Faculty of Science

Sept 2024 Entry

Mixed Mode

1 year



  • This is a specialism of the MSc in Nutrition and Healthy Ageing programme, with a greater focus on practical, higher English language requirements and fitness to practice policy that prepares students to apply for nutritionist registration.

  • Early applications are strongly encouraged.


Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme    
A total of 3 fellowships shall be awarded to local students of MSc in Nutrition and Healthy Ageing / MSc in Nutrition and Healthy Ageing (Nutrition in Practice). Please click here for details. 

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the fellowship at any time. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final. 

Application Deadline
Local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - Early Round Application Deadline: 2023-11-16 Main Round Application Deadline: 2024-04-30
Non-local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - Early Round Application Deadline: 2023-11-16 Main Round Application Deadline: 2024-04-30
About Programme
How to Apply
Aims & Characteristics

This programme aims to provide a unique, professionally oriented education opportunity for Bachelor degree holders with relevant backgrounds, and to produce well-trained nutritionists capable of meeting the needs of the community, especially the elderly. The programme nurtures well-rounded and competitive graduates with excellent knowledge and skills. It includes a carefully designed curriculum, modern learning/teaching methodologies, multiple assessment tools, and workplace learning experiences, with the primary goal of contributing to the health and well-being of the ageing population.


Upon the successful completion of the programme, students should be able to

(i)  use their professional skills and knowledge to provide nutrition services and assess the nutritional status of individuals, especially the elderly;

(ii) provide nutrition counselling and education for individuals, groups and communities to optimise health and well-being, with an emphasis on healthy ageing by applying specific principles of nutrition and communication strategies;

(iii) understand the food chain and its impact on people’s food choices, as well as the role of nutrition and diet in healthy ageing;

(iv) analyse and apply research methods in various nutrition and healthy ageing studies and settings; and

(v) demonstrate the critical thinking, communication and analytical skills required to identify and solve problems related to nutrition and healthy ageing.

Recognition & Prospects


The curriculum design is based on the requirements of the UK Association for Nutrition (AfN) for programme accreditation. Graduates have the opportunity to apply to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) to become Registered Associate Nutritionists (ANutr).


Excellent job prospects in public health and nutritional science are available to graduates­ – in health services, in academia or in the food and nutrition industry.


Students need to complete the following subjects:

  1. Advanced Human Physiology and Anatomy
  2. Food Preparation and Menu Planning
  3. Nutrition and Health for Older Adults
  4. Nutrition Education and Counselling
  5. Nutritional Assessment
  6. Practicum I
  7. Practicum II
  8. Capstone Project
  9. Public Health Nutrition
  10. Research Methods & Data Analysis
Credit Required for Graduation


Programme Leader(s)

Dr Christine Shi-ying Li
BSc, MSc, PhD, RNutr (UK)

Subject Area
Nutrition and Healthy Ageing (Nutrition in Practice)
Entrance Requirements
  • A Bachelor's degree with honours in food, nutrition, biological science or health-related disciplines, or other relevant science disciplines.

  • For those whose first language is not English, IELTS minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no subscore less than 6.0 is required at entry point. The IELTS results that are more than two years old are normally NOT accepted.


For further programme information, please contact us via email: msc.healthyageing@polyu.edu.hk

Other Information

Class Arrangement

  • Classes are normally scheduled on weekday evenings and Saturdays within an academic year.


Additional Graduation Requirement

  • All students will be required to comply with the Fitness to Practice Policy prior to graduation from our programme.


Related Programmes

Initial Registration Credits

6 for local students
12 for non-local students

Programme Leaflet

Please click here to download.

Tuition Fee

HK$5,900 per credit for local and non-local students

One-off entry scholarships of HK$10,000 each will be granted to students with excellent academic achievements.

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the scholarship at any time. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.

Additional Documents Required
Employer's Recommendation


Personal Statement


Transcript / Certificate


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