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Human Nutrition

BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition
School of Sciences
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year. Part time available.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: B400 or 70W5
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email with your specific details.

Explore the scientific principles behind human nutrition, food, 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.

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“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.

To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules
  • Biological Techniques
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Nutrition and Exercise for Health
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • The Microbial World 
Year two (Level 5) modules
  • Research Skills for Human Nutrition
  • Human Nutrition
  • Human Pathophysiology and Nutrition
  • Food Analysis
  • Future Food: Food and Nutrition in the 21st Century
  • Food Product Development
  • Microbial Applications and Biotech
  • Environmental Management
  • Biology Work Placement
  • Health: Mind, Body, Society
  • The Marketing Business
  • Science Journalism and Publishing
  • Professional Placement Year 
Year three (Level 6) modules
  • Human Nutrition Dissertation Planning
  • Nutrition and Exercise Science
  • Human Nutrition Dissertation Publication
  • Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Food Safety
  • Global Trends in Food, Preservation and Packaging
  • Food and Nutrition in Practice
  • Medical Biology
  • Plants and People
  • Environmental Practice
  • Publishing Industry Project
  • Successful Freelancing
  • Advanced Topics in Psychology 


Study abroad

As part of your degree, you could study abroad on a placement at one of Bath Spa’s partner universities.


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
  • Graduate health and wellbeing advisors
  • Self-employment
Global Citizenship

If you’re a full-time undergraduate student starting your first year at Bath Spa University, you can apply for the Certificate in Global Citizenship, which you’ll study alongside your degree.

You’ll gain global awareness and add an international dimension to your student experience, and funding is available. On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be awarded a Certificate in Global Citizenship. This is in addition to your degree; it doesn’t change your degree title or results.

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Develop a wealth of indispensable digital skills that you can take into your future career. One of only three Adobe Creative Campuses in the UK, we provide all Bath Spa students with access to the full Adobe Creative Suite, giving you the tools to communicate creatively, whatever your course or chosen professional field.   

Professional placement year


This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.


Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

“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.


2024 entry
Student Annual tuition fee
UK full time £9,250
International full time £16,905

Professional Placement Year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. This applies to UK and EU/International students.

  • UK: £1,850
  • International: £3,381

“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

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for individuals who are enthusiastic and excited about human nutrition. You will have, or are working towards, a qualification in Biology, Biological Science, Physical Education or a related subject. 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:

  • A Level - grades BBB-BCC including a grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Biological Sciences, Social Biology, or Physical Education.
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades from Distinction Distinction Merit (DDM) to Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) in a related subject.
  • T Levels – grade Merit preferred in a relevant subject.
  • International Baccalaureate – a minimum of 32 points are required with a minimum of grade 5 in Biology or a related subject 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, at Merit or higher) in a science or related subject.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements above, we may be able to accept your prior learning or experience from outside of formal education. See our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) page to learn more.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.5 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 6.0 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Course leader: Tracey Lewarne

"I recommend Bath Spa University because it is quite small and friendly. The lecturers are always willing to help."

Adele Mildon, BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition
Three year course
With placement year

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