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Course summary

Learn about the links between nutrition and health, both on an individual and societal level, with our BSc Nutrition course. The science of nutrition is vital to our individual and collective wellbeing. As consumers grow more aware of the importance of healthy eating, nutritionists become increasingly important to the food industry and society as a whole. On our BSc Nutrition course, you will:

  • learn how diet can influence health and the likelihood of developing diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and dementia
  • discover the impact that nutrients have on cells, tissues and organs
  • learn how public health advice is underpinned by clinical evidence
In your first year of study, you will focus on fundamental science modules such as physiology, chemistry and microbiology. These modules will provide the scientific knowledge that underpins your later studies. In your second year, you’ll develop your understanding of nutritional sciences and key methodologies. Modules will cover a wide range of topics, such as fundamental nutrition, issues in food choice, and links between nutrition and health on an individual and societal level. Your final year of study will provide the opportunity to work in multi-disciplinary teams – for example, in the development of a new food product or healthy living assessments. Throughout your degree, you will study an integrated approach to the scientific disciplines related to nutrition and health. You will also:
  • undertake research into the science of diet and health
  • develop your ability to critically evaluate research into the science of food and health
  • learn how scientific knowledge in nutrition, diet and health can be applied to the needs of consumers, industry and food regulators
Professional accreditation Our BSc Nutrition course has gained accreditation by the Association for Nutrition and Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST). This accreditation will enable you to become an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) after graduation, and a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) with approximately three years of professional experience. Your learning environment We offer a supportive environment where you will learn from world-leading experts, through lectures, problem-based learning, group projects, and hands-on practical work in the laboratory. Our staff are actively engaged in cutting-edge research and will tailor their teaching to reflect changing trends and emerging technologies in nutritional science. The University of Reading has one of the largest Food and Nutritional Sciences departments in the UK, with extensive facilities that enable us to engage in diverse teaching and research. Our facilities include:
  • Laboratory space – including a chemical analysis facility with NMR spectrometers, mass spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction facilities
  • The Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition – a leading facility for research into the effect of diet on vascular health and body composition
  • Flow Cytometry Suite – a technological suite that enables us to assess the impact of pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements, such as antibiotics, probiotics and prebiotics.
Placement opportunities If you are interested in undertaking a professional placement before your final year of study, we offer a BSc Nutrition with Professional Training course. The Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences has well-established links with high profile placement providers, ranging from household names to suppliers of branded and own-label goods.


The following modules have been approved in principle for delivery in 2024/25. Please note that as part of our current curriculum improvement process, all modules require final University approval and may be subject to change. Core modules for this course:

  • General Chemistry A
  • Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology
  • Food and Nutritional Chemistry: A Practical Approach
  • Food Microbiology
  • Food System Challenges
  • Introduction to Sustainable Food Manufacturing
  • Composition and Properties of Foods
  • Food Choice
  • Nutrition Research and Practice
  • Exercise and Performance-based Nutrition
  • Nutrition Policy and Professional Conduct
  • Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Securing a Job: Recruitability and Employability
  • Nutrition in Management and Prevention of Disease
  • Lifestyle, Nutrigenetics and Personalised Nutrition
  • Gut Microbiota and Health
  • New Product Development
  • Research Project
The University cannot guarantee that all optional modules will be available to all students who may wish to take them. Further information about the content of final approved modules will be available between May and July 2023. We suggest that you regularly revisit this webpage during this time to ensure you have the most up-to-date information regarding the modules offered on this programme.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Contextual offers for this programme are typically two grades beneath our standard entry requirement, e.g. BBC including grade B in two science subjects, including at least one of Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Maths.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
TOEFL (iBT)88We require a minimum score of 88 overall with no less than 20 in Listening, Writing and Reading, and 21 in Speaking.
Cambridge English AdvancedBWe require a grade B or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 169.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCWe require a grade C or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 169.
PTE Academic69We require a minimum score of 69 overall with at least 64 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Institution's Own TestTest of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Trinity ISEMeritWe require a Merit in each element from ISE II. If you take ISE III or ISE IV, we require a Pass in each element.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £27650 Year 1
International £27650 Year 1

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