Nutrition and Health

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  • Give your career a head-start through the option of a one-year work placement, after year two.
  • Provides a firm foundation in biochemistry, physiology and psychology that you will  need to work as a nutrition professional.
  • Accredited by the Association for Nutrition, so once you graduate you can become a Registered Associate Nutritionist.
  • Taught by leading experts in their field, in excellent facilities, including a food lab with sensory analysis tasting booths and biomedical and microbiology labs.
  • 94% of Roehampton Nutrition and Health graduates in work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE, 2018 results).
  • We are ranked the 5th university in London for Nutrition and Health (Complete University Guide 2020).
  • 92% student satisfaction on this course (NSS 2020).

Summary

Improve human health and wellbeing by studying a BSc Nutrition and Health 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

You will explore how good nutrition enhances wellbeing, and can help manage or prevent disease. You will also look at the latest science to analyse the link between food and health, and how that can be applied to individuals, the public, and groups such as athletes and older adults. 

The degree is accredited by the Association for Nutrition, so when you graduate you can become a Registered Associate Nutritionist and help others lead healthy lives. 

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

We offer innovative modules such as Advances in Nutrition and Health, where you will explore 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 interesting modules include Nutrition of Population Groups, which explores how different stages of life can determine nutritional status and requirements, and Food Science, where you will gain insight into the science behind food production, quality and safety. 

You can find out more about Nutrition at Roehampton, including social events, additional resources, information about our research, students and alumni here on our Nutrition Twitter feed.

Year one 

  • Begin exploring the principles of human nutrition, vitamins and minerals, physiology and metabolism, as well as aspects of psychology that can influence food intake.  
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the relationship between food, nutrition and health. 

Year two 

  • Build your research skills to prepare for your research in year three.  
  • Embark on specialised studies of particular aspects of nutrition such as food safety and dietary assessment.  
  • Examine barriers to healthy eating to identify strategies that could improve the diet and health of the nation. 

Year three 

  • Conduct your own research project in an area of nutrition of your choice, under the guidance of one of our expert tutors. 
  • 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:

Year 1

Principles of Human Nutrition
Professional and Academic Practice for Nutritionists
Psychology and Sociology for Nutrition
Introduction to Human Disease
Chemistry of Life
Biometrics: Physiology, Statistics and Maths

Year 2

Public Health and Health Promotion
Food Science
Nutrition of Population Groups
Biosciences Research Methods
Physiology and Metabolism
Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Year 3

Required Modules
Either Dissertation or Critical Review in Nutrition 
Clinical Nutrition
Advances in Nutrition and Health
Human Epidemiology and Pathophysiology

Optional Modules
Psychological Disorders and Health
HIV/AIDS and Global Health
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.

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.

The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.

Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.

You could go on to work in the NHS, in areas such as health policy or health promotion, or become a public health nutritionist. Alternatively, you could work as a nutrition consultant in the fitness and private sectors and some of our graduates have taken their skills into the food and beverage industry, working in product development or food safety. You could also go on to further study and research at postgraduate level.

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers. 

Teaching staff on our BSc Nutrition and Health are connected to our Health Science Research Centre. Find out more about their research interests here.

Dr Astrid Hauge Evans
Senior Lecturer

Dr Astrid Hauge Evans

My name is Astrid, and I am the programme convener for undergraduate Nutrition and Health. I teach on the Principles of Nutrition and Advances in Nutrition and Health modules. My research focuses on diabetes and I am very interested in how nutrients from our food affect our bodies and in particular, how we make insulin in the pancreas. I like the variety of different subjects on the Nutrition and Health programme, which gives the students a solid foundation in the Nutrition field and then helps them find their own area of speciality. As a programme convener I really enjoy talking to our students; they come with lots of different experiences and from diverse backgrounds and that enriches our programme.

Dr Yvonne Jeannes
Principal Lecturer

Dr Yvonne Jeannes

Hi, I am Yvonne and I am a principal lecturer Clinical Nutrition. I have been at Roehampton university since 2004. It is wonderful to be with students who are engaged in their learning and seeing them develop during their time at Roehampton. I enjoy enthusing students about clinical nutrition, delving into the challenges of nutrition in clinical practice and research. I lead research that has informed government policy on the prescribing of gluten free foods, that explores factors influencing a gluten free diet including the role of a dietitian in managing coeliac disease and the nutritional adequacy of diets requiring exclusions, for example ‘dairy free’ and ‘gluten free’.

Dr Giulia Corona
Senior Lecturer

Dr Giulia Corona

I'm Giulia, and I teach primarily on the Nutrition programmes at both UG and PG levels. I joined Roehampton in 2014, and my teaching is related to various aspects of Nutrition and Health, especially the role of diet and lifestyle in support of healthy ageing and chronic disease prevention. My research expertise is primarily in molecular nutrition: I have a special interest in bioactive molecules derived from plants and present in plant-based diets and the implications for their anti-ageing effects in the body. In particular, my studies target the vascular system, the brain and the gastrointestinal tract. My research area usually attracts the interest of both Nutrition and Biomedical students for their dissertation projects.

Dr Adele Costabile
Reader

Dr Adele Costabile

I’m Adele and I’m a Reader in Nutrition. I joined Roehampton in 2015 and I have over 14 years’ experience within the field of gut microbiology and my interests span the breadth of microbiome research. Recently my work has been focusing on the gut microbiota as a therapeutic target for nutritional interventions. I love the microbial world of the intestine and how diet can alter this world and impact on health. I’m researching ways which the bacteria can handled in our diet and ways we can improve our overall health by targeting certain types of bacteria. At Roehampton, I lead a laboratory with an in vitro artificial gut for research on microbiome, which I set up at the Department of Life Sciences. This lab attracts external research funding and internal and external collaborations, which I lead and coordinate.

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