Master of Science in Human Nutrition, Obesity and Health

Master of Science in Human Nutrition, Obesity and Health

Course information

Course title Master of Science in Human Nutrition, Obesity and Health
Course code PMSCHOHFTT9
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 4 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 120
Coordinator Claire Copperstone
Delivered by Faculty of Health Sciences
Nutrition is a life science which focuses on diet and its impact on human health. The main focus of this course is to train nutritionists with a particular focus on current needs in Malta related to nutrition and overall health. The programme is delivered in the form of lectures, practical sessions, debates, case studies, team work tasks, self-directed learning, seminars and tutorials as well as placements in practice oriented settings and a dissertation in the second year of studies. This programme of study provides comprehensive training in various aspects of human nutrition and health with special focus on obesity through theoretical and hands-on teaching and practice-related study-units in key areas of nutritional sciences which include nutritional biochemistry and physiology and various aspects of applied nutrition and nutritional epidemiology, particularly obesity and weight management principles and the impact of diet on overall health and disease.

Placements may be carried out in sites where there will be exposure to the Maltese language. The Department is therefore offering the opportunity for international students to register for two extra study-units, MAL0011 and MAL0012, in their first year of studies. Students wishing to follow these study-units are to inform the Head of Department and to follow the procedure outlined at the following link here.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor’s degree from this University, or from any other higher education institution recognized by Senate, obtained with at least Second Class Honours in Applied Food and Nutrition Sciences or any other area deemed relevant by the Board.

Practising professionals in possession of the Post-Qualification or Postgraduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics may be allowed to proceed directly to the second year of the Course, provided such applicants shall additionally be required to register for and successfully complete a study-unit/s on Research Methods as directed by the Board.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted into the course is 8 students.

When the number of places is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected using the following criteria, the weighting of which shall be published at the time of the call for applications:

(a) degree type and class
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study and
(c) performance during an interview, if deemed necessary.

The selection criteria can be found here.

Interviews, if necessary, shall be conducted by a board composed of at least three members appointed for the purpose.

For the purpose of selection, applicants who fully satisfy the entry requirements by 31st August preceding the commencement of the course shall be considered first.

During the first year of the Course, students are required to undergo an occupational health assessment so as to ascertain that they are fit to undertake work related to clinical placements. Students who do not fulfil this requirement may be barred from progressing with their studies. Failure to disclose information about a physical or mental health problem that could affect patient safety is considered to be a serious breach of the University Suitability to Practise Regulations.

Further information, including a schedule of interviews for applicants for courses with a limited number of students and for 'adult learners/mature applicants' (in the case of undergraduate courses), as well as important information on the occupational health protocol, to be submitted by the 30 November 2020, can be accessed here. Prospective students are encouraged to go through these documents carefully as early as possible.

The notice regarding submission of documentation is available here.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Fees: Eur 1,600
Yr 1: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400
Yr 2: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400 + Bench Fees: Eur 800

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
Yr 1: Eur 13,400 - Yr 2: NIL
By the end of the Masters programme the students will be able to:

a) discuss key aspects of human nutrition and applied nutrition, nutritional epidemiology and nutrition principles with a focus on obesity, diet and health and non-communicable chronic disease.
translate these principles into professional practice.
identify key areas of interest relating to obesity and health and recognize areas of evidence-based application.
develop basic skills to conduct nutrition related research and understand the ethical implications surrounding such research.

b) develop key communication skills to transmit key health related messages for individuals as well as the wider community setting.
appraise and review scientific papers of interest, apply evidence based knowledge and report in a concise and scientific manner.
plan, discuss and write proposals related to public health related strategies and interventions together with other key team members.
work together with other team players in the design, organization and transmission of effective nutrition-related population campaigns, policies and other strategies.

c) apply taught skills relating to diet and health and dietary/nutritional assessment techniques in both individuals and groups and in a variety of health care and community based settings.
provide evidence-based advice, particularly relating to weight prevention and management, to individuals and to groups relating to nutrition and health.
The programme is directed primarily, but not solely, towards the Applied Food and Nutritional Science graduates who will be encouraged to further their studies at postgraduate level and specialize in Human Nutrition.
Graduates could possibly follow careers in various areas relating mainly to community, the food industry, health and leisure business, academia, health promotion and policy as well as the health sector.

On successful completion of the course, these graduates will be able (eligible) to register as registered nutritionists with the local CPCM.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 16 November 2020

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.