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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PSYC5907M Theory and Intervention in Food and Nutrition

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Kristine Beaulieu

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

At least an upper second class honours degree in Psychology or a discipline containing a substantial amount of Psychology and research methods training, or upper second class average across levels 2 and 3 on the MPsyc Advanced Psychology programme (University of Leeds)

This module is mutually exclusive with

PSYC5905MCurrent Themes in Neuropsychology and Neuroscience
PSYC5910MThe Psychology of Ageing and Dementia
PSYC5911MTypical and Disordered Development

Module replaces

PSYC5642M Food and Health

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will focus on the relationship between food and health with a particular focus on psychological wellbeing. This course will take a psychological approach to important issues in food and nutrition, drawing on a range of psychological perspectives (social, health and biological) which utilise a wide range of methods from quantitative laboratory measures to large scale survey methods and qualitative approaches. Lectures will consider these perspectives in relation to specific topics or groups of individuals or methods. For example we will address obesity as a topic, anorexia of ageing focussing on older adults and the importance of qualitative approaches in the area of healthy eating.


On completion of this module, students will develop a detailed understanding of key issues relating to Food and Health. They will learn to integrate a number of different approaches e.g. biological, experimental, and clinical to real world problems issues such as eating disorders, cognitive function, obesity and to take a problem solving approach to such issues.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- draw on a wide range of psychological theories and research in relation to food and health issues
- formulate behavioural recommendations for interventions within the field of nutrition
- present and justify recommendations for such interventions
- identify and critically discuss key issues in translating psychological theory to globally relevant nutrition challenges

Skills outcomes
The ability to formulate recommendations for interventions within the field of nutrition and psychology; present and justify recommendations for such interventions; identify and critically discuss the pertinent issues in the application of psychological theory to real-world concerns in the area of nutrition.


1 Course overview and childhood obesity - Marion Hetherington
2 Obesity in adults - Graham Finlayson
3 Clinic & groupwork for PBL1a and b
4 Malnutrition and effects on cognitive function - Marion Hetherington
5 Anorexia of ageing - Marion Hetherington
6 Individual accounts of food choice and feeding practices - Siobhan Hugh-Jones
7 Weight loss and weight loss maintenance strategies- Marion Hetherington
8 Healthy eating interventions - Marion Hetherington
9 Health interventions and preparing your pitch - Marion Hetherington
10 Oral presentations - M Hetherington & S Hugh-Jones
11 Feedback session on PBL and presentations

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning23.006.00
Private study hours174.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

3 hours reading per lecture x 9 lectures = 27 hours
16 hr per problem based learning exercise x2 = 32 hr
8 hr presentation research and preparation = 8 hr
107 hr independent reading and research = 107 hr

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback given on PBL tasks and discussion on oral presentation provided in week 11.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report1 x 1500 word PBL task40.00
Report1 x 1500 word PBL task40.00
Presentation1 x 20 min oral presentation20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 12/01/2024


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