BSc/BSc (Hons) Nutrition

Nutrition affects everyone in the world every day. What and how we eat is vital to individual and community health and it is an engaging and rewarding subject to study. You’ll learn the academic principles behind food and gain practical skills in our advanced laboratories. You’ll also learn how to think on a larger scale. Can nutritionists influence public health for the better? How do producers create new foods? What will our food look like in future?

On this accredited degree course you’ll learn the science and social importance of nutrition in a modern university with advanced equipment. Real-world placements will foster your practical skills and you’ll have the chance to study abroad.*


Why QMU?

  • You’ll learn from registered nutritionists who are actively researching some of the most interesting and influential topics in the field.
  • You’ll build professional proficiency in our laboratories, using advanced equipment and proven research techniques.
  • The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition; as a graduate you can become a Registered Nutritionist.

About the course

If we are what we eat, then nutrition can tell us a lot about who we are, how we live, and how we can improve the health of society. As a science it looks at how food affects the functioning of the living organism. It includes the study of food composition, how it is digested and absorbed, the production of energy, elimination of wastes and all the syntheses that are essential for growth, maintenance and reproduction across the life cycle.

In Years One and Two, you’ll forge a solid understanding of the biological sciences. You’ll learn the fundamental principles of nutrition and integrate this with knowledge of other related disciplines. Modules will help you develop core study skills as well as laboratory and investigative (information technology and research) expertise.

In Year Three, you’ll look at how nutrition influences health at the individual, community and population level across all stages of the lifespan. You will learn to evaluate scientific and lay literature, and develop other key professional skills such as communication.

In Year Four, you’ll focus most of your time on developing your individual research project. You can also choose the elective modules that interest you from a range covering the current issues facing public health within the UK (e.g. obesity, cardiovascular disease and health promotion).

Teaching, learning and assessment

You’ll learn in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and laboratories. Outside these timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study.

You will be assessed by written exams at the end of each module or semester.

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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 each year as outlined.



Year One modules

  • 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 modules

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

Year Three modules

  • 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 modules

  • 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

The modules listed here are correct at time of print (Feb 2018) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2019. Please check the website for any updates.





Practical learning in real-world environments is the perfect way to consolidate your skills. In Years Three and Four you will be able to choose a placement in an environment that inspires you


Exchange opportunities

In Years Two or Three, you have the opportunity to study for one semester at a university overseas. For more information, see www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/international-students/exchanges-and-study-abroad/



We hope this degree will give you a taste for success. It has certainly been a springboard for our past graduates to launch careers in public health nutrition, health promotion, health media, the food industry and in fitness and leisure.

You may also want to develop your expertise via a higher degree (MSc, MPhil or PhD) or expand the field itself through research, a government advisory post or product development.


Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: BBB

A Level: BB

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H3

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5

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:  See related Access courses. We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications in biology and chemistry and/or experience.

Direct Entry:

Year Two - HNC in a related subject with B in the graded unit

Year Three - HND in a related subject with CB in the graded units

For details of related HNC and HND courses, see www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications

Associate student places: You can study this course as an associate student completing your first year at West Lothian College. For more information, see www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/access-to-higher-education/associate-student-scheme/

Other: You may be requested to be immunised against Hepatitis B




Associate student places

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

Professional registration/ accreditation

As a graduate you will be eligible to register on the Voluntary Register of Nutritionists with the Association for Nutrition (AfN).


Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.


Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.


Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

 Special Information for EU Applicants The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2019/20 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website

Course Overview

On campus
3/4 years
Start Date
September 2019
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

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