Master's Degree in Nutrigenomics and Personalized Nutrition (MNNP)
The modern society requires food not only as a source of nutrients and energy, but also as a key factor for increasing life- and health-span. Several years ago, the European Commission funded the research network of excellence NuGO devoted to Nutrigenomics, with UIB as one of the founder members; this prompted us to design a new, unique in the world, specialised postgraduate programme.
In the new millennium, we are starting to unravel the secrets of the human genome. We have different and multiple gene variants that make the biological response to diet and environment different from one individual to another (nutrigenetics) and new disciplines and techniques, such as epigenetics and the “omics” techniques (functional genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics) help us to understand the complex relationship between gene expression and nutrients and the individual responses to diet. An individual knowledge of the individual genetic response to the daily challenges we have to cope with can help us to protect our health from future metabolic diseases. Nutrigenomics is the modern molecular nutrition and opens de road to a Personalised Nutrition, designed for each individual person in accordance to their gene variants and how gene expression is regulated under different challenges.
The students will acquire knowledge and abilities realated to the whole field of nutrigenomics and the possibilities of its application in personalised nutrition, as well as the basic and research tecniques important in the discipline, but also in how to design new projects and developments, functional foods, aspects related to food safety and efficiency, and specific practical training in research labs or in collaborating enterprises of the sector. The students also develop skills in scientific communication and the scientific method.
On one side, the Master offers access to PhD programs (from both itineraries of specialization) and we have a good experience with different students that have accesed to different doctoral programmes (including the PhD programme in Nutrigenomics and Personalised Nutrition), getting the PhD degree. Moreover, and in combination with the previous studies of the graduates, the master degree increases job opportunities or the possibility of promotion within enterprises of the field, in companies of sectors such as nutrigenomic/nutrigenetic testing, application of knowledge in diet/health recommendations, food enterprises with programmes of research and development and functional foods, biotechology, food safety and health claims, etc.
Legislation requires that official Spanish degree programmes receive a positive assessment from the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA, by its Spanish acronym). This process is known as verification, and it serves to ensure that education programmes are properly designed to provide the competencies and reach the learning goals around which the programmes are built. In the technical details you can find reports on official study programmes.
The European Higher Education Area requires that there be a system in place to ensure the quality of degree programmes.
The Master's programme is subject to constant assessment and improvement processes that guarantee that it maintains a certain level of prestige and renown in Europe. You can see the results of the assessment processes in the section on quality.