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Master of Science in Nutrition and Healthy Ageing

Sept 2022 Entry
Programme code: 12058

Faculty of Science
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology

Stream Code

MFT (Full-time)

Mode of Study Mixed Mode

Normal Duration

1 year

Credits Required for Graduation


Initial Registration Credits

6 for local students
12 for non-local students

Fund Type Self-Financed

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.

Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme
A total of 5 fellowships shall be awarded to local students. Please click here for details.

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

Programme Leader(s)

Dr Christine Shi-ying Li
BSc, MSc, PhD, RNutr (UK)


Early applications are strongly encouraged.

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. Graduates of this programme are expected to have the opportunity to apply to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) to become Registered Associate Nutritionists (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.


Students studying in this programme would need to complete the following subjects:

  1. Advanced Human Physiology and Anatomy
  2. Food Preparation and Menu Planning
  3. Mental Health and the Aged
  4. Nutrition and Health for Older Adults
  5. Nutrition Education and Counselling
  6. Nutritional Assessment
  7. Practicum I
  8. Practicum II/Capstone Project
  9. Public Health Nutrition
  10. Research Methods & Data Analysis

Entrance Requirements

  • A 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

Class Arrangement

  • Classes are normally scheduled on weekday evenings and Saturdays within an academic year.


Dr Christine Shi-ying Li
Teaching Fellow
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology
Email: christine.sy.li@polyu.edu.hk


Miss Sugar Hung
Project Associate
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology
Email: sugar.hung@polyu.edu.hk