Course overview

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a fragile global food system. It has highlighted changes in consumer demands, and a need to rapidly develop food sustainability. You may be interested in empowering healthy communities. You may want to be part of building a sustainable global food system. We'll prepare you to take on these challenges in the post-pandemic world.

Nutrition explores how the body processes nutrients and the impact of this on health. Many diseases are influenced by diet, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

You'll use the latest research to understand global nutrition challenges. Our nutrition course combines nutritional biochemistry, practical techniques, and physiology. You'll study the psychology behind food choice and eating behaviour. Advanced modules in human nutrition will cover public health nutrition and nutrient-gene interactions.

You'll use our specialist labs and work on real-life research projects.

  • You'll examine sustainable nutrition and look at this as part of global food security
  • Working on evidence-based nutrition, you'll use research to understand and identify fake nutritional news
  • Work with leading nutrition scientists to solve the most urgent nutrition issues facing society

Accredited by the Association for Nutrition - you can become a Registered Associate Nutritionist and use the ANutr qualification when you graduate.

Why choose this course?

Ranked 5th in the UK

for animal science and agriculture

Guardian University Guide 2023

Specialist facilities

including a sensory science centre, dietetics suite and food labs

Industry placement

develop professional skills

Meet industry experts

at our campus nutrition fair

Study in Malaysia

option available

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

UK entry requirements
A level BBC in Clearing for home students

Please note: Applicants whose backgrounds or personal circumstances have impacted their academic performance may receive a reduced offer. Please see our contextual admissions policy for more information.

IB score 28; 5,5 in biology or chemistry and a second science subject at Higher Level in Clearing for home students

A levels

BBC in Clearing for home students, to include at least one of biology, chemistry and physics, and a second science subject

Mature Students

At the University of Nottingham, we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information on the mature students webpage.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

Teaching methods

  • Computer labs
  • Lab sessions
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Problem-based learning
  • Practical classes

How you will be assessed

We use a range of assessment methods, including exams, essays, verbal presentations and practicals. You will receive a copy of our marking criteria which provides guidance on how we will assess your work. Your work will be marked on time and you will receive regular feedback.

Your final degree classification will be based on marks gained in your second and third years of study.

You must pass each year to progress. This typically means that you will need to achieve marks of at least 40% in each module. Full details on our marking criteria and structure will be provided at your induction.

To study abroad as part of your degree, you must meet minimum academic requirements in year one.

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Group project
  • Lab reports
  • Oral exam
  • Poster presentation
  • Research project
  • Written exam

Contact time and study hours

In your first year, you will take 100 credits in core modules and 20 credits as optional modules. As a guide, one credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. You will spend around half of your time in lectures, seminars and practicals. The remaining time will be independent study. PhD students may support teaching on some modules.

Study abroad

There are a number of options to apply to study abroad during your time at Nottingham. We offer designated support to guide you through the entire process. You can apply to:

  • study at the University of Nottingham Malaysia in your second year for a semester or whole year
  • study in Australia, Canada or the Republic of Ireland. We’ll help you apply to spend a semester of your second year at one of our highly ranked partner universities.
  • study in France, Austria or Spain for an additional year between years two and three
  • a wide range of summer schools across a variety of countries

Year in industry

We have excellent links with companies, and the school placements team can help to find the best placement for you. Often a placement year can help you to secure to a graduate job. 

Our students have been on placement with:

  • Premier Foods
  • PepsiCo
  • Mondelez International
  • Doehler

The industry placement takes place between years two and three of your degree. You can apply during year two of your degree, subject to meeting minimum academic requirements.

Study Abroad and the Year in Industry are subject to students meeting minimum academic requirements. Opportunities may change at any time for a number of reasons, including curriculum developments, changes to arrangements with partner universities, travel restrictions or other circumstances outside of the university’s control. Every effort will be made to update information as quickly as possible should a change occur.


In the first year, you'll learn the basic principles of nutritional science and develop your study skills.

Core modules

Fundamentals in Food Science and Nutrition

This module will introduce you to the key concepts in the field of nutrition and food Sciences, including:

  • constituents that make up food and its ingredients
  • their functional properties
  • the physiological impact of diet and nutrition on your body
  • dietary guidance and recommendations
  • analytical techniques to measure dietary and body composition
Sustainable agriculture, food and nutrition

Nutrients are vital to human and animal health, but how do they work? In this module, you’ll be given a comprehensive introduction to the key concepts in the field of nutrition. Depending on your interests, you can study human or animal nutrition, or both. Understand how the food we eat influences our health. Explore how the food eaten by animals impacts on food production and the global food system.

You’ll study:

  • micronutrients, including vitamins and minerals
  • macronutrients, including proteins, carbohydrates and fats
  • metabolism, and how nutrients give us energy
  • the influence of nutrition in diseases such as cancer and diabetes
Introduction to Genetics and Biochemistry

This 30 credit module will give you a solid foundation in the growth and development of cells. You will gain understanding in cellular processes and the key macromolecules. Understanding the chemistry of these macromolecules is important in many areas of bioscience.

You’ll apply your learning of basic concepts though practical sessions and workshops.

You will study:

  • Mitosis, meiosis, cell division and differentiation. 
  • Basic genetic principles and gene expression processes
  • Areas of nucleic acid structure
  • Genetic variation; mutation and repair
Essential study skills

This module is intended to enhance your transition into university and guide you through the academic expectations of your degree. This module includes three generic sessions on ‘study skills and plagiarism’, ‘study opportunities’ and ‘career and personal development’, and a series of small group tutorials with your academic tutor to develop core skills such as finding crucial information, oral presentation, data handling and presentation of results, preparation for examinations, and essay writing skills relevant to biosciences.

Introductory Physiology

How does healthy nutrition help maintain a healthy body? The physiological systems of the body are essential for life in animals and humans. In this module, you’ll explore the functioning of the major physiological systems of the body. You'll look at what happens when those systems become dysfunctional. Starting small and getting bigger, you'll look at the role cells play in the functioning of organs, and then the role that organs play in the functioning of bodily systems.

You’ll study:

  • systems dependent upon good nutrition, including the renal and digestive systems
  • structures and functions of major organs
  • nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular and reproductive systems
  • roles of individual cell types in the functioning of major organs
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Friday 02 September 2022.

In the second year, you'll study evidence-based nutrition. You’ll use the latest research to understand global nutrition challenges. You'll develop skills necessary to practice nutrition. These will help support a professional career as a Registered Associate Nutritionist.

Nutrition and Physiology Interaction

Hormones carry signals between different parts of the body. But how do nutrients determine the interaction between hormones and health? In this module, you’ll carry out an in-depth study of the mammalian endocrine system. You'll look at this from cellular, molecular and anatomical perspectives. You'll explore the role that hormones play in controlling homeostasis and metabolism. We use the latest published nutritional research. You'll look at appetite regulation and how endocrine systems determine what, how and when we eat.

You’ll study:

  • nutritional energetics and energy expenditure
  • appetite regulation by the endocrine system
  • homeostasis in relation to the diet
Global Issues in Nutrition
Throughout this module your problem solving skills will be developed while enhancing your knowledge on key topics in nutrition for example: global food security, tackling the obesity epidemic, and positive impacts on consumer behaviour. Every two weeks you will receive a lecture from a different academic introducing the case study topic to be investigated. In groups you will gather relevant information from various research sources, synthesis data and present in appropriate formats. 
Nutrition, Metabolism and Disease

The food we eat determines the functioning of our bodies. But how does metabolism influence whether this leads to health or disease?  You will explore the nutritional biochemistry of metabolism. Looking at healthy outcomes, and factors associated with chronic diseases. These include obesity and diabetes. You will investigate the fed, fasted and starved states. You’ll understand how the body uses macronutrients in different physiological and pathological situations.

You’ll study:

  • metabolism, nutrition and exercise in sporting performance
  • disorders of metabolism and the therapies used to treat them
  • cardiovascular disease risk factors
  • obesity and diabetes, from a metabolic perspective
Practical Techniques in Human Nutrition

Supporting people to eat an optimal diet is critical for human health. But how do we know which nutrients we need? In this module, you’ll learn how to collect and analyse data which shows the relationship between nutrition and health. You'll use a range of laboratory techniques and practical investigatory methods. You'll observe, identify and measure various biomarkers. You'll use these to determine how nutrients affect the body, ensure health, or place individuals at risk of disease.

You’ll study:

  • techniques required to conduct laboratory research
  • statistical analysis and presentation of data
  • safe working practices in laboratory facilities
  • application of research findings to solve practical nutritional challenges
Personal and Professional Skills for Nutritionists

Nutritionists have a vital role in supporting individuals to achieve optimal health. So how do they work with their clients to promote healthy diets? In this module, you’ll explore what it means to be a nutritionist. You'll learn the professional skills required by the Association for Nutrition, and the legal standards set by law. You'll be taught by an experienced public health nutritionist. Lectures emphasise scientific approaches to support dietary health in diverse populations.

You’ll study:

  • professional skills required in nutrition practice
  • legislative regulations surrounding the nutrition profession
  • practice requirements of the Association for Nutrition
  • therapeutic skills used by nutritionists to support healthy eating


Food and Society

You'll learn about the roles, functions and values of food and nutrition in the social world. You'll look at classical sociological theory about food and our society, as well as more radical contemporary perspectives. Explore grassroots initiatives to understand how people are using food to develop communities and improve health and social justice.  

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

In the third year, you will apply your knowledge to topical fields, to prepare you for professional practice. You’ll study molecular nutrition, public health and sustainability. You'll also cover behavioural perspectives. You will develop professional research skills on your dissertation. Expert researchers will work with you on a one-to-one basis on a project of your interest. 

Nutrition Research Project

In this final year of study, you will do a major piece of research, supervised by one of our expert scientists. This is a year-long investigation. You'll develop a suitable research question and use appropriate methodology to answer it. In this module, you’ll work one-to-one with an experienced researcher in your specialist field. They will offer support through individual tutorials. We offer a diverse range of topical research projects using a variety of methodologies.

You’ll learn:

  • how to develop research questions, aims and hypotheses
  • how to select an appropriate research methodology
  • specialist skills relevant to your area of research
  • how to present scientific research to a non-specialist audience
Nutrition and the Health of Populations

Good nutrition is needed to maintain health at any age. So how do nutritional requirements change as we get older? In this module, you’ll explore nutrition throughout the life course. You'll identify the nutritional needs of different age groups. Starting with pre-conception, to pregnancy, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and into old age. You'll understand the role of optimal nutrition in preventing disease and promote healthy diets.

You’ll study:

  • developmental origins of health and disease
  • risk factors for nutritional disease at different stages of life
  • epidemiological methods used to identify public health challenges
  • nutrition in human physiological development across the life course
Changing Behaviour, Promoting Health

Healthy diets are vital for healthy lives. But how do nutritionists change health behaviours to achieve optimal nutrition? In this module, you'll study the psychological origins of dietary behaviour. You will learn the behaviour change techniques nutritionists use to modify food choice. You'll look at how to promote healthy diets using community, legislative, persuasive and empowerment tools. You'll work as an intervention team to achieve improved dietary health. Working together, you'll design an evidence-based behaviour change programme.

You’ll study:

  • psychodynamic, behaviourist, cognitive and humanistic explanations of food choice
  • social influences on consumer behaviour and the social determinants of health
  • behaviour change techniques used in professional practice
  • health promotion tools used to achieve dietary health across populations
Molecular Nutrition

Cellular signalling and gene expression influence metabolism and growth but how does nutrient supply regulate these processes? In this module, you’ll explore nutrition from a molecular perspective. You'll investigate the regulatory effects of nutrients on eukaryotic systems. You'll look at the potential for manipulating metabolic processes through nutrition. You'll use experimental methodologies to assess how nutrients influence gene expression. You will learn how to analyse molecular data to draw conclusions about regulatory processes.

You’ll study:

  • molecular mechanisms controlling gene expression
  • opportunities for modification of metabolic processes using nutrition
  • direct and indirect regulatory effects of nutrition
  • variations in genomic sequences and the impact of nutrition on gene expression
Healthy People, Healthy Planet

Food production is the greatest source of greenhouse gas emissions. So how do we create a more sustainable food system which feeds a growing population? In this module, you'll examine the future of the food system. Specialist researchers will present the latest advances in sustainability science. They'll explain how this science is used to make the food system more efficient. You'll look at the impact of nutritional practices on health, survival and human development. You’ll explore how nutritionists are using food to create a healthy planet.

You’ll study:

  • global warming influencing change in the food system
  • sustainable agricultural, consumption and waste management
  • nutrition practices around the world
  • impact of infectious disease on food and nutrition
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

The Nutrition and Dietetics Society invites guest speakers to give talks on campus from various fields in the industry. They also run a ‘Big Veg Little Veg’ mentoring scheme so you feel supported in your first year of University.

They hold socials such as bar crawls and club nights in Nottingham, society meals and trips, including an annual visit to the BBC Good Food Show. These events are a fun way to get to know your course mates and other like-minded people, and to meet those who are further along in their degree.

Fees and funding

UK students

Per year

International students

Per year

*For full details including fees for part-time students and reduced fees during your time studying abroad or on placement (where applicable), see our fees page.

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you may be asked to complete a fee status questionnaire and your answers will be assessed using guidance issued by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) .

Additional costs

All students will need at least one device to approve security access requests via Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). We also recommend students have a suitable laptop to work both on and off-campus. For more information, please check the equipment advice.

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies. If you do these would cost around £40. If you study abroad, you need to consider the travel and living costs associated with your country of choice. This may include visa costs and medical insurance.

Due to our commitment to sustainability, we don’t print lecture notes but these are available digitally. You will be given £5 worth of printer credits a year. You are welcome to buy more credits if you need them. It costs 4p to print one black and white page.

If you do a work placement, you need to consider the travel and living costs associated with this.

Personal laptops are not compulsory as we have computer labs that are open 24 hours a day but you may want to consider one if you wish to work at home.

Scholarships and bursaries

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £1,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International students

We offer a range of international undergraduate scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

International scholarships


Nutritionists can work in the food industry or in public health nutrition, the NHS, education and journalism. There are growing career opportunities in sustainable and global nutrition, working for NGOs and third sector organisations.

Some of our graduates seek to support healthy diets using nutrition in the health services. Our graduates work as Registered Associate Nutritionists in a range of medical specialisms, including mental health services and diabetes care.

The strong nutritional biochemistry focus of this degree prepares graduates well for direct entry into doctoral study. Many of our graduates go on to take a PhD in nutrition, public health or food science.

Average starting salary and career progression

85.3% of undergraduates from the School of Biosciences secured employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £24,418.*

*Data from UoN graduates, 2017-2019. HESA Graduate Outcomes. Sample sizes vary.

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

Association for Nutrition

This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition. Graduates can join the Association of Nutritionists’ Register as an Associate and use the ANutr qualification.

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" Coming to Nottingham has been the most fulfilling, eye opening experience of my life. I've been involved in arranging events with industry experts giving talks through the Nutrition and Dietetics Society on campus. "

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