methodologies and plan a small-scale empirical project in your chosen discipline, as well as gaining awareness of the theoretical and practical implications of undertaking such a study.
Assessment: Coursework: 100%.
HUG4001Nutrition Metabolism and Disease (30 credits)
Nutrition Metabolism and Disease will provide you with a comprehensive knowledge of nutrition and its application in the prevention and management of dietary related diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, dementia and cancer. You will develop knowledge, understanding and application of the principles of human metabolism that underpin the maintenance of homeostasis in the human system by examining the biochemical and physiological systems relevant to metabolism, with an emphasis placed on understanding the regulation of whole body metabolism.
Assessment: Coursework: 100%.
HUG4003Health Behaviours and Nutrition (30 credits)
Health Behaviours and Nutrition focuses on the psychological models of behaviour and behaviour change in relation to nutrition and health. Factors related to psychological well-being and stress and the relationship to nutritional status will be critically analysed. Emphasis will be on the promotion of positive nutritional health behaviours, as well as the prevention of maladaptive nutritional health behaviours such as obesity and eating disorders.
Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.
HUG4005Nutrition Throughout the Lifespan (20 credits)
Nutrition Throughout the Lifespan provides you with in-depth knowledge of the nutrients required throughout each stage of the life cycle to maintain optimal health status. You will be provided with the opportunity to critically analyse the impact of nutrition on health status, from pre-conception to older age.
Assessment: Coursework: 100%.
HUG4006Nutritional Support in the Clinical and Non-Clinical Setting (20 credits)
Nutritional Support in the Clinical and Non-Clinical Setting develops your nutritional assessment competencies from both a theoretical and practical perspective. You will consider the principles of nutritional assessment, using a wide range of practical methodology, including dietary assessment, anthropology and functional tests. In this module, you will also learn about nutrition support and the role it plays in improving health outcomes. In addition, you will study the concept of nutrition counselling to enable you to sensitively and confidently approach patients when nutritional status is a concern.
Assessment: Coursework: 100%.
HUG4007Dissertation (60 credits)
Dissertation enables you to focus upon a significant piece of investigative enquiry in an area of interest, from conceptualisation through to completion. The module will develop your skills as an independent learner who is able to manage a project over an extended period of time. Critically evaluating existing research and theoretical perspectives to identify a gap in research knowledge, you will be expected to justify the choice of methodology and underpinning theory, analyse the impact of the research project and appraise the ethical considerations encountered during your research.
Assessment: Coursework: 100%.
You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
To join this MSc you should have a degree equivalent to UK first class or upper second class honours (2:1 or above) in a relevant subject, such as nutrition, nursing, midwifery, health and social care, pharmacy, medicine or biology. An interview forms part of the selection process.
English Language Requirements
International students require IELTS 7.0, with a score no lower than 6.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.
If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).
Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.
What are my career prospects?
You will be able to register with the Association for Nutrition as an Associate Nutritionist upon completion of the course via the submission of a portfolio of evidence.
This programme provides ideal preparation to progress into nutrition-related roles in many organisations within the public and private sector. These include local authorities, charitable organisations, the NHS, health promotion organisations, the leisure industry and the private sector. Alternatively, you may wish to progress onto PhD study to further develop a specialist knowledge of nutrition.
Tuition fees for full-time study on this MSc are £6,120 for UK and EU students and £13,250 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21 (pending confirmation of arrangements for EU students).
Tuition fees for part-time study on this MSc are £34 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21, i.e. £680 per 20 credit module (pending confirmation of arrangements for EU students).
180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree.
The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.
Financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses in academic year 2020/21 are still to be announced.
Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.
How to Apply
Apply online at www.ucas.com/postgraduate.
Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucaspostgraduate for more information about the application process.
Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.
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Request a Prospectus
If you would like to explore our full range of taught Masters degrees, MBA awards and our Masters by Research (MRes) degree before you apply, you can order a postgraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradprospectus.
Get in Touch
If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:
- Course Enquiries
- Tel: 01695 657000
- Email: email@example.com
If you would like to talk to the programme leader about the course in more detail, please contact:
- Genevieve Stone
- Tel: 01695 654309
- Email: Genevieve.Stone@edgehill.ac.uk
Course ChangesExpand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.
11th January 2019 - Change of Modules
HEA4444 Research Methods (20 credits) replaces HUG4004 Research Methods (20 credits) as a compulsory module.
20th December 2017 - Change to Entry Requirements
The entry requirements have been updated to clarify that students should have a degree equivalent to UK first class or upper second honours (2:1 or above) in a relevant subject.
Relevant subjects include nutrition, nursing, midwifery, health and social care, pharmacy, medicine or biology. An interview forms part of the selection process.