Public Health

Public Health Nutrition MSc, PgDip, PgCert

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £6,250
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £35 per credit
International full time annual tuition fee: £13,250

Course type





Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

The Masters in Public Health Nutrition, from Liverpool John Moores University, helps you develop the knowledge and skills required to work in this growing industry.

  • Study for this new Masters degree full time (over one year) or part time (over two years)
  • Benefit from staff expertise in nutrition and public health as you gain the knowledge and skills required for a career in this growing sector
  • Join a research active team and take part in ongoing projects
  • Experience interactive practical sessions and workshops alongside theoretical learning
  • Boost your career options with employment opportunities in the public and private sectors
  • This course will only run subject to minimum number

One of the key aspects that set LJMU apart from other universities is the strong links that it has with industry, particularly in the medical nutrition field.

Leigh Garster, Nutrition graduate

My previous studies at LJMU gave me a superb foundation for the nutrition MPhil/PhD I am currently undertaking. Although there was an emphasis on independent learning, this was thoroughly supported at all times by passionate, knowledgeable and approachable staff members. My degree has really enhanced both my skillset and employability.

Richard Webb, Nutrition graduate

Introduction to the School

The School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition invites you to study in a dynamic and supportive postgraduate environment.

The School offers a creative, inspiring and dynamic environment that challenges student thinking and develops passionate and innovative individuals. It offers you the opportunity to study in a supportive postgraduate setting. You will enjoy unique networking opportunities plus the chance to work with expert academics carrying out innovative research and engagement activities.

Teaching is provided by both research active staff, with industry experience,and external professionals. This ensures that all courses are in line with current and developing practice. The School’s learning disciplines include Sport, Dance, Outdoor Education, Tourism, Events and Nutrition.

Why study this course at LJMU?

Aimed at those who want to work in public health nutrition, this newly-launched, expert-led programme explores the impact of nutrition on population groups and develops the knowledge and skills required by professional practitioners.

It will investigate the nutritional requirements of population groups, teach you to convert nutrient requirements into dietary advice and show competent use of dietary recommendations.
You will learn to conduct nutritional surveillance, critically evaluate current research in nutrition and public health and critically appraise rationales concerning healthy diet and achieving dietary change.

In essence, the programme will provide the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to perform as an effective employee in the multi-faceted field of human nutrition.

Known for its high standards of student support, the Food and Nutrition department at LJMU has an open door policy, ensuring you get the help you need when you need it. You will be appointed a personal tutor and an academic supervisor to oversee your dissertation.

Teaching will be divided between the IM Marsh campus in the suburb of Aigburth and the Tithebarn Street building in the city centre.

Programme outline and structure

The aim of this new MSc programme is to meet the needs of relevant graduates wishing to develop a career in the field of public health nutrition. Graduate students will be provided with the knowledge in nutrition and public health, the skills and networks to develop a career in this growing industry.

A public health nutritionist understands how diet influences the health of different groups within the wider population. This requires an understanding of the scientific principles that underpin nutritional requirements, as well as an interdisciplinary understanding of the complex factors that influence food choices and eating behaviours of a population, and how such concepts can be applied to public health. Public health nutritionists are expected to find themselves in health promotion advisory and policy/advocacy roles as well as engaged in research in the UK and internationally.  
In essence, the programme will provide the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to perform as an effective employee in the multi-faceted field of human nutrition.

Staff from the teaching team include members of professional bodies such as the Nutrition Society and British Dietic Association (including active involvement in committee work) and have successfully secured internal and external research funding; and regularly present at national and international conferences. Staff are involved in a range of collaborative research activities with universities within the UK and internationally; work with international organisations such as the World Health Organization, and national bodies such as the National Institute of Health Research, Department of Health and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). On a local level, staff also work closely with health services, local authorities and community groups.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Explore, in depth, an area of personal or professional interest that relates to public health issues.

Research Methods
Develop skills as a researcher and systematically evaluate research outcomes from a variety of sources.

Critically evaluate epidemiological evidence to examine the health status, health determinants and health needs of populations.

Public Health: Policy and Practice
Explore the concepts and underpinning themes associated with public health, its policies, promotion and protection.

Professional Practice in Nutrition
Develop practical techniques for nutritional assessment and the practical and professional skills needed to promote healthier eating. This module relates health policy to community initiatives and emphasises the complexity of achieving dietary change.

Food Chain, Sustainability and Health
Understand the global food supply chain and its impact on food choice, nutrition and health and environment. This module covers the political and ethical issues of food production and supply.

Population Nutrition
Understand nutritional requirements of population groups throughout the life-course, considering the nutritional needs of mothers and infants; children and adolescents; adults and the ageing population.

Nutritional Science Critically understand controversial issues in nutrition research; interpret the latest advancements of nutrition in health and disease; and develop a practical understanding of how to advance nutritional 

How will I be assessed?

The MSc in Public Health Nutrition has a blended learning approach.

As well as formal lectures, you will attend seminars and tutorials, have the opportunity to carry out community project work and use LJMU’s virtual learning environment – Canvas.

Course assessment is via a combination of exams and coursework involving essays, presentations, reports and case studies.

Staff research interests

Staff have a broad range of teaching, industry and research experience and are registered Nutritionists and Dieticians.

The academic team work closely with a wide range of public, private and voluntary organisations, both nationally and internationally (particularly in Africa and Southeast Asia) as well as collaborating with colleagues across Liverpool John Moores University (Centre for Public Health, Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences).

Staff have a broad range of research interests and expertise (related to the complex relationships between food, nutrition and health), including:

Nutritional science and clinical nutrition:

Ongoing research investigates the fundamental science of how nutrients influence health and disease​.

Nutrition and public health:

Investigating the complex relationships between the food environment, food choices, nutrient intakes and health (including understanding the relationships between socio-demographics and health, as well as evaluating public health policies and strategies designed to improve food choices).

Physical activity, nutrition and health:

Understanding the relationships between nutrition, physical activity, sport and health with expertise in assessing the interactions between physical activity and diets in children and young people, as well as specialised research with endurance athletes.

Food quality and health:

Investigating how the preparation and processing of foods influences food quality and consumer health including the development and evaluation of both healthier and functional food ingredients and products, as well as the substantiation and regulation of food-related health claims.

Entry requirements (Home)

You will need: 

  • an Honours degree (minimum 2.2) from a UK university (or equivalent overseas qualification) in Nutrition, Dietetics, Public Health or other relevant degrees (Food Science, Physiology, Biology, Health Promotion, Biochemistry, Psychology) 
  • or a professional qualification recognised as carrying honours degree equivalence  
  • or a Pre-Masters qualification in a related subject area with a minimum of 65% in English 
  • or substantial appropriate work experience which can demonstrate knowledge and skills at degree standard (subject to the provisions of the Academic Framework Regulations) plus an English Language GCSE or equivalent 

If you already have a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or other Masters-level qualification, deemed by the programme leader to be equivalent to respective parts of the MSc programme, you may be permitted to enter with exemptions, subject to the University's regulations on Advanced Standing in Postgraduate Awards and with the approval of R(E)PL Committee. The R(E)PL system will be explained to all students.

This course will only run subject to minimum numbers.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.  In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Will I be interviewed?

You may be called to interview if you have non-standard qualifications.


6.5 (Min. 6.0 in each component)


58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.

Funding sources

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Graduate employment

The majority of course graduates will go on to work as public health nutritionists.

A public health nutritionist influences the food choice and eating behaviour of a population. In developed and developing countries, many causes of ill health are the result of malnutrition.

Nutritionists can work for organisations whose aim is to assist people suffering from diet-related illness or those where ill health can be improved by dietary intervention, such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
They can also work in health promotion through government organisations and initiatives to improve nutrition in the elderly, improve school food, promote fruit and vegetable consumption and increase physical activity.

Public Health Nutritionists are employed by NHS Trusts (Public Health England, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health & Wellbeing Boards and NHS England), health promotion organisations, government departments, NGOs, charities and the food industry.
As an alternative, you may choose to go into teaching, progress to PhD study or take up a position in academic research.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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