Department of Medicine

MRes Clinical Research - Human Nutrition Pathway

Human Nutrition Pathway

The primary aim of this pathway is to create a route for healthcare professionals and scientists to design and implement nutrition research and independently manage projects in the field of human nutrition. It is ideal for those who are thinking of a career in the field of nutrition research or want to progress to a PhD programme.

This course is now open for October 2014 entry.

  • MRes Human Nutrition
  • MRes Human Nutrition

Course details

Organising Division: Division of Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Medicine

Course duration: full-time (October 2014 – Sept 2015); part- time (October 2014 – September 2016)

Deadline for applications: Places on the course are offered on a rolling basis. Note that the capacity of the course is ca. 12 students.

Important notice: In the title of your personal statement, indicate that you are applying for MRes Human Nutrition.

Course fees: 2014/15 entry: Home/EU students - £ 9,300.00 (full-time); £ 4,650.00 (part time). Overseas students: £ 28,500.00 (full-time); £ 14,250.00 (part-time)

Enquiries should be addressed to Ms. Fiona Bibby;

Course Directors: Prof Martin Wilkins, Prof Gary Frost
Course Organiser: Dr Mary Hickson

The programme provides a structured approach to developing knowledge and skills that will enable students to develop their own clinical human nutrition research portfolio or assist in the management of an existing portfolio. The course will provide greater insight into the academic; clinical and practical; and regulatory requirements of human nutrition research and will introduce the latest in cutting edge research.
The pathway has been designed to focus on research and uses some clinical specialities as models to highlight this. While all students will be required to follow this curriculum, the opportunity to specialize in a clinical field will be provided through the research project.

Aims:Aims: Aims: Aims

Students who successfully complete the course will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • Current cutting edge techniques in human nutrition.
  • Good Clinical Practice
  • The critical pathway for developing nutritional intervention and knowledge that will change clinical practice
  • Commonly employed investigational techniques
  • Clinical trial design
  • Common statistical techniques
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relevant to the student’s theme of subsequent research
  • Management and communication skills, including problem definition, project design, decision processes, teamwork, written and oral reports, scientific publications

Employment Prospects
Employment Prospects

Graduates will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to pursue careers in clinical nutrition research in the NHS, Academia or Industry. There is an expectation that most students will go on to pursue PhD programmes and eventually establish academic careers. Completion of this course will enable the individual to undertake a role based in human clinical research. We foresee the course being a stepping stone to a PhD program of research, or to gaining a position in the food industry.

Entry Requirements 

The course is designed to cater for UK and international students with a first/undergraduate degree in Medicine or Life Sciences. An upper second class Honors is preferred.

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