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Study the 3-year nutrition BSc programme at Waterloo Campus in the heart of London, leading to careers in fields such as the food industry, national/international public health, journalism and research. Students may apply to go on a paid extramural placement within the food industry or research institution. The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition, which means graduates may register as associate nutritionists on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists, a body which aims to regulate the professional practice of nutrition.
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Teaching by internationally renowned scientists and researchers
Career opportunities through international exchanges and working in industry or at research institutions
Hands-on research skills development and project work throughout the programme
Nutrition profession study days including career advice and guidance from external professionals working in a variety of disciplines in nutrition
UCAS code B400
Duration Three years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Single honours
Course accreditations Accredited by the Association for Nutrition, allowing graduates to apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists.
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Department Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements
General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.
A-levels: ABB including Chemistry & Biology. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.
Access to HE Diploma: Access to Science (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including 15 credits in Chemistry and 15 credits in Biology), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.
Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 M2 M2 including Chemistry & Biology. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): King’s is currently reviewing its BTEC Level 3 requirements for 2016 entry. Please check back for updates.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): King’s is currently reviewing its BTEC Level 3 requirements for 2016 entry. Please check back for updates.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades BB or M and two A levels at grades AB, including Chemistry and Biology. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required. Note: BTEC science subjects considered include Applied Science, Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry and Applied Physics. Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry can be considered instead of an A Level in these subjects however if the same subject is studied at both A Level and BTEC they will not be considered as two separate qualifications. For example, BTEC Applied Chemistry and Chemistry A level will not be counted as two separate subjects, a further two A Levels/BTEC subjects would be required.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: BB in Advanced Highers in addition to AABBB in 5 Highers including Chemistry & Biology. Standard Grade Credit level/Intermediate 2/N5 in English and Mathematics grade B also required if not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher.
International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 34 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 655 including Chemistry & Biology. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.
Application deadline: January 15th 2017
34 points overall with three Higher Level subjects at 655
45 Level 3 credits: 30 must be from units awarded at Distinction, and 12 Level 3 credits at Merit
D3 M2 M2
Further information below
Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.
This is a broad-based three-year degree that prepares the student to be a nutritional scientist. The aims of the programme are to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of all key aspects of nutrition within a research-led environment, to foster an understanding of the influence of food intake on human health and to equip students with skills in critical analysis, information technology and communication.
Graduates are prepared for careers in a wide variety of fields and further study. The Nutrition BSc is ideal preparation for postgraduate education in molecular sciences (e.g. nutrigenomics, nutritional immunology), clinical sciences (e.g. dietetics) and public health (e.g. international health and development).
Teaching is based on lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes, directed reading and supervised research. There is ample scope for students to pursue their own lines of interest in course work, research protocol design and project choice.
Students are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. To see a breakdown of the types of assessment for this course, and the methods students are assessed by, please visit the Unistats website.
The study time and assessment methods on Unistats are typical and give a good indication of what to expect, however, number and type of contact hours and overall assessment methods vary by module. Our students have access to a module database at the beginning of each year, which details the assessment methods for each module.
Faculty teaching staff generally have a minimum PhD qualification. Post graduate research students studying towards a PhD in a relevant discipline will on occasions assist in the delivery of teaching sessions, for example by acting as demonstrators in practical classes or leading revision tutorial sessions.
This programme conforms to the Higher Education Credit Framework for England. During an academic year students will study 120 credits, equating to 1200 notional hours of learning.
Mainly Waterloo Campus, some teaching at Guy’s Campus, one session at Denmark Hill. Some projects may take place at non-campus locations.
In the Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, there is a metabolic unit for conducting human research studies and a food preparation laboratory for teaching the practical aspects of diet therapy. Computers and software are available for nutritional and statistical analyses. The thriving Student Nutrition Society offers an exciting programme of outside speakers and there are opportunities to attend meetings at the Royal Society of Medicine Forum on Food and Health. The School of Bioscience Education offers students unrivalled education resources, including modern, well-funded teaching facilities. You can read more about specialist facilities on the School of Bioscience Education webpages.
For information on university-wide facilities, such as libraries and student services, on our Facilities & Support webpages.
During year 2 students may also apply for an extra-mural year, to be taken between the second and third years if selected. Students apply directly to placement providers through a process facilitated by the university. Placements, either in the UK or overseas, may be in a pharmaceutical company, a government research establishment or academic research institute. Programmes incorporating the extra-mural year are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.
The Nutrition BSc with Extra Mural Year is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Degree accreditation by the Royal Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience. In recognition of the period of practice, a graduate of an accredited programme can apply for membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Member (MRSB) level after just one year of practice, rather than the usual three years. This will allow these graduates to attain the qualifications of Chartered Biologist or Chartered Scientist two years sooner than graduates from other degree programmes.
Please find below an indication of what modules will be offered. King’s College London reviews its modules on a regular basis in order to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. The optional modules offered may therefore change. Please check here for updates.
Students take 3 core modules, plus 1 biochemistry and 1 physiology module and then choose from a wide range of optional modules
Graduates often continue to study as the Nutrition BSc prepares them for postgraduate education in molecular sciences (eg nutrigenomics, nutritional immunology), clinical sciences (eg dietetics) and public health (eg international health and development).
Throughout the Nutrition BSc programme the ‘open door policy’ means that students can seek career and profession advice from their tutors at any stage. In the final year, Nutrition Profession Study Days are held, whereby students are given specific career advice and guidance for the nutrition profession from academic tutors, the Careers Services at King’s College London and from external professionals working in a variety of disciplines in nutrition.
A high proportion of our Nutrition graduates continue to work in the area. In view of the growing public health concerns that relate to diet and lifestyle and public interest in food and health, properly qualified registered nutritionists are highly sought after. Many are employed in food industry, consumer groups, major food retailers, governmental and non-governmental agencies, media, community nutrition in the UK and public health in developing countries.
"The Nutrition course at King's is very well organised and I have enjoyed being taught by experts in nutrition. I particularly like attending practical sessions, which have given me an opportunity to explore topics in a hands-on manner."
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