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Study the 3-year nutrition BSc programme at Waterloo Campus in the heart of London. The programme is accredited by the Association for Nutrition, allowing graduates to register as nutritionists, leading to careers in fields such as the food industry, national/international public health, journalism and research. There is the opportunity to go on a paid extramural placement within the food industry or research institution.
Teaching from internationally renowned scientists in a research-led environment
76% of nutrition students are satisfied with the overall quality of their course (National Student Survey 2015)
Close links with the food industry and opportunity for students to take an extramural industry or research placement
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
'Open-door policy' fosters close working relationships between staff and students
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 2016
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 nutrition 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. As active researchers in Diet & Cardiovascular Health, Diabetes, Diet & Gut Health and Mineral Metabolism, the academics in King’s College London instil in students a contemporary evidence-based knowledge of these and other areas of nutritional sciences, from the molecular and genetic through clinical to public health.
Students may be offered the chance to take an extramural year between second and final year, taking up paid employment in an industrial or research establishment in the UK or elsewhere in Europe. On returning to the university for the final year, the student’s performance during the extramural placement will be assessed through a written dissertation and poster presentation. The extramural year greatly expands the student’s work and research experience, and often improves the choice of job opportunities after graduation.
The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition, which means graduates may register as nutritionists on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists, a body which aims to regulate the professional practice of nutrition. Graduates are prepared for careers in a wide variety of fields, including the food industry, product development and consumer advice in the retail sector, national and international public health and health promotion, journalism and scientific research. 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).
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.
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.
Across the three years of the programme, an average of 24% of time is spent in lectures, seminars or similar. Number and type of contact hours will vary according to each module. Students have access to a module database which details number and type of contact hours for each module.
The 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.
Examination and assessment for the programme is by formal written examinations, essays, coursework, practical reports, and seminar and poster presentations. The balance of assessment methods varies with each module.
Overall assessment methods for the course varies by module. Students have access to a module database at the beginning of each year which details the assessment methods for each module.
Year one: 81% written examinations, 8% coursework, 11% practical-based assessment
Year two: 65% written examinations, 26% coursework, 9% practical-based assessment
Year three: 73% written examination, 16% coursework, 11% practical-based assessment
Our library has the most extensive collection of nutrition books and journals in the UK. The department, located in new purpose-built facilities, is well equipped with sophisticated analytical equipment, such as gas-liquid chromatographs, mass spectrometry and High Performance Liquid Chromatography. The Franklin-Wilkins Library facilitates literature based and electronic work. The Metabolic Research Unit in the Department facilitates the running of small human clinical trials.
The laboratories in the Department and the Franklin-Wilkins Building Genomics Centre facilitate state-of-the-art molecular nutrition research.
You will also be assigned a Personal Tutor who can advise on academic or personal issues you may be experiencing.
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.
In view of our central London location, there are a wide range of different practice placements that students can take part in (clinical, community, public health) working with a range of diverse populations.
Mainly Waterloo Campus, some teaching at Guy's Campus, one session at Denmark Hill. Some projects may take place at non-campus location.
King's reviews its optional modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Currently, students study the following core and optional modules
Introduction to Nutrition
Introduction to Food Science & Technology
Genetics & Molecular Biology
Physiology for Nutrition Students
Social and Psychological Studies
Three core modules plus up to four options, which must include physiology and biochemistry.
During year 2 students have the option to apply to take an Extra Mural year, which involves spending their third year in an industrial or other work environment, therefore extending their degree programme by a year. Students apply directly to placement providers through a process facilitated by the university. Students pay a reduced tuition fee while on placement. Other associated costs (e.g travel or living expenses will be met by the student though some providers give assistance.
Programmes incorporating Extra Mural Year are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology
Nutrition & Health
Research Methods for Health Sciences
Up to four optional modules to the value of 60 credits, which must include at least 15 credits of Physiology and 15 credits of Biochemistry and may also include Pharmacology, Microbiology and Genetics. A modern language may be chosen as one of the options in either year 2 or 3.
Four core modules plus two options.
Public Nutrition Research Project
Specialised topics in Nutrition
Up to two optional modules to a total value of 30 credits chosen from final year courses. A modern language may be chosen as one of the options in either year two or year three.
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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