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PgCert Human Nutrition

The PGCert in Human Nutrition is a 10-month course aimed to develop students’ understanding of human nutrition and the evidence surrounding nutrition in healthcare. It will provide students with distinct skills and knowledge of the benefits of nutrition and enable practitioners to become holistic in their approach to patients.  Students will have the opportunity to observe in the BCOM nutrition clinic to gain clinical experience. This course will lead to a postgraduate award at Level 7. As a student, you will be taught through a combination of lectures, interactive tutorials and practical sessions, learning from the experience of the expert tutors who are running the course.

For osteopaths thinking of doing the course, getting a basic foundation knowledge of nutritional science is a good starting point for being able to assess and scrutinise the vast amounts of conflicting and confusing nutritional information that abounds in the public arena. This platform can be used as a stepping stone to further study, whether it is short courses or further academic qualifications.


  • Syllabus
    • The course comprises of the following modules:

      1. Nutritional Science

      Students will develop an understanding of the role and functions of nutrients and non-nutrients on the human body and the impact on health and disease in humans. The evidence behind health claims and myths will be explored. The module will look at lifestyle choices in diet and foot choice and will cover nutritional assessment, surveillance and where appropriate nutritional analysis programmes.

      Assessment:  100% coursework

      2. Applied Nutrition

      Students will learn about the metabolic and physiological framework of human nutrition. Students will critically evaluate and have an awareness of nutritional science including methodologies and techniques. They will understand the problems arising when implementing diet changes in individuals. The role of metabolism in a variety of diseases will be studied along with understanding the basic principles of nutritional metabolism.

      Assessment : 100% coursework

      3. Nutritional Epidemiology

      Students will critically evaluate the relationship between diet and disease. This module will explore the epidemiological data underpinning nutritional recommendations. Students will understand how this data is used to inform health policies and public health intervention strategies for individuals and populations to tackle health inequalities.

      Assessment: 100% coursework

  • Entry Requirements
    • All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English at Grade C/4 or above.

      The student must meet the University’s entry requirements to study at postgraduate level. Applicants must have the equivalent of a BSc (Hons) science degree at a minimum of 2.2 or the equivalent. For those wishing to observe in the nutrition clinic an enhanced DBS will be required.

      Applicants whose first language is not English must provide written evidence of competence in both written and spoken English.

      All potential students will be required to attend an interview.

  • How to Apply
  • Course Fees
    • 2021/22 Academic Year
      Home/EU/International students £3500.00
      Please note that fees are subject to annual review.

  • Duration & Attendance
    • Duration: 10 months
      Attendance: Part-time

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