Postgraduate taught 

Human Nutrition MSc(MedSci)



Subject to satisfactory results, students progress on to a research project in the area of their specialisation. A range of projects are available; some take place with academics from the programme team whilst others take place out in the field.  Depending on students’ abilities, skills they wish to develop and their interests, projects can take place in the laboratory, in a hospital setting, out in the community or can be more theoretical.  Students are encouraged to be proactive and independent in their project work. 
Some examples of recent projects are shown below.

  • Are the effects of moderate exercise on appetite and plasma ghrelin influenced by energy status
  • Diet and body composition of professional football players
  • Effect of creatine supplementation on exercise metabolism and performance in the heat
  • The effects of hyperhydration on running economy of endurance trained runners.
  • The impact of two exercise programmes with similar energy expenditure and intensity but different frequency on fat oxidation and cardio respiratory fitness
  • Glycerol and creatine supplementation with and without glucose: impact on health risk factors
  • Is iodine important in pregnancy?  Knowledge, awareness and attitude from mothers and midwives
  • Commercial baby foods: an exploration of feeding practices in Glasgow
  • Public perception of traditional and "balanced" / "healthy" ready-meals
  • Evaluation of HALFF Heart Hub, a community programme working on CVD risk reduction
  • Food Banks in Lanarkshire: a mapping exercise
  • How do preferences for vegetables as a toddler track into childhood
  • Nutri-epigenetic mechanisms involved in mediating the health benefits of olive oil supplementation
  • Alternative and fad diets in cancer on WWW; evaluation of websites, evidence and potential consequences
  • Gut microbiota metabolic activity in children with obesity of different aetiology
  • Low protein staple foods, nutritional status and disease management in children and adults with phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Quality of life in children on restrictive diets
  • Accidental risk of exposure in food allergens in pre-packed meals
  • A Longitudinal Observational Study of vitamin E Concentrations in the Critically Ill Patient
  • Energy and nutrient intake of hospitalised elderly patients
  • Quantitative dietary advice vs the plate model: a pilot study in overweight and obese employees
  • BMI changes in rheumatoid arthritis patients
  • Survey of young adults: opinions on the overweight and obese
  • Effectiveness and efficiency of family-based weight management programme targetting children 2-15 years, POST funded by NHS
  • What motivates individuals to lose weight and what are their perceived barriers to successful weight loss/weight maintenance?
  • Objective measurement of behavioural components of NEAT in pre-school children
  • In vitro glycation of proteins with different compounds

Some students continue working in their project area after their MSc and this has in some cases led to publications.