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.
Other additional opportunities include:
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.
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.
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.
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:
A combination of assessment methods are used, including:
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.
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.
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:
Examples of international work experience include:
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:
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
Whilst studying this course there are a few items of equipment that you are required to purchase*
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.
*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.
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
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|104||BCC: 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.|
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