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Nutrition

Entry requirements


A level

C-A*

A minimum of 112 UCAS points from at least two A levels, including Human Biology, Biology or Chemistry at grade C or above

Access to HE Diploma

M:30

Pass QAA Accredited AHE (Science) with a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at Merit with at least 15 credits at Merit in Chemistry/Biology. English and Maths GCSE required as separate qualifications

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

24+ with six higher level points in Chemistry or Biology

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

BTEC National Diploma Science - Distinction/Merit/Merit BTEC Extended Diploma Science - Distinction/Merit/Merit

UCAS Tariff

112

From least two A levels

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

6.0 years | Part-time | 2021

Subject

Nutrition

Diet, nutrition and food are critical to our health and our quality of life. A poor diet can have a significant effect on health and contribute to a range of conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.

Covering core nutrition science along with medical science, this research-led course combines theoretical and practical elements to take you from farm to fork and science to shelf, and considers the sources and origins of food along with food composition and production.

Our experienced academics bring industry research and knowledge to their teaching. You will study a range of modules that cover nutritional biochemistry, organ systems physiology, nutrition and metabolism, and health education and promotion. International elements are embedded into the curriculum, allowing you to consider nutrition and health on a global scale.

Practical components will help you acquire skills to further enhance your learning and employability. Optional sandwich year work placements, enabling you to gain valuable experience in an industry setting, are on offer.

Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to work in a range of settings in the public and private sector, from giving nutritional advice to NHS patients to working in the food production industry.

Key features

- Learn about the impact of diet on our health and understand interventions to tackle obesity and other contemporary health concerns that affect people on a local, national and international level.

- Optional work placement opportunities offered through our DMU Works careers programme will enable you to gain experience in an industry setting.

- Practical components of the course will help you develop personal and professional skills, while the final-year supervised research project will enable you to tailor your learning and build research techniques.

- International experiences allow you to broaden your cultural horizons and experience different healthcare environments. Our students have previously had the opportunity to provide healthcare in India, witness the effects of poverty in Florida and help refugees in Berlin.

- Graduates can pursue careers in the public or private sector, working as nutritionists as well as in roles in research and development, education, health journalism, public health and the food industry.

Modules

First year
• Introduction to Nutrition
• Personal & Professional Skills
• Introduction to Public Health
• Biochemistry & Cell Biology
• Anatomy & Physiology

Second year
• Molecular Genetics & Genomics
• Nutritional Biochemistry
• Organ Systems Physiology
• Immunology
• Nutrition & Metabolism
• Global Public Health
• Evidence Based Medicine

Third year
• Research Project
• Health Education & Promotion
• Population Health
• Clinical Nutrition
• Nutrition through the Lifespan
• Endocrinology
• Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Assessment methods

This is a practical degree and provides instruction in laboratory sciences and human clinical skills, such as measuring BMI and body morphometry.

Health and Nutrition combines quality traditional teaching, such as:
• Lectures
• Tutorials
• Seminars
• Laboratory and clinical skills sessions

with modern educational approaches, and the course is based around a contemporary e-learning hub that provides:
• Podcasts
• Educational videos and animation
• Online quizzes providing a flexible approach to learning

You will be appointed a personal tutor for support, and will gain additional academic support from all other members of academic staff.

Your precise timetable will depend on your modules, however, lectures, seminars, tutorials and face-to-face contact time will normally make up approximately 17 hours of study per week. You will be expected to do approximately 20 hours of self-directed study in addition to this for the completion of assignments and for research projects.

Teaching contact hours

Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on the optional modules you choose to study. However, typically, you will have up to 17 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

• Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. 4 hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week
• Medium group teaching: approx. 6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
• Large group teaching: approx. 7 hours of lectures each week
• Personal study: approx. 20 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,750
per year
International
£14,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leicester Campus

Department:

Health and Life Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
15%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
C

After graduation


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Average annual salary
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Employed or in further education
66%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Health professionals
17%
Therapy professionals
10%
Science, engineering and production technicians

This is the subject you need to study if you want to become a dietician — an important job in the country’s healthcare sector, and the single most common job for nutrition graduates. We don’t have many graduates in nutrition every year and with the population becoming more aware of health and well-being and with many medical needs being addressed by the application of specific diets, this is likely to be an area of increasing demand in the future.

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