Published: 14 December 2018

Five reasons to study food, nutrition and dietetics at Surrey

Subject leaders from the Department of Nutritional Sciences reveal what makes our degrees in food, nutrition and dietetics different, and the secret behind our graduates’ success.

1. Reputation for success

Our strong reputation and history provides our students with a clear profile within the industry. Studying Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics at Surrey places you at the centre of one of the largest Nutritional Science departments in the UK with a fifty year history of teaching, research and professional training.

We’re passionate about upholding our reputation for excellent research and teaching, evidenced by our recent awarding of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for teaching and research in food and nutrition and our highly recognised programmes ranked second in the UK by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and the Complete University Guide 2019.


2. Research-active teaching staff

The Department of Nutritional Sciences consists of a large community of world-leading researchers. All of our teaching staff are research-active and/or clinically active and bring their up-to-date expertise into the classroom, teaching you on the topics that they are passionate about. Our research is at the forefront of the field and informs our teaching, ensuring what you learn is topical, and has practical and professional relevance.

Our staff often advise for world-renowned organisations such as the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the Institute of Food Science Technology (IFST) and the Nutrition Society, influencing the professions.


3. Professional Training opportunities

Surrey’s Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain work experience and insight into a job role relevant to the industry. As a student on our BSc Nutrition and Dietetics programme, you will undertake three placements within the NHS in acute hospital and community settings. Your placements will begin in your first year, and are fully integrated with your teaching, allowing you to gain practical experience that enhances your learning and helps you develop both academically and professionally.

On our BSc Food Science and Nutrition and BSc Nutrition programmes, you will have an opportunity to undertake a placement in the UK or overseas. We place great emphasis on organising successful research-based placements, allowing you to enhance your practical research abilities and improve your professional skills. Recent students have undertaken placements with Sainsbury’s, Unilever, Nutricia, Tata Global Beverages, Pladis and Yakult.


4. Excellent facilities

Evidence based practical work forms an integral part of our food science, nutrition and dietetics programmes. Our courses are designed to develop the practical skills and laboratory experience necessary to move into a research career and valued by a wide range of employers.

At Surrey you will benefit from our well-equipped teaching laboratories and be given the opportunity to learn with modern, specialist equipment and simulation suites. You will also develop your analytical and research skills, our commitment to which is exemplified by our investment in a new £12.5 million Innovation for Health Learning Laboratory which opened in 2017.


5. Fantastic graduate prospects

Our graduates have attractive career prospects in the food industry and health service, as well as in research, education and the media. Most of our nutrition and dietetics graduates start their careers working for the NHS, either in clinical dietetics or health promotion. Many of our graduates go immediately into the job market, taking jobs that often follow naturally from a successful Professional Training placement, but many of our graduates also pursue further study.

Recent graduates have secured roles such as:

  • Band 5 Dietitian NHS
  • Health Promotion Officer, NHS
  • Nutritionist, Unilever
  • Public Health Nutritionist, Department of Health
  • Nutritionist, Whole Foods
  • Nutritionist, Sainsbury’s,
  • Food Technologist, JF Renshaw
  • Conformance Manager, Nestle


Find out more about our courses in food, nutrition and dietetics.