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Explore the science behind nutritional requirements throughout life, in health and disease.

  • Accredited by The Association for Nutrition
  • Developed in consultation with potential employers – we equip you for employment
  • Option to gain industry experience through work based placements

Why study Human Nutrition?

Human Nutrition at Bath Spa University is an exciting course that challenges views. Having great experience in the subject, we give you thorough and up-to-date specialist knowledge in an ever growing area.

There’s an increasing demand for multi-skilled graduates with knowledge of nutrition and health; we provide you with the skills needed for employment in both the private and public sector. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible for Associate Nutritionist status, as the course is accredited by The Association for Nutrition.

Course structure

Students working in laboratory

Experiment to measure body composition in laboratory

Open access computer roomThis 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.


  • Year 1
    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 2
    You’ll build on your knowledge from Year 1 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 2.
  • Year 3
    In your final year you’ll critically explore the complex nature of issues related to dietary intake, exercise and the acquisition of human health. You’ll also build upon the food modules in Years 1 and 2. The primary research investigation is an important part of your studies in Year 3 and this will enable you to integrate the practical and theoretical aspects of diet, nutrition and ethics.

Course assessment

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. Methods are used for assessment on this programme include:

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

Human Nutrition with a year in professional practice (UCAS code: 70W5)

Subject to approval, if you join the programme in 2016, you can opt to take a year in professional practice ('sandwich year') between your level 5 (year 2) and level 6 (year 3) studies.

This placement will enable you to put theory into practice, build professional networks and meet and work with potential employers. It will also help with work management and give you experience to bring back to your studies in your final year.

Your degree title will include the phrase “with a year in professional practice”, so it is clear to all employers that you have this experience as part of your degree.

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; and
  • 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; and
  • 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.

Teaching methods

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.

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This course is accredited by The Association for Nutrition. This means that graduates of this degree will be eligible for direct entry registration at Associate level on the UK voluntary register of nutritionists, with Associate Nutritionist status. It is a specialised award, meaning that most of the modules are compulsory. However, in order for students to tailor their degree towards future career aspirations or interests there are some module options, and a research project in Year 3. Students are also encouraged to undertake relevant work experience.

Students have personal on-campus access to dietary analysis software, which is used frequently in lectures and seminars. We have excellent specialist facilities that include a food workshop and biology and microbiology laboratories.

Application method

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All full time applications are through UCAS

International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.

Course enquiries

Admissions Service: 01225 875609


Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BCC - CCC preferred with Grade B in Biology plus a related science subject e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Physical Education or Food Technology.
  • 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.

Career opportunities

Science students graduating

There is a growing interest in human nutrition and its effect on health. There is an increasing demand for multi-skilled graduates with knowledge of nutrition and health who will be able to find employment in both the public and private sector.

The career opportunities for students studying BSc Human Nutrition are considerable and below are just some of the key opportunities.

Students are encouraged to tailor their degree to their own career aspirations. Help and advice on specific careers can be acquired from tutors and Bath Spa University's Careers Service.

List of current alumni careers

Example graduate destinations include:

  • Dietetics (after a postgraduate dietetics programme)
  • Working in the Food industry – new product development, technologists, sensory analyst
  • Secondary schools teaching Biology (after Postgraduate Certificate in Education)
  • Masters 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

Employers such as University of Nottingham, University of East Anglia, Filton College, Nutricia, Nutriknowhow and a number of Food Manufacturers have recruited graduates from this course.

What students say...

Student eating apple

"In years 2 and 3 there are guest speakers who will deliver lectures on a variety of interesting nutritional topics. This gives a helpful insight into some of the experiences that you will encounter and helps in directing you towards your dream career."

"The course contains a wide range of different subjects and skills, from cv writing and presentations to how the media can influence peoples food choice. It broadens your knowledge of the subject but also gives you the skills that will stand you in good stead throughout your working career."

"There’s a lot more to human nutrition than you expect; I didn’t expect to study microbiology and learn its importance in the foods we eat. Other modules teach you some history behind food and the tricks used in labelling. All the topics have been very interesting and relevant to the overall subject of human nutrition and becoming a successful nutritionist."

Stephanie Fisher, Human Nutrition, graduated 2012:

“As a mature student returning to education, I found that the ethos and staff encouragement at Bath Spa provided me with the necessary support when making the transition back into a learning environment. Working alongside people from all walks of life, with different experiences and unique points of view, really broadens your skills and helps better prepare you for your future career, no matter who you are or which course you do.

Since graduating, I was very focused on getting my foot in the door in an industry I had always felt so passionate about now that I felt appropriately qualified and knowledgeable in the subject area. Three months after I graduated, I started my new job as a Marketing Executive for a food company. I am eager to put everything I learnt during my time at Bath Spa into practice, yet feel that my new role will continue to challenge me and provide a whole new learning experience for the next stage of my life.”