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.
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.
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.
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
- Diet and physical activity evaluations
- Developing food products
- Case studies
- Seminar presentations
- Group work
- Literature reviews
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.
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.
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
'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.