A nutrition degree from the University is accredited by the Association for Nutrition and offers you the chance to study nutrition alongside animal and plant production, food science and food safety, as well as biochemistry and physiology. The skills you’ll develop during your degree will give you the skills to apply for a variety of jobs.
What skills will I gain during my degree?
You will develop your understanding of the science around nutrients and their effects as well as the social factors which influence nutrition.
A nutrition degree covers food production, food science, physiology, behaviour, psychosocial issues and legislation.
It also develops your skills in:
- scientific research and taking an evidence based approach
- scientific writing
- behaviour change and motivation
- interpreting data
- laboratory techniques
- giving presentations
- working as part of a team
- report writing
From your degree you will be developing skills such as communication, working effectively with others, digital competency and reflection – skills that are highly valued by employers.
Biosciences Core Graduate Competencies
You will also develop 12 competencies which have been divided into these four headings:
- Fundamental skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Personal aspiration and development
- Professional responsibility
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It is also worth thinking about the skills you are developing outside of your degree such as part-time work, work experience, voluntary or student society involvement. These will be very useful for future job applications.
How can I develop my skills and experience during my degree?
Gain work experience
Get involved in the Students' Union activities
Involvement in relevant SU activities including volunteering, sports clubs and societies will always look good on your CV.
Check out volunteering through the SU with City Care, Tasty Tuesdays and Nottingham Education and Health Support
Food banks and community cafes are always on the lookout for volunteers.
Nottingham CVS - volunteering at a cafe or food bank
Join the Nottingham Advantage Award
The Nottingham Advantage Award offers a range of modules to help you expand, develop and evidence your skills and experience during your time at university. With over more than 200 modules across our three campus in the UK, China and Malaysia, there's something for everyone.
If you’re thinking of moving into consultancy after graduation, the Nottingham Consultancy Challenge module will help you develop and demonstrate all the right skills.
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What are the range of careers I could enter?
Nutrition students move into a wide variety of jobs after graduation.
Jobs that are directly related to your degree include:
- Food technologist
- Health promotion specialist
- Nutritional therapist
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Science communications
- Personal trainer
- Catering manager
- Health service manager
- Product/process development scientist
*Students interested in becoming a dietician will need to study for a Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters in Dietetics that meets the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration requirements.
It’s worth bearing in mind that 70% of careers are not degree specific, so you could look into a range of careers open to all graduates, particularly as job openings for nutritionists are limited. Roles open to graduates from all subjects include: management, finance, and banking, marketing, retail, public relations, consultancy, sales, recruitment and business in a wide range of sectors.
Examples of employers who have recruited our nutrition and food science graduates
- Slimming World
- Weight Management Centre
- British Sugar
- Mondelez International
- Pitcher & Piano
Examples of job roles our students have moved onto
- Food and Nutrition Database Assistant
- Program Coordinator
- Graduate Trainee Area Manager
- Chocolate Scientist
- Restaurant Manager
Students also progress onto further study.
Examples of further study are:
- MSc Nutrition and Exercise Science,
- MRes in Biosciences
- PGCE secondary science with Qualified Teacher Status
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