Undergraduate course

Nutrition BSc (Hons)

Apply scientific methods to real-life situations in a degree which leads to many careers - from food technologist to nutritionist.

The study of Nutrition is a powerful force for good and the perfect subject for people who enjoy applying scientific methods and research to familiar, real-life situations. Studying Nutrition can take something which occurs worldwide every day and transform it, improving health and changing lives on a global scale.

  • UCAS Code – N400
  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – Health Sciences

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 points to include a Science A Level

    3 GCSEs Graded C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language, Maths and Science

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £9,250 per year

    International 2019-20 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

Course overview

Nutrition represents one of the most significant challenges for science and human society. In many industrialised countries and fast-growing economies, the consequences of obesity are major challenges to health, whilst at the same time, anorexia is a major theme in mental illness. Understanding human nutrition is fundamental to addressing and solving these pressing issues.


This degree in Nutrition will offer a comprehensive and interdisciplinary perspective on human nutrition. You will learn about the human body’s basic requirements and how these are met by the dietary preferences, cultures and availability of food in different areas of the world. Learning about the physiological and psychological triggers to choosing and eating food, and you will study the most significant human disease states associated with nutrition.

Integral to this will be understanding how the composition of food is determined and how the biochemical systems which utilise nutritional resources work. How do our bodies adapt to shortfall, as seen in malnutrition? What are the metabolic consequences of eating too much? In your final year you will tackle a piece of independent research, developing your knowledge on a topic of your choice.

Our Nutrition programme can lead to many exciting careers from food technologist or personal trainer, to nutritionist, researcher or a role advising on Government policy. With support from the University’s Careers & Placements Team, the skills and experience derived from this course will be readily transferable to employment across a range of sectors.

Course structure

Level 1


The following is an example of modules students may study on this course in their first year.

Semester one:

  • Introduction to Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Mathematics for STEM
  • Introduction to Experimental Methods
  • Interdisciplinarity

Semester two:

  • Introduction to Biochemistry & Metabolism
  • Introduction to Genetics, Evolution & Development
  • Introduction to Microbiology & Biodiversity
  • Introduction to Experimental Methods
  • Communication for STEM

Level 2


The following is an example of modules students may study on this course in their second year.

Semester one:

  • Human Physiology Nutrition & Life Cycle
  • Assessment of Nutritional Status
  • Introduction to Food Science & Analysis
  • Nutrition Laboratory Techniques
  • Programming for Bioscience
  • Further Microbiology
  • Introduction to Endocrinology

Semester two:

  • Introduction to Public Health Nutrition
  • Nutrient & Gene Interactions
  • Introduction to Sport & Exercise Nutrition
  • Nutrition Laboratory Techniques
  • Introduction to Immunology
  • Physiology of Disease
  • Bioinformatics & Big Data Biology
  • Enterprise

Level 3


The following is an example of modules students may study on this course in their third year.

Semester one:

  • Advanced Nutrition in Health & Disease
  • Advanced Food Science
  • Investigative Research Project

Semester two:

  • Advanced Sport & Exercise Nutrition
  • Microbiome
  • Professional Conduct
  • Investigative Research Project

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points, and to include a Science A-Level

Plus 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language, Maths and Science

Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate commitment to the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, through previous study, wider reading and a personal interest in the field of Nutrition.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Completing volunteer work
  • Subscribing/reading relevant journals/magazines
  • Doing further relevant study
  • Discussion of future career plans
  • Evidencing transferrable skills e.g. team work, independence, initiative

Candidates should use the personal statement to talk about what they have learnt from their experiences and how this will support their studies. Tell us why you have chosen to study Nutrition what you want to get from taking this course. Use it to reveal what interests you.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website. York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation

Tuition fees

Home / EU students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.



View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.


Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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