- Explore the scientific relationship between diet, health and wellbeing using the most up-to-date research to understand the importance of nutrition for health and performance
- Unique research-led modules co-created with industry on topics such as sustainable nutrition, and bioactives for health
- Exceptional access to internationally-leading research groups and facilities with the opportunity to develop research projects
- The excellent relationships between academics and the nutrition industry will facilitate opportunities for industry placements to enhance employability
- Diverse potential career paths post-degree including; public health; health improvement and policy; local and national government; non-government organisations; the food industry; sport and exercise industries; media and communications
Top 10 in the world for sports-related subjects
QS World University Rankings 2020
4th in the UK for Sports Science
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
95% of our students go into graduate employment or further study within 15 months of graduating
Sport and Health Sciences students: Graduate Outcomes data from 2017/18 graduates
Dedicated teaching kitchens, laboratories for sport and exercise physiology, sports biomechanics and health and performance psychology
Good quality nutrition is integral across an incredibly broad spectrum, from underpinning the performance of elite athletes to preventing and treating non-communicable disease such as obesity and diabetes. This course 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 - Sport and Health Sciences
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.
Accreditation is a mark of professionalism and demonstrates that the programme is rooted in a science-based tradition with a rigorous approach to evidence and the sharing of best practice. Find out more about the benefits of accreditation.
BSc Nutrition was awarded accreditation in June 2020 and is currently accredited until 2025.
Entry requirements (typical offer)
|Qualification||Typical offer||Required subjects|
|A-Level||AAB - ABB||B in Biology and B in another science subject*|
|IB||34/665 - 32/655||HL5 in Biology plus either another science subject at HL5 or two science subjects at SL5*|
|BTEC||DDD - DDM||Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma are also required to achieve A-levels at grade B in Biology and B in another Science subject*|
|GCSE||C or 4||English Language|
Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Where a grade A is required in two subjects, offers will be AAC. Find out more about contextual offers.
|Other UK, EU and International equivalences|
NB General Studies is not included in any offer.
*Accepted science subjects: 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^; 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 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. There are also opportunities for industry placements to enhance your employability facilitated by the excellent relationships between academics and the nutrition industry.
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 will build on the knowledge you developed in Year 1, along with being exposed to content relating to professional conduct 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.
Tuition fees for 2022 entry
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £23,800 per year *
* Please note that the fees for students starting in 2022 have yet to be set. The fees provided above are the fees for students starting in 2021 and are for guidance only. We will post the fees for 2022 entry shortly.
The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.
Our specialist facilities include:
- A teaching kitchen in which you will be able to translate nutrition knowledge into practice, together with 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 both teaching and during opening hours outside of taught sessions where you can come and use them to enhance learning
- Purpose-built laboratories for sport and exercise physiology, sports biomechanics, and health and performance psychology, cognitive and social psychology
- Well-equipped workshops and audio visual recording suite available within psychology
Learning and teaching
How will I learn?
- 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 Sport Science dissertation conference.
- Guest lectures: hear from visiting experts in 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.
Learn from experts
We believe every student benefits from being part of a research-led culture and being taught by experts. Our staff have close links with a wide range of industrial, medical and sporting organisations with whom there may be the chance to collaborate for your final year research project.
Staff expertise includes the use of polyphenol supplementation in exercise performance and healthy ageing, in collaboration with industry partners; 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 are and 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, 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 programmes.
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, with whom they meet regularly in small groups or in one to one meetings.
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 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.
A range of employability sessions are put on for the students which include: career talks from visiting alumni and employers from a range of backgrounds; career conversations with employers; an annual Careers and Networking Sports Health Science evening with alumni, organisations and employers; and a Careers in Healthcare event. In addition students will receive support to access high-quality work placements through the optional Career Development module.
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
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