Paige Costello

It’s been great to be around different health professionals and the guest lecturers have been fantastic.

“Once I graduate I’m planning to run my own business, focusing on personal training, meal preparation and dietary plans. Not many personal trainers have both the exercise and health route to their business but I will, which is why this masters has been perfect for me.

Given my career plans I’ve really enjoyed the aspects of the course that have looked at diet, supplements and exercise. We’ve examined the relationships between diet and non-communicable diseases, like obesity and cardiovascular disease, and even spent time in the lab. I’ve also been able to focus my dissertation on exercise and nutrition and am working with four amateur rugby league teams to examine gastrointestinal problems in players.

It’s been great to be around different health professionals and the guest lecturers have been fantastic. The specialist sessions on eating disorders and childhood obesity were excellent. We’ve had some really good debates around issues like protein supplements and the whole course has been a real eye-opener.

The support from tutors has been great. They are so passionate about their work and their doors are always open, much different than some universities where tutors don’t even know your name. It also helped that we study in a small group and so you feel comfortable expressing your opinions.

While aspects have been really challenging, I would highly recommend this course. My background and focus is towards science, so the modules with a more political and economic slant took me out of my comfort zone, but I’ve learnt a lot.

I would say that you have to be prepared to put in the effort and do the reading on this course as a high level of research and writing is needed, but you will get so much from the experience.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for MSc Public Health Nutrition.