Postgraduate Courses

MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert in Personalised Nutrition


Key Features:
  • Validated by Middlesex University
  • Distance Learning
  • Available to study full-time (1 year) or part-time (2-3 years)
  • Opportunities to start throughout in January, April  and September
  • MSc and PG Dip can be combined with the CNELM Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma (NTPD) as an accredited route to Nutritional Therapy practice
Entry Requirements:
  • A first science degree is the primary entrance requirement, though applicants with other
    degree or professional qualifications will be considered on an individual application basis.
  • All applicants must demonstrate appropriate and underpinning knowledge of chemistry, human
    biology, physiology and biochemistry. Depending on your unique education background you
    might be advised to take part, or all, of our short BioScience Entry course.
  • IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL equivalent is the standard requirement for applicants where English is not
    your first language
  • Basic computer skills including word processing, internet browsing and use of email

NB: GCSE & ‘A’ level qualifications (or equivalent) and/or prior degree study which included Chemistry, Human Biology, Physiology and Biochemistry are accepted within a 5-year currency or demonstrating continued application in the workplace.

Course Length & Study Options:
  • MSc: 1 year full time or 1.5-3 years part-time
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) 10 months full time or 2 years part time
  • Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)  6-10 months

This innovative programme started in January 2012 and has attracted considerable interest from many health professionals including doctors, pharmacists, nurses, psychologists, practising nutritionists and nutritional and complementary therapists. Non-bioscience degree qualified applicants with science degrees are also registering for this course.

The MSc in Personalised Nutrition primarily aims to deliver an intellectually stimulating and rigorous advanced programme of study that directly supports the development of an evidence base for a personalised nutrition approach to healthcare, as well as promoting lifelong learning and career opportunities for graduates of this course. Person-centred “diagnosis‟ underpins Functional Medicine (FM). The Institute for Functional Medicine founded in 1990 and led by bio-scientists and medical doctors has collaborated with CNELM to enable students on this course to access lectures from many IFM leaders in the field.

Applicants can enrol on the MSc or the Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) or the PG Certificate (PG Cert) in Personalised Nutrition. Progression to the PG Dip or the MSc is possible following completion of the lower award. Applicants progressing to a higher award must relinquish their certificate or diploma on reentry as it is not permissible to gain more than one award from the same programme. Alternatively, applicants can enrol on the MSc and apply for the PG Dip or PG Cert as a Fall Back award if unable to complete the full programme.

Full attendance or 50% attendance at the Centre meets the requirements to register on the Attendance course. Many students around the world study the same programme as a Distance Learner. Distance learning students can attend lectures subject to prior arrangement with the Centre.

Study Progression
  • A popular option for current and prospective students is to combine this course with the CNELM Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma as an accredited route leading to nutritional therapy practice.
  • Graduates of the postgraduate Personalised Nutrition programme can also apply to join other universities or colleges to study at Doctorate level.
  • On successful completion of the postgraduate Personalised Nutrition programme, you can apply to continue your studies at Middlesex University by taking either a taught postgraduate programme or a research programme.

For further details on the postgraduate Personalised Nutrition programme, including Study Options, Course Outline and Fees, please refer to our 2015 Prospectus.

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CNELM is a collaborative partner of Middlesex University (MU). The undergraduate and postgraduate courses we teach are validated and quality assured by MU. You will receive an MU award on successful completion and be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at their campus.

The NTEC accredits courses for nutritional therapy. The BSc (Hons) Nutritional Science and the MSc/PG Dip in Personalised Nutrition combined with CNELM’s Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma (NTPD) are accredited by NTEC.

The CNHC is the voluntary regulator for complementary therapists including Nutritional Therapists. Following successful completion of one of our accredited routes to nutritional therapy practice you will be eligible to apply to register with CNHC as a Nutritional Therapist.

BANT is a professional body for Nutritional Therapists that have completed NTEC accredited courses, or have demonstrated having met the NTEC Core Curriculum and National Occupational Standards set by Skills for Health for nutritional therapy. Practitioner members of BANT are required to register with the CNHC.

The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) has accredited CNELM’s Dietary Educator Certificate. On successful completion of this course you will be eligible to apply to register as a Dietary Educator with the FHT.

Students that meet verification standards for the ‘NLP Practitioner Certificate’ can apply to register with the Association for Neurolinguistic Programming ANLP.

NS3UK Ltd/ta CNELM has undergone an educational oversight monitoring visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have received its final report, which is available in full at:

The monitoring visit resulted in the following outcome:

The QAA monitoring team has concluded that we are making acceptable progress in implementing the action plan from the Review for Specific Course Designation.