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 in August 2020 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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Next start date:
September 2021, September 2022
Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus
1 year full-time, or 2-4 years part-time
Association for Nutrition
Clinical/life sciences, Nursing, Psychology, Nutrition, Neuroscience
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.