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Food, Nutrition and Health
BSc (Hons)

Turn your passion for food, nutrition and health into a career with an honours degree from Abertay.

Course detail

Start Date

September

Duration

4 years (full-time)

Degree Classification

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

BD46

Why Study Food, Nutrition and Health?

Embark on a fascinating journey to learn how food impacts wellbeing and health, and explore the link between nutrition and public health. Understand consumer food behaviour and develop strategies to improve food habits.

This degree is vocationally relevant and combines academic theory with practical skills in our newly refurbished laboratories. You’ll be trained by forward-looking experts, with hands-on experience a crucial learning method to help you uncover:

  • The nutritional function of foods and nutritional requirements of a person throughout their lifespan
  • How to design healthy, balanced foods that are safe to eat
  • How food nutrients work in the body and how they impact our health
  • The link between nutrition and public health
  • What drives consumer eating habits and behaviours

This programme helps you develop an in-depth understanding of the relationship between food, diet and nutrition and their impact on the wellbeing of the individual. It will enable you appreciate the link between nutrition and public health and you will learn how to develop nutritional strategies to improve the health of the individual or the community.

Your Journey Starts Here

If food is your passion, be it nutrition, health or consumer science, then this is the programme for you - it's ideal for secondary school leavers, entrants from further education colleges, and mature students who wish to pursue a career in a food related sector, or Home Economics teaching.

Entry Requirements

Please note: All applicants must have a pass in Maths and English in any of the following - National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4. Lifeskill Maths is not accepted in lieu of Maths.

Please visit our Entry from College pages for suitable College courses.

Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher BBBB -
A-Level CCC -
Irish Highers H3H3H3H3 -
International Baccalaureate 28 Points -
BTEC Extended Diploma MMM Applied Science, Business, Enterprise & Entrepreneurship, Environmental Sustainability, Health & Social Care, Hospitality, Sport, Sport & Exercise Sciences, Travel & Tourism
AHEAD - Successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP - Access to: University Study, Life Sciences, Health & Life Sciences, Science, Biological Sciences, Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Advanced Higher BBB To include Health and Food Technology or Home Economics and Biology or Chemistry
A-Level BBB To include Home Economics or Food Studies and Biology or Chemistry
BTEC Extended Diploma DDD Hospitality
HNC/HND - Our Entry from College pages list approved HNC/HND courses
Qualification Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
HND - Our Entry from College pages list approved HND courses

Information for International Applicants

Please provide certified proof of your English language level. Our accredited International English Foundation Course can help. To further enhance your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your potential.

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Not sure if you're eligible for entry?

If you have the potential and motivation to study at university, regardless of your background or personal circumstances, we welcome your application.

We understand some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university, which is why we consider the background in which your academic grades have been achieved when making an offer.

If you expect to receive passes in three Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have either ...

  • been in care
  • participated in a targeted aspiration-raising programme such as LIFT OFF, LEAPS, FOCUS West, or Aspire North
  • no family background of going to university
  • attended a school or lived in an area where not many people go to university

... we encourage you to submit an application.

Key Modules (2017/18)

Fundamentals of Nutrition (FOD101)

This module provides students with fundamental knowledge of nutrition, metabolism and digestion to o

Biology 1: Biology Principles and Practice (LSC101)

This module aims to provide a broad introduction of the theory and practice of biology.

Properties of Food (FOD104)

This module develops the understanding of physicochemical characteristics and functionalities of mac

Nutrition and the Consumer (FOD105)

Food behaviour investigated: examining individual and global food choice models.

Safe Food Handling (FOD106)

This module is intended to provide the student with fundamental knowledge of different food commodit

Food Design and Promotion (FOD203)

A practical based module in which students develop an understanding of functionality of food ingredi

Nutrition through the Lifespan (FOD205)

In this module nutrient needs, nutritional status and associated nutritional issues are explored usi

Law (LAW251)

This module concentrates on the fundamental areas of civil law. The foundation for the study of

Food Characterisation (FOD204)

Analysis of food and drink is a major activity for the industry and a very important part of produc

Public Health Nutrition and Health Promotion 1 (FOD201)

This module covers the concepts of public health, development of public health policy and key public

Clinical Nutrition 1 (FOD305)

This module provide the students with knowledge about interactions of nutrients with other component

Food and Behaviour (FOD304)

A practical module providing research tools and theoretical enquiry into consumer orientated reasons

Professional Development For Placement (FOD301)

This module is aimed at preparing the student for the Placement period and to develop realistic expe

Placement for FNH/FCS (FOD302)

The placement is a planned part of a student?s education. It is designed to complement and extend th

Public Health Nutrition and Health Promotion 2 (FOD401)

This module will cover methods use in nutritional epidemiology with its limitations and benefits. Th

Current Topics in Food (FOD405)

This module develops the awareness of the students on the contemporary national and global issues ar

Project Research Methods (2) (FOD407)

The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the statistical; and management skills require

Clinical Nutrition 2 (FOD402)

This module explores the role of nutrition on the prevention and management of a variety of diseases

Honours Project (2) (FOD408)

This module allows the student to develop their own intellectual processes and communication skills

How the Course Works

Aligned for accreditation by the Association for Nutrition (AfN), this programme will enhance your CV through a highly-relevant work experience placement combined with an honours project linked to cutting edge topics of interest and your chosen career path.

Please note: The two-year common core programme allows you to transfer between BSc (Hons) Food, Nutrition and Health and BSc (Hons) Food and Consumer Science at the end of year 2, in line with your career aspirations.

Learning and Assessment

Assessment on this programme is through a combination of coursework, class tests, online assessments, exam presentations, vivas (an examination in which you answer questions in speech rather than writing) and projects.

You’ll have an opportunity to gain real life experience through a 10 week-long placement in year 3, giving you the opportunity to put your academic learning into practice.

For more information on the course content, please download the Programme Information - BSc (Honours) Food, Nutrition and Health.

About Your Modules

The module information shown here describes the modules our students are taking this year. The modules do change over time to keep our programmes up-to-date and relevant. This means the exact modules you take could be different. If you receive an offer to study with us, you will receive a Programme Information document that sets out exactly which modules you can expect to take as part of your Abertay degree programme.

Please note: As well as Key Modules outlined above, you may also be required to choose Elective Modules.

 

Scholarships

Rest of UK Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

International Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from international countries (outside of the EU) to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

In addition, we offer a range of corporate/philanthropic scholarships shown below, which are available to all students to support your studies with us. 

The Lothian Family

A £5,000 award for undergraduate students with financial or social difficulties which may prevent them from studying at Abertay.

The Robert Reid Bursary

Two £500 awards for students who have overcome challenges to attend university.

Programme Fees for 2018

Scottish & EU students

£1,820

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Additional Costs

Students are required to purchase two lab coats (one for use in the labs and one for use in the kitchens), and to make a one-off contribution of £50 to the cost of ingredients.

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

£9,250

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Additional Costs

Students are required to purchase two lab coats (one for use in the labs and one for use in the kitchens), and to make a one-off contribution of £50 to the cost of ingredients.

International Students

£13,800

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Additional Costs

Students are required to purchase two lab coats (one for use in the labs and one for use in the kitchens), and to make a one-off contribution of £50 to the cost of ingredients.

Programme Leader - Food, Nutrition and Health

Dr Athina Tziboula-Clarke

Dr Athina Tziboula-Clarke

School of Science, Engineering and Technology | Lecturer

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Careers

If your interests lie in nutrition and health, public health nutrition or home economics teaching, this degree could be your passport to success.  

Your CV will be enhanced by a relevant work experience placement in schools, National Health Service or community roles and projects linked to health and nutrition.

You’ll be trained to maximise your own potential, either contributing to teamwork, or leading a team, and you’ll be confident presenting to audiences of all professional levels – all skills that are valued by employers in the food and health sector.

Our graduates have gone to secure roles such as: Nutritionist, hygiene officers, home economics teacher, community advice, consumer advice, and health promotion workers within the NHS or private sectors.

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