Why study at Roehampton

  • This programme has been specifically designed for health professionals as well as biosciences, and psychology graduates.
  • Tackle one of the world’s largest health issues and positively impact other people’s lives through designing interventions in combating obesity.
  • Learn in excellent laboratory facilities including a food lab with sensory analysis tasting booths and biomedical and microbiology labs.
This course is suspended for 2017 entry
This postgraduate degree course provides a solid scientific base on obesity as well as important prevention strategies.  Our approach will enable you to understand current and emerging obesity interventions, and conduct novel research projects to help understand and combat obesity.

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. You will develop the knowledge for understanding interventions and research projects focused on combating obesity for all ages and different population groups.

The programme 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.

You will develop an advanced understanding of metabolic processes and psychosocial issues of overweight and obesity and treatments. You will also gain an understanding of the fundamentals of individual and public health approaches to obesity.

Throughout your time at Roehampton, you’ll be supported in a welcoming and diverse community of staff and students in high-quality facilities on a beautiful parkland campus. You will have access to our state-of-the art facilities and excellent laboratories including a food lab complete with sensory analysis tasting booths and specialist laboratories for physiology, microbiology and computing.

Key areas of study include: 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, and planning and evaluation of interventions.

There a wide range of research areas for you to choose according to your interests such as: 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.

Career options

Graduates are equipped for a wide range of career prospect in the NHS, local authorities, including education departments, social services, non-government organisations, and charities.



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

£7,344 (2017; full-time UK/EU)
£408 per ten credits (2017; part-time UK/EU)

£13,520 (2017; full-time International)
£752 per ten credits (2017; part-time International)

For further fee information see our UK/EU or International finance pages

Further information

Dr Patrick Brady
[email protected]
+44 (0) 20 8392 3258

+44 (0)20 8392 3232

Postgraduate open evening

Wednesday 8 February 2017