BSc Nutrition

UCAS code B400
Duration 3 years
Typical offer AAB–ABB; IB: 34–32;
Discipline Sport and Health Sciences
Location St Luke's (Exeter)


Our BSc Nutrition programme offers you the opportunity to explore the scientific relationship between diet, health and wellbeing using cutting-edge research to understand the importance of nutrition for health and performance.

The programme provides practical, hands-on experience taking advantage of the specialist facilities available in our world-class laboratories, and informed by the vast expertise of our Sport and Health Sciences academics.

The programme offers:

  • Practical hands-on modules allowing you to think, reason and do
  • Unique research-led modules co-created with industry on topics such as sustainable nutrition and bioactives for health
  • Access to internationally-leading research groups with the opportunity to develop research projects of your own
  • Opportunities for industry placements to enhance your employability facilitated by the excellent relationships between academics and the nutrition industry
  • A diverse range of potential career paths in: public health; health improvement and policy; local and national government; non-government organisations; the food industry; sport and exercise industries; and media and communications

Year 1

Focus on developing your foundational knowledge and skills within nutrition, including: structure and function of the human body, fundamental chemistry and energy transfer in the human body.

Year 2

You will build on the knowledge you developed in Year 1, along with being exposed to content relating to professional conduct in nutrition.

Year 3

You will be using the skills you developed in Years 1 and 2 to put theory into practice. This will include the completion of a research project.

"Good quality nutrition is integral across an incredibly broad spectrum, from underpinning the performance of elite athletes to the prevention and treatment of non-communicable disease such as obesity and diabetes. This programme exposes students to this rapidly growing field via unique research-led modules, and affords opportunities to work as part of internationally-leading research groups."

Dr Daryl Wilkerson, Director of Education.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted, or replaced as a consequence of the annual review of this programme.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in stages 2 and 3 as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You are also permitted to take the five-credit module ESS3910 Professional Development Experience in the second or final years. Registration on this module is subject to a competitive application process. If taken, this module will not count towards progression or award calculation.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Entry requirements 2020

Typical offer

A-level: AAB-ABB 

IB: 34-32


Required subjects

A-levels: Grade B in Biology and grade B in another science subject*.

IB: HL5 in Biology and HL5 in another science subject.

BTEC: Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma are also required to achieve A-level grade B in Biology and A-level grade B in another Science subject*

All applicants are also required to have a minimum of a grade C or 4 in GCSE English Language or equivalent qualification.

*GCE AL science subjects include: Biology/Human Biology^; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Home Economics/Food Technology; Geography; Geology; Life and Health Sciences (Double Award only); Marine Science; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths^; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Sport Science; Statistics.

^If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one ‘science’ but could count as two A-levels towards our general requirements.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements.

If your academic qualifications or English language skills do not meet our entry requirements our INTO University of Exeter centre offers a range of courses to help you reach the required language and academic standards.

International Foundation programmes

Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

Most modules we offer will include a range of learning experiences, such as:

  • Lectures: designed to introduce topics, provide a framework for further reading, and provide background material for extended work through laboratory and practical experiences.
  • Laboratory sessions: you will work in smaller groups with specialist equipment.
  • Seminars: you will work in smaller groups, where you can contribute through discussion, role play and short presentations.
  • Independent research and study: reading, researching, writing, practice assignments, projects and dissertation.
  • Study groups: involve work with other students allowing you to utilise the support and cooperation of fellow students as a resource.
  • Practical sessions: some learning and teaching sessions make use of the facilities in order to help you gain applied experience.
  • Dissertation: this will be conducted in an area related to your specialism and will take the form of an extended and original piece of independent research.
  • Guest lectures: we frequently welcome visitors of international standing in the area of exercise and sport.

On average you’ll have 15 hours of teaching time per week with more at the beginning of the programme and less as you progress and take more responsibility for your own learning.

We’re actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching. For example, positive feedback from our students has led us to increase use of our learning environment, an easily navigable website where you can access detailed information about modules and utilise multimedia learning resources.


All modules are assessed, with second and third year modules contributing towards your final degree classification. Modules are assessed using a variety of methods including essays, exams, oral and written presentations, laboratory reports and a dissertation. We aim to strike a 50:50 balance between coursework and exams over the duration of the programme.

Academic facilities

The St Luke’s Campus features several teaching and research laboratories and computer suites that have recently been extended and upgraded. The campus is home to the College of Medicine and Health’s Life Sciences Resource Centre, as well as extensive learning spaces for seminars and tutorials.

In Sport and Health Sciences, we have designated purpose-built laboratories for sport and exercise physiology, sports biomechanics, and health and performance psychology. Further significant investment has recently been made in new multi-million pound teaching, learning, and research facilities on the campus.



Good quality nutrition plays a key role in health and healthy ageing, and in the prevention and treatment of non-communicable disease such as obesity and diabetes.

The nutrition industry is a multi-billion pound sector, with bioactive substances and functional foods sectors alone estimated to have a global value of $31 billion in 2017, and the global sports nutrition sector valued at $56 billion.

The excellent relationships between Sport and Health Sciences academics and the nutrition industry will facilitate opportunities for industry placements to enhance employability.

There are therefore many potential career paths for nutritionists including:

  • public health,
  • health improvement,
  • health policy,
  • local and national government,
  • Non-Government Organisations (NGOs),
  • food industry,
  • sports and exercise industries,
  • international work in developing countries,
  • media and communications.

Graduate level attributes and core competencies that open up these employment opportunities include:

  • theoretical knowledge of underpinning biochemistry physiology and food chemistry,
  • food chain and social and behavioural drivers of eating behaviours,
  • health promotion
  • and professional conduct.

Careers services

We have a dedicated, award-winning Careers Service, ensuring you have access to careers advisors, mentors and the tools you need to succeed in finding employment in your chosen field on graduation. We offer the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award which include employability-related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market. Our graduates compete very successfully in the employment market, with many employers targeting the University when recruiting new graduates.

Supporting your career in Sport and Health Sciences

Each year Sport and Health Sciences students are able to access a huge range of opportunities when considering their future career options. Recent events include career insights with visiting alumni, career conversations with employers on campus, and mock interviews with visiting employers and alumni.

The University of Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. Whatever path you wish to follow after graduation, we’re here to help and support you with all your career and employability needs.


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