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Nutrition, Obesity and Health MSc

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  • Objectives
    This unique Master’s programme aims to develop high quality post graduates equipped to commence a research career in the field of nutrition, obesity and public health. In addition it will provide the skills and competencies for professional practice and eligibility towards registration with the Nutrition Society as a Public Health Nutritionist, and accreditation towards the UK Voluntary Register in Public Health via its new specialist route for public health nutrition. Objectives and content of the course: On completion of the programme students will be able to: i) identify nutrition related public health problems ii) critically appraise the epidemiology and aetiology of these problems iii) undertake a systematic and critical review of the literature in a specified area of public health iv) choose and use a range of appropriate research methods to investigate these problems v) undertake a research project, analyse and present data appropriately, write reports and disseminate findings vi) communicate effectively with peers, experts and lay audiences vii) approach research in public health in an interdisciplinary and collaborative way
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements English language requirements: An overall score of 7.0 on IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with at least 6.0 in writing and no other skill below 6.5; From a TOEFL paper based test the requirement is a minimum score of 600, with 4.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE). From a TOEFL computer based test the requirement is a minimum score of 250, with 4.5 TWE. From a TOEFL Internet based test the requirement is a minimum score of 100, with 25 in the "Writing Skills" score. Academic entry requirements: A first degree in medicine or dentistry, or an honours degree (or equivalent) in nutrition, food science, subjects allied to medicine, biomedical science or a related science subject. Applicants with other qualifications who can demonstrate recent study success and relevant work experience may also be considered.
  • Academic Title
    Nutrition, Obesity and Health MSc
  • Course description
    Interdisciplinary Centre for Obesity, Nutrition and Health
    We are a research-intensive group, led by Professor Janet Cade, which strives (both independently and collaboratively) to create, advance and disseminate nutrition research to make an impact on population health. Our research investigates the relationship between diet and chronic disease, the impact of nutrition interventions on diet; and the diet of different populations. We also undertake consultancy projects involving systematic literature reviews, and other aspects of diet and health. Besides this new Master’s course, our teaching includes undergraduate medical students and contribution to other master’s programmes.

    The Nutritional Epidemiology Group is a founder member of this new Interdisciplinary Centre, the development of which will capitalise on academic excellence at Leeds linking nutrition, obesity and health. The Centre builds on and extends strong collaborative research capacity by promoting high quality cross-disciplinary research and teaching in the fields of nutrition, obesity and health.

    What you study
    These are the modules the students will be undertaking during the course:
    Research modules:
    1. Introducing research
    2. Capturing Data for Research
    3. Handling Data in Research
    4. Writing and Disseminating Research
    5. Analytic Research
    6. Systematic Review
    Nutrition, Obesity and Health modules:
    1. Research Methods in Human Nutrition
    2. Nutrition and Public Health
    3. Obesity – a Showcase of Nutrition Research
    Research Project
    Optional module (as an extra course):
    1. Molecular Epidemiology, Biomarkers or Exposure, Susceptibility and Disease

    How you study
    Teaching and assessment style for these modules
    This course will make extensive use of problem-based classes, workbook exercises, hands-on computer sessions and group participation. Assessments will reflect teaching style and depend heavily on assignments, completion of problem schedules and workbooks, and assessment of critical appraisal of published research.

    Arrangement for supervision of student’s independent research work
    Each student will be supervised by an experienced lead research tutor form the University of Leeds. Some co-supervision will occur where research projects are external to the University of Leeds. Students will be expected to receive 4 meetings per year with their supervisor. A record will be kept of the student’s progress.

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