The usual way of starting a career in nutrition is to study for a degree in nutrition and/or dietetics at a University. This usually takes 3 or 4 years to complete. Chemistry and/or biology are generally required. If you did not study science at school, you may be able to enter university after successfully completing a science access/foundation course. Information about entry requirements is available via university prospectuses and Course Leaders or Admissions Tutors. Also, the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) provides information on the many varied courses that now exist ( A summary of available courses is listed below. Your careers advisor should also be able to provide advice and information.


Universities and colleges that run BSc courses in nutrition and/or dietetics (courses marked * lead to registration in dietetics; those marked ** are Nutrition Society accredited routes to training in Public Health Nutrition).

  • The College of Agriculture, Food and Enterprise (N.Ireland),
    Food Technology
    Food, Nutrition and Health
  • The University of Aberdeen
    Health Sciences (Health and Nutrition)
  • University of Abertay Dundee,
    Food, Nutrition & Health
  • Bath Spa University
    Diet & Health
    Education/Food Studies
    Food, Nutrition & Consumer Products
    Human Nutrition
  • University of Bedfordshire
    Nutritional Sciences (level 3 only)
  • Bournemouth University,
  • Bradford College: An Associate College of Leeds Metropolitan University
    Diet, Nutrition & Health
  • University of Wales Institute, Cardiff ,
    Human Nutrition and Dietetics*
    Public Health Nutrition
    Public Health Nutrition (Food Science)
  • University of Chester,
    Nutrition & Dietetics*
    Nutrition - joint courses
  • Coventry University,
    Food Science and Nutrition
  • Glasgow Caledonian University,
    Human Nutrition & Dietetics*
  • University of Glamorgan, Cardiff and Pontypridd
    Nutrition, Food Science & Health
  • University of Glasgow
    Physiology, Sports Science and Nutrition
  • University of Greenwich, London,
    Human Nutrition
    Human Nutrition with European Studies
    Applied Nutrition with European Studies
  • University of Hertfordshire,
  • The University of Huddersfield
    Nutrition and Public Health
    Food and Health
  • King’s College London (University of London),
    Nutrition & Dietetics (4 years)*
  • Kingston University
    Nutrition** (4 years with foundation year)
    Exercise, Nutrition & Health
    Nutrition with Sports Science
    Biochemistry and Nutrition
    Biology and Nutrition
    Human Biology and Nutrition
  • University of Central Lancashire
    Exercise, Nutrition and Health
  • University of Leeds
    Food Science
    Food Studies & Nutrition
  • Leeds Metropolitan University,
    Public Health Nutrition (3-years) **
    Public Health Nutrition (sandwich course, 4-years)**
  • Leeds Trinity & All Saints (Accredited College of the University of Leeds)
    Nutrition & Health with Psychology
    Psychology with Nutrition & Health
    Sport, Health, Exercise and Nutrition
  • University of Lincoln
    Human Nutrition
  • Liverpool Hope University
    Health, Nutrition & Fitness
    Nutrition with Health Promotion
  • Liverpool John Moores University 
    Community Nutrition
    Food & Nutrition
  • London Metropolitan University,
    Human Nutrition **
    Nutrition, Exercise and Health**
    Human Nutrition & Dietetics (4 years)*
    Joint courses – (Human Nutrition)
    Public Health Nutrition
  • London South Bank University
    Food and Nutrition
  • University of Luton,
    Nutrition (level 3 only)
  • The Manchester Metropolitan University,
    Human Nutrition
    Human Nutrition (with a foundation year) (4 years)
    Food & Nutrition
  • Newcastle University,
    Food & Human Nutrition**
  • Northumbria University
    Food Science and Nutrition
    Sport, Exercise and Nutrition
    Human Nutrition
  • The University of Nottingham
    Nutrition ** *
    Nutrition and Food Science
    Nutritional Biochemistry
    MNutr undergraduate masters degree in Human Nutrition*
  • The Nottingham Trent University,
    Exercise, Nutrition & Health
  • Oxford Brookes University,
    Public Health Nutrition
    Nutrition - joint courses
  • University of Plymouth,
    Exercise, Nutrition & Health
    Dietetics* (3 years)
  • Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh,
    Dietetics* (4 years)
    Nutrition ** (4-years)
  • Queen’s University Belfast,
    Food Quality Safety & Nutrition
  • Reading University
    Food Science
    Nutrition & Food Science **
  • The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen,
    Nutrition & Dietetics* (4 years)
  • Roehampton University of Surrey,
    Nutrition and Health**
  • Sheffield Hallam University,
    Food & Nutrition
    Nutrition, Healthy & Lifestyles
    Public Health Nutrition **
  • St Mary’s College,
    Joint courses – (Nutrition)
  • University Campus Suffolk
    Nutrition & Health
  • University of Surrey
    Nutrition & Food Science
    Nutrition (3 or 4 years)**
    Nutrition with a Foundation year (4 or 5 years)
    Nutrition & Dietetics (4 years)*
  • University of Teesside,
    Food, Nutrition & Health Science
  • University of Ulster, Northern Ireland,
    Human Nutrition * (opportunity to specialise in public health nutrition, 4 years; this route is
    accredited by the Nutrition Society)**
    Food and Nutrition
  • University of Wales, Newport,
    Health, Excercise and Nutrition
  • University of Westminster, London,
    Health Sciences: Nutritional Therapy
    Human Nutrition (3 years)
    Human Nutrition (with a foundation year) (4 years)
    Nutrition & Exercise Science (3 years, or 4 years with a foundation year)
  • University of Worcester
    Human Nutrition
    Human Nutrition – joint courses




Last reviewed September 2009. Next review due December 2013



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