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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT-21

  • Duration

    3 Years

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.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.We are in the process of applying for 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.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.In your second year, you can spend a term studying abroad at one of our partner institutions in the USA, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, France, Switzerland or Finland.**Careers**As a graduate of our BSc Nutrition course, you’ll be well-equipped to work in a varied and exciting food industry. Your career could be creative, if you choose an area like product development or marketing, or it could be highly analytical, in the fields of quality testing or nutrition.Graduates from our food science and nutrition courses have embarked on careers within the food industry or a related sector, working for companies such as PepsiCo, Nestlé, Marks & Spencer, Mars and Unilever. Outside of the food industry, you could use your degree for a career in nutrition education or work for a government department concerned with public health. Alternatively, you may choose to move into other areas, such as teaching or environmental health.

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

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£ 20,830per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A level : ABB

Two science subjects including at least one of Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Maths. Acceptable second science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Geology, Food Technology, Home Economics.

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University information

University of Reading

  • University League Table

    39th

  • Campus address

    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 21,000 students from around 165 countries.
Reading is just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    9th out of 39 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 171
    134 63%

    12th

    8
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    85 85%

    9th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.89 78%

    30th

    5

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