Taught course

Clinical Nutrition

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Medicine
Qualifications
MSc(MedSci)

Entry requirements

You must be a clinical health professional and therefore have a degree in medicine, nursing or pharmacy from an institution recognised by the University Court. If you apply for Clinical Nutrition but are ineligible you will be considered for Human Nutrition with specialisation in Clinical Nutrition (please see our page on Human Nutrition).

You are required to provide two references, a full degree transcript and a personal statement with your application.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This Clinical Nutrition MSc provides health professionals with specialist knowledge and training in clinical nutrition and is designed for doctors, nurses and pharmacists. You will gain an in-depth, evidence-based knowledge of clinical nutrition and have the opportunity to undertake clinical case studies.

Why Glasgow

  • There is a growing need for suitable qualified clinical nutritionists who are already qualified health professionals, this programme provides training in evidence based nutritional practice for health professionals.
  • Students have the opportunity to assess nutritional needs of patients and discuss the contribution of nutrition to the cause, progress and treatment of their disease and communicate the nutritional aspects of clinical care to health professionals.
  • This Clinical Nutrition degree allows students to reflect on clinical practice and how it can inform local protocols and highlight learning points for their own practice.
  • Our staff are highly trained, enthusiastic and experienced when it comes to Clinical Nutrition courses. This programme has a truly international flavour, taught by an international teaching and clinical staff and external experts
  • You will learn how to develop a substantial research proposal as a team, gaining valuable skills for future employment. A range of transferable skills eg critical review skills, which are highly sought after within the competitive job market, are integrated and embedded in the programme.
  • You will have the opportunity to observe clinical work at Yorkhill and the recently refurbished Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Programme Structure

The programme provides a thorough grounding in the principles, practice and research of nutrition and the opportunity to follow a successful career in the UK or overseas. You will have the knowledge and experience necessary for engaging in and contributing to current issues in the field of human nutrition. An additional research component allows the development of valuable skills for practising and interpreting nutrition research.

The teaching programme is given in the form of lectures, practical sessions, debates, case studies, team work tasks, self-directed learning, seminars and tutorials. Additional material and electronic resources such as quizzes, online chats and teaching videos are available on moodle, the University’s virtual learning environment, to support and enhance students’ learning experience.

Core courses

  • Food and nutrient requirements and nutrition through the lifecycle
  • Digestion, absorption and nutritional metabolism
  • Dietary and nutritional assessment
  • Public health and eating behaviour
  • Clinical nutrition specialisation
  • Nutrition research proposal

Clinical case studies dissertation

Subject to satisfactory results, students progress to clinical case studies supervised by relevant clinical staff. The clinical case studies provide training in evidence based nutritional practice for health professionals. Students assess and evaluate the medical history of patients with particular reference to nutritional needs in a detailed, in depth manner, with reference to national and international guidelines, current literature and current treatment protocols. Students discuss the contribution of nutrition to the cause, progress and treatment of the disease. They reflect on clinical practice, including how treatment guidelines have been applied, and if there have been any barriers or issues which have prevented this.

Transferable Skills

This programme includes a range of training in transferable skills.

  • Learning techniques
  • Communication
  • Presentation
  • Literature searching
  • Academic journal review
  • Statistics and data handling

Career prospects

Most of our graduates return to their clinical responsibilities once they have completed the programme. However, graduates have a thorough grounding in all aspects of nutrition as well as in their specialisation of clinical nutrition and therefore are able to enter employment in the food and health industries, public health, research, health promotion, food policy, the media and relief/development work in less developed countries. They are also well equipped to undertake and complete PhDs.

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
£7250
International students
£19500

Qualification and course duration

MSc(MedSci)

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
MVLS Nutrition
Email
mvls-nutrition@glasgow.ac.uk