Nutrition, M.Sc. | University of Leeds | Leeds, United Kingdom
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Our Nutrition MSc course at University of Leeds will give you an in-depth understanding of the scientific, social and ethical considerations that inform the nutrition profession, as set by the professional voluntary register of nutritionists.

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Nutrition is a fast-moving discipline that focuses on understanding the role of diet in maintaining human health and preventing disease. As we move towards a healthier lifestyle globally, understanding nutrition has become paramount, and the demand for qualified specialists in this field is ever-growing.

Our Nutrition MSc course will give you an in-depth understanding of the scientific, social and ethical considerations that inform the nutrition profession, as set by the Association for Nutrition (AfN), the professional voluntary register of nutritionists. Your learning will cover crucial areas in nutrition — from policy and practice to the scientific principles that underpin the relationships between diet, human health and wellbeing.

You'll study in our School of Food Science and Nutrition, which is home to world-leading research that has impacted key areas in food and nutrition and directly informs the course, meaning you’ll be learning emerging innovations and issues in nutrition and the food industry. You’ll also be taught by a programme team made up of academics and researchers from across the School and have access to specialist facilities that will prepare you for working in this field.

This means that, once you graduate, you’ll be fully equipped with topical knowledge and advanced skills sought after by global companies in industry.

Career opportunities

The food industry is one of the largest in the world — with a vast amount of career opportunities available to qualified nutritionists.

On graduating from our Nutrition MSc, you’ll have the knowledge and skills relevant to register as a qualified nutritionist, providing personalised advice on healthy eating in food companies and other nutrition/health-related industries. You’ll also have the groundings to follow careers in food manufacturing, nutrition training, health promotion, marketing, scientific research and product development to name a few. This programme also provides a good foundation for students who would like to pursue further studies at the PhD level at Leeds, or elsewhere.

Here at Leeds, we rank in the top ten in the UK for Nutrition and Food Science and our Food Science MSc has been accredited by the Association for Nutrition, meaning many of our alumni have been sought after by large corporations worldwide and have gone on to hold key positions in the food industry and government agencies.


The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN), which means it delivers all the core competencies required of registered nutritionists. On successful completion of this MSc, you can apply to enter the UK voluntary register of nutritionists, and our excellent links with industry will help you to pursue a successful and rewarding career.

Programme Structure

Throughout our Nutrition MSc, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the scientific principles that underpin the relationships between diet, human health and wellbeing. You’ll critically appraise the effects of food processing on the nutritional quality of foods and the role of processed foods in the diet, whilst building an understanding of the functions of food components and nutrients. Alongside, you’ll learn other key areas in nutrition such as the relationship between diet and cancer, the concept of ‘personalised nutrition’, and the policy and practice of nutrition.

During the latter part of the year, you’ll be tasked with a research project based on the areas you’re interested in. Working in one of our fully equipped research laboratories, you’ll critically evaluate the literature and write a research proposal to answer a research question, as identified by you and your supervisor.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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IELTS admission requirements IELTS


180 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS

Other requirements

General requirements

A bachelor's degree with a 2:2 (Hons) in a subject containing chemistry and biology content.

All key modules should also have strong grades (none below 2:2 UK equivalent). Please check your marks using international equivalent qualifications. We will ask for further detailed module information if these are not clear on your transcript.

We expect all applicants to provide a supporting statement indicating their career aim in Nutrition and a description of their interest in Public Health priorities.

For more information, please contact the Admissions Team.

Living costs for Leeds

637 - 1103 GBP /month
Living costs

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


International Masters Excellence Scholarship

These competitive scholarships are awarded in the form of a 25% tuition fee reduction to international candidates who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. There are limited scholarships available.

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