This exciting degree course examines nutrition and health of the human body, explores the causes and physiology of disease, and considers ways in which human health can be improved. It involves study of the science of nutrition, human biology and health to explore a range of subjects including nutritional analysis, obesity, food safety, nutritional intervention and disease. The social and behavioural dimension is also recognised as an important factor in many of the nutritional health issues, and this is also feature of the programme.
Students can expect to gain a thorough knowledge and understanding of nutrition and human health as well as experience of various techniques including nutritional assessment, physiological assessment and laboratory analysis of nutrition.
Learning and teaching methods are diverse and involve a mix of seminars, lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory work and online learning. There is a supportive, enthusiastic teaching team and excellent student support.
During the course, students will be assessed through a diverse mixture of essays, reports, nutrition assessments, practical laboratory reports, examinations and a dissertation.
There is an optional work-based experience module in the second year which enables students to utilise and develop their skills within a relevant work environment. This is an excellent opportunity for students to enhance their employability skills and career prospects.
Opportunities exist in a wide range of careers in nutrition and health in both the private and public sectors. Examples include advisers in the nutrition and health industry, health promotion, health research, dietary and nutritional evaluation in the industrial, clinical or service sectors, charities concerned with public health, and local education authorities. Additionally, the course prepares students for higher level study.