Taught course


University of Leeds · School of Food Science and Nutrition

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a subject containing chemistry and biology content.

A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) will be considered for candidates with relevant industry and/or research experience.

We expect all applicants to provide a supporting statement indicating their career aim in Nutrition and a description of their interest in Public Health priorities.

For more information, please contact the Admissions Team.

Months of entry


Course content

Nutrition is a dynamic discipline that is central to understanding the role of foods, nutrients and consumption behaviour in maintaining human health and preventing disease.

Nutritionists play a significant role in providing dietary recommendations at the individual level, as well as contributing to evidence-based guidelines and policy formulation and implementation at community and population level. As such, nutritionists are in demand – meaning there'll be an exciting range of career or research opportunities open to you when you graduate.

Our Nutrition MSc degree will give you an in-depth understanding of the scientific and contextual considerations that inform the ethical practice of the nutrition profession, as set by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) — the UK professional voluntary register of nutritionists.

You’ll cover the essential areas of nutritional sciences — from the scientific principles underpinning the relationships between diet, the food environment and food choice and the associated impacts on human health and wellbeing, to the application of this knowledge in policy and practice. You'll learn about both existing and emerging areas which inform current policy and practice, such as obesity, personalised nutrition and healthy and sustainable diets.

Throughout the course, you’ll build up the key technical knowledge, practical skills and professional competencies needed to pursue a career in nutrition. And, as the course is accredited by the AfN, you’ll have to platform to become a Registered Associate Nutritionist when you graduate – a status required by many organisations in industry.

Why study at Leeds:

  • This Masters degree is accredited by the Association for Nutrition.
  • Our globally-renowned research here at Leeds feeds into your course and shapes your learning with the latest thinking in areas of human biochemistry and molecular nutrition, personalised nutrition, nutrition policy and nutritional epidemiology.
  • Advance your knowledge and skills in industry-relevant areas, including nutrition and health, human biochemistry, policy in nutrition and nutrition across the lifespan.
  • Conduct your own independent research project as part of your course and gain industry experience in in investigating an exciting real-world problem, mirroring the type of work you’ll be conducting in your professional career.
  • Experience expert teaching delivered by a programme team made up of academics and researchers who specialise in a variety of Food Science and Nutrition disciplines.
  • Work alongside our academics and get involved in real-life research happening in the School.
  • Access specialist facilities, including computerised sensory testing, multiple libraries, computing facilities and teaching laboratories that will give you an industry-standard environment to perform experiments and conduct project work.
  • Enhance your career prospects and join our successful alumni who have pursued careers in revered global companies including Tesco PLC., Premier Foods and PepsiCo.
  • Master the most up-to-date practices and techniques recognised in industry on a course that has been directly informed and advised by the Industrial Advisory Board.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0)113 343 0347