What you need to know about studying food science, nutrition and dietetics at Surrey
Discover how you'll develop your knowledge in the fascinating field of food science, nutrition and dietetics at Surrey. We are ranked 2nd in the UK for food science by the Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 and 3rd in the UK for food science by the Complete University Guide 2024.
We offer hands-on learning
You’ll benefit from hands-on learning in our £12.5 million Innovation for Health Learning Laboratory. Laboratory-based practical work will form an integral part of your course and you’ll get to conduct your first experiment during your second week. You’ll familiarise yourself with food science, nutrition and dietetics methodology and develop the practical laboratory experience that’s essential in a research career and valued by a wide range of employers.
You’ll meet many staff throughout your studies, all possessing a wealth of knowledge in their subject and an eagerness to share it. You'll get access to modern facilities, like laboratories for many practicals in your first year, and simulation suites to help prepare you for placements in hospitals and community settings.Georgina Puchowski , Nutrition and Dietetics BSc
We're a team of experts
We have a clinical and research-led focus to our teaching, ensuring everything you learn is up-to-date and relevant to employers, including the NHS. You’ll be taught by lecturers who are active researchers or clinicians within their respective fields. These may include:
- Dr Jonathan Brown - an expert on polyphenols in health and disease
- Dr Adam Collins - an expert in exercise intensity and energy balance
- Dr Barbara Engel - an expert in renal disease.
You'll gain clinical and industry experience
On our Nutrition and Dietetics BSc, you’ll complete three NHS clinical placements, in either an acute hospital or community setting. Initially, you’ll develop an awareness of working in the NHS and the role of a dietitian, before building up your knowledge, skills and professional abilities. Your final placement will consolidate your learning and you’ll complete the clinical training required to be a dietitian.
On our other courses, we offer Professional Training placements, giving you the opportunity to gain real industry experience, in an area of personal interest. Our students have previously completed placements with organisations including J Sainsbury plc., Unilever and Yakult.
I undertook a Professional Training placement at Sainsbury’s - one of the largest supermarket retailers in the UK. As a placement trainee in the Own Brand Department, I led two core projects – one on sugar reduction in juice drinks and the other on colour consistency on packaging. I was given real responsibility and I could understand how my projects contributed to the business.Princess Chukwu, Suan Yean Ong
We're focused on your future
Our Nutrition BSc course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition, giving you the academic requirements needed to apply for direct entry into the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists, once you graduate. Alternatively, you’ll be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as a dietitian, after completing our Nutrition and Dietetics BSc course.
We prepare you for a wide range of careers, with 94% of our biosciences and medicine graduates going on to full-time employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023, HESA). Our recent graduates can be found working for Adelie Foods Ltd, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, Nestlé and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.