Obesity and Weight Management

MSc / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate

This full-time or part-time course commenced in Sept '06 and is run in association with the National Obesity Forum. It was the first of its type in the UK and is delivered by a team of experienced academics, GPs, hospital doctors, surgeons, dietitians, nutritionists, exercise specialists and psychologists.

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Campus Parkgate Road Campus, Chester
Course MSc / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate
Length 1 Year full-time, 2-4 Years part-time
Start date September 2016

Why study Obesity and Weight Management at Chester?

The need for professional development in obesity and weight management, particularly for the wide range of health professionals dealing with clients and patients for whom overweight and obesity are key contributors to illness and poor recovery rates, is now clearly evident.

While this multidisciplinary course is focused on professional development aimed at healthcare professionals from worldwide, it is also suitable for newly qualified graduates aspiring to work in this high profile area.


This course aims:

  • to encourage a critically and theoretically informed, reflective and multi-disciplinary approach to academic study and professional practice relevant to obesity and weight management
  • to build upon and extend previous knowledge and understanding of the research base for both theoretical and applied aspects of obesity and weight management
  • to create a thorough understanding of the practical application of exercise and nutrition guidelines to obesity and weight management
  • to increase awareness and insight into both inter and intra-professional and ethical issues relevant to the practice of obesity and weight management in the era of evidence-based practice.



  • This Master's course is delivered by an experienced team of academic staff from the Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition and the Faculty of Health and Social Care, together with University-approved visiting lecturers and practitioners from clinical settings.
  • The course is highly flexible, allowing you to study full time or part time to suit your personal and work commitments.
  • Flexibility is achieved through the delivery of modules over three-day blocks followed by eight weeks of campus or home-based learning. This allows students nationally and internationally to attend the programme, returning home following each module to complete their assessment.
  • The option to switch a maximum of two modules from this Master's course to those delivered on - MSc Exercise and Nutrition Science or MSc Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation
  • There are no formal examinations, assessment is via 4,000-word assignment or its equivalent (e.g. poster presentation)

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Fees* 2016-17

UK and EU fees:

  • Module - £700
  • Postgraduate Certificate - £2,100
  • Postgraduate Diploma - £4,200
  • MSc: £6,300

International & Non-EU:

  • Module fee - £1,300
  • MSc - £11,700

*The fee information is intended as a guide only.

*Fees can be paid in full or through flexible monthly payments.

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Taught Modular Course

The MSc course consists of six taught modules and a research project.

  • Each taught module involves attendance at a 20-hour, three-day block course (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9.15am to 5.00pm) followed by a period of campus or home-based learning and the submission of a 4,000-word written assignment, or its equivalent
  • Taught modules are scheduled monthly
  • Following completion of six taught modules, students commence on theor personal research project.

Students select six from the following modules:

  • The Obesity Epidemic - Weight Management as a Public Health Issue (core module for all awards)
  • Causes and Assessment of Obesity
  • Dietary Approaches to Weight Management (core module for MSc)
  • Exercise and Weight Management (core module for MSc)
  • Behaviour Modification in Weight Management (core module for MSc)
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis (core module for MSc)

Each taught module is assessed by a 4,000-word written assignment or its equivalent - e.g. poster presentation. There are no formal examinations.

Research Project

Following the completion of six taught modules, MSc students are required to undertake a programme of personal research. Projects may be laboratory-based at the University, or work-based, and students are under the direction of an individually allocated supervisor.

The course was designed: (i) to provide postgraduate education and training opportunities for health professionals; and (ii) to provide opportunities for those aspiring to work in this high profile field.

There is a wide range of career opportunities in this area which is high on the government agenda as one of the urgent areas of public health that needs to be tackled. Many of our students have successfully found jobs with primary care trusts and local authorities across the UK.

  • NHS weight management programmes
  • Community weight management programmes
  • Health and fitness industry
  • Food industry
  • Corporate health and wellbeing

The course is open to candidates with a minimum of a lower second class honours degree in a related subject area, or equivalent professional qualifications. Consideration will also be given to applicants with relevant work experience, background knowledge and skills.

Applications are invited from professions such as:

  • Nursing
  • Sports Science
  • Dietetics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Leisure and Fitness Industry
  • Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Food Industry
  • Health Promotion
  • Teaching/Lecturing
  • Emergency Services (police, fire, ambulance, military)
  • Sport
  • Coaching
  • Physical Education