Taught course

Obesity and Weight Management

University of Chester · Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition

Entry requirements

The course is open to candidates with a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in health, nutrition, exercise or closely related subject area. Appropriate equivalent professional qualifications may also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

Undertake advanced-level education and learn the necessary skills to work in the exciting areas of obesity prevention and treatment.

Overweight and obesity are directly related to health and wellbeing and global prevalence is rising. This course provides advanced-level education and training for those with, or seeking, roles in obesity prevention, weight management or health promotion. The course focuses on obesity and weight management, including the latest in public health, psychology, anthropometrics, diet, exercise and research methods. Our students also conduct their own Master's research project. Three of our modules have practical sessions so you can develop your skills further, and there is provisional opportunity to undertake a placement if you wish.

Why study Obesity and Weight Management with us?

This course was the first of its type to run in the UK. It is delivered by our team of teaching experts who are nutrition, dietetics, public health, research and exercise specialists. We also have visiting real-world lecturers to enhance your experience. This keeps the course fresh and up to date to cater for the needs of professionals working in this area. We also have practical sessions to develop the skills you need to work in this area.

Our course is structured so you can work or live further afield and still study. Modules are delivered in three-day blocks which are spaced out and include a half-day tutorial. You can complete the course part time or full time.

While this is a focused professional development course aimed at healthcare professionals from around the world, it is also suitable for newly qualified graduates aspiring to work in this high-profile area.

There are provisional optional opportunities for placements locally or further afield to enhance your employability. These may be useful if you are not already working in this area. There is also the opportunity to undertake basic life support and other training.

How will I be taught?

Most modules are delivered in three-day blocks that are intensive and allow you to thoroughly immerse yourself in a topic. These are great for flexibility around work, location and other commitments you may have. For these teaching blocks you will need to be at the University's Parkgate Road Campus in Chester*.

One of the more exciting and challenging elements is conducting an in-depth research project in a related area of interest. For your individual research project, you will be appointed an adviser who will assist you in your project development and with tutorials.

How will I be assessed?

Most assessments are written coursework to allow students the flexibility to complete these around their work commitments. Group tutorials both during and after modules are also offered to assist you with coursework.

Study skills are also able to provide support to students to develop the ability to search the library for the latest evidence, use citation software and develop your academic writing.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12-24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition