About the course

This degree is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) and explores in detail the scientific basis of nutrition, health promotion and disease prevention. On graduation you will become a Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) and you can play an influential role in educating the public, promoting healthy eating and developing healthier food. In the first year you’ll study basic nutrition, food science and psychology concepts and develop a fundamental understanding of human physiology, biochemistry and cell biology. You’ll then move on to study more specialised areas such as disease pathophysiology, metabolism and how nutrition can play a key role in health and disease prevention throughout the lifecycle. You will also study modules related to food industry and employability including the role of the nutritionist in foodservice. In your final year you will undertake a two-week work experience and will study public health nutrition, sports nutrition, behaviour change and contemporary topics in nutrition. You will also undertake a final year research project. You’ll also have the exciting opportunity to choose from study abroad or take a year-long work placement in industry. 

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Nutrition 2018 Course fact sheet 2 BSc (Hons) Nutrition
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc (Hons) Nutrition 2018 Programme specification 2 BSc (Hons) Nutrition

Why choose this course?

  • University of Hertfordshire was awarded TEF Gold (2018), the highest possible standard for teaching in the UK.  
  • Active research community.
  • Accredited by the Association for Nutrition. On graduation you become a Registered Associate Nutritionist and can use the ANutr qualification.
  • Major focus on employability. All students undertake a 2-week work experience as part of their degree which contributes to academic credits.
  • Optional 12-month industrial placement or study abroad overseas at one of our world partner universities as part of a 4-year degree.
  • Practical experience in the brand new state-of the art Science, Diet and Sports Performance labs.

Other additional opportunities include:

Professional Accreditations

The BSc(Hons) Nutrition is accredited by the  Association for Nutrition (AfN) (Accreditation Number: 272). Graduates from this course will be eligible to apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) as Associate Nutritionists (ANutr). 

Please note that this course does not enable graduates to register with the Health & Care Professions Council or to work as a dietitian in the UK.

Course details

Careers

The continuing interest in the investigation between nutrition and health indicates an increase in career opportunities for nutrition graduates. There are many opportunities in charities and social enterprises that promote healthy eating. Most of the major food manufacturers and retailers employ nutritionists for either improving the nutritional quality of existing products and/or developing new products with health enhancing properties. There are also opportunities in the foodservice industry (e.g. wholesalers and catering companies). In addition, there are a variety of careers for nutritionists in the community and in governmental and non-governmental public health units.

In these roles you will be able to develop and implement health policies and programmes and promote healthy eating to the public. Opportunities for nutritionists also arise in research, education and journalism. Once you gain at least 3 years of experience after you graduate you can become a registered nutritionist (RNutr) and you may consider setting up your own consultancy business and work as a freelancer. For more information on nutrition careers please visit the Association for Nutrition website.

What job can I get?

There are many opportunities for registered associate nutritionists including working in: public health where you can educate people to make healthier choices; the food industry where you can provide nutritional information and help develop healthier products and clinical nutrition where you can advise on diets to reduce the risk of chronic disease. Opportunities also exist in sports nutrition, animal nutrition, consultancy, research, education or journalism.

Teaching methods

Throughout the course you will be taught by experienced and enthusiastic registered nutritionists and dietitians, expert biosciences researchers and industry professionals and you will benefit from our specialist brand new state-of the art Science, Diet and Sports Performance labs.

Teaching is delivered over 3-5 days with 12-25 contact hours a week which normally include lectures, workshops, seminars and practical lab sessions. In addition, up to twenty additional hours a week of self-directed study is required.

A combination of traditional and innovative teaching approaches are used, including:

  • Large and small group lectures and workshops
  • Workshops, seminars and tutorials
  • Practical classes
  • Problem based learning
  • Work based learning
  • Visits to external nutrition and food organisations
  • Digital tools (CANVAS)
  • Electronic Voting Systems
  • Online Reading lists
  • Digital Assessment

A combination of assessment methods are used, including:

  • essays
  • abstracts
  • lab reports
  • poster and oral presentations
  • vivas (verbal examinations)
  • case studies
  • group projects
  • multiple choice questions
  • objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)
  • dissertations
  • exams

Throughout your studies you will have access to some of the best study facilities in the UK. 

At the beginning of the programme you will also be allocated a personal tutor who will provide support and academic guidance throughout your course. You will also have a placement and a study abroad tutor to support you with placement search and study abroad application, respectively.

Available student prizes

There are exciting opportunities to get a prize based on the best performance. Each year all students registered on the BSc (Hons) Nutrition are eligible for generous cash prizes offered by Vitabiotics. The prizes are supported by a University of Hertfordshire alumnus. Prizes are awarded at the end of the academic year for second and final year students with the best academic performance.

Work Placement

Work experience

This is one of the few courses that requires students to undertake a two-week work experience as part of their studies. This will give you the opportunity to develop transferable skills that will enhance your employability as future associate registered nutritionists. Work experience can take place either in the UK or internationally. Examples of employers and job titles include: that have offered work experience to our students in the past:

  • Action on Sugar - Student Work experience
  • Alatoni – QA technician
  • BeeZee Bodies – Nutritional programme coordinator
  • Coeliac UK - Student Work experience
  • Community Food Enterprise – Student Volunteer
  • Enfield Catering services - Student Work experience
  • First Steps Nutrition – Student Work experience
  • Hatfield Food Bank – Student Volunteer
  • Hertfordshire Catering Limited – Nutrition Intern
  • Hertfordshire Independent Living Services - Community Malnutrition Screening Volunteer/Nutrition & Wellbeing Team Placement Student
  • Lidl – Quality Assurance administrator (internship)
  • LiveWell Luton – Weight management programme assistant
  • MoreLife - Physical/lifestyle Leader
  • Mytime Active – Nutritional programme assistant
  • Norse Nutrition – Catering compliance support
  • Premier Nutrition - Work placement assistant nutritionist
  • Steamplicity - QA technician
  • Sufra Food Banks and Kitchen
  • Thrive Tribe - Healthy Weight Assistant Intern
  • University of Hertfordshire: Food Hertfordshire – Foodservice assistant

Examples of international work experience include:

  • Dasman Diabetes Institute - Student Work experience
  • Peking Union Medical College Hospital - Student Work experience
  • Projects Abroad - Nutrition Intern

Sandwich placement year

Our course also offers an optional 12-month placement in industry. As this is a competitive process across all UK higher education institutions the University offers continuous support to student looking for placements via a dedicated placement tutor and the UH Careers and Employment service.

Examples of employers that have offered a sandwich placement to our students in the past include:

  • BeeZee Bodies
  • Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK)
  • MRC: Human Nutrition Research (now known as Elsie Widdowson Laboratory)

Study Abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme. Find out more about Study abroad opportunities.

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Foundations in human nutrition 30 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Biochemistry and Metabolism 15 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Practice for Nutrition 15 Credits Compulsory
    Human Physiology (Nutrition and Dietetics) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Cell Biology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Food Science, Safety and Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Psychology and Sociology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Chemistry for Biologists 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Food Quality Assurance 15 Credits Compulsory
    Research Methods for Nutrition 15 Credits Compulsory
    Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Biochemistry and Metabolism 2 15 Credits Compulsory
    Food Service Management for Nutritionists 15 Credits Compulsory
    Clinical Nutrition 15 Credits Compulsory
    Nutrition Health and Disease 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Work Experience in Nutrition 15 Credits Compulsory
    Nutrition Research 30 Credits Compulsory
    Contemporary Topics in Nutrition 15 Credits Compulsory
    Sport and Performance Nutrition 15 Credits Compulsory
    Applied Public Health Nutrition 1 15 Credits Compulsory
    Applied Public Health Nutrition 2 15 Credits Compulsory
    Behaviour Change 15 Credits Compulsory
    Nutrition Year Study Abroad 0 Credits Optional
    Nutrition Placement Year 0 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Whilst studying this course there are a few items of equipment that you are required to purchase*

    • Weighing scales: £30
    • Lab coat and hat: £20
    • Core Text: £various

    You will also have some additional costs relating to field trips during your course of study.

    *All prices are approximate. On confirming your place you will be provided with purchasing information.

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    UCAS pointsA LevelBTEC
    104BCC: 3 A Levels to include Grade B in Biology and Grade C in one other science (acceptable Science A levels are Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Human Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Geography, Physical Education).DMM: BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (optional units should include Biology and Chemistry related subjects) with DMM profile. We will also consider applicants with a BTEC Diploma in Applied Science (optional units should include Biology and chemistry related subjects) with MM profile, plus an A level science (Biology or Chemistry) at grade B. BTEC in Sport or Health and Social Care are not accepted.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2019

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    23/09/201927/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/201927/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    01/08/202023/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/202027/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202027/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    01/08/202123/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/202127/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202127/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students