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 3rd in the UK

for agriculture, forestry and food

Guardian University Guide 2022

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 ABB including two science-based subjects
IB score 32-30 including 5 in two science subjects at Higher Level

A levels

ABB to include two science subjects (biology, chemistry or physics preferred).

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

We offer designated support to guide through the entire process of studying abroad:

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

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.


In the first year, you'll learn the basic principles of nutritional science. This covers the composition of food, the nutrients they contain and how the body uses them. Understanding how the diet influences health and disease. You will develop skills in scientific writing, statistical analysis and literature searching. You'll learn basic laboratory techniques used to investigate nutritional phenomena.

Core modules

Introduction to 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
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
Genes and Cells

Cells are the basic functional units of life, but how do they grow and develop? In this module, you’ll follow the lifecycle of cells. You'll focus on mitosis, meiosis, cell division and differentiation. We’ll put cells not just under the microscope, but use advanced laboratory technologies to explore the ultrastructure of cells. These are the parts of cells too small to be seen through ordinary laboratory equipment. You’ll then put this science to the test, to apply cellular biology to applied genetics.

You’ll study:

  • structures and ultrastructures of animal and plant cells
  • microscopic features of bacteria and viruses
  • gene replication, expression and inheritance
  • laboratory methods used to discover how cells work
The Biosciences and Global Food Security

In a world with an ever-growing population, living through a climate crisis, how do we feed everyone? In this module, you’ll ask the most important questions about the global food system. We'll teach you how to answer them using the latest, most advanced food production and generation technologies. Your role as a nutritionist will be broadened to a global scale. You'll understand the challenges involved in providing good nutrition to a growing and diverse population.

You’ll study:

  • crop production and the evolution of agricultural practices
  • sustainable nutrition in an unsustainable world
  • food supply, food production and food sustainability
  • revolutionary food technologies used to feed the global population
Biochemistry – The Building Blocks of Life

Have you ever wondered how some crops can resist diseases? In this module, you’ll apply science to understand the biochemical processes in living organisms. You’ll explore how the biochemistry of the body creates health and longevity in humans and animals. We combine the principles of biological science with the chemistry of macromolecules. As future nutritionists, you'll understand how to apply this to good nutrition. Nutrients help to sustain, develop and strengthen the biochemical processes on which life is dependent.

You’ll study:

  • key biological macromolecules such as nucleic acids
  • metabolic pathways occurring in cells
  • photosynthesis and biosynthetic pathways
  • biochemical laboratory methods for macromolecule analysis
Biosciences Tutorials and Foundation Science

Rigorous investigation is essential in nutrition. But how do we communicate research and prove the science? In this module, you’ll work one-on-one with a tutor to develop new skills in scientific writing. This will prepare you not only for your degree, but to work scientifically throughout your career. Through a series of tutorials, you’ll learn to write as a scientist.  Foundation science seminars will cover the chemistry and physics needed to study nutrition. You'll confirm your understanding of basic concepts which will set you up for the rest of your degree.

You’ll study how to:

  • search for and scrutinise scientific information
  • write scientific papers for professional purposes
  • apply mathematical and statistical concepts in the biosciences

Optional modules

Diet, Nutrition and Lifestyle

Food is only nutritious when it is actually eaten. So how do nutritionists advise and promote healthy food choice and diets? In this module, you’ll investigate how nutritional science is presented to diverse audiences. You'll learn how nutritionists support individuals and populations to achieve optimal nutritional health. Applying and implementing the science of the diet to do this.

This optional module is ideal if you are interested in public health or clinical nutrition, or sports and exercise nutrition.

You’ll study:

  • dietary guidance and recommendations
  • psychological, sociological and anthropological origins of the diet
  • health promotion and health education
  • nutritional epidemiology and the origins of disease
Food Materials and Ingredients

During processing, the properties of food are altered, but how does this affect the quality of food? In this module, you’ll study the colour, flavour, texture and nutritional value of food. You'll investigate how these properties change when food is processed. You'll focus on the chemical and physical nature of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. This will help you to understand the challenges of producing good quality food.

This optional module is advised if you are interested in food or animal nutrition.

You’ll study:

  • chemical and physical properties of different foods
  • techniques used to measure the composition of food materials
  • changes which occur in foods during processing
  • the functional properties of ingredients
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 Tuesday 29 June 2021.

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

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


Nutrition and Physiology Interactions

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

People face food and nutrition issues all over the world. But how do these nutritional challenges differ? In this module, you'll examine nutrition from a global perspective. You'll use the latest epidemiological evidence to understand these challenges. You'll determine why nations and regions face difficulties achieving population health. You'll learn the techniques nutritionists use to address these. Working in groups, you'll solve a complex global nutrition issue using the latest advances in nutrition science.

You’ll study:

  • how to use epidemiological data to identify nutrition issues
  • developing consumer demands, including the Nutrition Transition
  • how to apply nutrition science to global health challenges
  • how to write a briefing to advise nation states on health and agriculture policy
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. 

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
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
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
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
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
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

To be confirmed in 2021*
Keep checking back for more information
*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 starting your course in the 2022/23 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.

This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.

For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

Additional costs

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

89.5% of undergraduates from the School of Biosciences secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £23,831.*

* HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

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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