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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.

  • Accredited by the Association for Nutrition.
  • Provides an overview of the relationship between diet and health 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).
  • 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.
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Why study Nutrition?

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.

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.

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

Nutrition is also available as an undergraduate degree with a foundation year.

Combine Nutrition with another degree

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

Entry requirements

96-112 UCAS points required


A Levels


BTEC Extended

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

80 UCAS points should include at least two B grades at A Level (or equivalent). An A Level (or equivalent) in a science subject is preferred. GCSE Mathematics - or equivalent evidence of numerical skills - is also required.

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

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).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Undergraduate degrees with a foundation year

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

Course content

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.

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.

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 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.


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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Further information

Teaching staff

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

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

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

Ammi  King profile photo Ammi King
Programme Director - MSc Human Nutrition

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

Ana Anton Solanas profile photo Ana Anton Solanas
Lecturer Nutrition and Sports Nutriton

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

Gill Horgan profile photo Gill Horgan
Head of Department - Health Sciences

Kyri  Shiamtanis Kyri Shiamtanis
Lecturer Nutrition

Dr Magali Chohan profile photo Dr Magali Chohan
Programme Director - BSc Nutrition

Visit the campus

Open days

Attending an open day is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into what life is like as a St Mary's student. During the day you'll have the chance to:

  • Speak to current students to hear about their experiences so far
  • Meet your future academics to put a name and a face to who you'll be learning from
  • Take a tour of the University and the on-campus accommodation options
  • Get involved with activities going on across campus as you explore new surroundings

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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.

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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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