Nutrition and Health (Master)

Brief overview

DegreeMaster of Science (M.Sc.)
DepartmentDepartment of Food · Nutrition · Facilities
Special type of studyfull-time
IntakeWinter semester & summer semester
Standard period of study4 semesters
Language of InstructionGerman
Semester fee

Requirements and application

Admissions restrictions Local entrance restrictions
Pre-study placementNo
Additional entrance requirements

First professional degree:

The requirement for entry to the Master’s programme is an undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Home Economics or Nutritional Sciences with a grade of 2.3 or better. You must also demonstrate that you have achieved at least 50 credits in the area of nutritional science, which includes modules from the following subject areas: chemistry, anatomy, biochemistry and physiology of nutrition, food science, the nutrition of healthy people, the nutrition of the ill, and nutrition medicine.

If you are able to demonstrate outstanding achievements, a grade of 2.5 or better will also suffice for admission to the programme. Such achievements include outstanding achievements in the second half of your undergraduate degree, an excellent final thesis of particular relevance in your undergraduate degree, or outstanding achievements in your professional activities after completing your undergraduate degree. Our department will decide whether or not you qualify for the programme.

For detailed information about applications and admission, please visit our website.


Language requirements:

Applicants who did not acquire their study qualification at a German-speaking institution must demonstrate that they have knowledge of German at level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), for example by proving that they have passed the TestDaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache) with an average score of ‘4’, or must furnish equivalent proof.

ApplicationThe next application phase
commences in Mai 2024.

Detailed description of the degree programme

Maintaining and promoting the nation’s health is one of the challenges of the future. To address this phenomenon, continuous endeavours and innovative concepts are required at the individual, social and political level. The question of the right diet is crucial in this context. In recent years and decades, altered lifestyles and dietary habits have brought about a sharp increase in nutrition-related diseases and disorders. Our Master’s programme in Nutrition and Health will train you to become an expert in this field, preparing you to meet these complex challenges as a specialist.


In our Master’s programme, you will enhance your existing specialist knowledge of applied nutritional science, and add to it expertise from the areas of nutrition medicine, nutritional epidemiology, and public heath nutrition. You will acquire broad academic and methodological expertise in application-oriented nutrition research – particularly in project management and the evaluation of study data. After completing the degree programme, you will be familiar with the different areas and levels of nutrition-related health promotion. You will understand how disease and nutrition are interrelated, and will be able to develop, lead and evaluate targeted, group-specific nutrition strategies as well as intervention and therapy concepts. You will have a comprehensive set of skills in nutrition communication, and will be able to transfer scientific findings to nutrition practice and present them tailored to target groups.

Occupational fields

With your Master’s degree, you will be able to undertake management and executive positions in health promotion and prevention, nutrition therapy and nutrition communication. Examples of career opportunities that may be open to you include:

  • The nutrition and food industry,
  • The pharmaceutical industry,
  • Consumer organisations, associations, health insurance companies, specialist societies and governmental ministries,
  • Specialist journalism for self-help publishers, editorial offices of lifestyle magazines, radio and TV,
  • Research institutions,
  • Training and continuing education institutions,
  • Hospitals and rehabilitation facilities and
  • Humanitarian aid.

Content and course sequence

Our study model combines topics of nutrition science and nutrition medical research into an application-oriented course. The content is divided into two blocks of modules:

  • Examples of modules you will take in the compulsory area include Special Dietetics, Pathophysiology, Pathobiochemistry, Treating Nutrition-Related Diseases, and Health Psychology. In a block seminar, you will also become familiar with various nutritional scientific research methods in a practice-relevant manner.
  • Your optional modules will enable you to develop your individual profile. You may wish to concentrate on a specific subject, focusing on nutrition medicine, or on food microbiology. Or you may prefer to focus on interdisciplinary skills in areas such as health management, public relations or stress and conflict management.

In the fourth semester, you will write your Master’s thesis within a period of four months at most, concluding your degree programme.

Why choose us

As is the case with Münster University of Applied Sciences as a whole, Münster School of Health also delivers practice-related training using targeted, efficient practical stages. You will be able to intensively and professionally enhance your skills in application-oriented projects. This is possible due to our close connections to the food, diet and pharmaceutical industries, to clinics and specialist practices, to public institutions, to nutrition-related research institutions and to the media. Our labs will also give you the opportunity to apply course content to real-life situations. Our ultra-modern equipment ensures high-quality research.

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