One of the top ranked Food Science and Nutrition schools in the country, we offer a Nutrition integrated Masters programme, incorporating a year in industry, that develops your understanding of the science underpinning the relationship between diet and health.
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, which provides valuable work experience and helps your personal development.
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.
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.
In your third year, you'll undertake an industrial placement with a nutrition-related organisation. During your placement, you'll carry out an extended project, which will further develop your knowledge. You'll also improve your practical transferable skills, such as team-working, decision-making, delegating, identifying and solving problems, and communicating.
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 concept of personalised nutrition in the context of obesity. 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: AAA 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
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
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.
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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