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Our nutrition course will give you the skills required for the application of nutritional science in various fields and enhance your employability. You will deepen your understanding of how the body uses nutrients and the impact diet has on our overall health, including the development of disease.

  • Accredited by the Association for Nutrition (subject to AfN re-accreditation)
  • Provides an overview of the relationship between diet, health and fitness and explores solutions to the nutrition-related health issues in society today
  • Access to our Nutrition Suite for use in practical sessions and an Air Displacement Plethysmograph (BodPod)

Why study Nutrition?

Diet and Nutrition a multi-million-pound industry and is featured heavily in the media. This degree programme provides a sound review of the scientific basis for the links between dietary factors, health and disease. Expand your knowledge at St Mary’s and learn how we can improve the lives of ourselves and others across the world by exploring the impact diet has on our health and wellbeing. 

Association for Nutrition accreditation

Our Nutrition degree has been accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) since 2010 (subject to AfN re-accreditation)

Studying an AfN-accredited degree programme will help you stand out in the job market and puts you at an advantage when compared to graduates coming from non-accredited courses.

If you study our  Nutrition degree as a single honours degree, you will be eligible to apply for direct entry as a Registered Associate Nutritionist. Joint honours students can also enter as an become a Registered Associate Nutritionist will need to major in Nutrition and demonstrate additional competencies through an individual portfolio.

Why St Mary's?

All the modules that you'll study have a specific nutrition and diet focus. Biochemistry, Physiology and Public Health are all nutrition-orientated with related industry, lifestyle and case study examples provided throughout your learning.

In your final year, you will have the opportunity to apply your nutritional knowledge in a number of fields such as sports nutrition or clinical nutrition.

We believe that it's essential for you to leave here as an employable graduate, so throughout your degree you are actively encouraged to seek work experience and development that will enhance your portfolio of life skills.

Previously, students have undertaken in placements with Action on Sugar, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability. There are also opportunities within the university to work with the Health and Wellbeing team on projects such as the Man with a Pan.

You will also be able to spend a semester at the Universidad de Navarra, in the beautiful city of Pamplona, Spain. You don’t need to be fluent in Spanish; all courses are taught in English. We can also support you in securing funding to help you cover the costs of living in Spain.

Hong Kong Nutritionists Society accreditation

Our Nutrition degree has also been successfully accredited by the Hong Kong Nutritionists Society (HKNS). This accreditation makes single honours graduates eligible to apply for direct registration as a Registered Associate Nutritionist (RANutr) of the HKNS.

For graduates returning to Hong Kong, The HKNS will arrange freshly graduated RANutr to join our guidance program to accumulate practical experience under the guidance of experienced Registered Nutritionists (RNutr), with a view to prepare the RANutr for independent practice in the future.

Foundation year

The undergraduate degree with foundation year programme offers applicants without traditional qualifications or grades an alternative route to studying Nutrition.

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Entry requirements

96-112UCAS points required

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An A Level (or equivalent) in a science subject is preferred. 

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references, and your motivation for study.


GCSE Mathematics grade 4/C (or equivalent evidence of numerical skills) is also required. We offer GCSE equivalency tests for those who need to improve their GCSE grades.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section (or equivalent).

Nutrition with a foundation year

The undergraduate degree with foundation year programme offers applicants without traditional qualifications or grades an alternative route to studying Nutrition.

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Course content

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Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

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Career opportunities

The continued and growing interest in the health agenda means there are many career opportunities for good graduates of nutrition. There are roles in the public sector including local and national government in areas such as policy development and implementation and health promotion; in the private sector in the food industry, marketing, public relations and the media.

Previous graduates have taken up roles in government and non-governmental organisations. Graduates have engaged in the health agenda, nutritional research, the media, elite sports teams and the food industry.

Many of our graduates also choose to stay with us for an additional year to complete their postgraduate studies in Applied Sports Nutrition, Nutrition and Genetics, Human Nutrition MSc or Chronic Disease Management.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Nutrition students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

Our Nutrition programme team places a firm emphasis on high-quality teaching and excellent student support. Most modules are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions.

Class sizes range from 40 to 50 students, with around 20 students in seminars and practical sessions.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 18%
  • Independent study: 82%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

Assessment methods

The degree is assessed through a variety of methods including oral presentations, case studies, portfolios, essays and examinations. These assessment methods are chosen to reflect the wide range of skills and competencies required by a nutrition graduate.

In the final year you will have the opportunity to undertake a research project developed by you, with the guidance of a supervisor, in the field of Nutrition.


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

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Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

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Fees and funding

2023/24 fees

  • Home: £9,250
  • International: £15,600

*Please note: these fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans, and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage


A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

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Upcoming open days

Meet current students, explore our green campus, and find out why St Mary’s could be the place for you.

You'll also get a chance to:

Staff from various teams, including the Student’s Union, Student Funding, and Admissions, will also be around to discuss any questions you may have about studying at St Mary’s.

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day. We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

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