MSc Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc , PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Start date September 2019

Programme overview

This programme focuses on the promotion and maintenance of diet- and physical activity-related public health and wellbeing. There is a clear consensus that new professional and scientific needs are emerging in this field. This programme is one of the first to recognise the need for specialisation in the three intertwined disciplines of nutrition, physical activity and public health, which differentiates it from MSc courses in public health. As such, it will contribute substantially towards higher-level qualifications in this emerging area, with real world applicability.

There is now global demand for multi-skilled individuals with knowledge and understanding of research, policy and practice in both nutrition and physical activity. This programme equips you with such skills, as well as providing unique insight into the fascinating interactions between physical activity, nutrition and health by blending epidemiology, psychology and policy-relevant research. The programme will also help you develop important skills in designing and evaluating research and community interventions that promote dietary and physical activity behaviour change leading to improved health.

We welcome applications from qualified dieticians, physical activity and fitness specialists and other health professionals (such as nurses, physiotherapists, kinesiologists, physical trainers and occupational therapists) who are looking to develop in the important area of nutrition- and physical activity-related public health. It is also suitable for newly qualified graduates from a wide range of disciplines planning to specialise in these three disciplines and working towards a career in this area.

The latest Research Excellence Framework rated the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences as the leading UK centre of research excellence within the field (see the Times Higher Education analysis of REF 2014). In addition, 100 per cent of its research impact was judged to be of the highest level.

Take a look at these videos to find out more, including interviews with current students.

Fees for 2019/20

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time (MSc)
£8,000
UK/EU: part-time (MSc)
£4,000
Overseas: full-time (MSc)
£20,000
Channel Islands/IoM: full-time (MSc)
£8,000
UK/EU: full-time (PG Dip)
£6,400
Overseas: full-time (PG Dip)
£16,000
Channel Islands/IoM: full-time (PG Dip)
£6,400

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2019/20

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

All units are compulsory and there are no formal examinations. Work is assessed through written assignments, presentations, written reports or research proposals. During the final term, you will complete an original research investigation and dissertation (10,000-15,000 words) on an approved public health-based topic, which will incorporate nutrition or physical activity or a combination of the two.

Part-time students will be given guidance about which units to complete in each year of study.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our Postgraduate Diploma in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health or our MSc in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in a relevant field (or equivalent qualification), although other academic backgrounds and relevant professional experience will be considered.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

This programme is designed for students who want to pursue careers in research, public health policy, public health consultancy, public health advocacy and legislation and in implementing programmes that promote health. Employers of our graduates include the public sector (e.g. local authorities, county health departments, Public Health England, National Health Service), Universities and academia, charities and non-profit organisations (e.g. Macmillan Cancer Support, public health agencies), and the private sector (e.g. the food industry, corporate wellness organisations).

A wide range of careers is offered by these employers, and, among others, our students go on to become: public health project officers; researchers; health promotion specialists; public health scientists; public health data analysts and evidence reviewers; lifestyle managers; nutrition, physical activity or fitness/exercise education coordinators in research- or community-based programmes; public health and policy consultants; community sports managers; health trainers; health improvement and wellness programme officers and practitioners; health services managers; public health science communicators (e.g. in government or journalism).

The programme also has a professional development focus and can enhance the practice and delivery of working professionals, such as dieticians, physiotherapists, nurses, kinesiologists, physical trainers or teachers. Some of our graduates continue their studies towards a PhD degree.

How to apply
Application deadline:

31 August 2019

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

  • Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism:
  • 58% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 42% of research is internationally excellent (3*)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 954 6785 Email: sps-pgadmissions@bristol.ac.uk

School for Policy Studies
8 Priory Road
Bristol BS8 1TZ http://www.bristol.ac.uk/sps http://www.bristol.ac.uk/enhs

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