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Our Nutrition course offers you the opportunity to develop the professional competencies and skills required for the application of nutritional science in a number of fields.

Nutrition (with a Foundation Year) video

Why study Nutrition (with a Foundation Year)?

Diet and Nutrition is a multi-million-pound industry and continually in the media. Chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancers and diabetes kill more than 36 million people each year. An unhealthy diet is known to be a major risk factor in the cause of many of these diseases.

Additionally, diet and nutritional status can be linked to many other conditions such as osteoporosis, dental disease and dementia. This degree programme provides a sound review of the scientific basis for the links between dietary factors, health and disease.

Association for Nutrition accreditation

Our Nutrition degree has been successfully accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) since 2010. 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 Nutrition 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.

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.

Why St Mary's?

All the modules that you'll study have a specific nutrition 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.

Recently, 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.

About the Foundation Year

Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.

On successful completion of the Health Science Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the three-year undergraduate degree in Nutrition.

Key facts

  • 91% teaching satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS). Nutrition also scored 95% for learning resources and 91% for learning opportunities in the 2017 NSS
  • The Single Honours Degree Programme is accredited by the Association for Nutrition and provides an overview of the relationship between diet and health and explores solutions to the nutrition-related health issues in society today
  • The Nutrition department has a large newly fitted Nutrition Suite with 12 workstations and 1 with disability access for use in practical sessions, students also have access to an Air Displacement Plethysmograph on campus (BodPod)
  • The applied nature of the programme will enable you to link theory and research and to develop strategies for the improvement of the nutritional status of specified population groups
  • A range of scholarships are available for undergraduate students
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus

Combine Nutrition (with a Foundation Year) with another degree

Nutrition (with a Foundation Year) can be combined with any of the following courses to create a joint honours degree programme:

Entry requirements

48-72 UCAS points required

CDE - DD

A Levels

MMP - PPP

BTEC Extended
Diploma

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Additional requirement information

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

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.

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).

Course content

On successful completion of the foundation year you will be automatically enrolled on to the first year of the undergraduate degree.



Foundation year

  • Personal Learning Competencies Core
  • Taking a Professional Approach Core
  • Principles of Physics and Mathematics Core
  • The Chemistry of Nature Core
  • Foundation of Life Core
  • Individual Project Core

Year one

  • Introduction to Nutrition 1 Core
  • Introduction to Research Core
  • Professional Skills for Nutritionists Core
  • Introduction to Nutrition 2 Core
  • Introductory Physiology and Biochemistry Core
  • Food Science Core

Year two

  • Lifespan Nutrition Core
  • Nutritional Assessment Core
  • Nutritional Biochemistry Core
  • Nutrition for Health and Disease Core
  • Food Choice and Control of Food Intake Core
  • Research Methods 2 Core

Year three

  • Research Project Core
  • Directed Study Core
  • Public Health Nutrition Core
  • Clinical Nutrition Optional
  • Sports Nutrition Optional
  • Nutrition and the Athlete Optional
  • Weight Management Optional
  • Functional and Novel Foods Optional
  • Nutrition and Genetics Optional
  • Anthropometry Optional
  • Managing in the Workplace Optional
  • The Enterprising Workplace Optional

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.

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.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

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: 22%
  • Guided learning: 43%
  • Independent study: 35%

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.

Feedback

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

See how your final degree mark is calculated...

Compensated passes

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

Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

* 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.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme, including aprons, lab coats, and the cost of the few field trips across this degree.

Additional costs could be incurred should you choose to buy copies of the core textbooks rather than loan from our library.

Scholarships

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.

Facilities

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Teaching staff

Dr Kyriaki Myrissa Dr Kyriaki Myrissa
Lecturer - Nutrition and Health and Exercise Science

kyriaki.myrissa@stmarys.ac.uk

Dr Eirini Kelaiditi Dr Eirini Kelaiditi
Programme Director for the BSc Nutrition

eirini.kelaiditi@stmarys.ac.uk

Dr Victor Zevallos Dr Victor Zevallos
Lecturer - Health Sciences (Nutrition)

victor.zevallos@stmarys.ac.uk

Dr Yiannis Mavrommatis Dr Yiannis Mavrommatis
Programme Director - MSc Nutrition and Genetics

yiannis.mavrommatis@stmarys.ac.uk

Ammi  King Ammi King
Programme Director - Human Nutrition

alexandra.king@stmarys.ac.uk

James Fleming James Fleming
Programme Director - Applied Sports Nutrition and Sport & Exercise Nutrition

james.fleming@stmarys.ac.uk

Ana Anton Solanas Ana Anton Solanas
Programme Director - Applied Sport Nutrition

ana.anton-solanas@stmarys.ac.uk

Dr Anne Majumdar Dr Anne Majumdar
Programme Director - Chronic Disease Management

anne.majumdar@stmarys.ac.uk

Gill Horgan Gill Horgan
Head of Department - Health Sciences

gill.horgan@stmarys.ac.uk

Kyri  Shiamtanis Kyri Shiamtanis
Programme Director - Nutrition

kyri.shiamtanis@stmarys.ac.uk

Further information

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