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Nutrition MSc

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Nutrition MSc at King’s gives you the chance to study with some of the country’s top specialists in areas like diet and cardiovascular health, gut health and metal metabolism. Join us to develop your research skills and advance your scientific knowledge to postgraduate level.

With lab sessions and a supervised research project as part of your course, you’ll have the freedom to explore your ideas. Then you can apply to join the register of nutritionists as soon as you graduate. With the public becoming more aware of the links between diet and health, there are new job options opening up all the time.

Key benefits

  • An ideal way into the field if your background is in a related subject like biology or medicine

  • Study in a top research environment, surrounded by experts in everything from FODMAP to metal metabolism

  • The subjects you’ll cover will prepare you for a wide range of careers in research, the food industry, education or government

  • Learn to collect and analyse data with the research skills module, then conduct a research project supervised by one of our specialists

  • Apply to join the UK Voluntary Register of Nutrionists when you graduate

  • Benefit from the expertise and facilities at the Metabolic Research Unit

Key information

Application status Open

Duration MSc: One year FT, September to September

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Programme accreditations Accredited by the Association for Nutrition

Course intake MSc 25

Course leaders Dr Chris Corpe

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Nutrition and Dietetics School of Life Course Sciences



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Course detail


Our course will instruct you in the principles of nutrition, public health nutrition, clinical nutrition and nutrition research skills.

The MSc is an intensive course which we have designed with the needs of graduates in biological sciences or medicine in mind.

Course accreditation

The course is accredited by The Association for Nutrition, which means graduates may register as associate nutritionists on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists, a body which aims to regulate the professional practice of nutrition.

Regulating body

King's College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment. 

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Waterloo Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary. 

Course purpose

Course Aims

  • Build on your BSc or knowledge from your working life – the course is suitable for graduates and professionals from a range of biological science and medical backgrounds

  • Prepare for a career in research, education or industry – the course helps you develop the scientific and clinical knowledge and practical skills you’ll need for your future role

  • Develop specialist knowledge in a leading research environment, then learn to plan and conduct your own project

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Course format and assessment


Our researchers work in four research groups within the department. You’ll have contact with many of these specialists throughout your course – all of our teaching staff are active in research. One of our team will also supervise your research project.

Classes are a mixture of formats, including lectures and seminars. You’ll have around 250 hours of taught contact time, 400 hours of project work and 1000 hours of independent study. We’ll assess your work through a combination of coursework (around 60% of your final mark) and exams (around 40%).

As well as the latest insights from the research happening at King’s, you’ll also learn about developments within the professional world. We work closely with industry and many of our lecturers have experience in both the professional and academic worlds.


Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations.  Forms of assessment may typically include coursework and examinations.  Coursework contributes approximately 60% and examinations approximately 40% to your final mark. 


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.
Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Clinical Nutrition (15 credits)

  • Public Health Nutrition (45 credits)

  • Principles of Nutrition (45 credits)

  • Nutrition Research Skills (15 credits)

  • Nutrition Research Project (60 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.


Optional Modules
There are no optional modules for Year 1.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Nutrition Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements  2:1 Minimum 2:1 first degree in biological science, including components of biochemistry and physiology, or a registrable qualification in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine.
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

Your application will be assessed and a decision made primarily on the basis of your academic credentials. You may be called for interview. You are encouraged to attend our open day which usually takes place in December.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £13,380 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £27,900 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: NA
  • Part time overseas fees: NA

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.
  • If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • registration fee: Association for Nutrition (post-graduation; optional)
  • padlock for locker
  • graduate costs.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

From FODMAP to eating disorders to the microbiome, nutrition issues are becoming a bigger part of the public conversation about health. That increase in awareness is creating new job opportunities all the time.

After you graduate, you can join the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists to show future employers your competence. Career options include governmental organisations, the food industry, health planning, and health and education services. The course covers nutrition from a global perspective, so our graduates have the capability to work anywhere in the world.

If you’re thinking of a career in research, King’s is a great place to start. We have a strong focus on research and some past students on the course have published their work while they’re still studying. You’ll be surrounded by researchers working in our four groups, including renowned scientists like Professor of Dietetics, Kevin Whelan and Dr. Megan Rossi.




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