Thematic Course: Human Nutrition

Course content

The course is aimed at performing systematic reviews and meta-analyses based on self-selected topics from the human nutrition field (natural science aspects). The lectures and exercises cover systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and animal and cell studies used for human nutrition studies as well as academic writing (IMRAD) and presentation techniques. The group work will apply the systematic literature search and meta-analysis methodologies to a self-selected topic under supervision. The focus of the course is to understand the main principles of nutrition research and provide training in independent evaluation of evidence. The project work is finalized by a report (systematic review paper) and defended at an oral examination.


MSc Programme in Human Nutrition

Learning outcome

• Knowledge of the systematic review and meta-analysis methodologies

• Knowledge of academic writing and presentation


• Identify and describe a well-defined hypothesis related to nutritional science 
• Author a systematic review to provide evidence to support the hypothesis
• Develop a meta-analysis based on the systematic review

• Discuss the results from the systematic review  
• Communicate the results of the systematic review using academic writing (review paper)

• Communicate the results of the systematic review orally

• Evaluation of different scientific methodologies in relation to the hypothesis 
• Critically evaluate the results of the project and its relevance to nutritional science 
• Discuss the nutritional significance and implications of the results for key groups


Lectures, group work and seminars. The groups will be formed based on interest in the topics and will consist of 3-5 students per group. The group work project is supervised by a scientific supervisor. At the seminars, the students will present their progress and discuss their projects. The students will receive feedback continuously on their presentations and written work at the seminars and on their project progression from the supervisor.

Relevant course material will be uploaded on Absalon.

Qualifications within the field of Nutrition Related Diseases and Evidence, Diet and Health
or similar

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 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
  • 24
  • Theory exercises
  • 2
  • Guidance
  • 4
  • Project work
  • 150
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Preparation
  • 25
  • English
  • 206