Master in Vegetarian Nutrition and Dietetics Università Politecnica delle Marche - Funiber

The master's aim is to provide knowledge for the proper understanding of the theoretical and practical principles that form the basis of the plant-based diet in all its variants, as well as the clinical implications in the prevention and treatment of major chronic degenerative diseases.

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The world of human nutrition, due to its direct relationship with health, is the subject of interest for many professionals. It is necessary to properly transfer this world into its study or responsibility fields in order to apply it in a practical manner.

The advance of sciences related to nutrition, such as biochemistry, molecular biology, pathophysiology, toxicology and dietetics make nutrition one of the most applied, modern and fascinating sciences; therefore, it requires an analysis not only from a scientific perspective but also from a human one.

In this context, vegetarian nutrition is being proposed as an alternative model of nutrition based in ethics, health and ecology principles. The number of vegetarians in western countries is constantly growing; however, given this growing demand, professionals still do not have the available tools to respond to the requests of the vegetarians and those who wish to become vegetarians.

Currently, the professional needs continuous training that allows him/her to receive a high level of specialization, as demanded by the users, clients or patients with whom he/she interacts as well as the public or private institutions where the professional works.

This prompted the need to train nutrition professionals on this field, also adapted to the postures of important international science organizations (consult the posture of the American Dietetic Association from 2009), and making concepts and competences of this field of nutrition sciences available.

Our educational experience and methodology ensures a rigorous, high quality education.


ObjectivesGeneral Objective:

  • Provide knowledge for the proper comprehension of theoretical and practical principles that constitute the fundamentals of the vegetarian diet in all of its variants, as well as the clinical implications in the prevention and treatment of the major chronic and degenerative diseases.

Specific objectives:

  • Develop the ability to empathize with the vegetarian client, knowing and respecting their motivations in choosing this diet.
  • Train professionals in this few-studied field of dietetics and satisfy, in a professional and sensitive way, the requests of the clients and vegetarian patients.
  • Perform a critical analysis on a dietary practice or on an article on vegetarian diets and, similarly, organize and participate in nutritional education programs related to vegetarianism.

Each activity consists of a series of modules structured according to a precise educational order. Each module is divided into topics in which the documents are clearly and concretely organized.

The on-line interactive activity consists of participation in forums and conferences designed to stimulate the critical ability of the student, to acquire abilities and new knowledge found in medical science literature.

There are 12 educational modules that represent a total of 58 credits; the Final Course Project counts for 12 additional credits.


The first part of the Master explores topics of great importance and relevance in Vegetarian Nutrition and Dietetics, from a multidisciplinary perspective expected from this field of science.

The subjects and their corresponding appropriations that compose the 1st part: Mandatory modules, shown in the following table:

1 Scientific Research Methodology 5 cr
2 Characterization of Vegetarian Diets 1 cr
3 Nutrients 5 cr
4 Nutritional Biochemistry 7 cr
5 Food in the vegetarian diet 7 cr
6 Presence and bioavailability of nutrients in vegetable foodstuff 4 cr
7 Nutritional needs of the human body 4 cr
8 Food composition tables. Elaboration of vegetarian diets 4 cr
9 Vegetarian nutrition in physiological situations 7 cr
10 Vegetarian nutrition in greatly prevalent pathological situations 7 cr
11 Particular aspects of the vegetarian diet 3 cr
12 Other aspects of the vegetarian diet 4 cr


The student may carry out the project throughout the whole course, and will then submit it once all the modules are finished. Once the topic is chosen, the student will develop the analytical and biographical investigation, adding their own reflections and/or direct quotes from other authors.

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Enrollment in the Master course, exempt from continuing education re-
quirements, is granted to:

-     Holders of 1st or 2nd level bachelor’s degrees
-     Holders of a university degree or equivalent qualification obtained pri-
or to the academic reform

Requisiti per essere ammessi:
  • Laurea primo livello
  • Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica/Vecchio ordinamento
  • Titolo equivalente
Il costo del corso comprende le tasse di iscrizione e le tasse universitarie.Possibilità di pagamento rateale.
Costo del master: 2800 Incl. IVA
All content will be developed in a Virtual Campus created by FUNIBER for this purpose, without assuming any additional cost.. This space provides direct contact with teachers and course participants. Teachers monitor and summarize student contributions, answer questions and are an essential support during subject tutoring.The Virtual Campus, in addition to the enormous potential as a means of communication and socialization, provides access to subject contents, all compulsory reference and performing all academic work (turning in papers, assignments, etc.). The Campus is a basic tool in overall training that allows access to several Virtual resources such as, course documents, references and recommended web pages, and self-assessment activities, glossaries, among others.
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