Obesity and Weight Management Online Courses

Obesity is a growing epidemic worldwide. However, fewer than 1% of UK health professionals have received any specialised obesity training (Source: The College of Contemporary Health and Candesic). Our team of course authors and tutors are recognised experts and opinion leaders in their specialty areas. Our MSc/ PgDip in Obesity and Weight Management will focus on the rapidly growing pandemic, expand your knowledge and enable you to effectively treat patients. This fact, in conjunction with our affordable prices, promises a truly accessible course of the highest standard.

The Postgraduate Diploma and Masters course in Obesity and Weight Management have been developed in conjunction with The Faculty of Life Sciences and Education at the University of South Wales, who have an established reputation for the delivery of innovative learning in Postgraduate education for health professionals.

The Obesity and Weight Management courses are designed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within weight and obesity management including GP’s, doctors, nurses, physicians, surgeons, physiotherapists, dieticians, psychologists and counsellors running clinics.

Both our Postgraduate Diploma and Masters course in Obesity & Weight Management can be completed online and are available 24/7, giving you the flexibility to learn at a time that suits your busy schedule.

Students may apply for the MSc in Obesity and Weight Management as a two year course, firstly completing the Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), followed by the MSc (60 credits).

Apply now for the Postgraduate Diploma.


Meet the Programme Leader

Prof Nadim Haboubi

Dr Simon Williams

Dr Simon Williams is an Associate Professor at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Programme Leader for the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Obesity and Weight Management and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

After completing degrees in Sport and Exercise Science, Simon went on to complete a PhD in Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease. He joined the University of South Wales in 1996 and became the Head of Sport and Exercise Science and Public Health before joining University of Wales Trinity Saint David in 2018. Simon has also recently been employed in a research and evaluation role in a specialist NHS weight management service.

Simon was a trustee of the UK Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) for several years and held the position of ASO Chair from 2017-19. He is currently a member of the UK Obesity Policy Engagement Network, the Welsh National Exercise Referral Scheme Advisory Board, the UK Physical Activity Expert Committee for Surveillance, and the Healthy Weight Healthy Wales Evaluation and Surveillance sub-group. Previously, Simon acted as the invited Chair of the National Obesity Pathway and Standards in Wales Advisory Group and was an invited national expert for the updating of UK Chief Medical Officers’ Physical Activity Recommendations.

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5 Star Rating

A classroom feel

"This online course gives a classroom feel and is so interactive that I would like to do my Masters then hopefully my PhD online!"


5 Star Rating

Really worth the investment

"I’ve always been passionate about nutrition and how it affects my patients’ health and body weight. I chose the Diploma/MSc in Obesity and Weight Management at the University of South Wales because at the time I was travelling a great deal and it was entirely accessible online. I was thrilled to discover that I had chosen a stimulating, comprehensive and academically rigorous course. Although I was somewhat surprised at how much time was required for me to do it justice, it was really worth the investment: I have gained an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the complexities of obesity and weight management, as well as greatly improved skills in critical appraisal, and much more. The online platform allowed for plenty of discussion and interaction with tutors and colleagues. Working together with colleagues from different parts of the world was a privilege and a reminder that overweight and obesity is a global issue affecting millions in our modern world. I can highly recommend the course and would encourage anyone who is considering doing it, to get started sooner rather than later."


5 Star Rating

Very intensive

"I fully enjoyed doing my PgDip and MSc in Obesity and Weight Management. Both degrees are very intensive."


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The tutors are motivating and encouraging

"The modules were fun and collaborative. The tutors are motivating and encouraging."


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I highly recommend this approach

"I was a little apprehensive initially about the distance learning aspect of the course but it was so structured and organised that I could fit it around my busy lifestyle. Milestones and deadlines were well spaced out and regular contact with both fellow students and tutors kept the momentum going. The Moodle was really easy to use and the support from the staff was second to none. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and cannot believe I am actually finished already! I would highly recommend this approach to other busy professionals looking to expand their knowledge and further their learning and careers."


Subject Courses

Obesity and Weight Management PgDip

Delivered over 1 year, the online part-time distance learning Postgraduate Diploma course is especially developed for busy health professionals. Formatted in 6 modules (120 credits), each of 6 weeks duration; the course is designed to be practical and clinically focused.

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Obesity and Weight Management MSc

The MSc runs over 1 calendar year. Starting with an initial 10-week online module to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies, the students then complete the professional project module that consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project.

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