Undergraduate

BSc/BSc (Hons) Nutrition

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.*

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?

See the foot of the page for some student case studies/ staff profiles

 

 

 

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 labs, using advanced equipment and proven research techniques.

 

About the course

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?

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 (eg obesity, cardiovascular disease and health promotion).

Structure

You can take an honours degree over four years or an ordinary degree over three years. The modules and options for each year are outlined.

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. >>Click for more information on 'Learning, Teaching and Assessment' - Please note that this is information relating to entry in 2019. Information for 2020 entry is not yet available.

 

Modules

Year One

  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Food Science
  • Contextualising Your Profession
  • Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Food, Lifestyle and Society

Year Two

  • Pharmacology
  • Systems Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition (plus lab-based tutorials) and Food Science
  • Sensory Tutorials
  • Research Methods
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Supporting Change and Self Management

Year Three

  • Clinical Sciences
  • Dissertation
  • Nutrition through the Life-course (plus tutorials in Research Technique for Nutrition)
  • Placement on Physical Health and Wellbeing
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Public Health Practice and Epidemiology

Year Four

  • Current Issues in Nutrition Science
  • Food & Nutrition Policy
  • Option: Health Education and Campaigns (Physical Health and Wellbeing) or Community Impact (Physical Health and Wellbeing) or Nutrition for Children and Young People
  • Honours Project (including Research Process)

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2019) however, the course will be undergoing revalidation in April 2019. This is likely to result in some changes to the course/modules. Please check back here for any updates.

 

 

Placements

Practical learning in real-world environments is the perfect way to consolidate your skills. In Year Three, students will organise their own placement. This can be in a variety of settings, and even overseas. It is likely to take place in Semester Two or across the summer.

 

*Exchange opportunities

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

Please note that exchange opportunities are subject to availability. In addition, please note that where exchange opportunities are arranged in the EU, Erasmus+ funding is available subject to the UK remaining in the Erasmus+ scheme.

 

Careers

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: Standard BBBC, Minimum: BCCC

A Level: BB

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

International: IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5.

Required subjects: Chemistry or Biology and preferably one other science (may include Maths or Home Economics) at Higher/A Level or equivalent AND Chemistry, Biology, Maths and English at Nat 5/GCSE.

Mature/Access: We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications in Biology and Chemistry or experience. See related Access courses — www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Associate student places

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/

Professional registration/ accreditation

The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition. 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 2020/21 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Special Information for EU Applicants: Previously EU students have had the cost of their tuition fees met by the Scottish Government. At the point of publication there is no information on whether this arrangement will continue for students starting their studies in 20/21. Updates will be posted on the QMU website when available.

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Course Overview

Delivery
On campus
Duration
3/4 years
Start Date
September 2020
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Health Sciences
Division
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
UCAS Code
B403

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Lucie Weir - BSc/BSc (Hons) Nutrition "With a nutrition degree, there are a lot of areas that you could go into after graduation." Ready my story...