You will develop an understanding of the roles and skills required of a registered dietitian and study relevant science subjects including nutrition and biochemistry. To build on this knowledge there is a short clinical practice placement, this is normally three weeks full-time, over the summer.
Introduction to Dietetics
This 10 credit module will develop your knowledge of the nutrient composition of food.
- the principles of healthy lifestyle guidance
- develop the skills to apply this knowledge to different population groups
- essential skills for dietetic practice
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.
- 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
The Biosciences and Global Food Security
How can you use science to help improve global food security? This module introduces you to the issues of global food security and the complexity existing in different parts of our food generation system. Looking across the food supply chain, you’ll cover the evolution of crops, crop and animal production, and the food industry. Importantly, you’ll also look at sustainable nutrition because food security isn’t just about supply – it’s important that people are getting the right kind of food. You’ll learn about these issues through a mix of lectures and practical laboratory sessions. You’ll also develop professional skills to work safely in laboratory situations.
Biochemistry -The Building Blocks of Life
Have you ever wondered how some crops can resist diseases? This module provides you with the fundamentals for understanding biochemical processes in living organisms. You’ll be introduced to the basic structure, properties and functions of the four key biological macromolecules: nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids. You’ll also look at the metabolic pathways occurring in cells, such as respiration, photosynthesis and the biosynthetic pathways for the key macromolecules. In addition to lectures, you’ll have practical laboratory sessions to learn how to use key biochemical techniques for the separation and analysis of macromolecules and measurement of the metabolic process.
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.
- 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
This 20 credit module introduces the major physiological systems which are essential for life in animals and humans: the nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, reproductive, renal, and digestive systems. You’ll learn about the structures and functions of the major organs and the functions of individual cell types.
Topics covered will refer to genes, proteins and membranes, transport of molecules across membranes, nerve signalling and biorhythms. You’ll have weekly lectures and various practical classes.
Diet, Nutrition and Lifestyle
You’ll investigate food composition, nutritional requirements and recommended dietary intakes before looking at methods of measuring food intake. Basic psychology and sociology concepts will be introduced to help investigate social, economic and cultural factors that influence food choices. You'll then examine concepts of health and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Theories of health education and promotion and how these relate to influencing health behaviour will be covered. You’ll have weekly lectures (4 hours each) and workshops (4 hours each).
Dietetics Tutorial (Academic Development)
This module is designed to help you make the transition into university and guide you through the academic expectations of your Dietetics degree. The module is spread throughout the year and includes three generic sessions on ‘study skills and plagiarism’, ‘study opportunities’ and ‘career and personal development’, and a series of small group tutorials with an academic tutor to develop generic skills such as finding crucial information (library skills), oral presentation, data handling and presentation of results, preparation for examinations, and essay writing skills.
Nutrition and Dietetics Practice Placement
This is a 2-week clinical placement taken in the summer vacation at the end of Year one.