Human Nutrition

Important information for 2017 entry

The information on this website is correct for the Human Nutrition courses for September 2016 entry only.  Course details for September 2017 entry will confirmed in due course.

For September 2017 entry the courses will be offered as Human Nutrition (MSc/PGDip).

The Masters course provides innovative Research training in Human Nutrition. It is recognised by The Association for Nutrition. The course gives students a thorough grounding in five core components of Human Nutrition through taught modules in Biochemistry, Epidemiology & Community Nutrition, Molecular Nutrition, Physiology, Nutrition in Developing Countries and Clinical Nutrition. Students gain direct research experience by carrying out a five month empirical research project. Project topics tend to reflect the research strengths of the Unit.

The Postgraduate Diploma course shares the same taught structure as the Masters course. This is followed by a three month library based research project.


If you would like to know anything more about the course, please contact:-

Theresa Caruth
Course Administrator - Human Nutrition Unit
The Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health
The University of Sheffield
Beech Hill Road
S10 2RX

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 5536
Fax: +44 (0)114 222 5521

Be taught by experienced research scientists who are specialists in their field

The main body of teaching is carried out by academic staff of the Human Nutrition Unit, who are Registered Nutritionists. They are supported by senior academics from across the School of Medicine.

Graduates from a wide variety of academic backgrounds covering social, pure and applied science, are eligible to apply. The career pathways of students are varied.

Students are equipped with the necessary skills to work as nutritionists within community, industrial, academic and research settings.

Masters – 11 months full-time or 2 years part-time
Diploma – 9 months full-time or 2 years part-time

Meet the staff

Course Accreditation

The Masters course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN; accredited course No AC247). On graduation, students can apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) as Associate Nutritionists (ANutr). For further information about the AfN and the UKVRN see


Your career in Human Nutrition

A Postgraduate qualification in Human Nutrition enables students to enter a wide range of career pathways.

These include:-
Food manufacturing/retail; pharmaceutical industry; local government/community; central government; international non-government organisations, overseas aid agencies; teaching; further training (PhD, dietetics etc); nutritional consultancy; research.

Some examples of posts held by our recent graduates:

  • Cancer Clinical Trials Practitioner, Sandwell and City Hospitals
  • Research Assistant, NHS
  • Laboratory Analyst, Cadbury Trebor Bassett
  • Lecturer, Sports & Science Nutrition, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Health Promotion Specialist in the Workplace, 5-a-day, Chester
  • Nutritionist, Sure Start Programme
  • Scientific Officer, Food Standard Agency
  • Research Assistant, University of Birmingham
  • Lecturer in Human Nutrition, Massey University, NZ
  • Nutrition Manager, Dairy, Australia

  • Medical Journalist, China Medical Tribune
  • Nutritionist – Nutri Company, Buxton
  • Nutritionist, Ensigns Healthcare, Pune, India
  • Lecturer, Dept of Midwifery Studies & Editor of Maternal & Child Nutrition (Published by Blackwells)
  • Fitness & Nutrition Counsellor , Athens
  • Researcher – Diet & Mental Health, NHS, Rotherham
  • Food Scientist/Nutritionist – Crème Ltd, Dublin
  • Medical Writer for Medaxial Group

ENTERPRISE in Human Nutrition

University of Sheffield Enterprise (USE) will support Sheffield students and graduates around business start-up and other Enterprise related activities, with advice and potentially with small grants from the First Steps/Growth fund, for up to five years after graduating, available to home and international students alike.

Meet our graduates