Postgraduate taught 

Human Nutrition MSc(MedSci)

Clinical Nutrition Specialisation MED5104

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Students will study aspects of Clinical Nutrition. Using an evidence-based approach, students will learn how acute and chronic disease affects nutritional status parameters and how nutritional support can prevent nutritional deterioration and improve disease outcomes.


Classes will meet several times a week during semester 2.

Excluded Courses

MED5182, MED5199. MED5161




A 90 min exam. (50%) (ILO 1,2,3 & 4)


A coursework/set exercise activity where students will consider nutrition problems and nutritional management options (approx. 2500 words). (50%) (ILO 1,2,3 & 5)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

To provide students with the skills to obtain, and critically evaluate the scientific evidence, and thus master the principles of disordered nutrition in the aetiology of disease, as a consequence of disease, and in the management of disease (including primary nutritional disease).
To provide students with skills, which with experience
, will lead to competency in the identification of at-risk patients whose nutritional status should be assessed, and in the practical assessment of nutritional status.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of this specialisation course students will be able to:


1. Critically review the factors which contribute to nutritional status, and its screening or assessment in health and disease.

2. Critically discuss practical aspects and the evidence base for the major nutritional issues and their management in disease.

3. Critically discuss the impact of nutritional status and support on clinical outcomes and disease prognosis for a variety of diseases in children and adults.

4. Critique the principles and evidence behind generic clinical guidelines and their role in clinical practice.

5. Effectively communicate and present research evidence and ideas clearly in a style appropriate to a variety of different audiences using different media.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

For students on MSc Human Nutrition with specialisation:

As per the Association for Nutrition accreditation requirements students must submit all assessment components and achieve a minimum grade of D3 in each component.


For students on MSc Human Nutrition with Knowledge Transfer:

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.