Programme Structure

At Human Nutrition the teaching is comprised of lectures, seminars and practical and theoretical exercises. You will be working both independently and in project groups.

The programme consists of compulsory, restricted elective and elective courses as well as a final thesis.


The compulsory courses are the foundation of the programme. In the compulsory courses, you learn how to create health-promoting activities in the area of nutrition, acquire knowledge about the content of nutrients in foods and their metabolism as well as their importance for health.

You may choose between a small selection of restricted elective courses that are particulary relevant to the programme. The thematic course in block 3 will extend your skills in defining and analysing a nutrition-related problem. The work is project-based and problem-oriented and the main part of the course consists of group work, supplemented by some lectures and seminars.

Furthermore, you have two elective courses, enabling you to choose freely among courses at MSc level.

Do a Project in Practice or study abroad

You may choose to use some of your elective courses to do a project in practice or to study abroad for one or two semesters or for a shorter period of time.


You will complete your studies by writing a thesis. Here, you will be working independently on an academic topic of your own choice. You may do either experimental or analytical work based on collected data.

Examples of subjects for previous MSc theses:

  • Changes in diet and lifestyle following a breast cancer diagnosis – in collaboration with the Danish Cancer Society.
  • The effects of different types of vitamin D – in collaboration with DTU-FOOD.

Programme structure:

 One block each year is equal to 15 ECTS and nine weeks.

If you wish to write your thesis on a part time basis, the structure of the programme is as follows:

 One block each year is equal to 15 ECTS and nine weeks.

     Compulsory course
     Restricted elective course
     Elective course

Restricted elective courses

Choose your restricted elective courses from the list below. Click on each course for a detailed description.