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Psychology and Nutrition BSc Joint Honours

  • UCAS code: C8B4
  • Full time
  • 3 years

This accredited degree offers a fascinating insight into the distinct, yet often overlapping fields of psychology and nutrition.

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Next start date:

  • September 2024

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £25800

Entry requirements and offers

  • A-Level: AAA
  • IB: 36 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

This hands-on, Psychology and Nutrition joint honours degree will allow you to develop an in-depth understanding of psychology and nutrition, focusing on key topics such as how psychological factors can impact our perception of nutrition, and the link between diet and health. 

Throughout your studies, you'll have access to our brand new building, with purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities, including a forensic interviewing suite, a nutrition and food preference unit, a media and behaviour lab, medical consultation rooms, and psychological testing cubicles.

You'll study a broad range of topics, such as social and developmental psychology, eating and weight disorders, nutrition and food science, and biochemistry for biologists. 

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Modules and learning

Modules

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.

In Stage 1, you'll explore the fundamentals of both psychology and nutrition. 

You'll cover human nutrition, agri-food systems, and bioenergetics, alongside cognitive psychology, sensation and perception, and instinct, learning and perception. 

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Food Studies 20
Introduction to Nutrition 10
Practical and Career Development Skills for Nutrition 10
Cognitive Psychology 10
Sensation and Perception 10
Introduction to Psychology for Joint Honours 10
Research Methods and Data Analysis B 20
Principles of Evolution, Genetics and Behaviourial Development 10
Bioenergetics 20

In your second year, you'll broaden your depth of understanding across both disciplines. 

You'll take modules including Principles of Nutrition, Applied and Experimental Nutrition, and Food Science and Technology, as well as Methods in Psychology, Statistics for Experimental Psychology, and Individual Differences. 

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Macro- and Micronutrients 20
Food Science and Technology 20
Nutrition Through the Lifecycle 10
Nutrition Assessment 10
Developmental Psychology 10
Social Psychology 10
Individual Differences 10
Biological Psychology: Sex, Drugs, Rhythms and Blues 10
Statistics for Empirical Psychology 10
Methods in Psychology 2A 10

In Stage 3, you'll be able to focus in more on your chosen areas of specialism. 

You'll design and carry out your own empirical study in an area of psychology that particularly interests you.

Alongside core modules including Nutrition in Health and Disease, Psychological Enquiry, and Eating and Weight Disorders, you'll also have the opportunity to explore specific areas of interest, including evolution and behaviour, neuropsychology, psychology for sport and performance, forensic psychology, and new food product development. 

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Personalised Nutrition 10
Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health 30
Psychological Enquiry 3: Psychological Literacy and Professional Skills 10
Empirical Project 30
Optional Modules Credits
Communication and Behaviour Change 10
Contemporary Issues in Food and Human Nutrition 20
Consumer Psychology 20
Art, Mind and Brain 10
To Cheat or not to Cheat: The Evolution of Cooperative Behaviour 10
The Damaged Brain: Case Studies in Neuropsychology 10
Eating and Weight Disorders 20
Clinical Sport & Exercise Psychology 20
Psychobiology of Drug Addiction 10
Sex Differences and the Brain 10
Cultural and Technical Intelligence: Developmental and Comparative Perspectives 10
Psychology for Sport Performance 20
Advanced statistics for Empirical Psychology 10
Evolution of Brain and Behaviour 20
Making Sense of Forgotten Senses: Investigating Olfaction and Gustation 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll be taught through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • lab sessions
  • practical sessions
  • computer based work
  • fieldwork

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Case studies

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • Practical sessions

  • Presentations

  • Projects

  • Reflective report/journal

  • Reports

  • Seminar tasks/exercises

Skills and experience

In addition to the key concepts and principles of Psychology, our programme provides you with a broad range of graduate skills that you will come to know as Psychological Literacy.  You will be able to transfer these skills to a variety of professional, societal and personal settings.

Psychological Literacy 

You'll learn research related skills including , how to formulate hypotheses and research questions, carry out psychological ,research, the management and visualisation of data sets, use appropriate data analysis methods, and write up research reports. Through our School’s work on humanising our psychology curriculum you will develop your ethical understanding and intercultural competence, both as a scientist and as a citizen.  You will learn how to apply critical thinking and problem solving skills, and develop the capacity to self- reflect. 

In your Nutrition modules, you'll carry out human nutrition investigations and lab analysis, as well as analysing data and preparing lab reports. 

The nutrition side of your programme will involve developing practical skills in the real-world methods used for food processing and analysis. 

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If you would like to study Psychology you should definitely consider Newcastle! The course ensures you have a good grounding in all areas of Psychology as well as allowing you to focus in more specialised areas in third year.

Hannah, Psychology student

Opportunities

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. Your degree title will show you have achieved the placement year.  Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements.

Facilities and environment

Facilities

As a psychology student at Newcastle University, you'll be based in the School of Psychology's Dame Margaret Barbour Building, in the University's city-centre campus.

As well as having great access to University facilities like its libraries, student's union and sports centre, the School of Psychology is less than 10 minutes' walk from Newcastle city centre.

You'll also have access to our excellent practical facilities in the School, such as:

  • a forensic interviewing suite
  • a nutrition and food preference unit
  • a media and behaviour lab
  • medical consultation rooms
  • psychological testing cubicles

Support

You will have an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree. They can help with academic and personal issues.

All first-year psychology students join a study group of approximately 10 students, led by an experienced and trained final-year student who will also act as your mentor for your first year.

Your future

As a joint honours graduate, you'll develop a range of skills that are sought by employers. By studying two disciplines, you're well prepared for the multidisciplinary challenges of everyday work, such as:

  • time management
  • organisation
  • self-motivation

Recent graduates have secured employment in areas such as clinical psychology, forensic psychology, nutrition, and educational psychology, in companies such as NHS, Home Office, HMRC, Prison Service, Marks and Spencer, and the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs. 

Many of our graduates embark on further study, including master's degrees and PHDs in areas of psychology and related disciplines. 

As a psychology and nutrition graduate, you'll also be incredibly versatile, with plenty of transferable skills, including analytical thinking, research skills, strategy development, problem-solving, and content writing skills. Many graduates go on to careers in teaching, marketing, and financial services.

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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

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2024 entry.

A-Level
International Baccalaureate

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

Contextual Offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

What is a contextual offer? Find out more and if you’re eligible for this or our PARTNERS Programme supported entry route.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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. 

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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

Qualification: BSc Joint Honours

Home students

full time 3 years

Tuition fees (per year)

9250

International students

full time 3 years

Tuition fees (per year)

25800

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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