Food, Nutrition and Human Health BSc (Hons)

Food, Nutrition and Human Health BSc (Hons)
Monday, October 01, 2018 -
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
9am - 5pm
Robert Gordon University
Aberdeen
AB10 7QB

Within this course you will learn the scientific study of nutrients and other substances in food, and how they affect our growth, health and disease. A nutritionist may apply their knowledge in a wide variety of careers such as public health nutrition, sports and exercise nutrition, food nutrition or nutrition science.

Nutritionists may develop and evaluate nutrition policies and campaigns to improve the population’s health; apply physiological, biochemical and nutritional principles to the management of diet and performance in athletes; deal with ingredients, allergens, policy and legislation when developing or reformulating food and drink products; or study metabolic and physiological responses of the human body to food and nutrients.

In fourth year, a 12-week placement and research project provides the opportunity to specialise in the areas that interest you most and enhance your employability.

RGU is ranked 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK for Food Science (Complete University Guide 2020)

  • Mode of Attendance - On Campus 
  • Mode of Study - Full Time 
  • Start Month - September 
  • Course Length - 4 Years 

You will study...

Year 1

You will be introduced to the properties and production of the main food commodities; energy intake and expenditure; protein, fat, carbohydrate, alcohol, vitamins and minerals; microbiology and food pathogens; methods of food analysis; and the international and cultural aspects of food and nutrition.

Year 2

You will learn about human anatomy and physiology, and how nutrients are metabolised in the body; how to assess an individual’s nutritional status; and the importance of nutrition through our lifespan (pregnancy, infancy, adolescence and adulthood). You will also learn about food science and management systems, and the importance of plant foods and phytochemicals for health.

YEAR 3

You will study the relationship between nutrition and disease (cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus), and how diet can improve athletic performance. You will also create a health promotion campaign, engage with a food company to develop a new food product, and learn how the interaction between our genes and diet affects our health.

Year 4

In your final year you will undertake a 12-week full-time placement to learn about the role of a Nutritionist within the workplace. You will work on an individual research project and study a topic of emerging importance: the role of the gut microbiome and diet in health and disease. 

Entry Requirements 

SQA Higher: BBCC to include Biology or Chemistry and one further science (Maths, Health and Food Technology, and Environmental Science counted). Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths are required at National 5 grade B or above if not held at Higher.

GCE A Level: CCC to include Biology or Chemistry and one further science (Maths, Food and Nutrition, and Environmental Science counted). Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths are required at GCSE grade 6/B or above if not held at A Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H3H3H3H3 to include Biology or Chemistry and one further science (Maths and Home Economics: Scientific & Social counted). Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths are required at grade O2 or above if not held at Higher.

IB Diploma: 26 to include Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level grade 4 and one further science at Higher Level (Maths counted). Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths required at Standard Level grade 4 if not held at Higher.

Alternative Qualifications

We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.