Nutrition Degree BSc (Hons)

BSc (Hons) Nutrition

1. Overview

A nutritionist is primarily concerned with the study of nutrients in food, how nutrients 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.

Unlike a dietitian, who is a health professional, 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.

The Times Good University Guide 2013 placed Robert Gordon University in the top ten universities in the UK for food science, the top-rated Scottish university for this category. 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 a relevance to employment opportunities. 

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

  • Nutritional Physiology
  • 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

3. Entry requirements

SQA Higher: BBCC to include Chemistry and one further science. English and Maths are required at National 5 if not held higher.

GCE A Level: CCC to include Chemistry and one further science. English and Maths are required at GCSE B or above if not held at A level. 

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: B2B2C1C1 to include Chemistry and one further science. English and Maths are required at Ordinary Grade B if not held at Higher.

IB Diploma: 26 to include Chemistry at Higher Level Grade 4 and one further science. English and Maths are required at Standard Level Grade 5 or above.

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

English language requirements

4. Placements and accreditations


An important element of the course is a 12-week practical work placement in year 4 (subject to availability) 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 or a government agency, and undertake a work-based project. Typical placement providers include Nestlé Research, McDonald's head office, 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. The Association for Nutrition holds the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN). Course graduates are eligible to apply for direct entry to the UKVRN as an 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

5. 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:


6. Course Fees

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


  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students


  • £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

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages


7. How to apply

All applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online at

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.

8. 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.  Some BSc Nutrition graduates have successfully pursued a PGDE in Home Economics after completing 3 years of study with us.

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BSc (Hons)
Start date
September 2015
Course length
4 years
Mode of Attendance
Academic school
School of Pharmacy & Life Sciences
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Accredited By
Association of Nutrition

University pathways at ICRGU - first year entry


The International College at Robert Gordon University (ICRGU) offers first year degree entry into the BSc (Hons) Nutrition degree at Robert Gordon University for International Students.

“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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