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B4D6 - Food and Human Nutrition with Placement

Food and Human Nutrition with Placement

BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: B4D6
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2021
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Our accredited food and human nutrition degree explores the links between diet and health and will equip you with practical skills and experience, so you're ready to make an impact through a career in nutrition.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £23400

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAB
  • IB: 34 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity Professional accreditation

Course overview

This four-year food and human nutrition degree focuses on developing your practical, professional and research skills so you graduate career-ready.

Between your second and final year, you'll carry out a work placement. This is an opportunity to apply your knowledge in a work environment and gain vital professional experience to help you stand out from other graduates. 

Our industry-recognised qualification helps to fast-track your career, so you can apply for direct entry into the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists as soon as you graduate.

Our degree is informed by research, this ensures you're learning the most up-to-date and relevant theories along with the latest discoveries in the industry. Our food and human nutrition course explores the links between diet and health from the molecular level through to people and populations.

You'll also have the opportunity to explore topics such as genetics, physiology, bioenergetics and sport and exercise nutrition, among others.

Students working in the food lab

Your course during COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.

View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.

See our terms and conditions and student complaints information

Quality and ranking

  • 8th in the UK – the Guardian University Guide 2020 (Agriculture, Forestry and Food category)
  • 8th in the UK – The Complete University Guide 2021 (Food Science category)
  • 90% for overall student satisfaction – National Student Survey 2019 (Subject: Nutrition)

Professional accreditation

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning


The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

You're introduced to the underlying sciences of food and human nutrition. You study modules in nutrition, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology and physiology.

You will also be introduced to agri-food systems, covering issues arising through the food chain from production to consumption, as well as the nature and properties of different foods and nutrients.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Microbiology and Immunology 15
Fundamental Principles of Genetics and Biochemistry for Nutrition 15
Human Physiology and Practical Skills 30
Introduction to Nutrition 10
Practical Skills for Nutrition 10
Bioenergetics 20
Optional Modules Credits
Agri-Food Supply Chains 20
Food Studies 20

You continue to develop your core knowledge of human nutrition and associated topics. In Nutrition, you'll explore nutritional assessment and the importance of good nutrition at each life stage. You'll also investigate food science and food product development, and study the latest research developments in sports and exercise nutrition.

In the module Communication and Behaviour Change, you are introduced to some of the ways in which communication may be used to support positive changes in people’s behaviour.


Compulsory Modules Credits
New Food Product Development 20
Communication and Behaviour Change 10
Macro- and Micronutrients 20
Food Science and Technology 20
Nutrition Through the Lifecycle 10
Measurement and Assessment of Dietary Intake and Nutritional Status 20
Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition 20

You spend this year on a work placement in the UK or abroad.

In the final year, you will study areas such as nutrition and its relation to health and disease, metabolic and personalised nutrition and the scientific basis for setting nutrient requirements in people.

You will develop your practical skills and your ability to plan and organise by carrying out a research project under the supervision of a member of academic staff.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Nutrition in Health and Disease 20
Research Project 40
Advanced Nutrient Metabolism and Requirements 20
Selected Topics in Food and Human Nutrition 20
Optional Modules Credits
Developing Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability 20
Eating and Weight Disorders 20
Making Sense of Forgotten Senses: Investigating Olfaction and Gustation 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

Contact hours are made up of a combination of:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • small group tutorials
  • practical classes

You supplement this with weekly private study of recommended reading materials.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Case studies

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Presentations

  • Projects

Skills and experience

Practical skills

You'll have the opportunity to attend a national conference on food and human nutrition, where you'll hear from world-leading experts in the field. This also gives you the chance to network with other people working across the nutrition industry.

Research skills

In the final year of your degree, you'll complete a research project. The aim of the project is to provide you with experience of planning, researching and analysing a topic that interests you.

You will develop your research skills, as well as improving your problem-solving, analytical and presentation skills.


Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.

If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year. 

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Work placement is not available if you're spending a year abroad. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Additional qualification

You also have the opportunity during your placement to gain a Licentiateship of the City and Guilds Institute, London (equivalent to NVQ Level 4), award. You'll collate evidence of your work experience and skills development as a portfolio.

We are currently the only nutrition course in the UK to offer this opportunity to gain an additional qualification in recognition of your development of personal, and transferable skills in the workplace. 

Facilities and environment


Our Nutrition and Food courses are based in the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences at our city-centre campus. Our School is part of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, which is home to Dentistry, Medicine, Psychology and Pharmacy, encouraging inter-professional collaboration. 

You'll have access to our food handling laboratory to help you enhance your practical skills and use of our well-equipped, state-of-the-art laboratories. 

Situated next to Newcastle’s RVI hospital, we’re one of the largest integrated teaching/hospital complexes in the country.


You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.

Your future

There is great demand for scientists with a knowledge of nutrition. A wide range of opportunities exist across the sector, including:

  • product development or quality assurance in the food industry
  • with non-commercial bodies such as the Medical Research Council or Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • in research development
  • in an advisory capacity with groups concerned with the communication of health messages and food safety advice

Graduates have gone on to take up roles, such as:

  • dietetic assistant
  • nutritionist
  • food technologist
  • food buyer
  • product development technologist
  • sports nutritionist

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Careers support

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK.

Read our detailed explanation

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

A Level


International Baccalaureate

34 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements


Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students


International Fee Students


The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying 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.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme). 

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.

If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

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.

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