BSc/BSc (Hons) Nutrition

What is nutrition?

Nutrition is the science that interprets the relationship between food and its nutritional composition to the functioning of the living organism. It includes study of the intake, digestion, absorption of food, production of energy, elimination of wastes, and all the syntheses that are essential for growth, maintenance and reproduction across the life cycle.

About the Course

This is a multidisciplinary course focused on human nutrition with an emphasis on health and prevention of diet-related disease. It is suitable if you are interested in following a career in public health, the food industry, health promotion and nutrition, education or research.

In Years One and Two, you will gain a grounding in the core areas of the biological sciences. You will be introduced to fundamental principles and concepts in nutrition and associated disciplines and start to integrate your acquired knowledge from the different disciplines.

You will study a range of modules that will allow you to start to develop core study skills, in addition to laboratory and investigative (information technology and research) skills.

In Year Three, you will consider the factors that influence the maintenance and disturbance of health with a focus on nutrition at the individual, community and population level across all stages of the life-span. You will continue to develop a range of skills, including evaluating scientific and lay literature, communication and also specialist skills needed by the nutritionist to practice within the profession.

In Year Four, the majority of your time will be spent on your honours project which will involve you carrying out an individual research project, allowing you to integrate and develop your skills and knowledge further in a particular area. Modules focus on the current issues facing public health within the UK, namely obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancer, and consider nutrition policy, health promotion and education. Elective modules allow you to align your studies to your career goals.

Learning and teaching is very much student-centred and focuses on developing knowledge and understanding in the subject area, as well as the development of intellectual, practical, transferable and professional skills. We use a combination of lectures, laboratories, workshops, student-led tutorials, problem-based case studies and directed independent activities.

Course Structure

You can opt to study for an honours degree over four years or an ordinary degree over three years. You will complete a range of modules, as outlined.

Entry Requirements

Scottish Higher: BBB

A Level: BB

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H3

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

Required Subjects: Chem or Biol and preferably one other science (may include Maths or Home Economics) at Higher/ A Level or equivalent AND Chem, Biol, Maths and Eng at S/Int2/N5/GCSE level.

Mature/Access: SWAP Access to Science or Biological Sciences. We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications in biology and chemistry and /or experience.

Direct Entry:

Year 2

  • HNC Biological Sciences/ HNC Applied Science with B in the graded unit

Year 3

  • HND Applied Biological Sciences with CB in the graded units

Other: You may be required to be immunised against Hepatitis B.

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5.


Year One

Biochemistry/ Developmental Biology and Ageing/ Genetics/ Health and Society/ Cell Biology & Human Physiology/ Integrating Module 1/ Introduction to Nutrition/ Key Investigative Skills 1/ Microbiology

Year Two

Food Science/ Immunology/ Integrating Module 2/ Key Investigative Skills 2/ Molecular Biology/ Nutrition/ Pharmacology/ Professional Development in Scientific Analysis/ Systems Biology

Year Three

Applied Nutrition/ Clinical Sciences/ Determinants of Health/ Dissertation (choice of topic)/ Epidemiology and Health/ Professional Module/ Public Health Practice/ Techniques for Nutrition Research

Year Four

Current Issues in Cancer/ Current Issues in Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease/ Current Issues in Obesity/ Epidemiology/ Food and Nutrition Policy/ Honours Project (research)/ Research Communication/ Research Process/ Plus one from the following optional modules: Current Issues in Sport and Exercise/ Health Education and Promotion/ International Health and Nutrition

NB The modules listed here are correct at time of the printing of our Undergraduate Prospectus 2018 (Feb 2017) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2018. Please check the website for any updates.



You can enter a variety of scientific and health-related careers in the public and private sectors, such as: public health nutrition; health promotion; health media; food industry; fitness and leisure industries; research; government advisory posts; pharmaceutical industries; product development; and study for a higher degree (MSc, MPhil or PhD). Professional Registration: Graduates will be eligible to become registered on the Voluntary Register of Nutritionists with the Association for Nutrition (AfN).

Quick Facts

  • The course is taught by experienced registered nutritionists who are research active. Their highly dynamic research informs the teaching programme, keeping up to date with current thinking in the field of nutrition.
  • Significant elements of Years One and Two are shared with our Applied Pharmacology, Human Biology, and Nutrition and Food Science courses, meaning you can change course any time up to the end of Year Two.

Learning and Teaching

In Year One, you will attend QMU approximately 11-15 hours per week to participate in a mixture of lectures, tutorials and laboratory practical classes. The attendance will reduce slightly in later years where there is more independent learning.

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Study Abroad

It is possible to study for a period of time at a university overseas.

Professional Registration

Graduates will be eligible to become registered on the Voluntary Register of Nutritionists with the Association for Nutrition (AfN).


There are no formal placements, but a limited number of volunteering opportunities allow you to gain further experience and develop skills in particular areas of practice.

Associate Student Places

You can study this course as an associate student completing the first year at West Lothian College.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2017/18 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Course Overview

3/4 years
Start Date
September 2018
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
B403 BSc/ NT

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