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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250

How you will study

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International course fees
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About Human Nutrition at Bath Spa University

Explore the scientific principles behind food and nutrition throughout life, in health and disease.

  • Gain additional letters after your name on graduating from this Association for Nutrition accredited course.
  • Tailor your degree through module, dissertation and work placement choices relevant to your aspirations.
  • Join our close-knit community of staff and students and experience support that students have described as "exceptional".

Developed in consultation with industry employers, Human Nutrition at Bath Spa has been designed to equip graduates for careers in diverse industries, ranging from health and food to education and clinical nutrition.

When you graduate from this externally accredited programme, you'll be eligible for Registered Associate Nutritionist status, allowing you to use the letters A. Nutr. after your name.

With expert advice from our dedicated tutors, you'll be able to tailor your degree through your module choices, dissertation, and work placements that are relevant to your career or further study aspirations.

'Studying at Bath Spa helped me to realise where I wanted to be, and I couldn't be happier with my current job. I feel very proud to be working at a hospital as well-respected as Salford Royal.'

Lucy Blackstone, BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition

What you'll learn


This course provides an approach to nutrition that is based on the scientific and academic principles of biology, biochemistry, social and public health aspects of human nutrition as well as observing the principles of food resources, food development and safety.

By studying human nutrition, you'll understand the scientific principles underlying nutritional requirements throughout life, in health and disease.

Course structure

Year one
You'll be introduced to a broad range of subjects underpinning the study of nutrition. Emphasis is given to key skills including communication (both written and oral), problem solving and the use of a range of laboratory and ICT techniques, including specialist diet analysis software.

Year two
You'll build on your knowledge from year one and apply it to aspects of human nutrition, investigating the role of diet and physical activity in health and as a risk factor in health disorders. Importantly, you'll gain an understanding of the ethical and professional framework you'll work within as a graduate of a Human Nutrition degree. You'll be trained in research methodology and increasingly, you'll become an independent and autonomous learner.

You'll explore future careers through an optional, but encouraged, work placement in year two.

Year three
In your final year, you'll critically explore the complex nature of issues related to epidemiology, dietary intake, exercise and the acquisition of human health. The primary research investigation is an important part of your studies in year three, and this will enable you to integrate the practical and theoretical aspects of diet, nutrition and ethics.

How will I be assessed?

Many assessments set in Human Nutrition mimic tasks, ways of working, or reporting that are used by professional practitioners. We think that you should experience these ways of working as they help you to prepare for employment, be that in industry, the health sector, as a consultant, teacher or researcher. Some examples of methods used for assessment on this programme include:

  • Dietary analysis
  • Reports
  • Diet and physical activity evaluations
  • Developing food products
  • Essays
  • Case studies
  • Seminar presentations
  • Examinations
  • Group work
  • Literature reviews
  • Dissertation.

How will I be taught?

You'll be taught by a core lecturing team, as well as a number of visiting experts who take lectures and seminars on their areas of expertise.

You'll learn through participation in lectures, seminars, case studies, practical workshops, and educational visits.

We place emphasis on independent study. Each week you'll be given a clear indication of the follow-up study and preparation you are expected to undertake.


Study abroad

In addition to any work placements, all Human Nutrition students have the opportunity to participate in either the Erasmus or Exchange programmes. These allow you to spend one semester studying abroad in either a European University or in one of our partner institutions further afield.

Field trips

Factory visits are part of the optional second year module Food Product Development. Visits have included trips to:

  • Marshfield Bakers
  • Marshfield Ice Cream
  • Bath Brew House
  • Wyke Farms

We encourage our students to attend external events such as:

  • The Bath Science Fair
  • The Bristol Science Fair
  • IFST career launchpad event at Campden BRI
  • The Nutrition Society conferences
  • Food Matters Live event
  • IFST annual lecture

We also encourage our students to attend as many endorsed events or activities that they can e.g. Nutrition Society training events and IFST endorsed activities.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Our students have undertaken work experience and voluntary work with organisations including: MEND; NHS; Sirona Health Care; School Food Trust; schools; youth groups; The Stroke Association; British Heart Foundation; Julian House; local charities; and action groups.

In the third year you can take the (optional) Food and Nutrition in Practice module where you'll work on a brief developed with an external organisation/industry. Project providers for this module include Marshfield Bakery, BirdsEye Foods, NHS, Heart UK, and Food and Nutrition Live.


Human Nutrition graduates have gone into a number of graduate careers including:

  • Dietetics (after a postgraduate dietetics programme)
  • Working in the food industry in new product development, and as technologists and sensory analysts
  • Secondary school teaching - Biology (after PGCE)
  • Master's programmes in specialisms such as nutrition and sport or physical activity
  • PhD study and post-doctoral research
  • Working in public health for councils or local organisations
  • Self-employment.

'As I had such a good experience at Bath Spa during my degree, I decided to go back to complete a PGCE in Secondary Science. I am now a full-time Science teacher... and I love being able to inspire the next generation and share my knowledge and interests.'

Emma Pegler, BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

As a Human Nutrition student you'll be taught at Newton Park campus. You'll benefit from our specialist facilities, giving you access to some of the latest technologies and learning resources, including a wide range of industry standard specialist food and nutrition software.

You'll have access to:


The laboratories and workshops are fully equipped with a mix of general and specialist equipment, appropriate for modules taught in them, student dissertations and staff research. Students have personal on-campus access to dietary analysis software, which is used frequently in lectures and seminars.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course feesGBP 9250International course fees find out
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studySandwichHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course feesGBP 9250International course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course


UK and EU students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £9,250 Year 2 Published Jan 2019 Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020 Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

UK and EU students full time - with placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study.

UK and EU students part time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £4,625 Year 2 Published Jan 2019 Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2021 Year 2 Published Jan 2019 Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

International students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £13,900 Year 2 Published Jan 2019 Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

'The one-to-one tutor contact was exceptional; I felt supported and always knew there were people I could turn to for every type of help and advice.'

Lucy Blackstone, BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition

Entry requirements

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for individuals who are enthusiastic and excited about human nutrition. You'll be motivated and willing to participate in the course, as well as take advantage of what Bath Spa University has to offer its students.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below (for entry from September 2018 onwards):

  • A Level - grade BCC - CCC, preferably with a Grade B in Biology or Biological Sciences.
  • BTEC -  Extended Diploma grades Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) preferred in a science related subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum score of 27 points required with evidence of study of sciences at higher level.
  • Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher). Access courses that include sciences and numeracy preferred.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

What students think about Bath Spa University

    Yasmina Van De Peer, BA (Hons) English Literature and Film Studies, Spain

    Where to start with this year? There have been so many new friends, a new life-style with freedom and no muYasmina Van De Peerm bossing me around. My year has not been easy but I would do it all again, life challenges you in many ways and this experience definitively has.

    When I arrived in September, I felt like a lost girl trying to find something that I could grasp and change my life forever. My first year in a foreign country was fantastic and thanks to the creative writing department, I will never forget my second year as I have the privilege of studying in Chicago for a full academic year! However, this has no real connection with why I chose Bath Spa University.

    I worked as an ambassador for this University and a lot parents have asked the same question, why did I choose it? After 50 parents it gets tiring- especially when I was unsure. As everyone else I want to succeed in life. I have dreamt about going to Oxford, Harvard or any well known University. But the one thing that I have learnt in life is that you can be successful and come from the smallest place in the world. The key to success requires determination to reach your goal.

    Bath Spa just felt right and it allowed me to combine my subjects [English Literature and Film Studies], be myself and it also has an inspiring and picturesque scenery. For me it was perfect.

    Johannes Gerdes, BA Business and Management, Germany

    I chose BA Business and Management as I have always been inspired by my dad who runs a world leading business. The opportunity to work for him during holidays gave me a chance to look inside a company and to experience what management, leadership and communication is all about. I wanted to widen my knowledge and hence started my Business & Management career here at Bath Spa.
    My parents always wanted to give me the opportunity to study abroad. My old school, near Bristol, where I stayed as a boarding student for the last two years, helped me to discover where most of my interests lie. In addition, friends of mine started studying here at Bath Spa.

    I would describe Bath Spa in three words as: Cultural, Wonderful, Friendly.

    In the future I hope I will be working together with my dad and widen the market to countries which haven't been discovered yet.

    Don't be afraid of university life. University is the best time in your life. You meet so many new people from different nationalities and all come together! You will settle down easily. You make friends so fast and there is always someone around to help you! Even language barriers can be fixed with a perfect Writing and Learning Centre [the English Language Unit (ELU) is also available for all international students to access where English is not their first language] here at Bath Spa. Come to Bath and experience the whole range of activities they offer and be open to new things!

    Nassos Polyzoidis, MMus Songwriting, Greece

    Even though I live in Greece, I'm familiar with many British Universities, as I work for some English Examination Boards for Music and I've attended some Summer Schools in UK over the years. Bath Spa University's reputation in Songwriting and Commercial Music was known to me for a long time. Being a guitarist and working for the RGT at the same time, I have heard stories about Bath being the birthplace of guitar magazines and other music and artistic events. I was accepted to study Commercial Music as an undergraduate student about 4 years ago, but due to some sudden accidents I have to decline my offer. After this unfortunate event, I decided to become better Musician and Songwriter, so that I can return as a postgraduate applicant. When I noticed that there was a distance learning degree, MMus Songwriting, I knew I had to do this. Meanwhile, I did my research, which only lead me to ensure my initial decision to study at Bath Spa University.

    I was attracted to this course as I was already familiar with Bath Spa University's reputation in this field. In addition to that, Songwriting isn't taught in my home county at all. I knew that only few Institutes offer Songwriting as a postgraduate degree, so I did my research over the last 3 years. During this time, I was only ensuring myself that I have to apply for this course. I really want to become a successful songwriter, and also, probably one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece, so I know that this course is best for me. I knew that the course will help me become more confident and enhance my professional skills in the field. Finally, being mainly inspired by British Songwriters, it was really important that my songwriting skills would develop a lot lyrically, which can help me open the door to an international market.

    I would describe Bath Spa University in three words as: Innovative, modern, artistic.

    Once I have my degree, I am really hoping to become a successful songwriter. Being inspired mainly by British Songwriters, I would really like to write songs for the UK and international market. In addition, I will probably become one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece. Last, but not least, as I'm already collaborating with several English musicians, I'm considering in my future plans to apply for a PhD and probably seek for more collaborations in UK, which might extend my visits there.

    My advice I would you give to other international students who want to study in the UK would depend on the ethics and societal context of each county. So, a general advice I would give is "Do not be afraid of failure, do your best and apply to the courses that you really like!"

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