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Nutrition BSc

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Overview

The Nutrition BSc degree is a research-led course 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.

Key benefits:

  • 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 17th in the world for Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health (Times Higher Education 2018 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

Department Department of Nutrition and Dietetics School of Life Course Sciences

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Course detail

Description

The Nutrition BSc degree is a three-year course where you will study modules totalling 360 credits.

 

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. 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%

-

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations.  Forms of assessment may typically include coursework and examinations.  Coursework contributes approximately 40% and examinations approximately 60% to your final mark.

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.

Regulating body

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

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Waterloo 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.

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.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • 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 & 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 courses 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:

  • 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 of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Experimental Biochemistry (15 credits)

  • Metabolism (15 credits)

  • Protein Structure & Function (15 credits)

  • Medical Microbiology (15 credits)

In addition, you are required to take at least one physiology module of at least 15 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Endocrinology & 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)

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

  • Human & Molecular Genetics A/B (30 credits)

  • Psychology I (15 credits)

  • Human & Molecular Genetics A (15 credits)

  • Gene Cloning & Expression A (15 credits)

  • Gene Cloning & Expression A/B (30 credits)

  • Structural Basis of Human Function (30 credits)

  • Essentials of Embryology (15 credits)

  • Drugs & Disease A (15 credits)

  • Drugs & Disease B (30 credits)Drugs Discovery & 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 and Kellogg’s Company.

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.

Year 3

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • 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 range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Advanced Molecular Genetics (15 credits)

  • Biology of Cancer (30 credits)

  • Cardiovascular & Respiratory  Control (30 credits)

  • Cellular & Systems Neuroscience (30 credits)

  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology (15 credits)

  • Endocrinology of Diabetes (15 credits)

  • Experimental Physiology (15 credits)

  • Immunology of Human Disease (15 credits)

  • Mechanisms of Development (30 credits)

  • Molecular Basis of Human Disease (15 credits)

  • Molecular Immunology (15 credits)

  • Neuroendocrinology (15 credits)

  • Nutrition & Genetics (15 credits)

  • Pharmacology of Neurological & Psychiatric Disorders (15 credits)

  • Pharmacology of Inflammation (15 credits)

  • Protein Structure & Design (15 credits)

  • Reproductive Physiology (15 credits)

  • Social Impact of the Biosciences Project (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 courses 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

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

80% overall

 

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

 

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

Entry requirements
A-level ABB

Including Chemistry and Biology.

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

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.

Access to HE Diploma

D: 30 credits

M: 15 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to Science (or similar subject) with 45 Level 3 credits: 30 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.
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2

Including Chemistry & Biology.

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

Please note that Global Perspectives is not accepted by King’s as one of your Pre-U Principal subjects.

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. 

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. 

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.

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

and

AB at Advanced Higher

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers in Chemistry and Biology. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.
International Baccalaureate 34 points

Including 655 at Higher Level with both Biology and Chemistry at Higher Level. Note the total point score of 34 includes TOK/EE.

Other International Qualifications  

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

English Language Requirements  Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2020

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 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 2020/21 (September 2020) 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 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 academic year is £26,700 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

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you 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.

King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King’s tuition fees. At present these are as follows:

  • Home students studying for semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year

  • EU students studying for a semester abroad - £6,167

  • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds 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:

  • Alternative venue examination fees

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies

  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions

  • Graduation costs

  • Library fees and fines

  • Personal photocopies

  • Printing course handouts

  • Society membership fees

  • Stationery

  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

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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