Thematic Course: Human Nutrition

Course content

The study into different scientific methodologies is based on self-selected topics from the human nutrition field (natural science aspects). The course starts with some lectures and practicals covering some basic aspects of the nutrition research field and introduction to literature research to support the later group work. There is focus on understanding the main principles of nutrition research and training in an independent evaluation of evidence from published papers. The project work is finalized by a written report following standard principles for academic writing which is then defended at an oral examination. The interactive group work requires good skills in oral and written English.


MSc Programme in Human Nutrition

Learning outcome


• Knowledge about different types of studies (i.e. nutrition epidemiology, intervention studies, animal and cell studies) and the type of evidence they provide. A special focus will be on mechanistic evidence from animal and cell studies
• Knowledge about the scientific literature which relates to the hypothesis of the project

• Identify and describe a well-defined hypothesis related to nutritional science
• Provide an analysis of the determination factors and the consequences related to the hypothesis
• Identify studies providing different levels of evidence to support the hypothesis (i.e. nutrition epidemiology, intervention studies, animal and cell studies)
• Compare the scientific evidence provided by the identified studies and provide a literature review related to the hypothesis
• Oral and written communication of the results of the group work to scientists

• Be able to use and evaluate different scientific methodologies in studies (i.e. study design, analytical methods) in relation to the hypothesis
• Be able to apply a critical approach when discussing the results of the project and its relation to nutritional science
• Be able to discuss the nutritional significance and implications of the scientific results for the general population
• Be able to provide justified suggestions for future research in the area (i.e. study type, methodology)


Group work with a series of supporting lectures. The project report is produced under the guidance of a scientific supervisor and a methodological supervisor.

Relevant course material will be uploaded on Absalon.

LLEK10263U Nutrition Related Diseases
LLEK10249U Evidence, Diet and Health
or similar courses.

Type of assessment
Oral examination, 30 minutes
Description of Examination: The examination is oral and each student is examined individually. The students present a self-selected section of the group report and defend the entire report. Each student is evaluated individually.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Internal grading. More assessors.
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see "Learning Outcome".

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 40
  • Theory exercises
  • 12
  • Guidance
  • 12
  • Project work
  • 336
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Preparation
  • 11
  • English
  • 412