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Short courses

Some universities and colleges offer short courses whereby students undertake one specific module from the degree course such as food science, biochemistry, sports science, home economics, or food technology. To find out more, please contact the university you wish to study at.

The Open University also has modules on food and health. For more information, contact:

The Centre For Continuing Education, The Open University, PO Box 118, Milton Keynes MK7 6A, www.open.ac.uk

There are no correspondence courses in Dietetics although some colleges and universities are developing study routes that offer flexibility, including part time courses. Please contact the colleges and universities directly about these.

Particular short courses exist mainly for health professionals and GPs in Human Nutrition. The courses vary in topics covered and period of time. For more information on these courses contact:

The Nutrition Society, www.nutritionsociety.org

The BNF also offers online training in nutrition - for more information, click here 

Non-degree courses

A number of NVQ, SVQ and HND courses include some basic nutrition, e.g. courses in catering, retailing or hospitality. Although, these types of courses are useful for people with a general interest in the subject, who wish to know more about basic nutrition for their personal interest, these courses are NOT designed to train participants to give detailed and evidence-based dietary advice. Furthermore, these and other non-degree courses are not recognised by the Nutrition Society or Health Professions Council as being of sufficient depth to provide the basis for a career in nutrition or dietetics, respectively. However, in the context of the National Grid for Learning, (S)NVQs can be a route of entry into higher education (e.g. the undergraduate courses listed previously) provided the particular course has been judged to be acceptable as an access course that shows general readiness for study (contact www.ucas.co.uk for entry requirement information). The same applies to some diplomas in the private sector (see below).

There are a number of private colleges and institutes that do not have Privy Council approval to award degrees, which offer courses in nutrition. These courses are not controlled by the Qualifications and Curriculum Agency and the Quality Assurance Agency that oversee courses offered in the public sector, and so it is difficult to assess what standard is achieved. These courses can be expensive and the qualifications obtained may be of limited value as they are not recognised by the professional organisations that represent the interests of conventionally trained nutritionists and dietitians, or by the majority of would-be employers of nutritionists/nutrition scientists and dietitians.

Courses in animal nutrition

BSc Courses in Animal Nutrition are run at:


Last reviewed September 2009. Next review December 2013
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