Undergraduate Extended DegreeNutrition and Health (extended degree)

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The Foundation year of this programme is subject to validation*

  • Accredited by the Association for Nutrition, so once graduate you can become a Registered Associate Nutritionist.
  • Provides a firm foundation in biochemistry, physiology and psychology, necessary for nutrition professionals.
  • Taught by highly experienced and published researchers - all leading experts in their field.
  • Learn in excellent laboratory facilities including a food lab with sensory analysis tasting booths and biomedical and microbiology labs. 
  • We are ranked the 6th university in London for Nutrition and Health (Complete University Guide 2018).

Summary

Improve human health and their well-being by studying the BSc Nutrition and Health extended degree at Roehampton, where you will gain insight into the science behind what we eat.

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This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition

The BSc Nutrition and Health extended degree programme includes a foundation year, which will provide you with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying Nutrition and Health at degree level. Our extended degree programme will provide you with a thorough and supportive academic preparation for study. The Foundation year is carefully designed to build your confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide you with subject specific knowledge as a basis for success in your following three years.

In this rewarding course, you will learn about how good nutrition enhances well-being and can help manage or prevent disease. This programme is accredited by the Association for Nutrition, so when you graduate you can become a Registered Associate Nutritionist and help others lead healthy lives.

Through the latest scientific principles in nutrition, this popular degree analyses the connection between food and health, and how this can be applied to individuals, the public and specific groups such as athletes and older adults. You will gain the skills to tackle topical issues and understand the effects of food and nutrition on health – an area of increasing public and clinical interest.

Throughout your time at Roehampton, you’ll be supported in a welcoming and diverse community of staff and students in high-quality facilities on a beautiful parkland campus. You will have access to our state-of-the art facilities and excellent laboratories including a food lab complete with sensory analysis tasting booths and specialist laboratories for physiology, microbiology and computing.

We offer innovative modules such as ‘Advances in Nutrition’ that explores recent developments and innovations in the field of Nutrition including the role of ‘omics’ technology, interactions between diet, genes and disease and the role of various nutrients. Other examples include ‘Nutrition through the Lifespan’ which explores how different stages of life can determine nutritional status and requirements, or ‘Food Science’ which focuses on the science behind food production, food quality, and food safety.

 

During the foundation year, you will complete core modules in English and Mathematics, as well as an extended project which will develop your skills in carrying out research, using scholarly sources, drawing comparisons between your own research and that of others and documenting your findings. You will study two modules in Life Sciences which will give you the opportunity to explore methods of scientific thinking and reasoning in an enquiry-based way. You will also be introduced to key concepts in human physiology that are common cornerstones of the different degree programmes.

In your first year you will be introduced to the principles of human nutrition, vitamins and minerals, physiology and metabolism as well as aspects of psychology that can influence food intakes. You will develop a thorough understanding of the relationship between food, nutrition, and health.

Your second year includes a focus on research methods that prepares you for a research project on a subject of your choice in the third year. You will embark on specialised studies of particular aspects of nutrition such as food safety and dietary assessment. Barriers to healthy eating are examined to identify strategies that could improve the diet and health of the nation.

In your final year, you'll conduct your own research project in nutrition under the guidance of one of our expert tutors. You can advance your specialist knowledge and add to your understanding of aspects of health and disease that are influenced by diet.

Here are some examples of the various modules we currently offer:

Foundation Year

English Academic Skills 1
English Academic Skills 2
Mathematical Functional Skills Essentials
Introduction to Scientific Thinking

Year 1

Principles of Human Nutrition
Psychology of Health and Illness
Introduction to Human Disease
Chemistry of Life
Biometrics: Physiology, Statistics and Maths
Human Ecology and Adaption

Year 2

Biosciences Research Methods
Nutrition through the Lifespan
Public Health and Health Promotion
Food Science
Immunology
Physiology and Metabolism

Year 3

Required Modules
Either Dissertation or Elective Topic
Clinical Nutrition
Advances in Nutrition and Health
Pathophysiology

Optional Modules
Abnormal Psychology
Human Osteology and Diversity
HIV/AIDS and Global Health
Epidemiology and Medical Microbiology

 

Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

You could work in health policy and health promotion, or become a public health nutritionist. Some graduates work in the food and beverage industry in areas such as product development and food safety. Graduates also work in various roles within the NHS, and some choose to do research or further study at postgraduate level.

*What is validation?
As a requirement of its registration with the Office for Students, the University is required to comply with a quality and standards condition which includes a requirement to have well-designed programmes giving a high quality academic experience. In order to discharge this responsibility, the University conducts regular and systematic monitoring and reviewing of programmes and implements changes considered necessary as a result (‘re-validation’). This programme is currently undergoing a re-validation exercise and may therefore change. The University will publish details of the amended programme which it anticipates will be by 28 February in the academic year prior to the start date of the course. You are advised to check the University website then to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information, you should contact 0208 392 3232.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.