Taught course

Nutrition and Health

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Entry requirements

You will normally have a good UK undergraduate honours degree, or an international equivalent, in an appropriate science related subject and/or significant proven professional experience in a relevant field.

Months of entry


Course content

This course offers graduates from Human Nutrition, or an appropriate science subject the opportunity to progress into community, industrial, research or academic positions in the health and nutrition sector.
Throughout the course you will examine the evidence supporting the relationship between nutrition, health and lifestyle. You will study a range of methods for assessing nutritional status and look in depth at the role of nutrition/diet in high risk and vulnerable groups.

You will undertake practical sessions, conducting research relating to functional foods and ingredients and explore the physiological implications of under and over nutrition throughout the life-cycle and in healthy/diseased states.

The course focuses on emerging issues within the field of food and nutrition, you will study specific health disorders and learn to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention studies aimed at improving health. During your studies you will specialise in body composition and physiological adaptation, alongside exercise and health promotion and nutrition/food biochemistry.

Over the duration of the course you will develop skills in evaluating and critically analysing the developments at the forefront of the nutritional/food biochemistry industry. You will learn to apply health promotion theory to the key settings of the workplace, school and the community. You will also consider the concept of holistic health and the role physical activity plays in maintaining a state of positive health as well as its role in prevention and treatment.

Experimental work will include performance treadmill and air displacement plethysmography testing. Underpinning this will be the study of the biochemistry of macronutrients, micronutrients and food processing. You will also deliver a presentation relating to the manufacturing and marketing of an allocated product

Finally, you will be required to complete a dissertation, which is an independent research project of 15,000 to 20,000 words into a topic of your choice. In order to prepare you for this, you will undertake a unit in research methods and throughout your dissertation you will work closely with your assigned supervisor.

Special Features:

  • MMU has invested in the latest body composition, exercise physiology and food technology equipment that you will use during the practical sessions on the course.
  • Combination of flexible learning supported by tutorials.
  • As a student of this course you will automatically be enrolled as a student member of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (www.ifst.org) which will give you access to membership benefits, networking and career development opportunities.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

For further information please see: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-60 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 247 6969