|St Luke's Campus
|Sport and Health Sciences (including Nutrition)
- Combine your passion for science and nutrition to help make the world a healthier place, exploring the scientific and social relationship between diet, health and wellbeing.
- Use the latest research to understand how nutrition can improve health and sport performance, and the role of nutrition in public and planetary health.
- Boost your employability with excellent opportunities for placements and research projects with leading nutrition industry partners, local organisations, sports clubs, businesses and the NHS
- Graduate with diverse potential career paths including public health, health improvement and policy, local and national government, businesses and organisations, the food industry, sport and exercise industries, media and communications
- Accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN), our graduates will be eligible to apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) as Registered Associate Nutritionists and boost their credibility.
Top 30 in the world for Sports-related subjects
21st in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2023
Top 5 in the UK for Sports Science
4th (joint) in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
89% of our graduates in employment or further study within 15 months of graduating
Sport and Health Sciences students: based on full-time, first degree, UK domiciled graduates, HESA Graduate Outcomes survey 2020/21
Dedicated teaching kitchens, laboratories for sport and exercise physiology, sports biomechanics and health and performance psychology
"I chose the BSc Nutrition course as I wanted to deepen my knowledge in the field of health and wellness. The hands-on approach, combined with friendly and helpful lecturers allow me to make the most of my time here and get the most out of my degree.
In particular I love the Nutrition for High Performance module, where we get to work with athletes at the University and it provides a sneak peek into what life might look like post-graduation."
Studying BSc Nutrition
This degree programme is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN).
Graduates of the programme will be eligible to apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) as Registered Associate Nutritionists.
Registration with the UKVRN entitles you to use the letters ANutr after your name. It shows that you are serious about a career in nutrition and can help you stand out in the graduate job market.
Entry requirements (typical offer)
|AAB - ABB
|B in Biology and B in another Science subject*
|34/665 - 32/655
|HL 5 in Biology plus either another science subject at HL 5 or two science subjects at SL 5*
|Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma are also required to achieve B in Biology and B in another Science subject*
|C or 4
|English Language and Mathematics
|Access to HE
|30 L3 Credits at Distinction Grade and 15 L3 credits at Merit Grade - 24 L3 Credits at Distinction Grade and 21 L3 credits at Merit Grade.
|To include 12 L3 Credits at Merit Grade in Biology and 12 L3 Credits at Merit Grade in an acceptable Science subject area.*
|T-Levels not accepted
A-Level: BBB - BBC
Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.
|Other accepted qualifications
|English language requirements
International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.
NB General Studies is not included in any offer.
Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply
*Accepted science subjects:
Biology/Human Biology^; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Economics; Electronics; Environmental Science; Environmental Studies; Home Economics/Food Technology; Geography; Geology; Life and Health Sciences (Double Award only); Marine Science; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths^; Nutrition and Food Science; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Sport Science; Statistics.
^If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one ‘science subject’ but could count as two A-levels towards our general requirements.
Our BSc Nutrition programme offers you the opportunity to explore the scientific relationship between diet, health and wellbeing. You’ll use cutting-edge research to understand the importance of nutrition for health and performance.
The course is practical and hands-on, so you can take advantage of the specialist facilities available in our world-class laboratories and absorb the expertise of our Sport and Health Sciences academics.
We incorporate inter-disciplinary teaching and research in nutrition, drawing expertise from the Exeter Food Network, Natural Sciences and the Medical School to broaden your perspective.
There are also opportunities for industry placements to enhance your employability, facilitated by the excellent relationships between academics and the local community such as schools, sports clubs, businesses, NGOs, the NHS, GP networks, Devon County Council, and leading nutrition industry partners.
As well as the modules listed below, you can choose optional modules from other disciplines to suit your career interests.
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.
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. You can also choose optional modules across other disciplines to suit your interests.
90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules.
|Human Anatomy and Kinanthropometry
|Nutrition and Metabolism
|Introduction to Statistics
|SHS S1 BSc Nut opt 2022-3
|Foundations of Biomechanics
|Sports Training Physiology
|Foundations of Exercise and Sport Psychology
You will build on the knowledge you developed in Year 1, along with being exposed to content relating to professional conduct in nutrition.
105 credits of compulsory modules, 15 credits of optional modules.
|Research Methods and Analytical Procedures
|Sports Nutrition and Metabolism
|Nutrition and Society
|Nutrition, physical activity, and health
|Literature Review in Nutrition
|SHS S2 BSc Nut opt 2022-3
|Biomechanics and Kinesiology
|Measurement of Physical Activity, Exercise and Sport
|Strength and Conditioning Physiology
|Employability and Career Development in Nutrition
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.
90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules (120 credits in total).
|Nutrition for High Performance
|Professional Conduct in Nutrition
|SHS SF BSc Nut opt 2022-3
|Sport, Physical Activity and Health
|Integrated Physiology and Adaptation to Physical (in)activity
|Physiological Determinants of Exercise Performance
|Clinical Exercise Prescription
|Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement
This programme offers the opportunity to take a professional placement year (through a competitive entry process). You will spend your third year on a self-organised work placement with an organisation relevant to your degree, which we support you to secure. You will be encouraged to consider a wide range of organisations, including those in the food, nutrition, community, healthcare, and sport industries.
We also offer competitive research placements within our department for students interested in nutrition research. Examples of our recent research can be found in the research groups Food and Nutrition and Integrative Physiology.
Why choose a professional placement year?
In your professional placement year you will learn to apply the knowledge learnt during your first and second years, improve personal and transferable skills, make new contacts and enhance your employability. Work placements allow you to gain experience of a professional workplace prior to graduating and develop your career focus, and are extremely valued by employers.
What support is available during my placement?
You will be supported through your professional placement by a programme director who will provide high-quality advice to ensure you get the most from your placement.
Does it count towards my degree?
The professional placement year counts towards your degree through the completion of your placement and associated coursework. It contributes to your final degree classification, and the words ‘with Professional Placement’ will appear in your degree title. This variant of the programme is also accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN).
During your first, second and final years of study, you will follow the same programme of study as the BSc Nutrition (see Course content).
How does it affect my tuition fee?
If you spend a full year on a work placement, you will pay a reduced fee. Find out more in the fees section.
How do I apply?
There is no need to apply directly to this programme: apply via UCAS for BSc Nutrition, and you can transfer onto the four-year programme with Professional Placement once you are at Exeter.
"As a mature student I was worried about being able to keep up, but my lecturers are very helpful and there is lots of support available from the University, which made me comfortable very quickly. I enjoy the varied ways of learning, and the course is based on the latest research so we learn the most up-to-date information. I cannot wait to explore my opportunities with my Nutrition degree."
From Hungary, studying BSc Nutrition.
Tuition fees for 2024 entry
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £29,700 per year
If you spend a full year on a work placement (in the UK or abroad) you will pay a reduced fee of 20 per cent of the maximum fee for that year.
The University of Exeter has many different scholarships available to support your education, including £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*. Financial support is also available for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.
* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.
Our specialist facilities include:
- A teaching kitchen where you’ll translate nutrition knowledge into practice, and have opportunities to gain work experience by conducting research and educational sessions for the community
- Life Sciences Resource Centre containing a vast selection of anatomical models used for teaching and during opening hours outside of taught sessions where you can use them to enhance learning
- Purpose-built laboratories for nutrition science practicals, food tasting, nutrition and exercise physiology, and health and performance psychology, cognitive and social psychology
- Fully equipped workshops and audiovisual recording suite available within Psychology
Learning and teaching
How will I learn?
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.
Ways of learning
- Lectures: introducing topics, and providing a framework for further reading, and background material for extended work.
- Laboratory and practical sessions: working in small groups with specialist equipment to put knowledge into practice and develop skills you will need in your future career.
- Seminars: discussion, role play and short presentations in smaller groups.
- Independent research and study: reading, researching, writing, practice assignments, projects and dissertation.
- Study groups: work with other students and utilise their support.
- Dissertation: an extended and original piece of independent research conducted in an area related to your specialism. You will present this at a third-year student dissertation conference.
- Guest lectures: hear from visiting experts in nutrition science, public health nutrition, nutrition policy, nutrition entrepreneurship, private practice and freelancing.
Learn from experts
Our students benefit from being taught by experts in a research-led culture. Our staff have close links with a wide range of industrial, medical and sporting organisations providing the chance to collaborate for your final year research project.
Staff expertise includes:
- the role of nutrition in childhood cancer
- diet and exercise effects on the gut microbiome in health and performance
- sustainable nutrition and food systems
- the use of polyphenol supplementation in exercise performance and healthy ageing
- the effects of dietary nitrate supplementation on vascular health and ergogenic effects for exercise performance
- and the effects of protein ingestion and muscle metabolism in exercise, inactivity, and ageing.
Our department projects have been developed in collaboration with strong industry partners, namely: Quorn, Pukka, ActiveEdge and sport partners Exeter Chiefs, Exeter City F.C, UK Athletics.
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, podcasts, infographics, case studies, 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 course.
Teaching staff on every module are available for individual tutorial sessions when required. Module leaders are available to discuss module logistics, examinations and absences. Teaching staff also make themselves available at the end of lectures for further discussion and debate.
Extra-curricular support is also provided in the form of ‘drop-in’ sessions for more challenging parts of the course such as statistical analysis, scientific writing, and research methodology.
For pastoral support students are assigned a personal tutor, meeting regularly in small groups or in one to one meetings.
Optional modules outside of this course
Each year, if you have optional modules available, you can take up to 30 credits in a subject outside of your course. This can increase your employability and widen your intellectual horizons.
Proficiency in a second subject
If you complete 60 credits of modules in one of the subjects below, you may have the words 'with proficiency in [e.g. Social Data Science]' added to your degree title when you graduate.
- A Foreign Language
- Social Data Science
Employer-valued skills this course develops
A degree in Nutrition will help you develop the key transferable skills valued by employers, such as problem-solving, decision-making, planning and organising, personal communication and leadership.
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
- Professional conduct
Supporting your career in Nutrition
Each year Nutrition students are able to access a huge range of opportunities when considering their future career options.
Teaching staff regularly circulate placements and job opportunities to students through the programme webpage, email and the programme Twitter account (@Nutri_Ex).
A range of employability sessions are put on which include: career talks from visiting alumni and employers from a range of backgrounds, career conversations with employers, an annual Careers and Networking evening with alumni, organisations and employers, and a Careers in Healthcare event. You’ll also receive support to access high-quality work placements through the optional Career Development in Nutrition module (year 2).
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.
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, we’re here to help and support you with all your career and employability needs.
There are many potential career paths for nutritionists including:
- Private practice
- 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