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Nutrition BSc (Hons)

This research-led course offers you the opportunity to learn about health and nutrition, from the underlying science (including human physiology and nutritional biochemistry) to global public health concerns. You will have the opportunity to develop your practical skills in both our science laboratories and clinical skills suite.

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Overview

New degree programme, beginning September 2019.

In humans, a poor diet can have a significant effect on health and can contribute to a range of conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. This degree provides students with the opportunity to study nutritional science alongside core medical science topics – overall, providing an overview of the relationship between diet and a person’s health. 

Students will learn about the effects of nutrition on health at different stages of life, while considering the impact on public health in the UK and globally.

Graduates with a Nutrition degree can work in a range of different settings, from giving nutritional advice to patients to working in the food industry.

 

Reasons to study Nutrition at DMU:

  • Experienced academics
    We ensure that your learning is relevant and up-to-date by having direct input and teaching from research-active members of staff and nutrition experts

  • Global outlook
    You will learn about global health and nutrition as international topics are embedded into the curriculum
  • Research skills
    Develop your critical thinking skills as well as your ability to design, execute and present findings of an independent (but supervised) research project

  • Work placement options
    Work in an industry-setting through the optional sandwich placement year

  • #DMUglobal international experience initiative 
    Taking part could broaden your cultural horizons and help develop global skills
  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
    Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]

  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017

 

Scholarships:
At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

DMU Sports Scholarship
Find out more about the DMU Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

 

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B400

Duration: Three years full-time, four years sandwich (optional), six years part-time

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

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

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Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B400

Duration: Three years full-time, four years sandwich (optional)

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK.

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £13,750  

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

Entry criteria

GCSEs

  • 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

  • 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 (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

 

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

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.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2019 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 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. 

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.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences 

facilities

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop 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 apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse.

These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

Opportunities and careers

 

Graduate course

Graduates could go on to practise 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:

#DMUglobal

International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.

Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.

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We welcome applications from UK and international students with a wide range of qualifications and experience. We are happy to help guide you through the process and answer any questions you might have. 

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