• Obesity and Risks

Why study at Roehampton

  • One of the few courses allowing you to study Obesity at MSc level in the UK
  • This programme has been designed for health professionals as well as biosciences, and psychology graduates
  • Roehampton is ranked best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015)
  • We are the most research-intensive mdoern university in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014)

The course is designed for students from a range of backgrounds including new graduates from life sciences or psychology as well as health professionals with a strong interest in the prevention and management of obesity; those with a suitable background in exercise coaching or working in the private sector health and fitness industry will be able to gain a well-recognised Masters level qualification. The PGDip option (120 credits) is particularly suitable for those interested in updating their knowledge without conducting a research project. Guest lecturers eminent in their field of study and external collaborators from well-known medical schools and nutrition departments contribute to the course.

More details

This was the first MSc course on obesity to be established in London. The course examines the problem of an excess of energy intake over energy expenditure from an integrative perspective: risk factors for obesity and risks associated with obesity are considered as well as strategies for reducing these risks. A solid scientific base on obesity risks as well as important prevention strategies will enable you to design interventions and research projects for combating obesity for all ages and different population groups.

Key areas of study

  • risk factors for overweight and obesity
  • chronic disease and obesity
  • psychosocial factors in the management of obesity
  • physical activity and weight
  • principles of nutrition and metabolism
  • planning and evaluation of interventions

Research areas

Cultural and lifestyle issues relating to overweight and obesity; management and treatment of obesity; bariatric surgery; regulation of appetite; development of food preferences; school-based interventions; variations in energy intake and expenditure in response to eating or skipping breakfast; activity-specific energy expenditure; obesity interventions; obesity and mood disorders.

Example modules

  • An Integrated Approach to Obesity
  • Public Health
  • Principles of Nutrition

Career options

Our graduates follow careers in the public and private sector including public health, academia research/teaching, commercial research, NHS (various roles) and local and central government (roles in policy and health promotion). In addition, existing health professionals, such as dietician or nutritionists study the course as part of their career development and specialisation.




Number of credits

MSc: 180; PGDip: 120; PGCert: 60

Specific entry requirements »

Postgraduate entry requirements »


Life Sciences »


1 year (full-time); 2–4 years (part-time)

Programme start


Tuition fees

Band2 »

Programme outline

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Further information

Dr Patrick Brady »
+44 (0) 20 8392 3258

Contact our Recruitment team
postgraduate@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

Postgraduate open evening

Wednesday 18 November 2015

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