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Nutrition BSc (Hons)

Study nutritional science alongside core medical science topics and gain an understanding of the relationship between diet and health and its implications for global public health.

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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 practice, latest research and knowledge to their teaching. You will study a range of modules that cover nutritional biochemistry, organ systems physiology, nutrition and metabolism, clinical nutrition and health education and promotion. Practical components will help you acquire skills to further enhance your learning and employability. International elements are embedded into the curriculum, allowing you to consider nutrition and health on a global scale.

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 the public 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.
  • 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.
  • Access our award-winning careers and employability service  - DMU Works, which offers flexible and personalised career support tailored to your needs.
  • 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.
  • International experiences allow you to broaden your cultural horizons and experience different healthcare environments. DMU students have previously had the opportunity to provide healthcare in India, witness the effects of poverty in Florida and help refugees in Berlin.

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Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B400

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time

Start date: September 2022

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: 

2022/23 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Apply for the DMU Sport Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B400

Duration: Three years full-time

Start date: September 2022

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK.

Fees and funding:

2022/23 tuition fees for international students: £15,250

Find out more about available funding for international students.


Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • 112 UCAS from at least two A-levels. One A-level must be science-based, Biology or Chemistry, and at Grade C or above.

Other science-based subjects that can be considered include Applied Science, Human Biology, Food Technology, Home Economics.


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

International Baccalaureate: 24+ with six higher level points in Chemistry or Biology

Access course

  • Pass QAA Accredited AHE overall 112 UCAS tariff  with at least 21 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 24 Level 3 credits at Merit from a Science subject.
  • GCSE English and Maths at C (4) are required as separate qualifications.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

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Interview: No

Work experience: No

Personal statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence
  • If relevant for the course - work and life experience


UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Teaching contact hours 



First Year

  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Personal and Professional Skills
  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Second Year

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

Third Year

  • Research Project
  • Health Education and Promotion
  • Population Health
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Nutrition through the Lifespan
  • Endocrinology
  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics

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

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. 

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.

Dr Lourdes Santos-Merx, Programme Leader of the BSc Nutrition, is a registered nutritionist (Public Health) with a special interest in eating behaviour. Having taught nutrition and eating behaviour in the UK and other countries including Singapore, Dr Santos-Merx is keen in researching the impact of health promotion strategies on eating habits and lifestyle. Other research interests include appetite regulation, dietary intakes from different ethnicities and the influence of body image awareness on eating behaviour.

Dr Yannan (Jessica) Jin, the Deputy Programme Leader of the BSc Nutrition, is a Registered Nutritionist (Nutrition Science), with research interests and expertise lying in the dietary prevention and management of cardiometabolic diseases and malnutrition prevention in different population groups. Dr Jin also has her expertise developed in food product development covering functional food (e.g. sport and energy drink), infant formula, food for medical use (e.g. PKU and diabetic conditions), and AI-modelled menu development, based on her previous industrial work experiences in both UK and overseas. Dr Jin brings her expertise in nutrition and food sciences into her teaching in a range of nutrition modules.

Dr Mariasole Da Boit is the Admissions Tutor of the BSc Nutrition programme. Dr Da Boit’ s area of expertise lies within exercise and nutritional interventions with specific interests in the effects they have on musculo-skeletal and cardiovascular health in different populations. She is also interested in appetite regulation in non- communicable diseases. 

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilities

Substantial investment has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you expand your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom. 

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites. 

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff to ensure that you develop a precise and accurate practical ability in the clinical skills suites.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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Work experience

DMU’s careers and employability service, known as DMU Works, was awarded the Best University Careers/Employability Service at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards in February 2021.

Our award-winning careers support means that by studying with us you will benefit from our careers commitment, giving you support to hone your professional skills with practice interviews, self-assessments, and personalised CV feedback and an assigned personal tutor who will support you throughout your studies.


DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons, helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges. 

Our students have previously had the opportunity to provide healthcare in India, witness the effects of poverty in Florida and help refugees in Berlin.

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Graduate careers

Graduates leave the programme with the skills and expertise to practice nutrition in a wide range of areas, including the NHS, the food industry, public health, research, medical writing, education, commerce and sales. Graduates with a Nutrition degree may work as nutritionists within the NHS and private healthcare. 

Other career opportunities include further postgraduate study on one of our courses, which include:

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