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Massey’s MSc (Human Nutrition) will give you the knowledge and experience you need to interpret and contribute to current issues in human nutrition.
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Massey’s MSc (Human Nutrition) will give you in-depth knowledge and understanding of the latest issues in the field of human nutrition.
You’ll study nutrition principles in four core courses, then choose areas of interest for remaining courses, or a special topic, tailored to your requirements.
You’ll develop your scientific research skills to an advanced level with a high-quality, student-led research project under the supervision of experienced and dedicated staff. You’ll investigate the links between diet and health, and the factors affecting them, by evaluating the underlying research and nutritional mechanisms.
Your research project can be completed in the nutrition research facilities on our campuses, in the community or in your workplace. Research projects may be part of existing research within the University, or designed specifically for your needs and interests. Your MSc (HumNutr) can have a particular focus, such as public health nutrition, sports nutrition or nutritional physiology.
Study hours are flexible to fit in with your busy life, with courses offered in block mode. You can study full-time or part-time, combining study with your work and other commitments.
Teaching is a mixture of self-directed learning (supported by the Stream virtual classroom environment) and block courses (usually two eight-hour block courses for core courses and two four-hour, half-day block courses for elective courses). The block courses are video-linked and you can attend in Palmerston North or Auckland, regardless of where the course is hosted.
If you don’t have a science or nutrition background, you can take a conversion course, such as the graduate certificate or graduate diploma, to transition to postgraduate study. If you have postgraduate qualifications in nutrition or dietetics, you may be eligible to enrol in an MSc(HumNutr) by thesis or a PhD.
“I found the learning environment supportive and my supervisor was very inspiring…”
Kai-Hong Tan moved to New Zealand in 2000 after working as a trained dietitian in a Chinese hospital for 6 years. She was eager to learn more about Western nutrition and dietetics as there was limited knowledge available in her homeland.
“I felt my professional knowledge needed to be refreshed, updated and advanced. That’s why I chose to pursue a Master of Science in Human Nutrition when I immigrated to NZ.”
The programme developed essential skills in research and public health nutrition which Kai-Hong needed to work in her current role as Food Industry Nutritionist for New Zealand’s Heart Foundation. “The knowledge and confidence I gained eased the transition from working in a clinical setting to public health nutrition.”
Kai-Hong found the programme thorough, giving her a comprehensive grounding in food science, human nutrition, food and diseases, food-related behaviour and nutrition research. “I learned to critically evaluate scientific papers and articles - one of the most important skills in the industry.”
Today, Kai-Hong enjoys working on programmes to influence and support healthy food supply in New Zealand schools. An important aspect of her role is building positive working relationships with school food suppliers and distributors, schools and school health workers.
To communicate the key messages and drive success, Kai-Hong also develops supportive resources to assist food companies, food preparers and health workers which promote healthy foods to NZ schools and children. As well, she carries out regular monitoring and evaluations to assess the impact.
Massey’s Auckland campus is “beautiful, relaxed and very well equipped with all the new technology.” During her time at Massey, she also loved the added benefit of “free parking and no traffic” thanks to its more relaxed North Shore location. The small class sizes also meant Kai-Hong got to know all of her classmates. “I found the learning environment supportive and my supervisor was very inspiring.”
With internationally marketable skills, you’ll be able to select from a wide range of career opportunities as a human nutrition postgraduate, including:
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