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What makes Nutritional Therapy at Worcester special?

This is an innovative, evidence based and flexible taught postgraduate programme. It has both full and part time options and will develop your knowledge and skills to practice as a Nutritional Therapist in the UK, or to equip you to work in the field of applied nutrition.

These skills will enable you to provide nutrition, nutraceutical and lifestyle advice to clients using evidence based approach.

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CPD workshop in Sports Nutrition

12-16 June 2018

Nutrition for optimum sports performance and health.

This five day workshop is suitable for qualified Nutritional Therapists, other health care professionals and practitioners.

The workshop will enable you to develop an understanding of the physical and psychological effects of exercise on the body systems, and how a personalised nutrition approach can play a party in enhancing individual athletic performance while maintaining optimum health.

Recognised by British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) - 28 CPD hours

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree in a relevant discipline. This should include knowledge of fundamental human anatomy, physiology and biochemistry.

An undergraduate access module in nutrition and health is available for those with a higher education qualification that does not meet our entry requirements. In this case, passing this module at an appropriate level may be an additional entry requirement for the course.

The IELTS score required for international applicants is 7, with a minimum of 6.5 in each area. Other English Language qualifications will be considered.

You will also need a working knowledge of Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, email systems and the use of the internet. However if you do not have these skills the University will be able to help you.

The course team is committed to the University of Worcester’s aim of widening participation in higher education       

Additional selection criteria

You will need to provide a satisfactory academic reference (or satisfactory reference from a current employer).

In your personal statement you should also address the following;

  • Demonstrate that you are aware of the demands of studying at Postgraduate level
  • Explain your interest and motivation for studying this subject at this level.
  • Provide evidence of your IT skills such as use of Microsoft Office applications, use of email, internet searching.

All applications will be considered on their merit and a short informal telephone interview will be held after application.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Applications for recognition of prior learning, or prior experiential learning, will be considered and will be assessed using the University of Worcester RPL guidance for postgraduate courses (link). Normally this would only apply to NUTH4011 Studying Nutrition and Postgraduate level.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Full-time study

You will study four 20 credit modules in semester 1 and two further 20 credit modules and start the dissertation in semester 2 and clinic practice in semester 1 of the second year. 

You have up to 12 months to complete the dissertation and 9 months to complete clinical practice.

Part-time study

You will study two 20 credit modules in each semester in the first year. In the second year, you will take two 20 credit modules in semester 1 and start the dissertation and clinical practice in semester 2.

You have up to 12 months to complete the dissertation and 9 months to complete the clinical practice.


  • NUTH4011 Studying Nutrition at Postgraduate Level
    Improve knowledge of human biology, nutritional requirements and guidelines, while developing critical thinking skills.
  • NUTH4012 Nutritional Assessment
    Review the theory and practice of methods of assessment of dietary intake and nutritional status and analyse the interplay between nutritional intake, metabolism and health
  • NUTH4013 Nutritional Improvement
    Explore avenues for nutritional improvement through a consideration of the evidence base alongside an introduction to behaviour change theory.
  • NUTH 4014 Integrated approaches in Nutritional Therapy
    Understand a critical approach to the concept of person centred integrated nutritional approaches.
  • NUTH4015 - Nutrition through the Lifespan
    Develop an understanding of the physical and psychological changes associated with the life stages and their impact on health and consider possible nutritional and lifestyle interventions
  • NUTH4016 Nutritional Therapy Clinical Practice
    Prepare for competent, safe, ethical, effective and legal nutritional therapy practice that meets the National Occupational Standards for Nutritional therapy
  • NUTH4017 Research approaches and methods
    Acquire the skills necessary to undertake Master’s level research.
  • NUTH 4019 Dissertation
    Carry out your own research project related to diet nutrition and health.

An additional Access module in Nutrition and Health is available in September each year if you don’t have a background in physiology, cell biology and biochemistry.



For more information on module options and teaching dates see the 2017/2018 academic timetable.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?


Student shared lunchEach of the five theory modules is delivered in about eight weeks using a blended learning approach which includes clinical role plays (link to video) . This involves you attending around six study days on campus in two or three day blocks which are usually on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. In between study blocks you will work at home on directed reading and assignment preparation supported by our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and individual tutorials.

Study days are usually from 10.15- 7.15 and include a number of different sessions including lectures, seminars, group work, workshops, shared lunches, role plays and discussions.

The clinic practice module involves six days teaching spread over two months and will again include case study role plays; after the first three day teaching you will be able to start to see a range of clients and be assessed against the National Occupational Standards (link) for nutritional therapy


Modules are assessed by a variety of different types of assignment.  These include case studies, reports, reflection, production of an information leaflet, critique of research papers and a final dissertation. In each module students are able to submit some preliminary work for feedback prior to their final submission.

Meet the team

Here are a few members of the department who currently teach on this course:

  • Alison Benbow

    Alison was a practitioner for 15 years and has a range of experience that includes working with clients who have had breast cancer.

    She in is involved in the accreditation process for nutritional therapy courses, chair of the NTEC training providers forum and has also recently been involved in an NTEC initiated project exploring graduate destinations of nutritional therapists.

  • Jane Richardson

    Jane has a background in biology and physiology and has an interest in nutrigenomics and in research methods in nutrition.

    She is currently studying for a PhD looking at the impact of a lifestyle intervention for women who have had breast cancer.

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    Justine Bold

    Justine is CNHC registered and has worked part time in practice since 2003 and is a member of the NTEC accreditation committee. She is progressing a PhD, has just edited a book on integrative approaches to infertility and currently has a writing residency in care homes.

    Her research interests include the management of food sensitivities, coeliac disease, gluten and non-coeliac disease as well as auto immune conditions.


Where could it take you?

Can I practice as a Nutritional Therapists with this qualification?

As a UK resident you can register to practice Nutritional Therapy once you have completed this course and achieved the National Occupational Standards for Nutritional Therapy. You can then apply for registration with the Complementary and Natural Health Care Council (CNHC). The CNHC provide the UK voluntary register for complementary therapists, which is also an approved accredited register by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) for health and social care.

You will also be able to become a full member of the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT).

If you are intending to practice outside the UK’s geographical boundaries it is your responsibility to identify requirements for practice and to ensure that you comply with the country’s regulations. It may be possible for students practicing outside the UK that can demonstrate appropriate insurance cover to apply to register with the CNHC.

What are the career opportunities after completion of the course?

Possible careers for graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma and the MSc in Nutritional Therapy:

  • Nutritional Therapy Practitioners in private sector, healthcare, health clubs, health food stores or support groups.
  • Nutrition journalism or other fields within the media.
  • Nutritional advisors or project managers in private or public health practices or NHS.
    Technical advisors.
  • Food writers.
  • Health product sales.
  • Working within the education sector as a lecturer of nutrition and nutritional therapy related subjects.
  • Research into applied nutrition / nutritional therapy.
  • Health promotion within existing practice.

In addition, a postgraduate qualification in Nutritional Therapy is a valuable, complementary tool for those working with clients in the wider health arena.

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

The full-time fee for 2017/18 is £6,700. This represents the cost of the entire programme.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.


Part-time tuition fees

The part-time fees for students registering in the academic year 2018/19 are: £740 for 20 credit modules; and £1,490 for the Dissertation (40 credits).

For more details, please visit our course fees page.


Postgraduate Loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,000 per student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For full details visit our postgraduate loans page.


How do you apply?

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or

Please note: the application deadline for the Nutritional Therapy courses is Thursday 5th October.

Nutritional Therapy MSc

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Admissions tutor

Alison Benbow
01905 542205

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