Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

Obesity is a complex illness which requires an understanding of multiple treatment modalities. In this unique and world-leading MSc, students will learn the latest evidence base on the treatment of obesity which will incorporate state of the art research in the area, new technologies and real-life treatment of this disease through clinical visits.

UCL is one of the top ten universities in the world. There is an excellent opportunity for the students to engage with medical research at UCL and its partner hospitals in areas widely accepted as world leading. UCL has a long and prestigious history in obesity and nutrition research and currently coordinates a variety of major studies in both the UK and the rest of the world. 

This programme runs within the School of Life and Medical Sciences, one of the largest and most prestigious aggregations of academics in its field, with a global reputation for teaching informed by cutting-edge research. It will hold close links between UCL, the UCLH Bariatric Centre for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery, and our UCL NHS partners, major London hospitals and public health organisations which will allow students to participate in significant nutrition projects focused on obesity.

The programme has been planned and developed by experienced research and teaching academics in the areas of cardiometabolic disease and obesity and with the feedback from professionals with clinical work experience. This programme will be unique as it is focused on evidence-base practice and will train graduates on state of the art research. The curriculum is focused on clinical practice and the latest understanding of dietary treatments to support weight loss. We are strongly committed to change the practice paradigm and reduce obesity stigma, as the course focus is on ethical best practice from the requirements for conducting research to the approach followed by major stakeholders involved in obesity prevention and treatment. 

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


Teaching is conducted across the duration of the course via a range of methods including lectures, online video materials, tutorials to address problem-based activities, practical sessions in a laboratory setting, and data analysis sessions. Students will have the opportunity to attend clinical activities and engage with health practitioners.

Course contact details

+44 (0) 20 3370 1214