This programme has been developed around the Association for Nutrition competencies, covering science, the food chain, social/behaviour, health/wellbeing and professional conduct to equip you for a career in nutrition.
The Functional Food Centre at Oxford Brookes University is the UK's first research centre dedicated to functional foods and it forms a hub from which active researchers and PhD students feed the undergraduate teaching and provides our students with a strong research ethos.
This programme is divided into two stages: Stage 1 (the first year, for a full-time student) and Stage 2 (the second and third years). In each full-time year, you will aim to take and pass eight module credits. Over three years, you will then have passed 24 modules, the number needed to graduate with an Honours degree. If you are a part-time student you will normally take 1 - 3 modules each semester, up to a maximum of 5 a year.
Stage 1 of the programme is designed to ensure that by the end of the first year you have reached a sufficient and comparable level of knowledge, understanding and skills development to enable you to be able to proceed into Stage 2, the advanced part of the degree programme. In the third year you will have the opportunity to carry out a nutrition-related project, providing opportunities to work with staff on current research developments.
Professional Practice Modules
On the first professional practice module in Year 1 you will have the opportunity to go on observation visits to different nutrition settings and learn professional skills. This will prepare you for a short field visit in the second year module and to develop further skills such as motivational interviewing. In the third year module you will have the opportunity to consolidate all your learning into a professional portfolio, enabling you to reflect on the implications for your own practice and future career.
Although a choice of visits is given, the observation visits are compulsory, for which you will need to organise and pay for your own travel. Visits are local.
As courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you choose from may differ from those shown here.
Years 2 and 3
Year 2 Modules
- Nutrition and Metabolism
- Food Science
- Research Methods
- Professional Practice 2
- Applied Human Nutrition
- Motivating Behaviour
- Physical Activity and Health
- Lifespan Nutrition
Year 3 Modules
- Clinical Nutrition
- Functional Foods
- Professional Practice 3
- Energy Regulation
- Global Nutrition
- Project/Dissertation (2 module credits)
- Sport and Exercise Nutrition
- Work Experience
- Independent Study
There is a focus on nutrition practice in the Professional Practice modules 1,2 and 3. In the first module in year one you will have the opportunity to go on field visits to different nutrition settings and learn professional skills to prepare you for a short placement in Professional Practice 2 (in the 2nd year) in the food industry. In the 3rd practice module in year three you will have the opportunity to consolidate all your learning into a professional portfolio, enabling you to reflect on the implications for your own practice and future career.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange
while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year.
Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your
- increasing your employability within an international market
- boosting your language skills
- building your confidence in adapting to new situations
- improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.
We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is
available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international
programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.
There is also a European work placement programme which gives you
the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.
For more information, visit our pages on studying
abroad and exchanges.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
You will need to buy basic personal protection equipment for laboratory practicals (lab coat), at a cost of around £20.
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published
on the website. For more information, please visit our
Changes to programmes