Masters of Science Foods & Nutrition

How to Apply

Applications Open Friday, November 1, 2019

 

The Masters of Science in Foods and Nutrition (MScFN) program has two graduate study stream options: the Internship Stream and the Thesis Stream.

Although housed at a women’s university, both MScFN program streams value diversity and welcome all genders to apply.

Thesis Stream

Option One: The Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition, Thesis Stream is a full-time graduate program for 6 terms (2 years). The Thesis Stream is suitable for applicants who would like to pursue a masters level education and are passionate about research. In a supported environment, students will develop advanced research skills while completing a Thesis.

What is the Thesis Stream?
 Thesis Stream

The Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition Thesis Stream program offers students the opportunity to strengthen their research skills through advanced course work and Thesis development under the guidance of a Faculty Supervisor. Faculty and staff within the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences are passionate about providing an invigorating learning environment, where students become empowered to pursue leadership and research opportunities in their future careers.

This program prepares graduates for fulfilling careers in research with organizations such as private corporations, government agencies, health charities, research management agencies, medical institutions, and in academia. Graduates may also continue on in education by enrolling in PhD programs. In addition, the MScFN Thesis stream complements those already working in dietetic practice and wanting to advance their research skills and capacity for leadership roles.

Courses

Students are required to take one mandatory and one optional course in both the first term (Fall) and the second term (Winter) of the program. It is expected that on weekdays when classes are not scheduled that students will be available for dedicated research and group course work.

Fall term:

  • FN 9711 Nutrition Research and Epidemiology (Mandatory)
  • FN 9111A Food and Nutritional Policies and Regulations (Optional)
  • FN 9211 Leadership and Food Management (Optional)

Winter term:

  • FN 9888B Seminar in Food and Nutritional Sciences (Mandatory)
  • FN 9733 Research and Thesis Planning (Mandatory)
  • FN 9444B  Advances in Clinical Nutrition (Optional)
  • FN 9666B Community Nutrition and Program Planning (Optional)

Thesis (completed over the 6 terms of the program)

Students have the opportunity to pursue a research topic in an area of interest, within the disciplines of Brescia’s respected and diverse Faculty Supervisors. The Faculty Research Supervisor and Thesis Supervisory Committee help to guide the student’s research by providing feedback and direction and challenging the student to think of new ideas and in directions.

To view information on the Brescia Faculty Supervisors please visit Brescia Foods and Nutrition Faculty & Research

Please review the admission requirements for each program stream carefully to see if you are eligible to apply – Admissions page .

Tuition & Fee Information
MScFN Tuition fees can be found on the Western University Graduate Studies website at:

http://www.registrar.uwo.ca/student_finances/fees_refunds/fee_schedules.html

 

The tuition fees are set by the Board of Governors of Western University and are subject to change every year.

MSc Foods and Nutrition Awards and Bursaries  

After Graduation: Career Opportunities
Graduates of the MScFN Thesis stream program have fulfilling careers in research with organization such as private corporations, government agencies, health charities, research management agencies, medical institutions, and in academia.

Graduates may also continue on in education by enrolling in PhD programs, or teaching at universities and colleges.

Graduates of the program who have already been working in dietetic practice have the advantage of bringing advanced research skills and a capacity for leadership back to their profession.

 

Internship Stream

Option Two: The Master of Science in Food and Nutrition Internship Stream is a full-time graduate program for 5 terms. The MScFN (internship stream) is accredited under the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) and prepares graduates of the program to write the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam and if successful, become dietitians in Canada.

What is the Internship Stream?
 Internship Stream

The MScFN Internship Stream program provides students with a combination of challenging course work, advanced research opportunities and practical training experiences with placements across southwestern Ontario and beyond. Graduates of this program earn a Master of Science degree and complete a 52 week practicum which is recognized by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP), preparing students to pursue further steps involved in becoming a Registered Dietitian in Canada. For more information on becoming a Registered Dietitian in Canada, please see the websites for the regulatory bodies in Canada: Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice,  Dietitians of Canada website and the College of Dietitians of Ontario website.

Accredited Practicum

Students participate in shaping their 52 week practicum schedule through regular meetings with their Internship Coordinator, who ensures the placement schedule will meet dietetic competencies (which are required for professional registration). Through the practical training placements, students will develop competencies in the following areas:

  • Nutrition Care
  • Population & Public Health
  • Management
  • Research
  • Professional Practice
  • Communication & Collaboration

Students of this program experience rich and dynamic practicum placements in settings such as Community Health Centres, Family Health Teams, Food Industry, Food Marketing Boards, Government and private institutions, Hospitals, Long-term Care Homes, Public Health Units.

Courses

Students are required to take one mandatory and one optional course in both the first term (Fall) and the second term (Winter) of the program. It is expected that on weekdays when classes are not scheduled students will be available for dedicated research work and practicum preparation.

Fall term:

  • FN 9711 Nutrition Research and Epidemiology (Mandatory)
  • FN 9111A Food and Nutritional Policies and Regulations (Optional)
  • FN 9211 Leadership and Food Management (Optional)

Winter term:

  • FN 9888B Seminar in Food and Nutritional Sciences (Mandatory)
  • FN 9444B  Advances in Clinical Nutrition (Optional)
  • FN 9666B Community Nutrition and Program Planning (Optional)

Research

Based on interest areas, students are matched with a Faculty Supervisor who will encourage, guide and supervise the student’s research project over their time in the program. Students have the opportunity to contribute research findings to their profession and strengthen their research skills. 

Tuition & Fee Information
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MScFN Tuition fees can be found on the Western University Graduate Studies website at:

http://www.registrar.uwo.ca/student_finances/fees_refunds/fee_schedules.html

The tuition fees are set by the Board of Governors of Western University and are subject to change every year.

MSc Foods and Nutrition Awards and Bursaries 

After Graduation: Career Opportunities
Our graduates have the advanced credentials needed to meet the increasingly complex requirements of institutional settings and patient and client services.

Graduates of the MScFN Internship stream program have found professional positions as dietitians in clinical hospital settings, community health centres, food industry, family health teams, public health, and private practice.

Others have continued on in education by enrolling in PhD programs, or teaching at universities and colleges.

 

 

For more information on:

Course Assistantship, Funding Opportunities, Tuition, Campus Resources and other topics please visit MSc Foods & Nutrition FAQ

Thinking of becoming a dietitian?

Check out this handout by the Dietitians of Canada.