Aula Medica

Master's Programme in Nutrition Science

Master's Programme in Nutrition Science

  • 120 credits
  • 2 years
  • Start of programme: Introductory week late August. Lectures begin September 2, 2024.  
  • Degree: Master of Medical Science (120 credits) with a Major in Nutrition Science  

Nutrition science is an expanding, interdisciplinary field that studies the role of diet in human health. The programme gives you in-depth knowledge of its scientific basis and research methods in the field. This knowledge prepares you for qualified work that relates to nutrition and also for continued doctoral education.

Programme presentation

The Master's Programme in Nutrition Science gives a broad understanding of the role of diet in human health, and in-depth knowledge of the scientific basis and research methods in the field.

As a graduate, you will be prepared for various career paths in an expanding field. There has been a tremendous development in the field of nutrition in recent decades, resulting in a big demand in academic expertise who can interpret, communicate, and apply research findings in a balanced way. You will learn about the association between diet and health and the evidence behind diet and physical activity recommendations, while taking sustainability into consideration. You will get in-depth knowledge of molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying the impact of diet on the human body. Assessment methodology for dietary intake, physical activity and fitness, focusing on understanding the validity, applicability and evaluation of the results is also dealt with. You will be able to deepen your knowledge of the role of diet and physical activity in both prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), where also global perspectives are applied. Special focus will be on intervention studies and the use of the internet (eHealth) and mobile phone technology (mHealth). Studies also include the treatment of nutrition-related diseases on individual level. Professional development in popular science communication and entrepreneurship will prepare you for your career.

In the second year, you can choose to do a degree project comprising of 30, 45 or 60 credits, in your area of interest, within various fields of nutrition research. For example, the project can be molecular, physiological, clinical, epidemiological or public health-oriented. Depending on the length of the degree project, you can include up to 30 credits of elective courses and create your own educational profile.

Programme syllabus - read more about the learning objectives, content and structure of the programme

Programme web page - for current students on the programme or if you are interested in learning more

Career opportunities

The programme provides a solid foundation for a career in the nutrition field, both in the public and private sector, such as with: governmental agencies, community-based organisations, food and pharmacy industry, and consulting work, both nationally and internationally. It prepares you for continued studies at the doctoral level (PhD) and research-related occupations.

Application Autumn 2024

  • Full time (100%), Lecturing in daytime
  • Study location: Flemingsberg (Huddinge)
  • Language: English
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2024
  • Documentation deadline: 1 February 2024
  • 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. Only experiences which have been certified according to the instructions in the CV form, will be considered in the selection.

All documents must have reached University Admissions by the deadline for supporting documents 1 February 2024.

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 2024.


The application is made through University Admissions in Sweden. The online application opens 16 October 2023.

Apply at


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: 400 000 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