The field of Nutrition is continually growing in importance as more health issues are becoming linked to diet.

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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. 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 interests 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.

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Award

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

B400

Course Dates

September

Course Length

4 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Overview

Year 1

In Year 1 you will be introduced to the nutrients protein, fat, carbohydrate, alcohol and water; microbiology and food pathogens; properties and production of the main food commodities; management of food production; and social and international aspects of food and Nutrition.

Year 2

This year you will learn why vitamins and minerals are essential for life, how nutrients are metabolised in the body, and the importance of Nutrition through our lifespan (pregnancy, infancy, adolescence and adulthood). You will also develop communication and research skills.

Year 3

You will study Nutrition and disease prevention (cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis), and how diet can improve athletic performance in Year 3. You will also create a Health promotion campaign and engage with a food company to develop a new food product.

Year 4

In your final year you will undertake a 12-week full-time placement to learn about the role of a nutritionist within the workplace. You will work on an individual research project and study advanced topics such as sustainable diets, nutrition policy, regulation of food intake and nutrient-gene interactions. 


Modules

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

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Applied Microbiology
  • Macronutrients
  • Chemistry For Life Sciences
  • Biology for Life Sciences
    Semester 2
  • Food Studies
  • Global and Social Nutrition
  • Biomolecular Science
  • Practical Skills for Life Sciences
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Micronutrients
  • Metabolism
  • Communication Studies
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
    Semester 2
  • Sociology and Psychology
  • Life Cycle Nutrition
  • Nutritional Research Methods
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • Year 3 -- Semester 1
    Route A - Standard
  • Food Product Development
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Food Analysis
  • Nutritional Science for Sport
    Route B - Direct Entry - Available to Stage 3 direct entrants who have studied Food and Biological Industry
  • Food Product Development
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Micronutrients
  • Nutritional Science for Sport
    Semester 2
  • Molecular Biology And Human Genetics
  • Experimental Molecular Biology for Nutrition
  • Nutritional Literature Study
  • Health Promotion
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Research Project
  • Nutrition Placement
    Semester 2
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Research Project
  • Advanced Nutrition
  • The course is taught in two Semesters each year, and each semester has a block of 12 weeks. Teaching consists of lectures, tutorials, workshops, and laboratory practical sessions in the Chemistry, Microbiology, Analytical Science, and food handling laboratories. In addition, there are visits and placements off-campus, and you will also undertake self-directed learning. 

    Class sizes can vary from 20 or less (for BSc (Hons) Nutrition students only) to nearly 100 (for classes shared with students on other courses). Lectures and tutorials usually last for around an hour, and laboratory practical classes usually last for around three hours.

    Year 4 activity summary

    Lectures

    • No more than 40 students per group
    • 22 hours in Semester 2 

    Seminars

    • No more than 20 students per group
    • 17 hours in Semester 1 

    Tutorials

    • No more than 40 students per group
    • 14 hours in Semester 2 

    Project Supervision

    • No more than 40 students per group
    • 20 hours in Semester 2 

    Practical class or workshop

    • No more than 20 students per group
    • Six hours in Semester 1
    • 10 hours in Semester 2 

    Placement/Work Based Learning

    • No more than 20 students per group
    • 35 hours per week for 12 weeks 

    Independent study summary

    In addition to scheduled class time (e.g. lectures and laboratory practical classes), you are expected to read widely from the provided reading lists, conduct your own research and meet with your peers to undertake allocated group work, complete tutorial assignments and work on assessments. Together, the scheduled teaching activities and your independent study should equate to approximately 40 hours per week.

    Staff delivering this course

    Our staff feature in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

    Key staff members teaching on this course include Registered Nutritionists and Registered Dietitians, and lecturers in nutritional biochemistry and physiology, and food quality and food safety. Staff may have a clinical and/or a research background, with some staff being active in research. 

    Facilities

    • Food Handling and Preparation Lab
    • Analytical Science Lab
    • Chemistry and Microbiology Labs

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed each semester:

    • Written Exam. Average time of exam: three hours
    • Written Assignment, including essay
    • Oral Assessment
    • Dissertation
    • Practical skills assessment

    We use a mixture of assessments at final stage, including a placement supervisor mark, oral presentations, written assignments, project dissertation and written exam – split across two Semesters.

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic Writing
    • Study Skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths And Statistics
    • English Language
    • Information Technology Support

    More on Study Skills

    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.

    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.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 6.0, or an equivalent.

    We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    A compulsory 12 weeks, full-time, unpaid placement is included.

    The Nutrition placement is carefully arranged collaboratively by staff and student. We aim to match the placement with your career aspirations to ensure that you have the necessary work experience that employers are looking for.

    You may work alongside a Nutritionist, Dietitian or Food Technologist in Public Health, Sports Nutrition, the Food industry, a government agency or research. You may also choose to undertake your work experience in the UK or abroad.

    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).

    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

    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

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    Home, EU and Rest of UK 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.

    International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    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.

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

    Other Fees and Charges

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