A degree in nutrition is a three-year course (full-time) that teaches you the fundamentals of nutrition. It examines the science behind lifestyle choices and behavioural patterns to give you an in-depth understanding of what food does to our body, and why we eat what we do.
A-Levels of BBB in related subjects, such as chemistry or biology is the minimum requirement, though you will still be considered if only two of your three A-Levels are a science-based subject. Other possible subjects that will usually be accepted include physical education and maths.
If you haven’t met the minimum requirement, your application may still be required if you can demonstrate satisfactory educational or personal circumstances, such as work experience in the field of science.
Entrance requirements to a Masters in Nutrition will vary depending on the university you are applying to, but it is a requirement to have previously gained an undergraduate degree level 2:1 or above. Most universities will also require students to have gained the undergraduate degree in a health related or biological area of study.
Other entry requirements may also be required such as a personal statement, entrance interview or entrance tests. You are advised to speak to the university you are applying to for a full breakdown of entry requirements. To help you understand postgraduate interviews we have put together an article for the top 10 questions that are likely to pop up and the best ways that you can answer them: Top 10 Postgraduate Interview Questions.
There are many career paths open to you if you have a degree in nutrition. Many graduates head straight into the food industry, where they practice nutrition. Other possible careers and sectors include:
- Nutrition Journalist
- Health Service
- Nutritional Supplement Company
- Public Health Nutrition
- Dietetic Assistant
Media You may also want to consider becoming a dietitian. If so, the best way to do this would be by taking a Masters degree in Nutrition after you graduate.
Some students go onto write cookbooks or educational programs, and if this is one of your aims, it might be a good idea to supplement your degree with a part-time course in creative writing.