The BSc Human Nutrition degree is a stimulating and provocative programme that covers a wide variety of subjects linked to nutrition. It will challenge some of your own views and opinions and will answer many misconceptions.
This degree has been developed in consultation with potential employers to make sure that graduates are equipped to meet the needs of the varied employment market.
Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants
260–300 UCAS Tariff points, with minimum 160 points from at least two science based subjects (Biology preferred plus a related science subject e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Physical Education or Food Technology) at A-level or equivalent.
An Access course that includes biosciences and numeracy.
Year 1 develops a sound knowledge of the science that underpins the study of nutrition and factors that impinge on human health. You will be introduced to a broad range of public health strategies designed to promote behaviour change. Emphasis is given to key skills including communication (both written and oral), problem solving and the use of a range of laboratory and ICT techniques, including specialist diet analysis software.
Year 1 Modules
Introduction to Biological Sciences;
Food, Nutrition and Health;
Global Food Issues;
Fundamentals of Biochemistry;
You will build upon your knowledge from Year 1 and apply it to aspects of human nutrition investigating the role of diet and physical activity in normal health and as a risk factor in health disorders. Importantly you will gain an understanding of the ethical and professional framework you will work within as a graduate of a human nutrition degree. You will be trained in research methodology, and increasingly you will become an independent and autonomous learner.
You will explore future careers through an optional, but encouraged, work placement in Year 2.
Year 2 Modules
Advanced Food and Nutrition;
Epidemiology and Public Health;
Human Pathophysiology and Nutrition;
Choose 1 option from:
Food Product Development;
The Marketing Business;
Biological and Cognitive Psychology;
In your final year you will critically explore the complex nature of both issues related to dietary intake, exercise and the acquisition of human health. You will also build upon the food modules in Years 1 and 2. The primary research investigation is an important part of your studies in Year 3 and this will enable you to integrate the practical and theoretical aspects of diet, nutrition and ethics.
Year 3 Modules
Nutrition Research Project;
Nutrition and Exercise Science;
Future Food: Food and Nutrition in the 21st Century
Choose 2 options from:
Global Trends in Food Preservation and packaging;
Food in Nutrition in Practice;
Plants and People;
Enterprise; Creating your own Business or Successful Freelancing;
Science Publishing Project;
Individuals, Health and Society.
Private sector careers include:
Graduate training schemes with food companies
Development of new food products
Compliance with nutritional claims and labelling
Various roles within food companies, including specialist medical companies
Public sector careers include:
Working for local or national government in health, medical, scientific or food departments
Roles in public health such as Healthy Schools Initiatives
Food and health coordinator for nutrition based initiatives
Developing and contributing to health science in schools, colleges or universities
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