Nutrition BSc


Fact file - 2019 entry

BSc Hons Nutrition
UCAS code
3 years full-time (also available part-time)
A level offer
Required subjects
at least two science-based subjects at A level (biology or chemistry preferred; other science subject can be applied science, food technology, geography, home economics, IT, maths, physical education, physics or psychology), and an additional A level or equivalent. We may also consider ABC depending on predicted grades in specific subjects.
IB score
32-30 including 5 in two science subjects at Higher Level.  
Course location
Sutton Bonington Campus 
Course places


At Nottingham we offer the unique opportunity to study nutrition alongside other related elements of food science, biochemistry and physiology.
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Nutrition is a subject of controversy within society and well-trained nutritionists are needed to inform, explain and develop the subject from a scientific perspective.

  • Our course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition. After graduation you will be eligible to join the Association of Nutritionists' Register as an Associate and use the ANutr qualification.
  • Learn how chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes are all influenced by the diet we consume.
  • Build a sound scientific base to enable you to approach and understand nutritional information and advice.
  • Gain the unique opportunity to study nutrition alongside animal and plant production, food science and food safety to develop a useful insight into the related fields of agriculture and the food industry to complement your knowledge of nutrition. 

What we eat, and how much we eat, has a profound effect on our health. While much of the world is still concerned with consuming sufficient energy and essential nutrients to survive, many 'industrialised' countries are suffering ill health due to over-consumption of inappropriate foods. 
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Professional recognition



This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition. After graduation you will be eligible to join the Association of Nutritionists' Register as an Associate and use the ANutr qualification.


Yearly overviews

Year one

In the first year you will be introduced to the basic principles of nutrition and metabolism, you’ll learn about food and the nutrients it contains, how the body uses them and how they are related to health and disease.

Year two

During the second year you will be familiarised to evidence-based nutrition, utilising current research towards understanding global nutritional problems and how to identify “fake”nutritional news.

Visits to nutritional fairs will enhance your professional and personal skills whilst learning further about diet, food, health and lifestyle.

Year three

In the final year you will work on real-life research projects, working closely with professional researchers on problems with real significance. Projects range from those in the laboratory to studies involving human participants.

Advanced modules will also be taken in human nutrition, with an emphasis on nutrition across the lifespan, public health nutrition and nutrient-gene interactions.

Examples of recent research projects include:

  • differences in knowledge and behaviour in the obese and non-obese
  • effect of processing on nutrients in tomato juice
  • dietary intake of saturated fatty acids and tissue fatty acid composition

Study abroad and industry placements

You have the opportunity of taking a year in industry between years two and three of your degree, extending your degree to a four year programme. 

This optional year in industry, as a paid employee, gives you experience in a real-world environment to develop your skills further, which will significantly improve your employment prospects.

In addition, there are a variety of study abroad opportunities from a semester to a whole year. You can;

  • study for one semester or a full academic year studying abroad at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. All teaching at our Malaysia Campus is in English and the modules and exams are similar to those in Nottingham.
  • study abroad for an additional year at one of highly ranked Erasmus+ universities in France, Austria or Spain. 
  • study abroad at one of our world-leading partner universities in a variety of overseas locations including Australia, Canada and the USA.
  • take part in a summer school: we have a range of options in subjects such as business, entrepreneurship and languages available.

    You can decide to apply for a year in industry or apply to study abroad when you start your degree. 

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Additional year in Computer Science

Boost your degree even further with an additional year studying computer science. By combining this degree with a fourth extra year (year three) spent in the University's School of Computer Science you will benefit from training in software development and computing skills relevant to your final year research project and to your future career.

You can decide to transfer into this programme from your BSc course when you start your degree (subject to progression criteria).




Entry requirements

A levels: ABB-BBB, including at least two science-based subjects at A level (biology or chemistry preferred; other science subject can be applied science, food technology, geography, home economics, IT, maths, physical education, physics or psychology), and an additional A level or equivalent. Citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies and leisure studies not accepted. We may also consider ABC depending on predicted grades in specific subjects.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page.


If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

Alternative qualifications 

For details please see alternative qualifications page

Foundation year - a foundation year is available for this course.

Science Foundation Certificate

International students only

International students (non-EU) who do not have the required qualifications or grades to go directly onto an undergraduate degree course, may be interested in the Science Foundation Certificate delivered through The University of Nottingham International College. You are guaranteed a place on selected undergraduate courses if all progression requirements are met. 

Science with Foundation Year

Home, EU and international students

If you have achieved high grades in your A levels (or equivalent qualifications) but do not meet the current subject entry requirements for direct entry to your chosen undergraduate course, you may be interested in our one year science foundation programme. Applicants must also demonstrate good grades in previous relevant science subjects to apply. You are guaranteed a place on selected undergraduate courses if all progression requirements are met.  

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, the University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.

Notes for applicants

Our modular courses are flexible and offer the opportunity to combine your main studies with modules in other subject areas (please note that all modules are subject to change).



The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication 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. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.

Typical year one modules


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 1
The basic functional units of life are cells. In this module you’ll learn about the growth and development of cells, focusing on mitosis, meiosis, cell division and differentiation. You’ll get to explore the ultrastructure – the structure of a cell too small to be seen with an ordinary microscope – of animal, plant and bacterial cells and even viruses. Once you have this foundation understanding, the second part of the module covers fundamental genetic principles and you’ll be able to answer the questions: What are the Mendelian laws of inheritance? How are genes expressed? You’ll have lectures from current researchers in the field and the opportunity to apply your learning in the laboratory and in workshops. 
Introduction to Nutrition 
Nutrients are vital to humans and animals, but how do they work? In this module you’ll be given a comprehensive introduction to the key concepts in the field of nutrition, including macronutrients, energy metabolism, vitamins and minerals. Depending on your interest, you’ll be able to focus on human or animal nutrition. This means you can choose to look at the role of nutrition in human disease (including coronary heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes), or learn about animal nutrition and what it means for food production. You’ll learn about nutrition through a mix of lectures, practical sessions and e-learning. 
Introductory Physiology
This module introduces and explains the major physiological systems which are essential for life: the central nervous system, the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system, the renal system and the digestive system. You’ll understand the structures and functions of the major organs and the functions of individual cell types. The module will cover animal functions including their reactions to the internal and external environments, reproduction and development. You’ll have weekly lectures and one practical class. 
Biosciences Tutorials and Foundation Science

The tutorials component of this module is intended to enhance your transition into university and guide you through the academic expectations of your degrees. This part of 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 your academic tutor to develop generic skills such as finding crucial information, oral presentation, data handling and presentation of results, preparation for examinations, and essay writing skills relevant to biosciences.

The Foundation Science content has three elements: chemistry, maths and statistics and physics. The chemistry element will include: elements and periodic table; atomic structure and bonding; intermolecular attractions, chemical equilibrium; acids and bases, oxidation and reduction; rates of reaction; basic organic chemistry, isomerism, and rings. The Maths and Stats element will include: calculations, algebra, functions and relationships, powers, logarithms, descriptive statistics, significance, regression and presenting data. The Physics element will include: units and dimensions; power, energy and heat; light and the electromagnetic spectrum; attenuation/absorption; and radioactivity.

There is also an IT element, which interfaces with generic IT training for undergraduates provided within the University.



Food Materials and Ingredients
Food materials can be raw, or in the form of manufactured food products. During processing, the material properties of the food are altered; this directly affects the quality of the food product in terms of, for example, its colour, flavour and texture. This module introduces you to properties of these materials (raw and processed), with a particular focus on the chemical and physical nature of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. You’ll have a weekly four hour lecture supported by three hours of practicals each week to study for this module.
Introduction to Health Behaviours
This module develops your application of nutritional science in relation to the general population. 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 before examining 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). 

Typical year two modules


Nutrition, Metabolism and Disease
This module, in lectures and practical sessions, provides a basic understanding of the role of nutrition in a variety of physiological and pathological situations. It aims to emphasise the interaction between the disciplines of biochemistry and nutrition. For example, you will cover the major factors associated with the metabolism of macronutrients during normal (healthy) metabolism and the changes in macronutrient metabolism associated with common chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Principles of Immunology
What are the main events of the immune response when the body is infected by intra and extracellular parasites, essential components of many diseases? In this module you’ll be introduced to the fundamental concepts behind cellular and molecular immunology. You’ll learn about the main characteristics and features of the innate and adaptive immune system, their functions and how they relate to each other. You’ll explore current immune-techniques, modern concepts of immune-deficiency and hypersensitivities, and contemporary topics in animal and human diseases. 
Nutritional Regulation, Physiology and Endocrinology 
This module, in lectures and practical sessions, provides a basic understanding of the role of nutrition in a variety of physiological and pathological situations. It aims to emphasise the interaction between the disciplines of biochemistry and nutrition. For example, you will cover the major factors associated with the metabolism of macronutrients during normal (healthy) metabolism and the changes in macronutrient metabolism associated with common chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Global Issues in Nutrition
Throughout this module your problem solving skills will be developed whilst increasing your knowledge on key topics in nutrition such as global food security and tackling the obesity epidemic. Lectures from different academic staff will introduce the case study topic to be investigated. Working in groups, you will gather relevant information from various research sources, synthesise data and present in appropriate formats. As well as developing skills and knowledge essential for working in the professional sector, students will be expected to use knowledge being delivered in other modules to apply to the set case studies. 
Professional Skills for Bioscientists

In this module you will develop and consolidate your professional competencies and abilities as a bioscientist. You’ll improve your core professional skills in the scientific method, experimentation, data analysis and measurement techniques that enable you carry out scientifically-sound research in animal, crop or management science. You’ll also cover discipline-specific topics. There will be a mix of lectures, workshops and group activity sessions for you to work on your skills.

Practical Techniques in Human Nutrition
This module provides a fundamental understanding and practical training in a number of the core practical methods utilised in nutritional science. In lectures and practicals it covers the theory and practical skills associated with human nutrition, including collecting and analysing exercise physiology data.


Reproductive Physiology
Understanding reproduction is important for many different aspects of mammalian health. In this module, you’ll become familiar with the physiology and regulation of male and female mammalian reproduction, the control of avian reproduction and lactational physiology. You’ll look at reproduction in male and female mammals, including physiological control, cyclicity and reproductive efficiency. You’ll also consider the principal features of avian physiology and reproduction in domestic fowl, with an emphasis on the nutritional and metabolic challenges associated with commercial rates of egg lay. Lactational physiology will also be discussed, and you’ll learn about the development of mammary tissue, the biochemistry of milk synthesis, the endocrine control of milk secretion, and the metabolic correlates of lactation in dairy ruminants. You’ll have a mix of lectures and practical laboratory sessions for experimental work and dissection.
Food Safety and Legislation 
Through weekly lectures and workshops, the aim of this module is to introduce you to the legislation relating to food and enable you to recognise the responsibilities (and liabilities) of those engaged in the production, manufacture and supply of food and related products. This includes the composition, labelling and advertising of food and food products sold for human consumption within the UK and the EU as well as the legislation that impacts on health attributes and claims for consumer products. 
Agricultural and Food Marketing 
Marketing is a lot bigger than just advertising. In this module, you’ll learn about the importance of a marketing-orientated approach to successful rural and food businesses. A hands-on module, you’ll use an agricultural or food company of your choice as a case study and, in small teams, analyse its market and create your own marketing plan. Guest lectures will be invited so you can learn more about how marketing theory is applied in practice and there will be a field visit to a local farm to see their marketing strategy in action.
Endocrine Control Systems 
This module introduces students to the physiology and biochemistry of the mammalian endocrine system and to the endocrine control of homeostasis and metabolism. You will cover a more comprehensive and detailed appreciation of theoretical and applied aspects of endocrinology with lectures and groupwork. For example you will learn about the structure and biochemistry of hormonally active molecules as a tool for understanding endocrine physiology; how the endocrine system regulates calcium and glucose concentrations in the blood; how the central nervous system interacts with the main endocrine axes, and how these axes regulate major physiological and metabolic systems. 

Typical year three modules


Research Project

For your research project you will study a particular aspect of nutrition in depth, working closely with professional researchers on problems of real significance in nutritional sciences, making use of the considerable expertise and facilities available.  

The project encourages critical thinking and involves both independent and team work, a literature survey, and data handling, analysis and interpretation. 

Recent research projects include:

  • differences in knowledge and behaviour in the obese and nonobese
  • effect of processing on nutrients in tomato juice
  • dietary intake of saturated fatty acids and tissue fatty acid composition 

Read BURN the Biosciences Undergraduate Research at Nottingham web pages to find out more about undergraduate research projects. BURN is a freely accessible e-journal which showcases final-year research projects undertaken by biosciences students.

Molecular Nutrition
This module will examine the concept of metabolic control at the gene, cell and tissue level with particular reference to the role of nutrients in regulating this process. Selected processes by which nutrients and hormones act via receptors and their signal transduction pathways to regulate tissue growth and metabolism will be described along with the mechanisms by which nutrients can act directly on the processes controlling gene expression. You’ll have a four hour lecture and four hour practical each week to study for this module.
Nutrition and the Health of Populations
This module will introduce you to the basic methodology used to explore relationships between diet, health and disease in human populations. An appreciation of these techniques will be used as the basis for in-depth exploration of current major public health priorities. The module will take a lifecourse approach to explain and develop the concepts of human health and disease as affected by diet, dietary components and interacting factors. You’ll have a weekly four hour lecture to study for this module.


Biotechnology in Animal Physiology
Through a weekly two hour lecture you will be given an understanding of the structure of the biotechnology industry, of the techniques involved, and of the opportunities offered by biotechnology. You’ll learn about genetic and epigenetic basis of gene regulation, and how this knowledge is used to develop treatments for disease.
Applied Bioethics 1: Animals, Biotechnology and Society
Animal-human interactions raise some prominent ethical issues. In this module, you’ll examine the ethical dimensions concerning animal agriculture, modern biotechnologies and research in the biosciences, in relation to both humans and non-human species. You’ll learn about the ethical frameworks used to analyse specific dilemmas raised by the human use of animals. Using specific animal and biotechnology case studies, you’ll interpret the main ethical theories and principles and apply them to the case studies to inform professional decision-making. You’ll have a mix of lectures and seminars to explore these concepts.
Coordinated Physiological Functions
How does the brain control behaviour? In this module you’ll examine the physiological basis of integrated behaviours. You’ll cover hypothalamic control of the endocrine system, body temperature, emotion, appetite and their associated behaviours. You’ll have lectures and laboratory sessions, including a significant practical component looking at the integrative aspects of exercise physiology.
Changing Behaviour, Promoting Health
Unhealthy ‘lifestyle’ behaviours such as poor nutrition, physical inactivity and smoking are major contributors to the burden of disease. This course is designed to explore the process of changing these behaviours to improve health, using examples from behavioural science, health education, and health promotion. You’ll be introduced to fundamental concepts from sociology and their contribution to the understanding of health behaviour. You’ll look at health education strategies used in the UK, and make some comparisons with programmes from other countries. This is a highly interactive module. You’ll be expected to contribute to in-class discussions and work in groups on an assignment as well as taking lectures and self-directed online learning. 
The Microflora of Foods
You’ll be given an understanding of: the micro-organisms which are important in foods; the factors which control the development of the microflora of food products and the methods which can be used to isolate and identify bacteria from food products. You’ll spend one day per week in lectures studying for this module. 
Reproduction and Fertility
Drawing on your knowledge from earlier modules, the Reproduction and Fertility module is advanced study into fertility regulation and manipulation in mammals. You’ll learn about the artificial control of reproductive cycles in the female and mechanisms involved in pregnancy recognition and maintenance. You’ll explore recent developments in reproductive technology and embryology as it applies to farm species, humans and endangered species. You’ll have lectures and laboratory practical sessions to apply your learning. 
Systems Neurophysiology
How does the central nervous system sense the environment and react to it? In this module, you’ll learn about central nervous control of sensory and motor pathways and how these systems interact. In particular, you’ll examine the anatomy, physiology and pharmacology of sensory and motor systems and their integration in posture, coordinated movement and protective reflex responses. A strong emphasis will be on the physiology and pharmacology of acute and chronic pain and you’ll study the use of analgesics to treat these conditions. You’ll also gain understanding of the methodology behind a number of neuroscientific techniques and their application in novel research. You’ll have a mix of lectures, computer-based learning and practical laboratory sessions to reinforce and apply your knowledge.
Epigenetics and Development
This module introduces current concepts of molecular mechanisms in animal development. A goal is to convey how developmental programs are remarkably conserved among species, including humans. You’ll spend two hours per week in lectures and have a four hour practical to aide your learning during this module.
Applied Bioethics 2: Sustainable Food Production, Biotechnology and the Environment
Building on Applied Bioethics 1, you’ll investigate widely accepted ethical principles and apply your insights to contemporary ethical issues in agricultural, food and environmental sciences. You’ll explore the ethical dimensions of prominent issues raised by the agricultural practices (including the use of biotechnology and GM crops) designed to meet the nutritional needs of the global population. You’ll also learn about how ethical theory can inform professional choices and public policies related to food production and environmental management. You’ll have a mix of lectures, tutorials and team-based exercises to develop a sound understanding of ethical principles. 

Industry placement year

The optional year in industry takes place between years two and three of your degree, extending your degree to a four year programme. Students apply for a placement during year two of the degree programme.

A year in industry can help you:

  • Gain the opportunity to put your learning into practice, giving you a better understanding of your studies and the chance to solidify your knowledge in an industry setting. 
  • Stand out from the crowd as a graduate: many students secure a graduate job as a direct result of their placement year.
  • Learn about what you enjoy doing, and your strengths and weaknesses, putting you in a strong position when considering your future career.

Our reputation ensures that we maintain good contacts with food companies ranging from multinational food manufacturers like PepsiCo and Mondelez to leading food retailers such as Sainsbury’s, M&S and Tesco. 

The dedicated School Placement Team work with you in partnership to help you search for, apply for and secure a placement, as well as supporting you prior to, during and after the placement.

Student placement stories



A degree in nutrition can lead to many career choices. Our graduates have gone on to practise nutrition within the food industry, specialist nutritional supplement companies, public health nutrition, Health Service, education and journalism. The science base of this degree is a good springboard for higher degrees in public health. 

Many of our graduates are interested in careers in the Health Service. Graduates in nutrition may work as dietetic assistants and are qualified to work with patients if supervised by a dietitian.

In order to become a dietitian a BSc Nutrition (B400) graduate should consider further study via a postgraduate diploma in dietetics (this option is not currently available at Nottingham). However if becoming a dietitian is your main interest you can consider our four-year undergraduate Master's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics which allows you to apply for Health and Care Professions Council registration as a Dietitian.

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 2013-2017, High Fliers Research).


Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 93.1% of first-degree graduates in the School of Biosciences, who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,597, with the highest being £30,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for work, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK. 

Careers support and advice

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.  


Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 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/EU students

Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 38 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.


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