MSc in Nutrition Science and Practice - Overview
We have developed this course to enable you to give sound, professional and evidence-based nutritional advice to your clients once you have qualified.
The MSc in Nutrition Science and Practice
Our Masters course in nutrition consists of 120 taught credits, and 60 dissertation credits. The course is modular with nine modules, and each module is intertwined to gradually build your knowledge and clinical skills. As this is a practitioner training the course is designed to ensure that at the end of the two years in class you will be a safe, confident and evidence-based nutrition practitioner / nutritional therapist. All the modules follow a functional medicine approach - functional medicine is a structured and holistic approach to unraveling the multiple factors which cause chronic disease.
Our MSc in Nutrition Science and Practice is a weekend-based course with the taught part of the course run over two years. We start in September and finish in June, with a short break for Christmas and Easter and a long break in the summer. You also have clinical experience in our teaching clinic which runs on Mondays. You will attend six days in clinic in both years - with one day being a compulsory day that all student attend. In the second year you attend six clinic days here at the College. There are also three practitioner observation days with a qualified practitioner or visiting other nutrition related environments such as homes for the elderly, nursing homes, nurseries, themed restaurants, or a school meals service.
Student story - Finola Andelic
“I have always had an interest in food and nutrition and its importance in maintaining health and general well-being but there were lots of different moments that developed my interest in nutrition, such as working at a food security programme in Toronto which really emphasised the benefits of a healthy, balanced diet regardless of your situation, and eventually leading to studying nutritional therapy at NCA. I think of it as a way to nourish and reward the body for dealing with everything we put it through! It seems too simplistic to say studying nutrition just ‘felt right’ but the romantic in me likes to think it is fate. Although I can’t refer to any specific support I can attest to the tutors always being available for questions, help, guidance or support whether it’s needed for the course material, assessments, clinic or just building your confidence. Difficult to say what I am going to do when I have finished as there are so many areas to specialise in, from cancer and fertility to weight loss. There are so many different avenues to follow that I’m quite undecided. However I would like to establish my own practice and work across both the private and public sector.”
Course attendance summary
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Ten weekends during term time. Optional Saturday evening seminars.
Nine weekends during term time. Plus one weekend of e-learning. Saturday or Sunday for end of year viva examination. Optional Saturday evening seminars.
Six mandatory days attendance in teaching clinic on Mondays. NB All students will attend clinic on Monday 8th January.
Six mandatory days attendance in teaching clinic on Mondays. Three days of practitioner observations with established practitioners or areas of interest.
We have several extra non-compulsory evening tutorials each year. We go over the material that we have covered and have informal discussion to make sure that everyone is on the right track. These sessions are fun and interactive and popular with our students.
Part of your course is delivered by e-learning - a series of lectures and demonstrations that you access at home via your computer. These sessions are lively and interactive - don’t worry if you have not accessed this kind of learning before, you will receive all the support and help you need to use our online resources confidently. Each session has a ‘live’ period of one to two weeks, during which you can complete the session at home, at a time that suits you, answering a series of questions that will demonstrate your attendance and your understanding of the material. The tutor will be online periodically during the ‘live’ period to provide feedback and answer questions. Once the ‘live’ period has finished, the session remains available to watch, for revision purposes, throughout the duration of the course.
As well as classroom learning and clinical practice there is also a substantial amount of home study. We recommend three hours of home study for every hour in class and clinic.
“This course is wonderful. I love the atmosphere in the College, a family feeling, warm and supportive, and College has been so helpful and understanding. I find nutritional therapy a fascinating and wonderful subject, so I really do enjoy studying it, and being able to get a career that will be helpful to other people is wonderful. I do feel passionate about this!”
Nutrition Access Course
The Nutrition Access Course is the short preparatory course for our MSc in Nutrition Science and Practice. Before you are accepted as a student on the MSc in Nutrition Science and Practice you will be expected to have a basic knowledge of chemistry, biochemistry, biology and clinical skills. Our Nutrition Access Course has been specifically developed by our teaching team to bridge any gaps you may have in your knowledge and experience in order to prepare everyone to a basic level. All our students come to us with different backgrounds and skill sets. We assess everyone at interview and agree with you what parts of the Access Course you will need to complete before starting the MSc. The majority of our students take the whole course.
NB: The Nutrition Access Course is not a stand-alone qualification and can only be taken by students who are starting our MSc course.
There are two components:
The e-learning component: This covers the basics in biochemistry, pharmacology and principles of basic nutrition. Students can start this e-learning from February 2017 and it is supported by a link tutor and access to the course forum which gives you contact with other students on the course.
College attended taught component: This comprises of two taught weekends at the College in early August and early September and covers: an introduction to anatomy and physiology, an introduction to clinical skills that we use in our teaching clinic ( such as neuro-linguistic programming, and Motivational interviewing skills), and a consolidation day for the e-learning biochemistry.
When you have completed the first two years of the course, you move on to the MSc dissertation. As well as adding greater weight to your qualification, you will be adding to our knowledge of nutritional therapy and its benefits for all. Some of our students choose not to complete the MSc and instead exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Nutrition Science and Practice after the two years’ taught course.
Qualification to practise
Upon successful completion of the taught component of the nutrition science and practice course you will be eligible to practise as a nutrition practitioner / nutritional therapist and to apply to join the professional register and professional body