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C8B4 - Psychology and Nutrition

Psychology and Nutrition

BSc Joint Honours

  • UCAS code: C8B4
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2021
Year :

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

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £23400

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAA-AAB
  • IB: 35 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Professional accreditation

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. 

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.

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Quality and ranking

  • top ten in the UK – The Complete University Guide 2021 (Food Science category)
  • top 20 in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and The Complete University Guide 2021
  • top 100 – Psychology category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

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.

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. 


Compulsory Modules Credits
Food Studies 20
Introduction to Nutrition 10
Practical Skills for Nutrition 10
Cognitive Psychology 10
Sensation and Perception 10
Instinct, Learning and Motivation 10
Research Methods and Skills 2 20
Introduction to Psychology for Joint Honours 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. 


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. 


Compulsory Modules Credits
Nutrition in Health and Disease 20
Advanced Nutrient Metabolism and Requirements 20
Psychological Enquiry 3: Psychological Literacy and Professional Skills 10
Empirical Project 30
Optional Modules Credits
Communication and Behaviour Change 10
Selected Topics 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
Sensation & Perception in Atypical Development 10
Sex Differences and the Brain 10
Cultural and Technical Intelligence: Developmental and Comparative Perspectives 10
Psychology for Sport Performance 20
The Social Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination 20
Advanced statistics for Empirical Psychology 10
Evolution of Brain and Behaviour 20
Making Sense of Forgotten Senses: Investigating Olfaction and Gustation 20
Transpersonal Psychology: Mindfulness and Psychological Well-Being. 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll be taught through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • lab sessions
  • practical sessions
  • 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

  • Reports

Skills and experience

Practical skills

The majority of your Psychology and Nutrition modules will involve practical lab work working with state-of-the-art, purpose-built facilities in our brand new building.

In Psychology, you'll learn how to formulate theories, conduct experiments, use statistical techniques, and write up research reports.

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

Business skills

Your psychology modules focus on psychological literacy, applying psychology in a real-world setting, while the nutrition side of your programme will involve developing practical skills in the real-world methods used for food processing and analysis. 

Between stages 2 and 3, you'll also have the opportunity to complete a year-long professional psychology placement or a nutritional placement in the food industry. Recent placements have included Northumbria Police, Institute of Neuroscience, Marks and Spencer, Nutricia, Tesco, and the NHS. 

Research skills

In stages 1 and 2, you'll complete Research Methods and Skills modules, in which you'll develop as an independent researcher.

In your third year, you'll put these skills into practice, completing a comprehensive research project in an area of your choice.

You'll also have the opportunity to gain additional research outside your course, including the School's certified research apprenticeship scheme. 

Chat to a student

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


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. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment


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


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

95% of our graduates are employed or in further study within six months of graduation, with 82% of those in employment in professional and managerial roles.*

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. 

As a psychology 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.

*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17

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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

35 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 code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

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