MSc Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Start date September 2022

Programme overview

In this degree, we focus on developing your skills in research, policy and practice in the combined fields of diet- and physical activity-related public health and wellbeing. This work is vital in addressing real issues of concern to policymakers and practitioners. Our programme is one of the first to recognise the need for specialisation in the three intertwined disciplines of nutrition, physical activity and public health.

Our programme helps you to critically examine key interactions at the interface of epidemiology, behaviour change and policy-relevant research in these connected fields. It will also help you develop important skills in designing and evaluating research and community interventions.

This MSc is designed for dieticians, physical activity, food and fitness specialists and other health professionals  who wish to gain a deeper understanding about the evidence around the role of nutrition and physical activity in public health, the factors that influence people's physical activity and eating behaviours, and how to develop and evaluate nutrition and physical activity interventions.

Graduates from other disciplines, who want to work towards a career in this area, are welcome to apply.

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% 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 our students.

Virtual open week

This programme will be covered in our Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health webinar.

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Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time
£9,600
UK: part-time
£4,800
Overseas: full-time
£22,100

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

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 2022/23

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 (8,000 to 10,000 words) in the form of an academic paper for a scientific journal 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 of our MSc in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in a relevant field (eg nutrition, sports science, biology, psychology, food science, kinesiology, dietetics, medicine, nursing, policy) or equivalent international qualification. Other academic backgrounds and relevant professional experience will also 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 nutrition and physical activity-related 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 (eg local authorities, county health departments, Public Health England, National Health Service),
  • universities and academia,
  • charities and non-profit organisations (eg Macmillan Cancer Support, public health agencies),
  • and the private sector (eg the food industry, corporate wellness organisations).

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.

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Expected application closure date

Overseas applicants: 29 July 2022.
Home applicants: 12 August 2022.
 
Places are limited and allocated on a continuous basis from October 2021 until all places are filled. Early applications are advised to avoid disappointment.

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Contact details

Enquiries Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email: choosebristol-pg@bristol.ac.uk

School website: School for Policy Studies
Department website: Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences

International students

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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.

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