Nutrition Degree BSc (Hons)

BSc (Hons) Nutrition

1. Overview

Nutrition is the scientific study of the nutrients in food, how they are used in the body, and the relationship between diet, health and disease.

A nutritionist may apply their knowledge in a wide variety of fields which include public health, the food industry, product development, sports nutrition, animal nutrition and nutrition science.

A nutritionist has the opportunity to diversify into many different areas and can opt for a variety of career pathways. You might be involved in: developing food and nutrition policy; food product reformulation or development; researching nutritional approaches to preventing, managing or treating disease; or training community workers to support individuals and groups to develop cooking skills.

Our course provides you with the opportunity to tailor your degree to your own specific interests so you can specialise in the area of nutrition that interest you most.

Staff have excellent links with the food industry, NHS, research institutes, and national and international agencies. These links are fully utilised to provide external speakers, study visits, projects and placements which ensure that the course has relevance to employment opportunities.

What’s the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian? (PDF 87KB)

2. What you will study

Year 1

  • Biology for Life Sciences
  • Chemistry for Life Sciences
  • Applied Microbiology
  • Global and Social Nutrition
  • Practical Skills for Life Sciences
  • Biomolecular Science
  • Food Studies
  • Macronutrients

Year 2

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2
  • Metabolism
  • Micronutrients
  • Sociology and Psychology
  • Life Cycle Nutrition
  • Nutritional Research Methods
  • Communication Studies

Year 3

  • Food Product Development
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion
  • Molecular Biology and Human Genetics
  • Nutritional Science for Sport
  • Food Analysis
  • Experimental Molecular Biology for Nutrition
  • Nutritional Literature Study

Year 4

  • Nutrition Placement
  • Developing Professional Studies
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Research Project
  • Advanced Nutrition

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. How you will learn

The course is taught in two semesters each year with each semester having a block of 12 weeks’ teaching. On average, there are 21 hours of taught classes each week, consisting of lectures, tutorials, laboratory practical sessions and workshops. In addition, you will spend approximately 15 hours each week undertaking self-directed learning. Assessment is through a combination of methods, including end of module examinations, laboratory reports, oral presentations, skills tests and Objective Structured Practical Examinations (OSPEs).

A Nutrition degree from RGU provides you with the opportunity to focus your studies and work experience on the career path within nutrition that you wish to take. The modules within the course have been carefully designed to cover the competencies required of an Associate Nutritionist in addition to offering placements and projects relevant to the current job market. Additionally, modules within both 3rd and 4th year enable students to select individual topics to explore in more depth, providing some opportunity to ‘tailor’ their studies to a chosen nutrition career route.

4. Entry requirements

SQA Higher: BBCC to include Biology or Chemistry and one further science (Maths and Home Economics: Health and Food Technology counted). Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths are required at National 5 grade B or above if not held at Higher.

GCE A Level: CCC to include Biology or Chemistry and one further science (Maths and Home Economics: Food and Nutrition counted). Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths are required at GCSE grade 6/B or above if not held at A Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H3H3H3H3 to include Biology or Chemistry and one further science (Maths and Home Economics: Scientific & Social counted). Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths are required at grade O2 or above if not held at Higher.

IB Diploma: 26 to include Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level grade 4 and one further science at Higher Level (Maths counted). Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths required at Standard Level grade 4 if not held at Higher.

Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Advanced Entry: Applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English are required to have an Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum score of 6.5 with no individual element below 6.0. Appropriate equivalents will be considered.

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

5. Placements and accreditations

Placement

An important element of the course is a 12-week practical work placement in year 4 that gives you an opportunity to try out your skills and gain confidence in the workplace. You will work alongside a nutritionist in research, the food industry, public health or a government agency, and undertake a work-based project. Typical placement providers include British Nutrition Foundation, FitNut Ltd, NHS Grampian, Food Standards Agency, Baxters Food Group, Macphie of Glenbervie, and the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health.

Professional Accreditation

The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition which has also commended it for its quality. Graduates are eligible to apply for entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) as an Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr).

This course is recognised by the Hong Kong Nutrition Association, and graduates of BSc (Hons) Nutrition are eligible to apply for Full Membership (Nutritionist).

Find out more about Placements & Professional Links

6. Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

Scholarships

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2017/2018

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,880 per academic year

For Academic Year 2016/2017

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £13,300 per academic year

For Academic Year 2015/2016

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,800 per academic year

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,400 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £11,600 per academic year

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

International Students

  • £11,300 per academic year

Disclaimer

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. Students will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

8. How to apply

All applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online at www.ucas.com/students/apply.

It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

9. Prospects

There is a wide range of career opportunities available that include working within: the health industry (including the pharmaceutical industry); sport and fitness; the food industry from primary production through product development to the retail chains; health education and improvement; government and international agencies such as the Food Standards Agency; the World Health Organisation; the Government Office of Science and Technology; and research for industry, government or universities.

This course meets the General Teaching Council requirements as a pre-requisite degree for Home Economics teaching.

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BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

B400

Start date

September

Course length

4 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Academic school
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences
More information:
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Accredited By
Association of Nutrition

“The fourth year placement was one of the highlights of the course. It helped me extend and practise the skills learned at university, and learn about the responsibilities and the day to day challenges faced by research nutritionists.”

Elizabeth Deschamp, BSc (Hons) Nutrition

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