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MSc Nutrition & Behaviour

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    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

Good nutrition is fundamental to living a long, full and rewarding life. Nutrition-related ill-health is a major factor that contributes towards preventable disease including obesity and many of the non-communicable diseases on both a national and global scale: diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. 

This is the first course of its kind in the UK to explore the bi-directional impact of nutrition on behaviour and the brain, and the impact of behaviour on diet. These complex interactions are explored from before conception into old age. It will provide a solid foundation in the physiology and biochemistry of nutrition, which is complemented by units focused on the role of nutrition in behaviour and cognition, and the management of associated clinical conditions. The course will improve the practical management skills of nutritionists and provide an important insight into contemporary developments in nutrition and behaviour for a range of healthcare professionals and graduates.

This Master’s encompasses the role of nutrition from preconception to old age and includes topics such as in-utero programming, infant feeding practices, the development of food likes and dislikes in children, food promotion, psychological factors contributing to the development of obesity including appetite and weight control, disordered eating behaviours, prevention of diet-related disease, and the role of diet in normal ageing and age-related conditions. 

You’ll also undertake a short placement in an environment of your choice; this could be locally or internationally and in the healthcare, community or private sector. The experience you will gain on your placement will help you to put what you have learned on the course into a professional context, and help you to grow and develop your own approach to the field of nutrition and behaviour.

For September 2021 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses. This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

''I really enjoyed studying the MSc Nutrition and Behaviour at BU. The content of the course was extremely interesting  and I was able to develop an in depth knowledge of the relationships between our body and mind and nutrition, which is increasingly important in the current health climate. The support from the staff at BU was fantastic and I feel that they really care for your best interests. Studying the masters has broadened my continuing interest in the topic as well as having a valuable contribution to my employability. I now work for Cornwall Council for the Health Promotion Service as a Healthy Schools Advisor, promoting the health and wellbeing of children’’. Harriet Kretowicz, Graduate

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


1 year full-time, or 2-4 years part-time


Association for Nutrition

Required subjects:

Clinical/life sciences, Nursing, Psychology, Nutrition, Neuroscience

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

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Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students.

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This course offers a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience in the workplace as part of one of your units, Evidencing Professional Learning.

You’ll have the option of completing your placement locally or nearer home. Placements are wide-ranging and give you the opportunity to pursue your own areas of particular interest in nutrition and or behaviour.

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Your application

Entry requirements


This course will equip you with the academic and practical skills required for professional practice. The emphasis on core practical skills will give you extra marketability in the professional arena.

Upon completion of the course graduates can apply for Associate level status with the Association of Nutrition.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

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Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice in the nutrition sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change. 

Course changes

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