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The BSc Hons Human Nutrition degree is accredited by the Association of Nutrition (AfN).


Nutritionists elicit, disseminate and apply the knowledge drawn from the relevant sciences so as to promote an understanding of the effects of diet on growth, development, health and wellbeing of man.

This course aims to provide a comprehensive education in nutrition science and the related biosciences and their application to the maintenance of human health and in public health domains, the prevention of disease.

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Human nutrition is the scientific study of the foods we eat, the nutrients in foods, the fate of the nutrients when they are eaten and the effect of diet on health and well-being. Human nutrition, therefore, includes the study of the science of nutrition, the supportive sciences of chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, pathology, food science, epidemiology and statistics, together with the newer biosciences such as genetics and immunology. If you successfully complete the programme, you graduate with a BSc Hons Human Nutrition and a Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) or Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS) depending on your placement choice. As a graduate nutritionist you will have the skills to elicit, disseminate, and apply knowledge drawn from the relevant sciences to promote an understanding of the effects of diet on human health and well-being.

Linked programmes

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards


This is a four year full-time course.

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply


Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Bioanalysis for Nutrition

Year: 1

This module develops an understanding in fundamental aspects of bioanalysis for the life and health sciences. The module introduces modern analytical technologies applied to the analysis of biomolecules including; chromatography, electrophoresis, spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and immunochemical analysis.


Year: 1

This module is designed to introduce students to the fundamental biochemical pathways, an understanding of which are necessary for the further study of life and health sciences. The structure, function and metabolism of biological macromolecules and the regulation of the pathways involved in their metabolism are discussed in detail

Human Physiology & Anatomy

Year: 1

This module provides an introduction to the study of human physiology and anatomy to underpin further study of the pathophysiology in health and disease.

Medical Cell Biology

Year: 1

This module will enable students to develop an understanding of the cellular basis of life and the relevance of studies of cell structure and function at the molecular level to human disease. In addition, it will provide a foundation for further studies in genetics, microbiology, histology and biochemistry.

Chemistry in Practice

Year: 1

This module introduces general descriptive, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry and the principles underlying chemical properties and reactions of simple organic and inorganic compounds

Biostatistics and study skills for nutrition

Year: 1

This module provides an introduction to the basic statistical methods essential to scientific analysis and the use of selective software packages for the analysis and presentation of data. It provides an introduction to learning in a university setting, including information retrieval and handling, as well as communication and presentation. Teaching methods include lectures, computer laboratory classes and tutorials.

Psychology Applied to Health

Year: 1

The focus of this module is to introduce psychological perspectives to examine contemporary health issues. The module will introduce students to the field of health psychology, and provide an awareness of the role of psychological theory to understand health behaviour. Important themes are the relationships between human behaviour and health outcomes, and the importance of psychological processes to understand and change health behaviours.

Year two

Innovation-led Entrepreneurship

Year: 2

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop enterprise competences and transferable skills. The module will be taught by lectures, case studies, tutorials and attendance at a relevant public engagement or professional body event. The module is web supplemented with the NICENT entrepreneurship awareness materials. Students will be required to carry out a group new venture planning project.

Clinical biochemistry

Year: 2

This module is designed to provide an understanding in clinical biochemistry sufficient to underpin further study in the biomedical sciences.


Year: 2

This module is designed to provide understanding of key concepts in pathology sufficient to underpin further study in the biomedical sciences


Year: 2

This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the key concepts in immunology sufficient to underpin further study in the biomedical sciences

Food science

Year: 2

The module provides an integrated overview of food science and technology including principles of food processing, structure and chemistry of food components, elements of food microbiology and food safety hazards. Students are introduced to some commercial constraints relevant to the large-scale production of food that is affordable, palatable and safe.

Epidemiology and statistics

Year: 2

This module is designed to provide understanding of key concepts in epidemiology and statistics sufficient to underpin further study in nutrition science.

Assessment of Nutritional Status

Year: 2

This module is designed to promote an understanding of the fundamentals of body composition and the principles, uses and limitations of anthropometry and dietary assessment methodology for the evaluation of nutrient intake data and nutritional status of individuals and groups.

Nutrition Through the Lifecycle

Year: 2

This module discusses the changing nature of nutritional requirements and determinants of food selection through the human life cycle.

Applied Genetics

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module considers genetic defects that contribute to human disease with study of recombinant DNA techniques, human inheritance, chromosomal aberrancies and inborn errors of metabolism, carcinogenesis and ageing. Practical experience of contemporary molecular biological techniques is also provided. Advances in molecular genetics and the human genome project are also discussed and provide an appreciation of the potential for improved diagnostics and therapeutics

Biosciences for Nutrition

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module introduces Nutrition students to the basic concepts of Pharmacology, Genetics and Microbiology, sufficient to underpin further study.

Year three

Human Nutrition Placement - Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP)

Year: 3

During the third year, students gain 48 weeks of structured work experience in the field of nutrition research, health promotion or the food industry. This placement experience is designed to provide an insight into the world of work, to consolidate nutrition knowledge and skills acquired during the first two years and to promote the development of transferable skills.

Human Nutrition Placement - Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS)

Year: 3

In this study programme students spend an approved period of study in another university, either in Europe under the Socrates scheme or in the USA under the British Council Study USA (SUSA) programme or other relevant programme. This placement experience is designed to provide experience of an educational and cultural environment in an overseas country and to promote the development of transferable skills.

Year four

Biochemistry and Molecular Nutrition

Year: 4

This module discusses the biochemical roles of the essential nutrients in metabolism, the possible aetiologies of major chronic diseases together with postulated nutritional involvement in the disease mechanisms. In addition, the module also reinforces for students the concept of nutrigenomics and the role of nutrition at the molecular level.

Nutrition Research Methodology

Year: 4

This module gives an integrated overview of nutrition and food research as the basis for advancing knowledge to inform practice in dietetics, the production and promotion of foods for commerce and health, and future research. The value of the scientific literature, and the rationale and inherent limitations of research are explained. Quantitative research methodology and a selected range of experimental approaches are described and critically evaluated. The module includes practical sessions, seminars, tutorials, a literature review, and a presentation.

Human Nutrition Research Project

Year: 4

This module provides experience of the research process and involves the final planning, organisation, conduct, critical analysis and reporting of a substantial, independent, original, research study undertaken within the field of human nutrition under the supervision of member of academic or academic related staff.

Human and Molecular Genetics

Year: 4

This module is optional

The module considers in depth, key areas of genetics and introduces specialised topics based on recent advances and current considerations in the human and molecular genetics field. The application of available genomic/SNP data towards stratified and personalised medicine will be discussed.

Health Promotion and Nutrition Education

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module provides a broad overview of the concepts of health, health belief, health promotion and behavioural change and the sociological factors that influence that food related behaviour. It focuses on strategies for planning and evaluation of current health promotion and nutrition education, the scientific evidence behind nutrition policies and the principles of food labelling.

Sport & Exercise Nutrition

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module provides an introduction to the biochemical principles of exercise and sport, the role of nutrition and exercise in the prevention of disease and the importance of nutrition in enhancing athletic performance.

Clinical Nutrition

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module discusses the aetiology, prevention and dietary treatment of common nutrition-related diseases and nutrition support.

Diet Therapy

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module provides an integrated study of the role of diet therapy in the treatment of disease. Building on the concepts developed in module NUT503 Clinical Nutrition in semester 1, it explores the rationale for and application of dietary modifications for patients with specific diseases and the means of evaluating dietary treatments. This knowledge is integrated with an understanding of the medical aspects of common disease states.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

Grades BCC to include grades BC in 2 science subjects - 2 from Group A OR 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B

Group A - Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Biology, Home Economics (of which Chemistry is preferred).

Group B - PE, Geography, IT, Applied Science, Health & Social Care, Environmental Technology/Science

Applied Science Double Award is acceptable as two science subjects.

Provided the subject requirements are met you can substitute a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University for one of the A level grades.


Pass overall BTEC Extended Diploma with DMM to include at least 7 distinctions (only science-based BTECs are accepted).

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grades H3,H3,H3,H4,H4 to include H3,H3 in two science subjects (2 from Group A OR 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B)

Group A - Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Biology, Home Economics (of which Chemistry is preferred)

Group B - PE, Geography, IT

You are also required to have Higher Level English and Maths grade H6 or above OR Ordinary Level English and Maths grade O4 or above.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is grades CCCCC to include in 2 science subjects - 2 from Group A OR 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B

Group A - Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Biology, Home Economics (of which Chemistry is preferred).

Group B - PE, Geography, IT, Applied Science, Health & Social Care, Environmental Technology/Science

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is Grades CDD to include grades CD in two science subjects - 2 from Group A OR 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B

Group A - Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Biology, Home Economics (of which Chemistry is preferred).

Group B - PE, Geography, IT, Applied Science, Health & Social Care, Environmental Technology/Science

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 24 points to include 12 points at higher level to include two subjects as follows:

2 from Group A OR 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B.

Group A – Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Biology or Home Economics, of which Chemistry is preferred.

Group B – PE, Geography, IT, Applied Science

At least 6 points must be achieved in one of these subjects and at least 5 points in the second subject.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Pass science-based Access course with a minimum overall mark of 65% including a minimum of 65% in each level 3 module.


You must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold GCSE passes at grade C(or grade 4) (or equivalent) in English Language, Maths and Double Award Science. GCSE Chemistry grade C(or grade 4) can be offered as an alternative to GCSE double award science.

Please note that for purposes of entry to this course the Level 2 Essential / Key Skill in Application of Number is NOT regarded as an acceptable alternative to GCSE Maths.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Acceptable alternative qualifications include:

Pass HND with overall Merit to include 30 distinctions in level 5 credits/units may be specified.

Pass HNC with overall Merit to include 60 distinctions in level 4 credits/units may be specified.

You may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of different qualifications to the same standard as recognised by the University (provided subject requirements as noted above are met). Examples of acceptable combinations include:

2 A Levels and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

OCR National Diploma and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

2 A Levels and Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

A Level and BTEC National Diploma

For further information regarding combination offer requirements, please contact Faculty Office staff on T: +44 (0) 28 7012 4159 or E:

As part of your course you may have a placement / project that involves contact with patients and/or potential exposure to human blood / tissue. At that time you will be asked to complete a Health Declaration Form which will include information about your vaccination history.
Following screening of your form, it may be necessary for you to meet with a nurse or for a medical to be arranged with the University Occupational Health Physician. Depending on the exact nature of your placement/project you may require immunity from Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chicken pox and Tuberculosis and/or have completed a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations with subsequent positive serology results.
You will be advised further should the need for health screening and vaccination arise.

Exemptions and transferability

At the discretion of the Course Committee, and the agreement of the Course Director, you may, in some circumstances, transfer to other courses within the School of Biomedical Sciences e.g.the BSc Hons Food and Nutrition with DPP/DIAS, the BSc Hons Biology etc at the end of Year 1, even though the modules taken on these other programmes are not exactly the same as the Year 1 modules for the BSc Hons Human Nutrition course.

Students with good passes in HND Science (Applied Biology or Chemistry with Biology) or who have a Foundation degree in Medical and Applied Science may be permitted entry into Year 2.

Students holding the BSc (Ord) Health Science and Physiology, from Sligo Institute of Technology, with an overall average of 65% will be considered for direct entry to final year following successful completion of a 3 week bridging course.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

Career options

The academic content of the programme, together with the experience gained from placement, leads to excellent employment opportunities within industry, nutrition research, health promotion, public health, personalised nutrition ie in the areas of metabolomics, nutrigenomics or in nutrition overseas. Many of our graduates choose to pursue higher degrees in the area of human nutrition or to complete a PGCE and become teachers of science, home economics or biology. Graduates may also pursue dietetics at postgraduate level by undertaking a postgraduate programme in Dietetics (e.g. PgDip/MSc Dietetics).

Work placement / study abroad

There is a mandatory work placement in year 3.

Professional recognition

Association for Nutrition (AfN)

Accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) for the purpose of eligibility for Direct Entry Registration at Associate Level with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN).

Academic profile


Applications for full time undergraduate courses are made through UCAS

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00  Discounts available - find out more

Additional mandatory costs

Current costs of the health screening and vaccination programme are approx. £35 - 155 depending on the vaccinations required.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


Faculty Office
T: +44 (0) 28 7012 4159

Course Director: Mrs Pauline Douglas
T: +44 (0) 28 7012 3179