Nutritional Medicine MSc - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Nutritional Medicine

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Nutritional Medicine
PGCert Nutritional Medicine

Professional recognition

Association for Nutrition (AfN)

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Part-time PCA61001 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

JACs code

B400

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points

N/A

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences - School of Biosciences and Medicine

Programme Leader

FIELDING BA Dr (Biosc & Med)

Date of production/revision of spec

21/11/2017

Educational aims of the programme

The aim of the programme is to provide Masters-level (7) learning in Nutritional Science related to health and disease. Students will gain knowledge and skills necessary to investigate, understand and apply the concepts of Nutritional Medicine in relation to current health issues

To enhance the critical and analytical skills of students through taking a critical and scholarly approach to theory, practice, literature and research findings within the subject resulting in a greater understanding of the range and potential of nutritional management of disease risk

To provide opportunities for professional development, encourage the acquisition of intellectual, scientific, technical and transferable skills to promote self-directed and life-long learning, allowing students to show evidence of their development and support their career progression

To further the students' knowledge of the mechanisms underlying disorders with nutritional aetiologies at both the biochemical and molecular level

To develop evidence-based knowledge and practice in students in healthcare roles, private practice or industry who provide nutrition-related care or advice

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
A breadth of knowledge across a broad range of specialised topics. The principles of applied nutritional science are explored K MSc
The current dietary requirements/guidelines and evidence, related to adequacy of nutritional intakes in various populations K MSc
Epidemiology of nutritional status and related health in the UK and other populations K MSc
The methods and approaches used for the purposes of nutritional assessment K MSc
Human nutrition and metabolism in health and in the pathogenesis of disease K MSc
The specific roles of macro, micro and phytonutrients in health and disease K MSc
The concept of optimal nutrition - the application of nutrition principles to health as well as disease management, prevention or prophylaxis K MSc
The therapeutic use of nutrition in the management of disease K MSc
Analytical skills to allow interpretation of data or evidence and formulate conclusions K MSc
Integrate knowledge across a broad range of specialised topics C MSc
Develop a critical, scholarly and evidence based approach to theory and practice in Nutritional Medicine C MSc
Find and critically evaluate scientific literature and other appropriate sources of material C MSc
Critically evaluate research and findings as an evidence base for practice C MSc
Use acquired knowledge and appropriate skills to make professional judgements C MSc
Design research and data analysis to understand or undertake a nutrition research project C MSc
Demonstrate competence in commonly used nutrition-research methodology P MSc
Measure food intake and be aware of the pitfalls in such measurements P MSc
Know how to evaluate the nutritional status of individuals P MSc
Develop some ability in helping patients achieve dietary-behaviour change P MSc
Describe food sources of particular nutrients P MSc
Formulate appropriate information on nutrient sources P MSc
Plan a diet for a specific health-related purpose P MSc
Design/plan/undertake an appropriate research project P MSc
Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively by oral, written and visual means T MSc
Work effectively and independently and in small groups and teams towards a common goal/outcome T MSc
Apply basic statistical and numerical skills to nutritional data T MSc
Assess critically a journal paper or article T MSc
Use judgement to draw conclusions and make recommendations T MSc
Be able to communicate knowledge appropriately to patients T MSc
A breadth of knowledge across broad ranges of specialised topics K PGDip
The principles of applied nutritional science K PGDip
The current dietary requirements/guidelines and evidence, related to adequacy of nutritional intakes in various populations K PGDip
Epidemiology of nutritional status and related health in the UK population K PGDip
The methods and approaches used for the purposes of nutritional assessment K PGDip
Human nutrition and metabolism in health and in the pathogenesis of disease K PGDip
The specific roles of macro, micro and phytonutrients in health and disease K PGDip
The concept of optimal nutrition - the application of nutrition principles to health as well as disease management, prevention or prophylaxis K PGDip
The therapeutic use of nutrition in the management of disease K PGDip
Analytical skills to allow interpretation of data or evidence and formulate conclusions K PGDip
Integrate knowledge across a broad range of specialised topics C PGDip
Develop a critical, scholarly and evidence based approach to theory and practice in nutritional medicine C PGDip
Find and critically evaluate scientific literature and other appropriate sources of material C PGDip
Critically evaluate research and findings as an evidence base for practice C PGDip
Use acquired knowledge and appropriate skills to make professional judgements C PGDip
Design research and data analysis to understand nutrition research C PGDip
Demonstrate competence in commonly used nutrition research methodology P PGDip
Measure food intake and be aware of the pitfalls in such measurements P PGDip
Know how to evaluate the nutritional status of individuals P PGDip
Develop some ability in helping patients achieve dietary-behaviour change P PGDip
Describe food sources of particular nutrients P PGDip
Formulate appropriate information on nutrient sources P PGDip
Plan a diet for a specific health-related purpose P PGDip
Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively by oral, written and visual means T PGDip
Work effectively and independently and in small groups and teams towards a common goal/outcome T PGDip
Apply basic statistical and numerical skills to nutritional data T PGDip
Assess critically a journal paper or article T PGDip
Use judgement to draw conclusions and make recommendations T PGDip
Be able to communicate appropriately their knowledge to specific patients T PGDip
Knowledge across a range of specialised topics of the principles of applied nutritional science K PGCert
The current dietary requirements/guidelines and evidence related to adequacy of nutritional intakes in various populations K PGCert
Epidemiology of nutritional status and related health in the UK and other populations K PGCert
Methods and approaches used for the purposes of nutritional assessment K PGCert
Human nutrition and metabolism in health and in the pathogenesis of disease K PGCert
The specific roles of macro, micro and phytonutrients in health and disease K PGCert
The concept of optimal nutrition - application of nutritional principles to health as well as disease management, prevention or prophylaxis K PGCert
The therapeutic use of nutrition in the management of disease K PGCert
Analytical skills to allow interpretation of data or evidence and formulate conclusions K PGCert
Integrate knowledge across a range of specialised topics C PGCert
Develop a critical, scholarly and evidence based approach to theory and practice in nutritional Medicine C PGCert
Find and critically evaluate scientific literature and other appropriate sources of material C PGCert
Critically evaluate research and findings as an evidence base for practice C PGCert
Use acquired knowledge and appropriate skills to make professional judgements C PGCert
Demonstrate competence in commonly used nutrition research methodology P PGCert
Measure food intake and be aware of the pitfalls in such measurements P PGCert
Know how to evaluate the nutritional status of individuals P PGCert
Develop some ability in helping patients achieve dietary-behaviour change P PGCert
Describe food sources of particular nutrients P PGCert
Formulate appropriate information on nutrient sources P PGCert
Plan a diet for a specific health-related purpose P PGCert
Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively by oral, written and visual means T PGCert
Work effectively and independently and in small groups and teams towards a common goal/outcome T PGCert
Apply basic statistical and numerical skills to nutritional data T PGCert
Assess critically a journal paper or article T PGCert
Use judgement to draw conclusions and make recommendations T PGCert
Be able to communicate knowledge to specific patients appropriately T PGCert

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Part-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied part-time over three to five years, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guess Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) N
Study exhange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) N
Dual degree N

Other information

All students are initially registered for CPD modules, which may be completed over 2 years. On successfully completing these within two years, students can progress by the following options:
• Be awarded a certificate for 60 credits
• Continue with CPD modules
• Be transferred to registration for the diploma
• Be transferred to registration for the MSc

On successful completion of the programme students may apply for registration as a Nutritionist on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists via the Association for Nutrition.

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.