Pathway Leads: Professor Gary Frost, Lina Johansson.
Teaching FellowDr Amir Hakim.

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It is possible for applicants to apply for this pathway with a view to continuing to a PhD studentship through acceptance on a 1&3 programme (1 year masters, plus 3 years PhD). Continuation to a PhD would be conditional on meeting the college requirements for successful completion of the MRes, in addition to funding and supervision being established. If you wish to consider applying through this route, please contact the course administrator (Fiona Bibby) in the first instance. For all applications for the stand alone MRes programme e.g no joint MRes and Phd (1&3) application, please apply as advised on the application process page.

The pathway provides a structured approach to developing knowledge and skills that will enable students to develop their own clinical human nutrition research portfolio or assist in the management of an existing portfolio. The programme will provide greater insight into the academic; clinical and practical; and regulatory requirements of human nutrition research and will introduce the latest in cutting edge research. 

The pathway has been designed to focus on research and uses some clinical specialities as models to highlight this. While all students will be required to follow this curriculum, the opportunity to specialize in a clinical field will be provided through the research project.


Students who successfully complete the programme will have knowledge and understanding of

  • Current cutting edge techniques in human nutrition
  • Good Clinical Practice
  • The critical pathway for developing nutritional intervention and knowledge that will change clinical practice
  • Commonly employed investigational techniques
  • Clinical trial design
  • Common statistical techniques
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relevant to the student’s theme of subsequent research
  • Management and communication skills, including problem definition, project design, decision processes, teamwork, written and oral reports, scientific publications

Employment prospects

Graduates will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to pursue careers in clinical nutrition research in the NHS, Academia or Industry. There is an expectation that most students will go on to pursue PhD programmes and eventually establish academic careers. Completion of this programme will enable the individual to undertake a role based in human clinical research. We foresee the programme being a stepping stone to a PhD program of research, or to gaining a position in the food industry.

Entry requirements 

The programme is designed to cater for UK and international students with a first/undergraduate degree in Medicine or Life Sciences. An upper second class Honors is preferred.