Nutrition BSc (Hons) – 2020 entry
Why choose this course
Our food science courses are ranked 2nd in the UK by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and 2nd by The Complete University Guide 2019. We also achieved 100 per cent overall satisfaction for this course in the National Student Survey 2018.
The Department of Nutritional Sciences is home to an innovative teaching and learning environment. The strength and depth of our research means you’ll not only be taught be internationally recognised researchers, but also be able to become actively involved in cutting-edge research during your studies.
What you will study
As a student on our BSc Nutrition course, you’ll learn about food and the nutrients it contains, how the body uses them and how they relate to health and disease. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding as to how the body assimilates and uses nutrients in the body. Building on a sound evidence base, you’ll fully appreciate how human nutrition impacts on health and the development of disease.
This course is designed for those who wish to pursue a commercial, public health or research-orientated career, and it will give you the core skills and competencies required from a modern nutritionist.
Our BSc Nutrition course offers a range of optional modules and is available as a three or four-year course, depending on whether you choose to take a Professional Training placement.
This course is also accredited by the Association for Nutrition, the UK professional body for nutrition. After completing it you’ll be eligible for direct entry into the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists.
|Qualification||Course length||Foundation year||Professional Training||Start date||UCAS||KIS code|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||Oct 2020||B402||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||36 months||Oct 2020||B400||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||Oct 2020||B404||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||60 months||Oct 2020||B405||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
A Professional Training placement provides you with the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and many of our students are offered employment on graduation by their placement provider.
The Professional Training placement year gives our students an insight into their subject and career potential, and early access to professional experience. It can be invaluable in developing work-based skills and helping them secure a graduate career.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Professional Training placements in nutrition are usually paid, and may be in the food industry, government research establishments or in the NHS.
Our Professional Training tutor will help organise your choice of placement, where you’ll be visited by academic staff, usually on three separate occasions. There are a wide variety of companies and organisations offering placements, including Nestlé and Kellogg’s.
Examples of organisations that have participated in the scheme include:
- Tata Global Beverages
If you don’t want to take a Professional Training placement, you’ll follow the three-year course.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via our online placement opportunities platform called Surrey Pathfinder, within which students can select and apply for placement vacancies. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to the vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
BSc (Hons) - 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).
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Our nutrition graduates have attractive career prospects in the food industry and health service, as well as in research, education and the media. As a Surrey nutrition graduate, you’ll be an important representative of evidence-based nutrition science. Many of our students return to work at the company or organisation where they took their Professional Training placement.
Recent graduates from our BSc Nutrition course have entered employment in roles such as:
- Public Health Nutritionist, Department of Health
- Nutrition Marketing Assistant, baby food manufacturer
- Nutritionist, Unilever
- Nutritionist, Sainsbury’s
- Nutrition Graduate Scientist, Danone
- Nutritionist, Whole Foods
- Junior Scientist, Danone Nutricia.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.
Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
Our international exchange programme offers you the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university for either one semester or a full academic year as part of your course. As a nutrition student, you might be able to spend your full second year at one of our partner institutions in the US (for example in North Carolina).
The exchange programme enables you to study and live in another country and earn credits that contribute towards your Surrey degree, without paying additional tuition fees.
You could broaden your horizons, meet other exchange students and experience student life in some of the most prestigious universities in the world. Studying abroad also helps you to become more independent, teaching you how to adapt and adjust to the culture and climate of another country.
In addition, or alternatively, you may want to consider spending your Professional Training placement working in another country. Students have travelled to Canada, Australia, Brazil and many European countries, typically working in a research laboratory at a partner institution.
If you work in another part of Europe you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant, as well as your full student loan if taking an unpaid research placement in a foreign university laboratory. This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience, but also to improve or learn another language.
The Nutrition BSc with foundation has an additional year of study designed to support your transition on to latter years of the course. You will study full-time for one year at foundation level, and after successfully completing it you will be ready to move on to the next three years of the course.
This qualification is subject to approval. This means that it has received initial agreement from the University and is currently undergoing a detailed final approval exercise, through the University’s quality assurance processes.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Academic year structure
The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course, you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.
Optional modules for Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5
Choose 1 from 3.
Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6
Must choose 3 in total. 1 out of 2 in Semester 1, and 2 out of 4 in Semester 2.
Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
On average you’ll have 24 hours of contact time each week. A variety of teaching methods is used, including lectures, role play and practicals.
You’ll also be expected to carry out private study such as coursework and additional reading. You will also take part in problem-based learning activities and benefit from a range of supporting e-learning materials.
In your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to complete original research under the supervision of research active academics and other researchers.
Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
This course is taught by academic staff from the School of Biosciences and Medicine.
COLLINS AL Dr (Biosc & Med)
All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:
- Academic progress
- Pastoral/welfare issues
- Personal/professional development and employability.
Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
Learning and disability support
We have two services, the Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.
Academic Skills and Development
Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Disability and Neurodiversity Service
The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.
We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.
English language support
Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.
What qualifications do you need?
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
We normally make offers in terms of grades.
If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.
Recognition of prior learning
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
|Qualification||Start date||Course length||Professional Training||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees||Professional Training fees|
|BSc (Hons)||Oct 2020||48 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
|BSc (Hons)||Oct 2020||36 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||Not applicable|
|BSc (Hons)||Oct 2020||48 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||Not applicable|
|BSc (Hons)||Oct 2020||60 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.
There are associated costs with this BSc (Hons) course:
- Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20 - The equipment pack includes laboratory coat, laboratory glasses, laboratory book, pen and padlock. Students are responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing/replacing any equipment.
Grand total: £20.
These additional costs are accurate as of September 2018 and apply to the 2019 year of entry. Costs for 2020 entry will be published in September 2019.
How to apply
Learn how to apply for an undergraduate course, see details about the UCAS application process and determine the steps you need to take if you receive an offer to study.
Our undergraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students.
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"My placement showed me how much I enjoy working in a research setting, so once I graduate I am interested in pursuing higher study and then aim to have a career in the research industry."
Sheldon, a third year Nutrition student, describes his first two years at the University of Surrey.
Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.