Master of Science in Nutrition and Healthy Ageing
營養與健康活齡理學碩士學位


Sept 2022 Entry
Programme code: 12058

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration & Credit Requirement


Stream Code

MFT (Full-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

1 year
 

Credits Required for Graduation

30

Fund Type
Self-Financed
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

Scholarship
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)

Remarks

Early applications are strongly encouraged.

Aims & Characteristics

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

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition

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).

 

Prospects

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.

Curriculum

Curriculum

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

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

Other Information

Class Arrangement

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

Enquiries

Enquiries

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

 

Miss Kay Lo
Assistant Executive Officer
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology
Email: kay.lo@polyu.edu.hk

Student Message

Student Message


This Master’s programme enriched my understanding of nutrition through practical courses on topics such as nutrition assessment, menu planning, and nutrition counselling. These courses provide the fundamental knowledge that students need to become nutritionists – even students who are new to the field. To nurture community nutritionists, a practicum component gives students the chance to offer nutrition advice to real clients according to their individual needs. Students can opt for another practicum instead of a capstone project, allowing them to organise community nutrition-related activities or participate in nutrition-related research.

 

During my year of study, I learned about the work of a community nutritionist. Despite the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, my learning process was facilitated by the great support provided by professors and staff. Through various guest lectures given by nutrition professionals, I gained new insights into nutrition in both community and business contexts. Overall, I think that this Master’s programme provides invaluable practical experience for students who wish to become community nutritionists.


HO Wing Hei



The MSc NHA programme is well designed and provides a rich learning experience. The programme covers not only nutrition-related theory but also ageing-related mental health issues and nutrition counselling skills, focusing on the needs of older people in Hong Kong’s ageing society. In addition, the members of the teaching team are enthusiastic about helping students and sharing their own experiences of and research on nutrition-related topics. We engaged directly with the local community and older people via a range of placement opportunities. During one placement, we had the opportunity to organise multiple nutrition workshops for older people, such as a healthy cooking session, a nutrition label reading session, and a sarcopenia session. This was an invaluable cross-generational learning experience. It was also interesting to work with and learn from students from diverse backgrounds during our projects and placements. In sum, I enjoyed my MSc NHA studies very much and the knowledge and skills I gained will definitely support my career development in the field of nutrition. 


TONG Yat Kiu



Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required


Employer's Recommendation

Optional

Personal Statement

Optional

Transcript / Certificate

Required

Others

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.


Info Seminar

Info Seminar

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Programme Leaflet

Programme Leaflet

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