Nutrition and Metabolism module

Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Module

Module Overview

This module will focus on nutrition and metabolism through the human lifetime. The module will investigate and review current evidence on the effect of lifestyle (diet, exercise) on metabolism across the lifespan. It will consider muscle physiology, adaptive responses, nutrition and metabolism in healthy, physically active individuals, and in sedentary individuals, or those with a variety of disease conditions. The module will also interrogate current research in rehabilitation via exercise, nutrition and drug therapy.

An expert team of nutrition and metabolism researchers /practitioners will deliver the module material. The programme aims to provide training in nutrition and metabolism that will equip graduates for future careers in academic institutions, clinical settings, industry or national and international agencies. 


The course material will be delivered predominantly in lectures and interactive seminars. Two practical laboratory sessions will also be undertaken.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the module you will have developed an understanding of:

  • the importance of nutrition for public health, and the socio-economic burden of nutrition-related disease conditions.
  • the basic principles of macronutrient metabolism and the role of nutrition at the genetic level.
  • the health consequences of poor nutritional practices and the role of nutrition in disease prevention.
  • how nutrition can enhance athletic performance and exercise adaptation.
  • the theory and practice of common research methods and techniques for measurement of human metabolism.

Module dates

  • 7, 8, 9 March 2018
  • 14, 15, 21 March 2018


20 credits

Core texts

  • The Science of Nutrition - by Janice Thompson and Melinda Manore
  • Advance Nutrition and Human Metabolism - by Jack Smith and Sareen Gropper
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition – by William McArdle and Frank Katch

Module Organiser

Dr Leigh Breen