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What will I learn?

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.


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

  • Advanced Human Physiology and Anatomy
  • Food Preparation and Menu Planning
  • Mental Health and the Aged
  • Nutrition and Health for Older Adults
  • Nutrition Education and Counselling
  • Nutritional Assessment
  • Practicum I
  • Practicum II/Capstone Project
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Research Methods & Data Analysis

Class Arrangement

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

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$159,000.00 (16,08,498) per year
HK $5,300 per credit
Application deadline

Expected April 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University,

Room TU502 Yip Kit Chuen Building,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To register for the degree of MPhil, a student shall hold: A Bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University or a recognized university; or other academic qualifications which are deemed to be equivalent. PolyU may accept other equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. The requirements for those who do not have a degree for which English was the language of instruction at a recognized university are: An overall score of at least 6.5 (with score for the writing component at 6.0 or above) in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); OR A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 or above for the Internet-based test (with a writing score of 23 or above) or 550 or above for the paper-based test (with a score of 4 or above in the Test of Written English). Alternatively, consideration will be given to acceptable scores in other internationally recognized public examinations, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). All English language test scores are considered valid for five years after the date of the test.

For international students

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 following minimum English language requirement for admission purpose, unless otherwise specified by individual programmes concerned:

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test;
An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).


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