Obesity and Weight Management MSc

Team: Obesity and Weight Management Team

The online Obesity and Weight Management MSc provides a progression route from the Postgraduate Diploma. Course Code: QMSP044

Course Overview

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales and on successful completion of this course, you will receive an Obesity and Weight Management MSc.

The one year MSc in Obesity and Weight Management is available to those who have successfully completed the Obesity and Weight Management Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). This can be from Diploma MSc, the University of South Wales or from another UK university (having completed similar modules).

For those who have not completed the postgraduate diploma, you can apply for the Obesity and Weight Management MSc as a two year course, consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma.

The Obesity and Weight Management MSc course starts with an initial 10 week online module that will develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. Students then complete the professional project module, which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project (dissertation).

On completion of the course, graduates are able to demonstrate:

  • An applied understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in an appropriate clinical setting.
  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline informed by current scholarship and research.

Course Structure

Module Aims

To enhance knowledge and understanding of evidence-based practice and policy and to prepare students to undertake an independent research-based project.

Module Content
  • Quantitative Studies
  • Research and Epidemiology
  • Confounding, Bias and Causality
  • Statistical Analysis Interpretation
  • Interpreting the Evidence
  • Meta-analysis and Systematic Reviews
  • Qualitative Studies and Mixed Methods Research
  • Appraising, Grading, Synthesising, Summarising and Interpreting Studies
  • Diagnosis, Audit and Quality Improvement,
  • Preparing a Research Proposal: Research Committees, Consent, Ethics, Probity and Literature Review
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically analyse and interpret research to assess its application to delivery/service development.
  2. Select and apply different methodological approaches and tools to answer research questions in the chosen field of study.
Module Aims
  • To formulate the research question that you seek to answer.
  • To develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice.
  • To critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice.
  • To develop skills in independent research and study.
  • To develop skills relevant to scientific publications.
Module Content

The module will depend on the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific public health-related project relevant to the student’s practice. This project may comprise:

  • Systematic literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
  • Audit of non-patient data/organisational audit.
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Literature review and qualitative or quantitative research proposal.
  • Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
  • Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.
  • Secondary data analysis
Learning Outcomes
  1. Design and undertake a research and development project related to obesity and weight management in order to produce an extensive piece of literature which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
  2. Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements or change in an obesity and weight management setting.
  3. Incorporate knowledge of the research process in developing obesity and weight management services appropriately.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the one year Obesity and Weight Management MSc will require successful completion of the Obesity and Weight Management Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). This can be from Diploma MSc, the University of South Wales or another UK university (having completed similar modules). We can discuss this with you during your application.

Individuals who have not completed the postgraduate diploma can apply for the Obesity and Weight Management MSc as a two year course consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma.

Entry requirements for the two-year course are as for the Postgraduate Diploma.

Applicants should be working in a clinical setting, either in the UK or overseas, and have a science degree in a relevant subject. You will also need to submit copies of the following with your application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • A maximum of two professional and/or academic references
  • IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 for each band (or an equivalent qualification)

Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

The module runs over a 12 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies used in obesity and weight management. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the professional project module.


Module 2 - Professional Project

You will be required to produce a piece of work based upon a clinically-related project that is relevant to your practice. Once you have selected a specific project, you will submit a project summary/proposal of approximately 1,500 words. Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 10,500 word professional project.

To produce the professional project you will continue to study online. Much of the work is self-directed, however you will receive guidance from your tutor throughout the module.


Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for September 2021: £8,400
Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for September 2021:
£8,400

Please Note: These are the fees for the whole two year course.

Application deadline - August 15th 2021

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Instalments Up-Front Payments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£750 £750
1st Nov 2021 £750 £7,650
1st Jan 2022 £750
1st March 2022 £750
1st May 2022 £750
1st July 2022 £750
1st Sept 2022 £650
1st Nov 2022 £650
1st Jan 2023 £650
1st March 2023 £650
1st May 2023 £650
1st July 2023 £650

Deposits are non-refundable


Extended Application Deadline