This course will enable students to develop an in-depth understanding of scientific principles underpinning the relationship between diet, human health and wellbeing. It will also develop the ability to critically appraise the effect of food processing on nutritional quality of foods and develop an understanding of the role of processed foods in the diet.
The programme will encourage students to evaluate the current issues and developments pertinent to the nutrition discipline, and propose new insights and solutions to diet-related problems.
Students will develop an understanding of the functions of food components and nutrients, as well as developing a capacity to critically analyse a problem, develop an action plan and go through a scientific investigation. There are also opportunities to develop skills such as effective communication and presentation.
The programme aims to develop an understanding of nutrition from an international perspective and encourages the development of research projects that satisfy both the course requirements and the interests of individual students. Dependant on the module, the methods of teaching include lectures, seminars, practical laboratory classes, problem solving, team and individual project work and verbal presentations.
Modules studied may include:
* Personalised Nutrition
* Nutrition - Policy and Practice
* Food Processing and Nutritional Quality
* Research Methods in Human Nutrition
* Functional Foods
* Advances in Nutrition, Diet and Health
The course has 50 credits of core modules that will deliver essential knowledge. It incorporates 20 credits of collaborative provision taught by staff from the Nutrition Epidemiology Group, Faculty of Medicine and Health.
The programme structure has 30 credits of elective modules that will allow you to specialise in certain areas of interest (e.g. Food Allergy, Food and Cancer, Food Analysis). Electives from the School of Medicine and Health may also be available.
Students will choose a research area relevant to the research grouping of the School (Food Colloids and Processing, Food Chemistry and Biochemistry, Nutrition) and will, with the help of an academic tutor, undertake a critical evaluation of the literature and write a research proposal to answer a research question, as identified by the student and the tutor.
The project (60 credits) will be undertaken in one of the research laboratories, or within the context of a work-based placement. The emphasis will be placed on the generation of primary data, and the discussion of research results in the context of current knowledge and opinions in the field.
Teaching is by lectures, practical classes, tutorials, seminars and supervised research projects. Extensive use is made of IT and a wide range of materials is available to enable students to study at their own pace and in their own time to enhance and extend the material taught formally.
Assessment is by course work and written exams which take place at the end of the semester in which the module is taught.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.