Project in Practice in Human Nutrition

Course content

The purpose of the project in practice is to provide the student with concrete experience in a professional context and better understanding of the job opportunities available.

With this Project in Practice,  the student must demonstrate that the student can apply theory and methods learned in Human Nutrition in a company or organisational setting, seek and gather new (possibly cross-disciplinary) academic expertise needed for the project work, and reflect on acquired academic skills in relation to a professional career.


MSc Programme in Human Nutrition


Learning outcome

Intended learning outcomes (ILOs) will be specific for the individual projects and therefore the student and supervisors jointly will need to decide and agree upon them when writing the contract where they should be spelled out. It is important that the ILOs are described very detailed as they will form the basis for the evaluation of the project.

However, the ILOs should reflect that the Project in Practice should take place in a working environment that will require learning about the company culture, infrastructure, work flows (knowledge). Furthermore they should reflect that the project work requires defining and executing a well-defined assignment with concrete deliverables to be achieved in 8 weeks (skills). Finally, they should describe how exchange of knowledge (co-supervision) will take place in the specific company or organizational setting (competences).

Methodology used will depend much on the specific projects but it is anticipated that there will be an element of self-study in most projects.

The student and supervisors jointly prepare a relevant syllabus.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

This course is reserved for students in the MSc Programme in Human Nutrition.
A Project in Practice in Human Nutrition will always give 15 ECTS credits, corresponding to a workload for the student of 412 hours. It is a mandatory course in the MSc study programme on Human Nutrition and is only intended for these students. It can be placed in block 4 first year, block 3+4 first year (half time), or block 1 second year.

Preferably the Project in Practice will take place at a company in Denmark.

The supervisor should be from NEXS. Supervisors from other departments at the Faculty of Science, UCPH, needs to be approved by the course responsible for the Project in Practice in Human Nutrition. It is encouraged that there will be a formal co-supervisor on the project in practice from the involved company and that such a co-supervisor is being involved in the definition of ILOs and writing of the project description for the contract. As a suggestion the supervisors could meet before the project starts, half-way in the project, and 1-2 weeks before handing in the project report.

The contract for the Project in Practice must state how these hours are distributed between time at the company, supervision, writing the assignment, and preparation for the oral exam.

Link to the contract: https:/​/​​xform/​frontend/​FormEngine/​v2/​ShowForm.aspx?alias=SCI4357&groupId=2&doctype=5&formid=4371. The contract needs to be filled out and sent to

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester

Any convenient way to communicate and discuss the project work.

Type of assessment
Written assignment
Oral examination, 30 minutes
Written project report. Oral examination with a duration 30 minutes
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

See Learning Outcome.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 391
  • Guidance
  • 20
  • Exam
  • 1
  • English
  • 412