Nutrition BSc (Hons)UCAS Code: B400|Duration: 3 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
Accredited|Work placement opportunities|International students can apply|Study Abroad opportunities
ABOUT THE COURSE
'Nutrition is an increasingly important discipline with a focus on understanding how diet helps maintain health and prevent disease. Nutritionists have a key role to play in a wide range of professional roles providing and implementing evidence-based nutritional guidelines, public health nutrition strategies, and developing the safe, healthy and sustainable foods of the future.
Our Nutrition degree is focussed on developing the practical, professional and research skills needed to develop a successful career as a professional nutritionist (as well as for further study or professional careers in dietetics, public health or the commercial food industry).
The curriculum includes a focus on the delivery of five core competencies: nutritional science; food chain; social and behavioral sciences; health and wellbeing; and professional conduct. You will be taught in our new Health Sciences building, which features specialist laboratories and equipment dedicated to the study of food, nutrition and health.
You will learn from a highly committed team of research-active registered nutritionists with a range of practical experience, who are enthusiastic about both the academic subject and the quality of your student experience.
Our nutrition course will include a mixture of teaching methods, including:
- Lectures - where all students are taught together
- Seminars - smaller groups of around 15-20 students
- Tutorials - which typically have no more than 10 students
- A one-to-one meeting and supervision with your tutor
If you study a Single Honours Nutrition 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.
The Single Honours degree is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN). This means that once you graduate, you are eligible to apply for registration as a registered Associate Nutritionist directly. If you graduate with Nutrition Major (Combined Honours) you can apply for registration via submission of a portfolio of evidence to meet the requirement of the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) as set out by the AfN.
ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK
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.
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
Human Sciences (Single Honours students only)
- From atoms and molecules to cells
- General anatomy and physiology
- Tissues and organ systems
- Protein and lipid biochemistry
- 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
Human Sciences (Single Honours students only)
- 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 the contemporary issues in Human Nutrition and Food Science. Topics studied include:
- Nutrition, physical activity and sport
- Obesity and weight management
- Clinical nutrition
- Public Health Nutrition
- Food choice and behaviour modification of dietary intake
- Food supply and formulation
- Nutrition ethics & practice
Food Science (Single Honours students only)
- Food processing techniques
- Sensory food evaluation
- New product development
- Food biotechnology
- Food allergies and sensitivities
- Food toxicity and Food packaging
- Contemporary issues in Food Science
During the August/September admissions period we are able to offer some flexibility in our entry requirements for courses that still have vacancies.
We are also offering a Foundation Year on many of our courses for students who have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualification level to enter directly onto our degree programmes.
Please e-mail us to discuss the options available to you: email@example.com
Nutritionists work in a wide range of careers; examples include working for the government, in the food and catering industry, in the NHS, for charities involved in health, in the field of weight loss, in public health roles, in sports, research and academia, and many other areas. Past graduates have gone on to have careers as a Nutritionist, Health Promotion Officer/Specialist, Food Technologist, Health Information Adviser, Assistant Practitioner, Higher Education Lecturer, and Research Scientist (Life Sciences).
Many of our graduates also go on to postgraduate study.
Work Placement Opportunities
Professional placements are a valuable part of our Nutrition degree. Placements provide you with practical experience and is essential to your academic and professional development, particularly in today’s competitive job market.
Placements are unpaid (minimum) two week periods you work full time in areas such as the food industry, community nutrition, and clinical nutrition settings. Placements take place in Summer each year and you work full-time on specific projects or as general support to the work of organisation.
Past students have completed placements at a number of organisations, including the Big Help Project Knowsley Food Bank, Fire Fit Hub Toxteth, Aintree University Hospital, the Nature Remedies Ltd, Southport, West Cumbria hospital, The Larder Project, and Sustainable Food Lancashire.
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 2021/22 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.
On top of your tuition fees, you also need a maximum of £300 per year for field trips, textbooks, lab coats and portfolio preparation.
If you graduate and want to join the Register of Nutritionists, there is a fee. If you graduate with Nutrition Major (Combined Honours) you can apply for registration via submission of a portfolio of evidence to meet the requirement of the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) as set out by the AfN. Full details about joining the register and the cost can be found on the AfN website.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
INTERNATIONAL TUITION FEES
The International Tuition fees for 2021/22 are £11,400.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This course is also available as a Combined Honours degree with the following subjects:
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