Obesity, M.Sc. | University of Galway | Galway, Ireland
12 months
16440 EUR/year
8180 EUR/year
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The newly established Obesity programme of the University of Galway provides a broad and comprehensive curriculum that is clinically relevant and that also has a strong theoretical basis.


Obesity is a major health problem, both for affected individuals and for society. There is a growing awareness of the need to provide effective treatments and prevention strategies. Our motivation in developing this Obesity programme of the University of Galway is two-fold: To inform better, evidence-based, compassionate and dignified care to patients affected by obesity and related disorders and secondly to inform better population level strategies to mitigate the obesity epidemic.

What Makes This Course Unique...

  • Consolidate your understanding of the causes, complications and treatment of obesity with a flexibly structured course that will suit those based anywhere in Ireland.
  • Study with other students and faculty from diverse academic backgrounds in medicine, nursing, sports science, dietetics as well as health policy, economics, marketing and philosophy.
  • The research project offers an excellent opportunity for multidisciplinary collaboration and for peer-reviewed publication of your scientific work.


For doctors this programme will be an adjunct to specialist training (rather than an alternative to it). The appeal will be broad and include general practice, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, public health and occupational health as well as surgery. Similarly, psychology, dietetic, occupational therapy and physiotherapy graduates who will ultimately contribute to obesity multidisciplinary care will need advanced training in obesity. Managers within the health service, hospital groups, policy makers and industry stakeholders are also likely to enhance their career prospects through completion of this programme. While this course is open to nurses, there is a dedicated MHSc in Obesity at NUI Galway, delivered through the School of Nursing, which integrates different core modules that are more relevant to advanced nursing theory and practice.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Obesity in the Population
  • Obesity in the Patient
  • Ethical/ Regulatory Frameworks of Clinical Research
  • Lifestyle Risk Factor Modification
  • Research Dissertation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Successful applicants will possess at least a Second Class Honours, Grade 1 degree in an appropriate clinical or life science degree programme. However, for those who do not hold a primary degree at the required level, a special case can be made if they have demonstrated aptitude for the course material through at least three years of high quality work experience in an obesity-related field (relevant to their background). Candidates coming to Ireland from abroad or who do not have a degree from Ireland or the UK, will be asked to provide evidence of an acceptable result in one of the recognised English language proficiency tests, e.g., IELTS total score of 6.5. All prospective candidates will be interviewed either by telephone or by Skype.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16440 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16440 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8180 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8180 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Galway

800 - 1100 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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