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MSc Nutrition & Behaviour

Accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) 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.

  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

Why study MSc Nutrition and Behaviour at BU?

  • Nutrition-related ill-health contributes towards preventable disease including obesity and many of the non-communicable diseases on both a national and global scale. 
  • Gain a foundation in the physiology and biochemistry of nutrition, complemented by units on the role of nutrition in behaviour and cognition, and the management of associated clinical conditions. 
  • Discover the role of nutrition from preconception to old age including 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.  
  • Put learning into a professional context with a short work-based learning and professional development in an environment of your choice; locally or internationally and in the healthcare, community or private sector.  
  • Benefit from extracurricular sessions beyond the lecture setting including research seminars and journal clubs, fostering development of critital thinking and communication.

Find out more about the content of this course.

''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. 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

Course accreditation

This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) which means that after graduating you will be able to apply for Associate level status with the AfN.

We are currently applying for re-accreditation by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) which means that after graduating you will be able to apply for Associate level status with the AfN. We expect to receive this by December 2021 and will update this page as soon as the accreditation process is complete.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

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

Accreditations:

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.

Download the programme specification (pdf 1.2mb)

Placements

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

Careers

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.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

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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