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The key role of diet in prevention and management of metabolic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases suggests the need for nutrition experts who clearly understand the link between nutrition and disease. Our Clinical Nutrition course focuses on the prevention and management of diseases in individual and population levels. You will acquire a deep understanding of the role of nutrition in the etiology, pathophysiology and development of clinical conditions and would be highly skilled in a number of practical laboratory and research areas relevant to these conditions. This degree is ideal for those who would like to become professional nutritionists working in laboratories, research and clinical settings, or progress to further studies in the areas of dietetics or human nutrition research.
The Clinical Nutrition degree will be mapped against the core competencies of the Association for Nutrition (as required for the accreditation). You will be taught in our new Health Sciences building, which features specialist laboratories dedicated to nutrition, comprising purpose-built food and nutrition laboratories that fit into areas of clinical nutrition, nutritional biochemistry and food science.
You will learn from a highly committed team of research-active registered nutritionists who will be supported by medical practitioners and healthcare professionals, aiming to bring interdisciplinary and broad understanding of clinical conditions required for student learning.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. You also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.
If you study Nutrition as a Single Honours degree, in your first year of study there are approximately 12 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 10 hours in your second and third years.
On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend approximately 18 hours studying independently each week, as well as group study to prepare for any group assessments you may have.
During your three years of study, you will have a number of assessments, including written exams, portfolios, case studies, laboratory logs and diaries, viva and group presentations. In your final year, you will complete a dissertation.
Feedback will be provided for all formal assessments. The feedback can be offered in various forms such as written feedback, verbal feedback in a one-to-one meeting or as general feedback of class performance in tutorial and teaching sessions. The individual feedback on written work will be typically offered within four weeks after submission.
The Foundation Year is a great opportunity if you have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualifications required to enter directly onto our degree programmes. A significant part of the Foundation Year focuses upon core skills such as academic writing at HE level, becoming an independent learner, structuring academic work, critical thinking, time management and note taking.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year will enable you to progress into the first year (Level C) of your chosen honours degree. Further details can be found here.
In the first year, the curriculum will be focused on an introduction to Human Sciences, the sciences that make the foundations of Human Nutrition, and the principles of Human Nutrition. Topics studied include:
- Nutritional biochemistry
- Gastrointestinal anatomy and physiology
- Macronutrients and micronutrients
- Fluid and Energy balance
- Alcohol and Non-nutritive substances
- Food labelling
- Nutrient composition of foods
- Food safety and hygiene
- Theoretical and practical aspects of dietary modifications
- From atoms and molecules to cells
- General anatomy and physiology
- Tissues and organ systems
- Biochemistry and metabolism
- Body systems in relation to dysfunction and disease
- Laboratory methods and techniques
In the second year, the focus of the curriculum is on applying and expanding your knowledge gained in the first year. Topics studied include:
- Assessment of nutritional status
- Nutrition and lifecycle
- Nutrition in relation to socioeconomic factors, ethnicity and religion
- Genes and obesity
- Food enrichment and fortification
- Nutrient-nutrients and nutrient-drug interactions
- Basic nutritional epidemiology and public health nutrition
- Epidemiology and pathology of diseases
- Metabolic diseases
- Molecular and cellular biology
- Endocrinology and immunology
- Parameters of Health
- Bioscience lab techniques
In the final year, the curriculum will focus on the advanced understanding of Human and Clinical Nutrition. Topics studied include:
- Nutrition, physical activity and sport
- Obesity and weight management
- Nutrition and Non-communicable diseases
- Public Health Nutrition
- Food choice and behaviour modification of dietary intake
- Food supply and formulation
- Nutrition ethics & practice
- Diabetes and cardiovascular disease
- Gastrointestinal pathologies
- Renal pathologies
- Osteoporosis and sarcopenia
A typical graduate would acquire a deep understanding of the role of nutrition in the prevention of clinical conditions and would be highly skilled in a number of practical laboratory and research areas. These skills would be transferable within the clinical and community settings and would also help to work in several areas of research such as weight management, non-communicable diseases, new product development, nutrition psychology and several others.
Potential employment opportunities for Clinical Nutritionists are within the National and private health sector, Community health services, Education and academia, Research, Public health, Food and drink industry, Biomedical science industry, Media, Food and catering sector and Local and Central government sector (Policy development and health). Many of our graduates also go on to postgraduate study.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
The International tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are £11,400 (provisional) per year for full-time undergraduate courses.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
With Foundation year, this degree is only available to study as a Single Honours course.