MSc Obesity and Weight Management (Online Delivery)

Obesity is a global epidemic and a leading cause of several major non-communicable diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Prevention and management is critical in reducing the considerable health costs of obesity. This online Obesity and Weight Management course focuses on enabling health care professionals to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to treat patients effectively.

Run with the collaborative partner Diploma MSc, the Masters course in Obesity and Weight Management creates professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Obesity and Weight Management. It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role. On completion, you will have an applied understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in an appropriate clinical setting; and an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline informed by current scholarship and research.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September On Line 8
Part-time 2 Years September On Line 8
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 2 Years March On Line 8
Part-time 1 Year March On Line 8
Part-time 1 Year September On Line 8
Part-time 2 Years September On Line 8

MSc: One- year duration

Students progressing from the PG Obesity and Weight Management course do the one-year MSc consisting of the following modules:

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal (compulsory module)
Module 2 - Professional Project or Independent Prescribing Module


MSc: Two-year duration

Students who decide to enrol directly on to the MSc (rather than the PG Dip) will do the two-year version, which consists of the following modules:


  • The adipocyte, regulation of appetite and nutrition
  • Obesity: defining obesity, epidemiology and health risks
  • Causation of obesity and weight gain in relation to disease and genetics
  • Weight Management, Diet, exercise and changing behaviour
  • Weight Management – Medical treatments and emerging therapies
  • Surgical approaches to weight management
  • Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal
  • Professional Project

Optional modules

  • Professional Project

This module aims to develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice of your choice and develop skills in independent research and study. You will produce a report of 12000 words which will include a project proposal of 1,500 words and the remaining 10,500 words will consist of a literature review and an evidence appraisal, clinical or organisational practice audit. It will also involve the implementation of evidence-based practice and undertaking qualitative or quantitative research. As part of the module you will be in regular contact with your tutor who will offer guidance and supervision either via email, telephone or SKYPE.



Each of the modules is taught online and includes self-directed learning, tutor stimulated discussion on case scenarios, examinations, group projects and independent projects. Reflective practice is also studied which involves considering how you can apply the knowledge gained into everyday work and practice. The fees for this course are available from the Diploma MSc website.


Assessment methods will vary for each module and include case-based examinations, discussions and scenarios, reflective portfolio, forum discussions and group activities.


As part of your online studies you will have access to the Learning Resources Centre materials at the University of South Wales. FINDit is the University’s portal which allows you to search for over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles, conference proceedings and approximately 160 databases via one search box- the majority of these materials are accessible online. Interactive study skills modules are available to study via Blackboard to enable you to utilise the library services fully.


The course is delivered by a board who have an established international reputation in Obesity & Weight Management and delivering online education:

  • Prof Steve Davies – Consultant Endocrinologist and Director of Diploma MSc
  • Dr Dev Datta – Consultant Clinical Biochemist
  • Professor Nadim Haboubi – Consultant Gastroenterologist and Course Director
  • Dr Karl New, USW

Prof Haboubi runs the only NHS Multi-disciplinary Specialist Weight Management Clinic (Level 3) in Wales. He is also a PACES examiner for the Royal College of Physicians, Chairman of the National Obesity Forum Wales and the Obesity advisor to the Welsh Government on the Obesity Pathway.



  • Entry to the 1 year MSc programme will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Obesity and Weight Management (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University. You may apply for the MSc as a two year course, completing all 8 modules (180 credits).
  • Applicants without recognised qualifications but have relevant work experience, background knowledge and skills will also be considered on an individual basis.
  • English language qualification (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)
  • Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:
  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference

Please note: entry requirements for the Independent Prescribing module differ from the other modules and require:

  • 3 years post registration experience
  • 1 year in field of practice
  • Support of Line manager
  • Requirement of current role for IP status
  • Availability of a mentor

Please refer to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) websites for further details.

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

Bursaries and Scholarships

Please visit our Bursaries and Funding page for any upcoming grants or opportunities.




This course is run in partnership with Diploma MSc. Please refer to their website for fee information.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University for this course.

Admissions statement 

The Obesity & Weight Management courses have been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within weight and obesity management including GP’s, doctors, nurses, physicians, surgeons, physiotherapists, dieticians, psychologists, and counsellors running clinics. Following successful completion of this specialised course, you will have the knowledge to further improve patient care and it could enhance your future career progression.