BSc/BSc (Hons) Nutrition

On this course you will learn the scientific and social importance of nutrition in a modern university with advanced equipment. Real-world voluntary experience will foster your practical skills. It is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN)*

Nutrition affects everyone in the world every day. What and how we eat is vital to individual and community health and it is an engaging and rewarding subject to study. You will learn the academic principles behind food and gain practical skills in our advanced laboratories. You will also learn how to think on a larger scale. What are the social, political, cultural and environmental factors affecting what we eat? How can nutritionists use evidence to support behaviour change at an individual, community and population level? What are the most current issues in the field of nutrition?

Why QMU?

  • You will learn from registered nutritionists who are actively researching some of the most interesting and influential topics in the field.
  • You will build professional proficiency in our labs, using advanced equipment and proven research techniques.
  • The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN).

About the course

If we are what we eat, then nutrition can tell us a lot about who we are, how we live and how we can improve the health of society. As a science it looks at how food affects the functioning of the living organism. It includes the study of food composition, how it is digested and absorbed, the production of energy, elimination of wastes and all the syntheses that are essential for growth, maintenance and reproduction across the life cycle.

In Years One and Two you will forge a solid understanding of the biological sciences. You will learn the fundamental principles of nutrition and integrate this with knowledge of other related disciplines. Modules will help you to develop core study and professional skills as well as laboratory and investigative (information technology and research) expertise.

In Year Three you will look at how nutrition influences health at the individual, community and population level across all stages of the lifespan. You will learn to identify reliable sources of information and critically evaluate them, building on skills from Year Two, and develop other key professional skills such as communication.

In Year Four you will focus most of your time on developing your individual research project. You will choose an elective module that interests you; either Health Entrepreneurship or Nutrition in Practice, which allows you the opportunity to develop a nutritional intervention in a population group of your choice.


You can take an honours degree over four years or an ordinary degree over three years. The modules and options for each year are outlined.

*NB the ordinary degree does not lead to registration with the AfN


Year One

  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Food Science
  • Contextualising You and Your Profession
  • Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Food, Lifestyle and Society

Year Two

  • Dissertation
  • Nutrition Through the Life Course
  • Disease Aetiology and Management
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Epidemiology in Public Health
  • Volunteering Experience

Year Three

  • Disease Aetiology and Management/
  • Dissertation
  • Nutrition Through the Life-course (plus tutorials in Research Techniques for Nutrition)
  • Epidemiology in Public Health/ Volunteering Module

Year Four

  • Current Issues in Nutrition Science
  • Food and Nutrition Policy
  • Honours Project
  • plus one of the following two options: Health Entrepreneurship or Nutrition in Practice

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (April 2021) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2022. Please check the website for any updates.

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will learn in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and laboratories. Outside these timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. You will be assessed by a variety of methods.

Below you can read about Teaching and Learning Activities and Assessment Activities. We believe this will give you a good indication of what the course will be like, but the exact balance of activities may differ depending on the academic year and on the modules you choose.

Teaching and learning activities

Our Teaching and Learning Activities are focused on building your confidence, developing your problem-solving skills and preparing you for a successful career. Here you can read about how much time you should expect to spend undertaking these activities for this course along with a general description of the activity for all courses.


You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and in some cases practical workshops or laboratories. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

Independent Learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, practicals or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the Learning Resource Centre, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. You independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the Learning Resource Centre and the Hub.


Courses with placements give you the opportunity to put what you are learning into practice and to observe and work with a wide range of individuals and groups of people in diverse settings. Some courses offer placement opportunities in the UK and overseas.

Assessment Activities

Assessment Activities provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject and receive feedback on your performance. Here you can read about how much of your final mark is based on each type of formal assessment for this course along with a general description of the activity for all courses.


Assessment by written examinations normally takes place at the end of each module or semester, but they may also happen during modules.


Coursework assessments take place in a variety of ways, including assignments, essays, reports, portfolios, project output and your level 4 Honours project. We aim to provide you with feedback on your assessment within 20 working days of the submission date.


Practical assessments can include oral presentations, performance, practical skills assessment, costume design and construction, film making, lab work or clinical practical skills depending on the nature of the course.




Practical learning in real-world environments is the perfect way to consolidate your skills. In Year Three, students will organise their own compulsory volunteering experience. This can be in a variety of settings such as schools, community groups, laboratories, care homes or food and drink companies. Students may even wish to volunteer overseas.

Exchange opportunities

In Years Two or Three you have the opportunity to study for one semester at a university overseas (subject to availabilty). For more information, see Exchanges and Study Abroad

On December 24th 2020, the UK Government announced that as an outcome of Brexit negotiations, the United Kingdom would not be seeking to participate in the Erasmus+ successor programme.

From 2022/23 Queen Margaret University will no longer operate under the Erasmus+ scheme. Over the coming year we will be working with new and existing partners on study abroad and exchange opportunities for the 2022/23 academic year and beyond.


Our graduates work across a number of sectors including government, third-sector and private companies.

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard - BBBC, Minimum - BCCC

A Level: BB

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

International: IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5

Required subjects: Chemistry or Biology and preferably one other science (may include Maths or Home Economics) at Higher/A Level or equivalent AND Chemistry, Biology, Maths and English at Nat 5 GCSE.

Mature/Access: We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications in Biology and Chemistry or experience. See related Access courses: www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications

Direct Entry:

Year Two

  • HNC in a related subject with B in the graded unit

Year Three

  • HND in a related subject with CB in the graded units

For details of related HNC and HND courses, see: www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications

Other requirements:

  • You may be requested to be immunised against Hepatitis B.
  • Students may require a PVG check for the Volunteering module.

Associate student places


Professional registration/ accreditation

  • The course is accredited by the AfN.
  • As a graduate you will be eligible to register on the Voluntary Register of Nutritionists with the AfN.

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

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Please note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2022/23 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Course Overview

On campus
3 or 4 years full-time
Start Date
September 2022
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

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