MSc Human Nutrition – funding options available

  • South West, All EnglandSouth West, All England


Designed for graduates with a non-nutrition background, this broad-ranging programme offers you an advanced understanding of nutrition and the links between diet and health. Core nutrition science will underpin a critical evaluation of the role of nutrition in public health at the local, national and international level.

This contemporary masters degree is designed to develop professionals with a broad range of skills in human nutrition who are equipped to manage and lead in a range of dynamic settings, such as public health nutrition, health promotion, sports nutrition, the media, research and government.

Key Features

  • Designed for graduates with a non-nutrition background, this full-time programme will provide you with a new and alternative career pathway.
  • Train to become an evidence-based nutrition professional equipped to manage and lead in dynamic settings.
  • The only programme of this type in the South West.
  • Delivered by a team with extensive experience in the delivery of masters level modules and a diverse range of expertise in nutrition, public health, research, sports nutrition and physiology. The team have external recognition for the quality of feedback to support student learning.
  • The programme is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN). Students who have successfully completed the programme are eligible to apply via Direct Entry for the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionist as a Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr).
  • Focuses on public health nutrition and disease prevention at the local, national and international level.
  • Develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of current and topical issues in sports nutrition and apply them to current practice utilising links with local sporting partnerships.
  • Engage with local AfN registrants who will provide curriculum enrichment, local expertise and knowledge of future career pathways.
  • Research-informed teaching will be embedded throughout the curriculum.
  • Issues around sustainability of nutrition will be threaded throughout the programme.
  • Gain a core understanding of professional practice and ethics, elements of which are embedded within the programme.

Please note that when you enrol on this programme, you always enrol to study the master’s degree but we offer three exit awards: PgCert, PgDip and MSc.

Fees, Costs and Funding

Thinking of starting a postgraduate course this year? You could get help to pay for your course and living costs.

Find out more about your eligibility for a postgraduate loan

Find out more about the postgraduate international scholarships

Alumni loyalty reward for postgraduate study

The University applies a discretionary alumnus reward where alumni meet certain criteria on particular postgraduate taught courses.

  • a 20% discount on home/EU tuition fees
  • or a £2,000 discount on international tuition fees

For further details, programme exclusions and contact information, please see our alumnus discount policy: alumni discount policy.

Postgraduate scholarships for international students

We offer several scholarships for international students who wish to study postgraduate taught (PGT) degree programmes.

Find out about the postgraduate scholarships available to you as an international student

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Entry Requirements

We would usually consider a BSc (Hons) degree with 2:1 or above (or equivalent) in a relevant science subject that provides underpinning knowledge in the biosciences. We may consider other degrees at 2:1 or above providing you have evidence of recent Level 3 biology or chemistry study within the last 10 years.

You need to have an equivalent BSc (Hons) degree at 2:2 or above or European first cycle equivalent in a science or social science subject.

International students must also provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with the University of Plymouth’s Admissions Code of Practice and requirements set out by the AfN, This will be a minimum overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of at least 6.0 in each element and a mean score of 6.5.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.


Successful completion allows graduates to work in a variety of nutrition-related areas such as public health, food and/or health industries, the media, nutrition policy development, teaching and research for health and education services, or other organisations.

View the full course description including details of how to apply here

Who is eligible to apply?

UK, EU and International students.

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