Advanced Nutrition Physiology and Metabolism

Course content

The course will focus on micro- and macronutrients, including definitions, classifications, chemical structure, physical and chemical characteristics, and physiological and metabolic functions. This will comprise digestion, absorption, transportation, storage, and excretion of nutrients, as well as factors influencing these processes, including interaction among nutrients and other dietary factors. The biochemical role of micronutrients and physiological effects of excess and deficient micronutrient intake will be addressed. Examples from relevant and new research will be included.



MSc Programme in Human Nutrition

MSc Programme Food Innovation and Health

Learning outcome


  • Describe in detail digestion, absorption, transportation, storage of nutrients and factors of importance for these processes.
  • Describe in detail metabolism and regulation of nutrients in normal physiological functions.
  • Characterize the function of nutrients in physiological functions and in the context of different dietary patterns, including a sustainable diet.


  • Explain in detail digestion, absorption, transportation of micro- and macronutrients.
  • Differentiate storage, mobilization, and metabolism of micro- and macronutrients.
  • Analyze factors influencing these processes.
  • Discuss and reflect on the absorption and metabolism of the nutrients and their importance for the normal functions of the human organism.
  • Use scientific language to discuss and explain problems in written English.


  • Systematic and deep understanding of metabolism and physiology of micro- and macronutrients.
  • Work independently and in a group within the field of nutrition physiology and metabolism.
  • Ability to select and compile scientific information on human nutrition physiology and metabolism of one micro- or macronutrient in a detailed report.

Lectures, theoretical exercises, written report, group work.

Course literature will be announced at study start on the course’s Absalon page.

The course build on knowledge and competences in basic human nutrition.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)

The students will write a group report and receive oral feedback from teachers and peers during the course.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 2 hours under invigilation
Type of assessment details
The course has been selected for ITX exam
See important information about ITX-exams at Study Information, menu point: Exams -> Exam types and rules -> Written on-site exams (ITX)
Exam registration requirements

At the end of the course, a group-based report including an individual reflection from each group member must be submitted and approved.

All aids allowed

As the exam is an ITX-exam, the University will make computers available to students at the exam. Students are therefore not permitted to bring their own computers, tablets, calculators, or mobile phones.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners

Same as the ordinary exam.

The registration requirement must be fulfilled no later than 3 weeks before the re-examination.

If ten or fewer students have registered for re-examination, the examination will be changed to an oral examination with 10 minutes preparation and 15 minutes examination including assessment.


Criteria for exam assessment

Please see ”Learning Outcome”

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 30
  • Preparation
  • 124
  • Exercises
  • 12
  • Project work
  • 38
  • Exam
  • 2
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 1
No restrictions.
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Study Board of Food, Human Nutrition and Sports
Contracting department
  • Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinators
  • Susanne Gjedsted Bügel   (3-776c664472697c77326f7932686f)
  • Mahsa Jalili   (5-73676e796746746b7e7934717b346a71)
Saved on the 27-06-2023

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