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Hear from the course lead Reena Vijayakumaran with the Nutrition team’s top reasons to study BSc (Hons) Nutrition at BU!

  1. High student satisfaction

With 100% overall student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey (NSS), our course is also accredited by the Association for Nutrition and includes units that combine the social, behavioural and lifestyle aspects with nutritional science to ensure you have a solid foundation in nutrition.


The units build on each other to enable in depth understanding of the many aspects of nutrition. We focus on fundamental and contemporary issues in nutrition both in the UK and globally and there are also opportunities to explore an area of interest in your own final year research project.


  1. Gain real life experience

We are passionate about enabling you to embed theoretical knowledge with real life experiences and want our students to gain excellent practices and skills that will prepare you for your future career as professional Nutritionists!

You will undertake a compulsory short placement after your second year and have the option to complete a sandwich placement between your second and final year, with dedicated staff members to support your placements.

You can pursue an area of your own interest in a variety of nutrition related areas including public health, sports nutrition, working with vulnerable groups, food industry and the hospitality sector and some of our students have continued to work with their placement provider upon graduating.


  1. Improve your employability

Our course has high graduate employment rates, and we are focused on building our students’ knowledge, professional skills, and competencies to prepare you to become Associate Registered Nutritionists with the Association for Nutrition upon graduating.

You will build on your skills development through a variety of presentations, group work, peer-led activities and projects as well as learning to review research to become a competent nutritionist. Our teaching and learning practices focus on critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills that prepares you for a wide range careers related to Nutrition.

Our graduates can choose to work in the food industry, hospitality, charity sector, public sector, and commercial organisations. Typical job roles include working in the food industry in technical and product development or as a nutrition advisor in the health sector, for example for the national diabetes prevention strategy and obesity management. Some of our graduates also go on to further study, such as Dietetics or our MSc Nutrition & Behaviour degree.


  1. Student-centred support

We understand the challenges students face when they start their student life and we strive to provide the best support to our students in additional to BU’s central services.

To us, the student’s voice matters, and we have an inclusive student representative programme that meets regularly with academics. There are various sessions and forums, and student representatives across each year feedback any aspect that affects them during their university life. We also have PALs (Peer Assisted Learning scheme) who are current students recruited and trained to support other students and year groups.


  1. State of the art facilities

The brand-new Bournemouth Gateway Building has dedicated flexible learning facilities including our new physiology lab where you will study Human Anatomy and Physiology in your first year. We also have high-tech nutrition and health science laboratories at Talbot campus where you will gain practical skills in a range of nutrition and food related units.

Nutrition students can benefit from their studies being taught at both our Lansdowne and Talbot campuses and so can gain the advantages of learning alongside health, science and sports students, as well as being able to access facilities on both campuses.

Reena Vijayakumaran
Lecturer In Behavioural Psychology and Nutrition

You can also read April’s blog post on why she loves studying Nutrition at BU!

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