This professionally accredited degree explores the link between diet and health, as well as the psychological factors that can impact on our perception of nutrition.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 35 points
An optional paid work placement in the food industry provides valuable work experience and helps you demonstrate your knowledge to employers.
In nutrition, you study a range of topics relating to human nutrition and health, such as:
- nutrition and food science
- biochemistry for biologists
In psychology, you will explore why humans and animals think and behave as they do, with topics including:
- social and developmental psychology
- individual differences
You will work in newly refurbished laboratories and taste-testing facilities, providing practical skills for your chosen career.
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
Our nutrition and food degrees at Newcastle rank 7th in the UK in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and The Complete University Guide 2017 (in the Food Science category).
We achieved a very impressive 94% overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2016, ranking us in the top ten in the UK.
Professional accreditationProfessional accreditation
This degree is professionally accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
This gives you the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (providing you achieve the minimum standard of a lower second-class Honours).
Having Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership means you can join the BPS and go on to further training or practice in psychology.
For information on the benefits of studying an accredited course, visit the BPS website.
Work placement (optional)Work placement (optional)
You have the option to carry out a work placement in the food industry between Stages 2 and 3.
This is an excellent opportunity to apply your knowledge in a work setting and gain valuable work experience and life skills that will help to set you apart from other food graduates in the marketplace.
There are placement opportunities in the UK and abroad. Past placements have included:
- Marks and Spencer
- Northern Foods
- the MRC Human Research Unit, Cambridge
You will receive plenty of support throughout the application process from our award-winning Careers Service and staff in the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development.
Facilities and supportFacilities and support
Our facilities include well-equipped modern laboratories for teaching and research.
You'll be supported by a personal tutor throughout your degree – an academic member of staff who can help with academic and personal issues.
You'll also have access to a peer mentor in your first year – a fellow student who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have.
Teaching and assessmentTeaching and assessment
Study at the cutting edge
Research-informed teaching plays an important role at Newcastle. It shapes the content of our undergraduate degrees and makes sure that you have the chance to cover the most up-to-date theories and discoveries in your subject.
Modules are assessed by coursework and examination and continue throughout the course.
In the third year you carry out a piece of research of your own. You will also have a choice of specialist modules that are typically assessed by written examinations or assignments.
Find out more
Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module. More information about each module including specific assessment methods, credits and contact hours, can be found in the Course Details section.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to all students at Newcastle University.
Compare this course
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Modules for 2016 entry
The module and/or programme information below is for 2016 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Modules/programme information for 2017 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2017).
Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.
- ACE1013 Introduction to Genetics
- ACE1041 Investigating Agri-Food Systems from Farm to Folk
- ACE1043 Introduction to Human Nutrition
- ACE1050 Academic and Research Skills for Joint Honours Study
- BIO1019 Introductory Biochemistry for Biologists
- PSY1004 Cognitive Psychology
- PSY1005 Sensation and Perception
- PSY1006 Instinct, Learning and Motivation
- PSY1011 Research Methods and Skills 2
- ACE2059 Nutrition and Metabolism
- ACE2065 Applied and Experimental Human Nutrition
- PSY2001 Developmental Psychology
- PSY2003 Social Psychology
- PSY2004 Individual Differences
- PSY2007 Biological Psychology: Sex, Drugs, Rhythms and Blues
- PSY2009 Methods in Psychology 2A
- PSY2010 Statistics for Experimental Psychology
You will take 20 credits from the following modules:
- ACE2034 Introduction to Immunology
- ACE2056 Food Science and Technology
- ACE3203 Developing Graduate Skills for Professional Practice
- BIO2012 Molecular Genetics and Mammalian Biochemistry
- NCL2007 Career Development for Second Year Students
Intercalating Year (optional)
You may choose to spend a year between Stages 2 and 3 on an approved work placement in the UK or abroad. During this year, you will complete a report about the work undertaken during your placement. If you do, you will take the following compulsory module:
- ACE3062 Sports and Exercise Nutrition
- ACE3084 Advanced Nutrient Metabolism and Requirements
- ACE3086 Human Nutrition in Health and Disease
You take 70 credits from the following modules:
- ACE3901 Joint Honours Project
- ACE3083 Integrating Food and Human Nutrition
- PSY3001 Evolution and Behaviour
- PSY3002 Evolutionary Psychology and Medicine
- PSY3006 Consumer Psychology
- PSY3016 Sex and Human Nature
- PSY3018 The Damaged Brain: Case Studies in Neuropsychology
- PSY3027 Disorders of Development: A Psychological Perspective
- PSY3030 Foundations in Forensic Psychology
- NCL3007 Career Development
All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered.
The entrance requirements below apply to 2017 entry.
A LevelsA Levels
AAB-ABB including at least one subject with a substantial science or mathematics component from Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics or Economics. Home Economics/Food Technology will be considered instead of Biology if accompanied by Chemistry at AS Level. General Studies not accepted. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A levels, we require a pass in the practical element. GCSE Mathematics plus a science (both at a minimum grade B or 6) are required.
Scottish QualificationsScottish Qualifications
AAABB-AABBB at Higher Grade including two science subjects. Advanced Higher Biology and/or another science subject normally required. Mathematics required at National 5, minimum grade B (or grade 2 Standard Grade or Intermediate 2 equivalent) if not offered at Higher Grade. Where a candidate bypasses the assessment for National 5 qualifications, a minimum of grade C in the Higher in Mathematics is required.
Scottish qualifications can be taken in more than one sitting.
International BaccalaureateInternational Baccalaureate
35 points normally including Biology and two other subjects at Higher Level Grade 6 or above. Chemistry preferred at Higher Level but not essential. Mathematics or Mathematical Studies and Chemistry required at Standard Level grade 6 or above if not offered at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving CertificateIrish Leaving Certificate
H1H1H1H2H3-H2H2H3H3H3 at Higher Level, normally including Biology, Mathematics and another science subject.
Access QualificationsAccess Qualifications
45 level 3 credits at Distinction including 15 credits in biological sciences. Chemistry and mathematics or quantitative methods units are desirable.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended DiplomaPearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma
A science-related subject with substantial biology and mathematics units at overall DDD.
Cambridge Pre-UCambridge Pre-U
D3,D3,M2-D3,M2,M2 in Principal Subjects including at least one with a substantial science or mathematics component from Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, or Economics. GCSE Mathematics plus a science (both at a minimum grade B or 6) are required.
Extended Project QualificationExtended Project Qualification
If you offer the Level 3 Extended Project Qualification in a topic relevant to the degree programme, we will vary our offer to recognise this.
PARTNERS - A LevelsPARTNERS - A Levels
BBB including at least one subject with a substantial science or mathematics component from Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics or Economics. Home Economics/Food Technology will be considered instead of Biology if accompanied by Chemistry at AS Level. General Studies not accepted. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A levels, we require a pass in the practical element. GCSE Mathematics plus a science (both at a minimum grade B or 6) are required.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
PARTNERS - Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended DiplomaPARTNERS - Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma
A science-related subject at overall DMM grade, to include biological and chemical science as essential units at Merit grade.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
English Language RequirementsEnglish Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English require a minimum score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent with no less than 6.5 in each of the four elements of the test.
If you need help to meet our English Language requirements, we can provide support with extra tuition.
Read more about UK visas and immigration requirements.
Other International QualificationsOther International Qualifications
ABB at A level is typically the minimum required for entry to an undergraduate course. You can check the equivalent grades for qualifications offered in your country.
International Foundation ProgrammesInternational Foundation Programmes
If you are an international student and you do not meet the academic and English language requirements specified above, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Newcastle University, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree course.
INTO Newcastle University is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences.
Undergraduate Admissions Policy
See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).
Biomedical Sciences with Medical Microbiology careers
There is a great demand for graduates in the biomedical and biomolecular sciences within the health services and industry, particularly leading or working as part of research teams, and many of our students choose this career path.
Industries employing bioscientists for research and development include:
- cosmetics and toiletries
- food and drink
In addition, with a biosciences-related degree you could undertake medical, veterinary and agricultural research in universities and research institutes. Hospital and public health laboratories also employ a large number of bioscientists.
A large proportion of our graduates choose to take a further degree (either an MSc or PhD qualification) before embarking on permanent employment. This is a step in a career path which can lead to senior, decision-making roles. Each year some students use our degrees as a route for graduate entry into medicine.
Apart from laboratory work, there are many other ways to use your degree. Some of our graduates choose to enter the legal side of the subject, using their scientific knowledge to advise on patenting, and others opt for careers such as scientific journalism.
Our graduates also embark on careers unrelated to the biomedical sciences, for example in management, accountancy and IT.
Find out more about the career options for Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.
What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices
See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.
The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.
Careers and employability at Newcastle
Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.
94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.
We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.
Fees & Funding
Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)
£9,250 in 2017-18
On this degree programme, you can choose to spend a year on a placement. This year is not assessed as part of your degree. If you choose to take this option, you will receive a significant fee reduction.
- The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK/EU students is set by the UK government.
- As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
- Newcastle University has guaranteed that EU students entering our University in 2017 will pay the UK (Home) rate of fee for the full duration of their programme of study.
- Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
- See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Tuition Fees (International students)Tuition Fees (International students)
£17,935 per year
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
If you spend a year on placement or studying abroad as part of your degree you may pay a reduced fee for that year.
Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)
Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)
Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.
Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
UCAS codes for Newcastle University
- institution name - NEWC
- institution code - N21
Ask your teacher or adviser from your school or college for the UCAS buzzword. You need the buzzword when you register on the Apply system. This makes it clear which school or college you are applying from.
All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international establishments are registered with UCAS.
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.
Making your application
On the UCAS website you can also find out more about: