The BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Health is available as a three or four-year course, with the latter incorporating a work placement or study year in a related field.
A variety of teaching methods includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work and practical skills sessions in the maintenance and improvement of food quality and safety, for example, food identification laboratory sessions and taste and texture analysis workshops. These will be taught in our analytical laboratories and in a laboratory kitchen, where you can work with a range of ingredients and use food processing equipment that reflects facilities found in industry, such as pressure cookers used to make heat sterilised products or equipment for freeze drying food materials. We also incorporate the use of specific nutrition based software, such as Dietplan.
A series of workshops will be offered during the first year of study with the aim of developing your scientific writing, research and laboratory skills. In laboratory sessions, you will have the opportunity to learn key experimental techniques and develop essential experimental, data handling, reporting and broader scientific skills, such as literature researching, information technology, bioinformatics, data processing and the use of statistics.
Where possible, coursework uses applied tasks that mimic the skills needed in jobs to help ensure you are attractive to future employers, such as collection and interpretation of nutritional data to assess the nutrient intakes from food diary, or critically appraising evidence to inform the public of the current nutrition and health topics. We also offer the opportunity for industry visits and fieldtrips, which have previously included subsidised daytrips to venues such as the Food Bank, Food and Drink manufactory, Nutrition and Food Research Centre and the Student Career Launch Pad organised by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (additional costs may apply).
Throughout the course, you will receive insight from researchers and current practitioners who will bring you the latest issues on a wide range of nutritional and health topics, such as pre- and probiotics and health benefits, good food at affordable prices, nutritional supplements, Coeliac Disease and the gluten free diet or weight loss diet. We will also discuss current global issues and trends in food and nutrition, such as food security, sustainability and diseases.
If you choose the sandwich option, you will be able to spend a year studying abroad or on professional placement either in the UK or overseas, which has led to past placements at International Food and Fragrances Ltd and Greencore UK. In your final year, you will take the ‘Post Placement Perspectives’ module, which allows you to critically analyse, appraise and reflect on your own individual experiences in the workplace.