Diet plays a pivotal role in development of life style diseases, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. In addition to the burden for the individual, these diseases are expected to constitute the largest global health problem by 2020, and thereby increase the burden on the health system and the society.
The MSc in Human Nutrition programme at the University of Copenhagen gives you comprehensive knowledge of the importance of nutrition to human health and a thorough understanding of the principles and methods of nutritional science.
In the course of the two-year MSc programme, you will learn about the conversion of energy and nutrients in the human body, the importance of nutrition in the various stages of life and the effects of nutrition on health and disease.
As a graduate from the MSc programme in Human Nutrition, you will have a thorough understanding of the principles and methods of nutritional science. You obtain knowledge of the conversion of energy and nutrients and of the importance of the diet in the various stages of life. You also gain insight into the effects of nutrition on health and disease.
With an MSc degree in Human Nutrition, you master methods of measuring and assessing nutrient intakes and energy requirements. You can initiate and manage prevention initiatives, as you learn through your studies to define target groups, set intervention levels, select specific activities and plan evaluations.
In addition, you are able to monitor and consider aspects that influence people’s relationship to food. You can identify Danish players within the health sector and their areas of responsibility. And you will be qualified to understand the interests of the international, national and local players in the nutrition-related treatment of disease.
As an MSc in Human Nutrition, you wil have many different job opportunities, for example:
At Human Nutrition the teaching is comprised of lectures, seminars and practical and theoretical exercises. You will be working both independently and in project groups.
The programme consists of compulsory, restricted elective and elective courses as well as a final thesis.
The compulsory courses are the foundation of the programme. In the compulsory courses, you learn how to create health-promoting activities in the area of nutrition, acquire knowledge about the content of nutrients in foods and their metabolism as well as their importance for health.
You may choose between a small selection of restricted elective courses that are particulary relevant to the programme. The thematic course in block 3 will extend your skills in defining and analysing a nutrition-related problem. The work is project-based and problem-oriented and the main part of the course consists of group work, supplemented by some lectures and seminars.
You can apply until:
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
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Regardless of what university you are enrolled at, you can - if you meet the language requirements - apply on the basis of a Bachelor’s degree that grants direct access or another relevant Bachelor’s degree.
If you hold one of the degrees listed below, you have direct access to apply to the Master’s programme in Human Nutrition.
If you have a Bachelor’s degree other than those listed above, you must submit additional documentation along with your application.
For more information, please visit the programme website.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
The Faculty of Sciene has a very limited number of scholarships to award outstanding non-EU/EEA MSc students. The scholarships are allocated to a few students with excellent academic performance. The scolarships are granted to cover the tuition fee, or in exceptional cases both tuition fee and living expenses.
All non-EU/EEA applicants with a grade point average above 80% of their bachelor's degree are considered for the scholarships/tuition fee waivers.
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