Profile and Career - MSc in Human Nutrition – University of Copenhagen

Human Nutrition > Profile and Career

Profile and Career

As a graduate from the MSc programme in Human Nutrition, you will have a thorough understanding of the principles and methods of nutritional science. You obtain knowledge of the conversion of energy and nutrients and of the importance of the diet in the various stages of life. You also gain insight into the effects of nutrition on health and disease.

Competence description

With an MSc degree in Human Nutrition, you master methods of measuring and assessing nutrient intakes and energy requirements. You can initiate and manage prevention initiatives, as you learn through your studies to define target groups, set intervention levels, select specific activities and plan evaluations.

In addition, you are able to monitor and consider aspects that influence people’s relationship to food. You can identify Danish players within the health sector and their areas of responsibility. And you will be qualified to understand the interests of the international, national and local players in the nutrition-related treatment of disease.

During the programme all courses are taught in English. You can create an international profile by taking some of your elective or restricted elective courses at one of our partner universities in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. You also have plenty of opportunities to write your thesis in collaboration with a private enterprise or as part of a larger scientific project, e.g. by doing a project in practice.

Career Opportunities

As an MSc in Human Nutrition, you wil have many different job opportunities, for example:

  • Health coordinator, for example, responsible for planning dietary information campaigns.
  • Management and teaching within higher health education.
  • Management of projects and development work, including nutrition-related assessment of food products, for example, at the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration or the National Board of Health, Denmark.
  • Gathering, processing and assessing nutrition scientific knowledge about, for example, the development of new dietary supplements or functional food, at companies like Nestlé or Unilever.
  • Nutrition consultant in patients’ associations and special interest groups, for example, the Danish Cancer Society or the Danish Heart Foundation.
  • Consultancy  in countries with undernourishment and malnutrition problems.
  • Teamwork in respect to designing, conducting and assessing nutrition-related studies and clinical tests, for example,  at Novo Nordisk or Pharma Nord.
  • Admission to a three-year PhD programme at the university or another research environment. 

Read about the Programme Structure