Course Overview

Attendance
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Public and media interest in what we eat has never been greater. Emerging as one of the most popular sciences, human nutrition integrates knowledge from diverse areas of science to present a unified view of this dynamic discipline and its applications. You will examine how nutrients and eating patterns impact on health and well-being, and the role of diet in both health and disease.

We have well-equipped laboratories in all bioscience disciplines, including a suite of biochemical test facilities for nutritional analysis, whole-body metabolism and determination of body composition. A lively research culture is reflected in current studies into metabolic features underlying obesity and diabetes mellitus type 2, nutritional intervention in over- and under-nourished populations, chronic disease nutritional epidemiology, and exercise and nutritional interventions for metabolic health.

In Years 2 and 3, students on the degree can choose to follow a theme focusing on Human Nutrition or can select the theme of ‘Human Nutrition with Exercise Science’, which focuses on the role that exercise and nutrition play in all aspects of human health and disease.

The course presents you with an understanding of the molecular and physiological basis of the relationship between nutrition and human health and performance. You will study modules which cover the relevant aspects of human nutrition, physiology, public health, biochemistry and psychology.

The learning and teaching of the course relies on a mixture of face-to-face teaching and tutorial sessions, laboratory-based practicals, research seminars, and independent study, with classroom-based activities supported by online study material.

Assessment methods include open and closed exams, essays, laboratory reports, literature reviews, oral presentations, in-class tests, dissertations and portfolios. 

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

The Foundation year is available for applicants who do not meet the entry requirements for the courses offered in nutrition. It is a well-established route of access into higher education for mature students (those aged over 21) without formal qualifications, and is also suitable if you have completed A Levels in non-science subjects.

  • Biology and Human Biology
  • Bioscience in Action
  • Chemistry
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development
  • Introduction to Academic Practice

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Exercise, Nutrition and Health
  • Human Physiology
  • Principles of Nutrition
  • Science: History, Philosophy and Practice

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied Nutrition
  • Diet in Health and Disease
  • Health and Exercise Practices
  • Metabolic Biochemistry
  • Physiology of Sport and Exercise
  • Research Methods
  • Research Techniques in Nutrition and Exercise

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied and Clinical Nutrition
  • Global Challenges in Food and Health
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Research Project
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Work Experience and Career Management Skills

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) and graduates from this course are eligible to join the Register as an Associate Nutritionist. The AfN recognises the high standards of training offered on our accredited courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) designation is designed to help you make a rapid transition to full registration, normally after a period of three years, and develop a career in nutritional science.

Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – DDE to CDD 
  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP to MMP 
  • BTEC Diploma – MM to DM 
  • Access – 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

Mature entrants without formal qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points   

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements. Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course.

Careers

The course will equip you with the skills needed for a career as a nutrition adviser or consultant in regulatory and organisational bodies, and in teaching and research, or to go on to postgraduate study.

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: Our fees for 2020/21 will be published in April 2019 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: Our fees for 2020/21 will be published in April 2019 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

What our students say

Alumna Sophie Eckbo

Sophie Eckbo

Human Nutrition BSc Honours, Alumna 2016

It was the combination of modules that made me choose Westminster above other universities. It was the right choice because it exceeded all my expectations. The engaging lectures and lecturers, lab classes, practical assignments and even exams – I truly loved all aspects of it and my teachers motivated me to reach my potential.

Alumna Natalie Ofuso-Orchard

Natalie Ofuso-Orchard

Human Nutrition BSc Honours, Alumna 2016

The practical lab sessions and tutorials really helped clarify what I had learnt in lectures. The course was well organised and had an interesting mix of core and optional modules. On finishing this degree, I felt prepared for the world of work and received a job offer the same month that I graduated.

Alumna  Emma-Lousie Emery

Emma-Louise Emery

Human Nutrition BSc Honours, Alumna 2016

I started this course thinking that when I graduate I’ll work as a nutrition consultant, but all these other doors have opened up, I have so many different options now. We’ve got some great lecturers who can give you great guidance, share their experience and have great contacts.

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Find out about Nutrition at Westminster

Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to our science and technology disciplines. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subjects from Biosciences, Computer Engineering, Nutrition and Psychology and benefits from advanced state of the art science and psychology labs. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

Contact us

Contact the Course Enquiries Team:

+44 (0)20 7915 5511

[email protected]

Opening hours (GMT): 9am–4.30pm Monday to Friday

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