Nutrition and Dietetics
With an increasing demand from both the government and the public for nutritional and dietetic education, the role of registered nutritionists and dietitians is becoming increasingly important.
The BSc(Hons) Nutrition is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN). Graduates from this course will be eligible to apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) as Associate Nutritionists. As a registered nutritionist, you will have career opportunities within public health, clinical nutrition, food industry, retailing industries, academia, research, teaching, sports and exercise nutrition, journalism and international public health nutrition.
The BSc (Hons) Dietetics course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Dietetic Association (BDA). As a registered dietitian there are opportunities in the NHS (both hospital and community settings). In addition, dietitians may work in charities, public health, food industry, education and research or on a freelance basis.
We also have a range of short courses for professionals who are interested in refreshing their knowledge and skills or just want to stay on top of new developments in dietetics and nutrition.
Our Nutrition and Dietetics Laboratories allow students to prepare and analyse food and nutritional values for a variety of diets and metabolisms.
This is a fully equipped domestic scale teaching kitchen with several work stations that can accommodate up to 21 students. The lab is used for basic cooking skills, modifying recipes to meet special dietary requirements and to learn about the different cultural influences on food. Students also use the lab for developing their own teaching skills and some undertake their final year research projects for example exploring thickness needed for patients with swallowing difficulties.
We have a range of different resources in the lab including:
- A diverse range of food models used in teaching
- Equipment used to to guide portion size eg plates, bowls
- Examples of specific dietary products eg gluten free and allergy related alternative foods
- Library of product information
- Teaching resources used for specific population groups eg pregnant women, children and older people living in care homes.
Nutrition and Dietetic students will have the opportunity to use the world-class laboratories of the brand new science building which opened in the Spring of 2016. The new building provides spacious, naturally lit laboratories and social areas which create an environment that fosters multi-disciplinary learning and research.
Nutrition and Dietetic research is a growing area within the School with a strong emphasis on studies relating to clinical and public health practice.
If you would like to find out more about the role of Registered Nutritionists please visit the Association for Nutrition website.
For more information on dietetics and the work of Registered Dietitians in the UK, please visit the British Dietetic Association's website.