One of the top ranked Food Science and Nutrition schools in the country, we offer a Nutrition programme that develops your understanding of the science underpinning the relationship between diet and health. This programme is professionally accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) and Institute for Food Science and Technology.
Food-health issues are regarded by many as being as important as global warming. Nutrition is a fast-moving discipline that focuses on understanding the role of diet in maintaining a healthy human body and preventing disease. Nutritionists play an important role in providing evidence-based nutritional guidance.
On this course, you'll examine the scientific, social and ethical considerations that inform the nutrition profession. You'll develop a deep understanding of the scientific basis underlying nutritional recommendations. You'll examine nutritional issues in the context of key topical issues, such as the global obesity problem.
The School of Food Science and Nutrition is ranked highly in several league tables. Most recently, we were ranked:
This course offers you the opportunity to spend a year working in industry or studying at a university abroad, both of which provide valuable experience and help your personal development. Both of these schemes add an additional year to your course, taking the total course length to 4 years. There is also the option, subject to satisfactory academic performance, to transfer to the MSci, BSc Nutrition (Industrial) degree, on which your industrial placement replaces the third year of your degree.
Our industrial placement scheme gives you the opportunity to gain work experience in an industry relevant to your degree and interests. Our students often describe this industrial experience as an invaluable part of their degree and one which stands them in good stead for their future careers.
The study abroad year enables you to gain insight into the study of nutrition at one of our partner universities overseas. Many students have found this to be extremely worthwhile in helping broaden their horizons in terms of learning about a new culture and improving their foreign language skills.
Accredited by the Association of Nutrition (AfN)
AfN accreditation supports the development of nutritionists' skills by recognising university courses that deliver evidence-based nutrition education to a professional level. Our accreditation assures that our courses meets the quality standards established the AfN.
Studying an AfN-accredited nutrition course means that upon graduation you'll be eligible to become a registered Nutritionist.
Accredited by the Institute for Food Science and Technology
This accreditation signifies that Leeds offers the best possible food-related education, giving students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to enter into employment in the food industry, research, education and the public sector.
Studying an accredited degree programme can help you to stand out to employers because it assures them that you meet the standards of the food profession.
Year 1 introduces you to the major sources of food and their history, current trends in consumption, and key industrial processing operations. You'll study food chemistry and develop your laboratory and experimentation skills. In addition, you'll be introduced to microbiology, human physiology and nutrition; these modules allow you to gain a practical understanding of how food affects health and wellbeing, and appreciate the role of food as a carrier of nutrients.
In second year, you'll be introduced to the concepts and methodology for studying nutrition in populations and explore how the metabolic demand for nutrients varies during the lifecycle. This allows you to understand the scientific basis of nutritional recommendations for different groups of people, from infants to the elderly. Studying food analysis, you'll examine how the nutritional content of food is established, the additives and contaminants in food, and the need for food analysis to comply with legal requirements. The relationship between nutrition and physical activity will also be explored in the context of the global obesity problem, including the physiological, psychological and cultural barriers to dietary change. You'll also deepen your understanding of how food components affect the chemical and microbiological safety of food.
There is an optional placement year between the second and final year. Two options are available:
1) Industrial one-year placement (salaried)
2) International taught or research study abroad one-year placement
The two options are based on Leeds' long-standing relationships with industry and other worldwide leading academic institutions. Gaining a place on the industrial placement and study abroad programme is competitive and dependent on the grades you achieve.
In your final year, you'll explore nutrition policy and public health, discussing the role of scientists, industry, government and consumers in the policy making process, and designing promotional materials communicating nutritional policy to a lay-audience. You'll examine the clinical aspects of nutrition and the concept of personalised nutrition. A team project based on new product development (NPD) gives you the opportunity to explore the role of industrial nutritionists in developing and marketing new healthy food ranges for food manufacturers. You'll also undertake an individual research project; you'll be given a choice of topics to investigate, which will relate to the research activity in the School.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including two science subjects (including at least one of Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Mathematics)
Where an A-Level science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.
Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.
GCSE: C in English and C in Mathematics
Graduates of this AfN-accredited Nutrition programme will have the scientific knowledge and relevant practical, interpersonal and intellectual skills to register as a qualified Nutritionist. You'll be qualified to work in the food industry and other nutrition and health-related industries, as well as being able to provide personalised advice on healthy eating.
Our recent graduates have pursued a range of interesting careers, including in nutritional research, public health promotion, product development, marketing, and humanitarian work related to nutrition and public health.
The course is also a stepping-stone towards obtaining higher qualifications. Some of our graduates choose to stay at Leeds to study our MSc Nutrition programme or to carry out a postgraduate research programme. Some graduates even choose to set up their own business with the help of our Enterprise Scholars scheme.
There is a worldwide shortage of qualified food and nutrition graduates, so there has never been a better time to study this highly sought after degree at Leeds. Our dedicated careers centre will provide all the advice, support and guidance that you need throughout your time here. The School of Food Science and Nutrition has links with industry, meaning that whichever path you choose, you will be a highly sought after graduate.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Spending a year living and studying in another country is a unique experience. Unlike the passing tourist, you have the chance to totally immerse yourself in another culture. You will gain unforgettable experiences and memories that you will draw upon in your working and personal life for years to come. In addition to this, the proven ability to live and work in an international context is an asset that employers actively seek. During your year abroad, you'll study nutrition at your host institution.
Students who spend a year in Europe through the ERASMUS programme also receive a maintenance grant for their year away and pay a reduced tuition fee for the year abroad.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
The industrial placement ('Year in Industry') scheme provides you with the opportunity to experience salaried work before you graduate. Employers actively seek graduates who already have work experience and it can make all the difference in interviews. In addition, the opportunity to work every day with scientists who are experts in their field is an incredible opportunity to enhance your knowledge.
An industrial placement will boost your self-confidence, not only in your chosen subject area, but in the marketplace generally. You will be able to choose from a range of organisations in the food industry in which to work. In previous years, students have worked at many prestigious organisations, including:
During your industrial placement you'll have an industrial supervisor from within the company, plus an academic supervisor who'll keep in touch throughout your placement.
As a BSc student you may include your industrial placement as an additional year of your studies, or, subject to satisfactory academic performance, transfer to our MSci, BSc Nutrition (Industrial) degree scheme in which your study abroad year replaces your third year at Leeds.
If you are not sure right now whether or not an industrial placement is right for you, don't worry - you will not have to start applying for placements until the beginning of your second year.
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