Master of Science in Nutrition and Healthy Ageing

Sept 2020 Entry
Programme code: 12058

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code

MFT (Full-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

1 year

Credits Required for Graduation


Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits

6 for local students
12 for non-local students

Tuition Fee

HK$5,300 per credit for local and non-local students

Two one-off entry scholarships of HK$10,000 each will be granted to applicants with excellent academic achievements.

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the scholarship at any time. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.

Programme Leader(s)

Prof. Man-sau Wong
BSc, PhD


Only the full-time option will be offered for admission in 2020-21.

Aims & Characteristics

This programme aims to provide a unique and profession-oriented education opportunity for Bachelor degree holders with relevant backgrounds, and to produce well-trained nutritionists capable of meeting the needs of the community, especially the elderly. The programme nurtures well-rounded and competitive graduates with excellent knowledge and skills through a carefully designed curriculum, modern learning/teaching methodologies, multiple assessment tools, workplace learning experiences, etc., with the primary goal of contributing to the health and well-being of the ageing population.


Upon their successful completion of the programme, students should be able to

(i)  use their professional skills and knowledge to provide nutrition services and assess the nutritional status of individuals, especially the elderly;

(ii) provide nutrition counselling and education for individuals, groups and communities to optimise health and well-being with an emphasis on healthy ageing by applying specific principles of nutrition and communication strategies;

(iii) understand the food chain and its impact on humans' food choice, and the role of nutrition and diet in healthy ageing;

(iv) analyse and apply research methods in a variety of nutrition and healthy ageing studies and settings; and

(v)  demonstrate the critical thinking, communication and analytical skills required to identify and solve problems related to nutrition and healthy ageing.

Recognition & Prospects


The curriculum design of this programme is based on the requirements of the UK Association for Nutrition (AfN) for programme accreditation. Students completing an accredited degree programme have the right to apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) as Registered Associate Nutritionists (ANutrs). Graduates of this programme are also expected to have the opportunity to apply to AfN to become ANutrs.



Excellent job prospects are available for graduates. They can work in public health and nutritional science in the health service, in academia or in the food and nutrition industry.


Core Subjects

  1. Clinical Nutrition for Elderly
  2. Food Preparation and Menu Design
  3. Mental Health and the Aged
  4. Nutrition Education and Counselling
  5. Nutritional Assessment
  6. Practicum I
  7. Practicum II/Capstone Project
  8. Public Health Nutrition
  9. Research Methods & Data Analysis


Elective Subjects (choose 1 out of 3)

  • Advanced Human Physiology and Anatomy
  • Food Safety in Action
  • Global Food Security

Entrance Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with Honours in nutrition, food safety, food science, food technology, public health or other relevant/related discipline.


If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.

Other Information

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Prof. Man-sau Wong
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology


Miss Kay Lo
Assistant Executive Officer
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology

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English language test results (TOEFL or IELTS) are required for non-local applicants who have not obtained a degree from a recognised university of which the language of instruction is English.

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