Master's Programme in Nutrition Science

Master's Programme in Nutrition Science

  • 60 credits
  • 1 years
  • Start of programme: Introductory week late August. Lectures begin August 30, 2021.  
  • Degree: Master of Medical Science with a Major in Nutrition Science  

Nutrition science is an expanding, interdisciplinary field that studies the role of diet in human health. The Master's Programme in Nutrition Science gives the student an in-depth knowledge of its scientific basis and research methods in the field. This knowledge is relevant for doctoral education or other work that relates to the nutrition field.

Programme presentation

Throughout history there has been many claims regarding the role of diet on our health. During more recent decades, there has been a tremendous development in the field and the nutritional knowledge has increased substantially. The Master's Programme in Nutrition Science aims to increase the student's skills in working independently in the field of nutrition on scientific grounds. Areas that you will be studying in the first semester of the programme include how different types of studies contribute to the knowledge which forms the basis for diet and physical activity recommendations, while also considering sustainability aspects. In-depth knowledge of molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying the impact of diet on the organism is also included. Assessment methodology for dietary intake, physical activity and fitness, focusing on understanding the validity, applicability and evaluation of the results is also dealt with. Methods for preventing disease and promoting healthy dietary habits and physical activity, e.g. by using internet and mobile phone technology (eHealth and mHealth), are also covered in the first part of the programme. Global perspectives and comparisons are included in all courses.

The second semester consists of a degree project comprised of 30 credits. As a student, you have the opportunity to choose a project to study in-depth, depending on your background and interest, in various fields of nutritional research. For example, the project can be molecular, physiological, clinical, epidemiological or public health-oriented.

Read more on how the programme is structured in the programme syllabus.

Career opportunities

The programme prepares you for further doctoral studies or other work that relates to the nutrition area where an understanding of the scientific principles is needed. For example it can be in health promoting work in the private or public sector, nationally or internationally.

Application Autumn 2021

  • Full time (100%), Lecturing in daytime
  • Study location: Flemingsberg (Huddinge)
  • Language: English
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2021
  • Documentation deadline: 1 February 2021
  • Application code: KI-D1007

Specific entry requirements

A bachelor's degree or a professional degree equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits in biomedicine, cellular and molecular biology, pharmaceutics, medicine, nutrition or the equivalent. Check the country specific requirements for information on how to meet the requirement of a degree equivalent to at least 180 credits. Applicants who are in their final year may be conditionally admitted.

Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary school course English 6/English B. You must prove that you meet the English language requirement either through an internationally recognised test, previous university studies or upper secondary school studies. Instructions on how to document your English proficiency are available at


The selection is based on an overall assessment of the applicant's qualifications such as previous education, relevant work and/or research experience and statement of intent. Letters of recommendation are not required.

Applicants to Karolinska Institutet's Global Master's programmes are asked to complete a CV form that will be used in the selection process. In the CV form you will find instructions on how to certify your experiences.

All documents must have reached University Admissions by the deadline for supporting documents 1 February 2021.

Documentation requirements

Applicants with foreign academic credentials should follow the documentation requirements for master's applicants at

Applicants with Swedish academic credentials should follow the documentation requirements at

All documents must have reached University Admissions by the deadline for supporting documents 1 February 2021


The application is made through University Admissions in Sweden. The online application opens 16 October 2020.

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If you have citizenship within the EU/EEA, or Switzerland, you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. For further details:

Application fee

900 SEK

Tuition fee

Total amount: 200 000 SEK
First instalment: 100 000 SEK
Payment of fees

Application process

Read more on entry requirements, documentation requirements and the selection process at Admissions to Global Master's Programmes.


For information on the application process please contact the Admissions Office at Karolinska Institutet.

For more information about the programme and its outline, please contact:
Magdalena Rosell,

Contact information for the central Study Guidance Office

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