Human Nutrition BSc (Hons)
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
3 years full-time or 4 years sandwichHealth and Life Sciences
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus
The importance of good nutrition in ensuring a healthy, disease-free life is currently very high in the public’s perception. The BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition, which is accredited by the Association for Nutrition, emphasises the scientific understanding of food during studies which will enable you to apply this knowledge to the identification of relationships between dietary intake, health and behaviour.
During studies of the scientific aspects of Human Nutrition there will be an emphasis on developing practical laboratory-based skills but you will also be introduced to related matters such as current issues faced by the food industries and the importance of government and international food policies. The programme of study may be undertaken by part time means and is accessible to mature and non-UK students.
The degree accreditation gives graduates the opportunity to apply for Direct Entry Registration at Associate Level with the UK Voluntary Register for Nutritionists (UKVRN), a competency-based register of Nutritionists. Our students are also eligible to apply for student membership of the Nutrition Society.
This introductory year introduces a range of subject areas, knowledge of which is fundamental to studies in human nutrition and related areas of food science and applied biological sciences including: fundamentals of biochemistry, physiology and whole-organism biology; studies of food sciences and nutrition and the food industry; current issues in food sciences. You will also be able to develop your transferable skills such as ICT and communication.
During the second year, you will have the opportunity of extending your subject based knowledge and putting greater emphasis on the applications of your scientific knowledge. Your critical analytical skills will be developed and more complex practical and field-based exercises will develop your skills-base introduced in level 4.
Placement Year (optional)
In the third year you will have the opportunity to apply for a work placement to put your new-found skills into practice in the work environment.
During this final year and to complement the scientific and technological aspects of the degree, studies of other relevant areas are included which introduce legal, social and political considerations and ethics. You will carry out an individual research project in an area of interest. Emphasis is placed on independent learning in both individual and group contexts and you will be expected to critically evaluate and synthesise complex subject matter in your field.
For details of the content of each of the modules on the programme, please click on the modules tab at the top of the page.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
Year 1 introduces a range of subject areas which are fundamental to studies of food sciences and nutrition. Subject knowledge is developed in year 2 and current issues related to nutrition, health and disease allow critical analytical skills to be developed and more complex practical and field work exercises develop the skills-base.
You may take a placement year between years 2 and 3, during which you would submit a monthly log book entry, which is monitored in order to ensure that appropriate progress is being made. During the final year each student carries out an individual research project in an area of interest.
In addition, to complement the scientific and technological aspects of the degree, studies of other relevant subjects are included which introduce legal, social and political considerations and ethics. Emphasis is placed on independent learning in both individual and group contexts and you will be expected to critically evaluate and synthesise complex subject matter in their field.
The programme has a variety of assessment methods including written unseen exams and practical exams, oral presentations, practical reports, projects, poster presentations, workbooks, in-session assessments, e-learning quizzes and Personal Development Planning [PDP].
Self-evaluation is embedded within the programme and is directly related to assessed components of coursework in core modules to encourage students to develop to their full potential, encourage reflection on the learning process and enhance awareness of progress made.
Graduates are eligible for direct entry registration at Associate level on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists.
Becoming part of a dynamic and varied profession leads to a host of opportunities for Human Nutrition graduates, ranging from health promotion and community nutrition to sports nutrition and public health. Many food manufacturing companies and supermarkets companies recognise the value of nutrition to their brand and there are increasing numbers of opportunities within the food industry. Our graduates have also gone on to further study in teaching, dietetics and medicine and have successful careers in academic research.
Our staff have a wide range of expertise in Human Nutrition, from a teaching, research and practice perspective. Registered Nutritionists are part of the teaching team, and also have strong links with industry via placements and various research projects.
Upon successful completion of the degree, you may wish to consider further study. There are many different types of postgraduate study in specialist fields of nutrition, such as:
- Clinical nutrition
- Sports nutrition
- Public health nutrition
- Teacher training
- Doctoral training (PhD)
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