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University of Glasgow: Clinical Nutrition

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Study type Taught


You will receive specialist knowledge and training in clinical nutrition especially designed for doctors, nurses and pharmacists. You will also gain in-depth, evidence-based knowledge of clinical nutrition and have the opportunity to undertake clinical case studies.

  • Growing need for suitable qualified clinical nutritionists who are already qualified health professionals.
  • Receive training in evidence-based nutritional practice for you to expand your knowledge.
  • Opportunities to assess nutritional needs of patients and to discuss the contribution of nutrition to the cause, progress and treatment of their disease.
  • Learn to communicate better, the nutritional aspects of clinical care to health professionals.
  • Reflect on clinical practice and how it can inform local protocols and highlight learning points for your own practice.
  • Highly trained, enthusiastic and experienced staff when it comes to Clinical Nutrition courses.
  • Taught by an international teaching and clinical staff and external experts.
  • Develop a substantial research proposal as a team, gaining valuable skills for future employment.
  • Build a range of transferable skills, for example critical review skills, which are highly sought after within the competitive job market, are integrated and embedded in the programme.
  • Observe clinical work at Yorkhill Hospital and Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Main Campus Location

The main primary location of this programme is at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in the east of Glasgow, not far from the bustling city centre. Secondary locations include the main university Gilmorehill campus in the west end and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital on the southside. Easy to get to by bus, train, subway or car.

The programme provides a thorough grounding in the principles, practice and research of nutrition and the opportunity to follow a successful career in the UK or overseas.

You will have the knowledge and experience necessary for engaging in and contributing to current issues in the field of human nutrition. An additional research component allows the development of valuable skills for practising and interpreting nutrition research.

The teaching programme is given in the form of lectures, practical sessions, debates, case studies, team work tasks, self-directed learning, seminars and tutorials. Additional material and electronic resources such as quizzes, online chats and teaching videos are available on moodle, the University’s virtual learning environment, to support and enhance students’ learning experience.

Core courses


Clinical case studies dissertation

Subject to satisfactory results, students progress to clinical case studies supervised by relevant clinical staff.

The clinical case studies provide training in evidence-based nutritional practice for health professionals. Students assess and evaluate the medical history of patients with particular reference to nutritional needs in a detailed, in-depth manner, with reference to national and international guidelines, current literature and current treatment protocols.

Students discuss the contribution of nutrition to the cause, progress and treatment of the disease. They reflect on clinical practice, including how treatment guidelines have been applied, and if there have been any barriers or issues which have prevented this.

Transferable Skills

This programme includes a range of training in transferable skills:

  • Learning techniques
  • Communication
  • Presentation
  • Literature searching
  • Academic journal review
  • Statistics and data handling

Most of our graduates return to their clinical responsibilities once they have completed the programme.

However, graduates have a thorough grounding in all aspects of nutrition as well as in their specialisation of clinical nutrition and therefore are able to enter employment in:

  • food and health industries
  • public health
  • research
  • health promotion
  • food policy
  • media
  • relief/development work in less developed countries.
  • They are also well equipped to undertake and complete PhDs

MSc (Med Sci)

University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 


The University:

  • is ranked 67th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2020
  • is in the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2020
  • 95.9% of students in employment or further study 6 …

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