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Human Nutrition and Metabolism iBSc

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Our Human Nutrition & Metabolism Intercalated BSc course will provide you with insights and expertise in the major scientific areas relating to complex human nutrition and metabolism. The course covers subjects relating to the principal areas of applied and clinical nutrition, providing a scientific grounding in preparation for an extended research project.

For more information, including details on how to apply, see our Intercalated BSc pages.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

  • You will explore current trends and cutting-edge research working alongside international experts at a leading research institution.
  • Teaching by internationally renowned scientists and researchers
  • Unique opportunities to undertake human trials.
  • Graduates have been published as a result of their BSc project, and some have gone on to present their research at conferences.

Key information

UCAS code N/A

Duration One year

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King’s College London

Department Department of Nutrition and Dietetics School of Life Course Sciences



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Course detail


Nutrition is concerned with the modification of diet and lifestyle from conception through to old age, with the aim of disease prevention and management.  

Based in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, the Human Nutrition & Metabolism Intercalated BSc course will give you access to world-class laboratory research facilities, including mass spectrometry, stable isotope techniques and a state-of-the-art genomic centre.

The Human Nutrition & Metabolism Intercalated iBSc degree is a one-year study course that comprises modules totalling 120 credits, and which includes the unique opportunity to run your human intervention study using our specially designed Metabolic Research Unit. Patient studies are also carried out in the new Clinical Research Facility located at St Thomas’ Hospital.

You can focus on the most important aspects of nutrition including:

  • Biochemical basis of vitamin action.
  • How different lipids affect both cell membranes or whole arteries and their function.
  • What iron intake or deficiency does to cells.
  • How the gut absorbs nutrients/metabolites and interacts with its ‘microbiome’, what nutrients affect absorption.
  • Whether and how foods or alcohol turn particular genes and their products on or off, or how best to feed sick patients.

The research projects are an essential component of the course and take the form of a clinical, experimental, data analysis or questionnaire project supervised by a member of staff from the Department of Nutritional Sciences. A wide choice of potential research projects is available reflecting the groups within the faculty, including Diet and Cardiovascular Health, Diet and Gastrointestinal Health and Mineral Metabolism.

Some of the research projects go on to be presented at national and international conferences or contribute to research papers. Recently, a student on this course won the prestigious national 'Student of the Year' award for her project on the impact of folate status on gene expression and also won first prize at a European meeting.

Examples of research project topics:

  • The effect of dietary nitrates on renal sodium elimination and peripheral vascular resistance in subjects of low renin compared to normal renin; human intervention study.
  • Acute effects of a high-fat meal on platelet function; human intervention study.
  • PPAR gamma gene PPARG: tests of association of Pro12Ala genotype with markers of obesity and insulin sensitivity; laboratory project.
  • The acute effects of isoflavones on glucose tolerance and arterial function; human intervention study.
  • An investigation into the relationship between body composition and disease severity in patients with liver disease; data analysis project from clinical data.
  • Dietary intake in patients with active Crohn’s disease: a case-control study.
  • The effects of acute high fructose and glucose feeding on glycaemia in men of black West African and white European origin; human intervention study.
  • Intervening with dietary nitrate as 'beetroot shots' vs placebo on vascular function in T2 diabetes; human intervention study.


The following table gives an indication of the contact and self-study time allocation you might expect from a typical academic year: 



Seminars & tutorials

Practicals/ Lab work

Private study


Nutrition Research Project

12 hours

6 hours



432 hours

Applied Nutrition 

51 hours

8 hours

15 hours

226 hours


Clinical Nutrition

16 hours

3 hours

4 hours

127 hours


Principles of Nutrition

56 hours

9 hours

15 hours

220 hours



Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.  You will study 120 credits during the academic year, which equates to 1,200 theoretical hours of learning.


The primary methods of assessment for this course are assessed essays, coursework, oral presentations, examinations and a dissertation.






Orals/ Vivas


Other In Course Assessment

Nutrition Research Project






Applied Nutrition 






Clinical Nutrition






Principles of Nutrition







The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s and Waterloo Campuses. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

See our full list of intercalated courses here.




Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

Required Modules
  • Nutrition Research Project (45 credits)

  • Applied Nutrition (30 credits)

  • Clinical Nutrition (15 credits)

  • Principles of Nutrition (30 credits)

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

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules on this course.

Entry requirements


Required subjects

This Bsc accepts Medical, Dental and Vetinary students.

Selection procedure

Application deadline

King's students:  18th February 2019   
Non-King's students: 4th March 2019   


Please see the Intercalated BSc Entry Requirements page.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £25,500 per year.

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

In addition to your tuition fees, 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 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

Please see the Intercalated BSc Fees & Funding page.

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.


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