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Overview

The Nutrition BSc degree is a research-led programme that provides students with an in-depth knowledge of all key aspects of nutrition and fosters an understanding of the influence of food intake on human health. This course will also equip students with fundamental skills in critical analysis, information technology and communication.

  • We are Europe's largest centre for medical and professional healthcare education.
  • You will gain practical experience through research and project work.
  • King’s is ranked 16th in the world for Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health (Times Higher Education 2016/17 subject ranking)
  • Nutrition profession study days including career advice and guidance from external professionals working in a variety of disciplines in nutrition.
  • You will be eligible to apply for Registration on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists.

Key information

UCAS code B400

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Course accreditations 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.

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

DepartmentDepartment of Nutrition and Dietetics

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Course detail

Description

The Nutrition BSc degree is a three-year course where you will study modules totalling 360 credits. You can also apply for a paid extramural placement within the food industry or research institution that will provide you with unique opportunities to develop your research skills. 

In your first year, you will study introductory modules covering physiology for nutrition students, fundamental areas of biochemistry, nutrition, food science and technologies as well as genetics and molecular biology. 

In your second and third years, you will focus on nutrition and health, food habits and research methods relating to health sciences. We also offer a broad range of optional modules, allowing you the freedom to develop your study pathway to reflect your interests.

In year two you may also choose to undertake an extra-mural or work placement, usually within the food industry.

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. We utilise practitioners, researchers and lecturers to deliver high-quality research-based teaching.

Course stage

Percentage of time in scheduled learning and teaching activities

Percentage of time in guided independent study

Percentage of time on placements 

Year 1

26%

74%

 

Year 2

22%

78%

 

Year 3

16%

84%

 

 

Assessment

You are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations and may typically expect assessment as below:

Course stage

Percentage of Assessment by Written Exams

Percentage of Assessment by Practical Exams

Percentage of Assessment by Coursework 

Year 1

79%

8%

13%

Year 2

64%

3%

33%

Year 3

45%

1%

54%

 

Course accreditation

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.

Location

The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the King’s College London Waterloo Campus with some teaching at Guy’s Campus and Denmark Hill Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study. Some projects may take place at non-campus locations.

Other related courses:

  • Psychology
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Nutrition & Dietetics

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

 

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules.  You will normally take modules totalling 360 credits.  This is a three-year BSc course with the option to take an additional extra-mural year between years two and three.  Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Biochemistry (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Nutrition (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Food Science & Technology (15 credits)
  • Genetics & Molecular Biology (15 credits)
  • Physiology for Nutrition Students (30 credits)
  • Social and Psychological Studies (15 credits)
Optional Modules

There are no optional modules in year one.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Nutrition & health (30 credits)
  • Food Habits (15 credits)
  • Research Methods for Health Sciences (15 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take at least one biochemistry module of at least 15 credits from a range that may typically include:

  • Tissue Pathology (15 credits)
  • Experimental Biochemistry (15 credits)
  • Metabolism (15 credits)
  • Protein Structure & Function (15 credits)
  • Medical Microbiology (15 credits)
  • Cell Biology B (15 credits)

You are also required to take at least one physiology module worth 15 credits from a range that may typically include:

  • Endocrinology and Reproduction (15 credits)
  • Physiological Control: Exercise & Environment (15 credits)
  • Report on a Physiological Topic (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Comparative Physiology (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Stem Cells (15 credits)
  • Cell Biology A (15 credits)

You are also required to take 30 credits from the following optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Any of the optional modules listed above
  • The Immune System in Health and Disease (15 credits)
  • Human and Molecular Genetics A/B (30 credits)
  • Human and Molecular Genetics A (15 credits)
  • Principles of Bioinformatics (15 credits)
  • Gene Cloning and Expression A (15 credits)
  • Gene Cloning and Expression A/B (30 credits)
  • Structural Basis of Human Function (30 credits)
  • Emergence of Vertebrate Form and Function (15 credits)
  • Essentials of Embryology (15 credits)
  • Drugs & Disease A (15 credits)
  • Drugs & Disease B (30 credits)
  • Drugs Discovery and Development (15 credits)

You can study one 15-credit modern language module in either the second or the final year, but not both.

Alternatively, you may apply for an extra-mural year, to be taken between the second and third years if selected. Students apply directly to placement providers, usually in the food industry, through a process facilitated by the university.

Placement companies and establishments in the past have included:

  • Waitrose
  • Kellogg Company

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Year 3

You are required to take the following modules:
Required Modules
  • Applied Nutrition (30 credits)
  • Clinical Nutrition (15 credits)
  • Nutrition Research Project (30 credits)
  • Specialised Topics in Nutrition (15 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition you are required to take 30 credits from a wide range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Advanced Molecular Genetics (15 credits)
  • Behavioural Science (15 credits)
  • Biology of Cancer (30 credits)
  • Biomedical Diagnostics (15 credits)
  • Cardiovascular & Respiratory Control (30 credits)
  • Cellular Basis of Drug Dependence (30 credits)
  • Cellular Basis of Disease (15 credits)
  • Cellular & Systems Neuroscience (30 credits)
  • Cell & Molecular Pharmacology (30 credits)
  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology (15 credits)
  • Cell Physiology (15 credits)
  • Developmental Neurobiology (30 credits)
  • Endocrinology of Diabetes (15 credits)
  • Experimental Physiology (15 credits)
  • Extreme Physiology (30 credits)
  • Immunology of Human Disease (15 credits)
  • Mechanisms of Development (30 credits)
  • Medical Genetics (15 credits)
  • Molecular Immunology (15 credits)
  • Molecular Genetics of Model Organisms (15 credits)
  • Muscle (15 credits)
  • Neuroendocrinology (15 credits)
  • Nutrition & Genetics (15 credits)
  • Perspectives on Pain and Nervous System Disorders (30 credits)
  • Pharmacology of Neurological & Psychiatric Disorders (15 credits)
  • Pharmacology of Inflammation (15 credits)
  • Protein Structure & Design (15 credits)
  • Redox Biology in Health and Disease (15 credits)
  • Reproductive Physiology (15 credits)
  • Social Impact of the Biosciences Project (15 credits)
  • Vascular Physiology (30 credits)
  • Viruses & Diseases (15 credits)

You can study one 15-credit modern language module in either the second or the final year, but not both.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

ABB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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.

Required grades

34 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 655

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 30 must be from units awarded at Distinction,  and 12 Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 M2 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

80% overall

 

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

 

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology. Also, English and Mathematics requirements.

Preferred subjects

None.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

A-Level subjects - University policy: Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

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): DDM with eleven Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DDM with ten Distinctions in Applied Sciences and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DM with four Distinctions in Applied Sciences and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.

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: ABB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including Advanced Higher Biology and Chemistry (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). 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.

Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2018.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £22,800 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

If you study abroad as part of your course, King's will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.

While students are on a study abroad or extra-mural year, King’s will continue to invoice students for a proportion of King's tuition fees.  At present these are as follows: 

  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Graduates may also continue to study, as the Nutrition BSc is good preparation for postgraduate education in molecular sciences like nutrigenomics and nutritional immunology; clinical sciences like dietetics; and public health, for instance international health and development.

In the final year, Nutrition Profession Study Days are held, whereby you will receive 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.

 

Career destinations

A significant proportion of our Nutrition graduates now work in a disciplines related to nutrition. With growing health concerns that relate to diet and lifestyle and public interest in food and health, suitably qualified registered nutritionists are highly sought after. Many of our graduates are now employed in the food industry, consumer groups, major food retailers, governmental and non-governmental agencies, media, community nutrition in the UK and public health in developing countries.

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