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The field of nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining human health. It's an ever-evolving field that can transform communities and change lives.
On this course you'll take food science modules to understand the challenges of food manufacturing. Your studies will cover a range of topics, including:
- eating disorders
- food additives
- organic food
- the politics of food production.
You can attend career events to meet key employers and successful alumni from various sectors. Additionally, you can gain work experience in your field of interest, where you can develop your professional skills and gain experience in research and lab work. You'll graduate one step closer to realising your future career aspirations.
The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN), which is recognised by key employers in the food, nutrition and health sectors. The course curriculum is set by the AfN and you can become Associate Nutritionists, enhancing your employability prospects.
You also have the option of a year long professional or industry placement at the end of your second year.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Home of cutting-edge research
The Oxford Brookes Centre for Nutrition and Health researches the role of foods in preventing chronic disease. You can volunteer for projects, get involved in research, and hear about breakthroughs.
Practical and career focused
Whether we’re helping you find a summer placement or organising trips to a factory, we’re always looking for ways to make the course more valuable to your future.
There are many opportunities to get involved beyond the course curriculum, like attending events organised by the Nutrition Society, or volunteering for the Children and Young People’s Research Network.
A valuable first step
As well as look for work in nutrition, you could use the course as a basis for further study and training, in dietetics for example.
Oxford is home to many organisations who depend on nutritionists, from private healthcare agencies to food manufacturers. We also have great transport links to other areas of the country.
Free language courses
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.
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. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
The course follows the competencies set out by the Association for Nutrition. You’ll cover, amongst other things, the key topics of:
- science - knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of nutrition
- food chain knowledge and impact on food choice
- understanding food in a social or behavioural context
- applying the scientific principles for health/wellbeing of all
- professional conduct and the AfN Standards of Ethics Conduct and Performance.
Throughout the course, you’ll develop technical and practical skills suitable for a career in food science. You’ll advance your academic and research skills. Also you’ll study important topics like the psychology of food, or the impact of physical activity on health.
Professional practice is a key part of the course. Here you’ll get to think about ethical considerations, go on site visits, and hear from experts working in industry.
In your final year, you’ll work on a research project where you can explore a subject in real depth with support from an expert at Oxford Brookes.
Learning and teaching
We use a variety of teaching and learning methods including:
- small group assignments
- independent study.
Each year includes a professional practice module. This enables you to build on your skills and equip you for working in the area of nutrition.
Our staff are active in nutrition and food science research. This informs and enhances our teaching.
Most modules include a strong practical element. You will have access to specialised laboratories and equipment in biochemistry, physiology and nutrition.
Your work will be assessed with a mix of coursework and some examinations.
Coursework can include:
- practical reports
- seminar presentations
- class tests
- reflective video diaries
- numerical problems.
We believe our course develops very employable graduates. Recent students have gone to some exciting and wide-ranging careers with organisations like the NHS, Médecins Sans Frontières, Coca Cola, and many different research labs or independent healthcare agencies.
With its global breadth, the course will help you prepare for a career anywhere in the world.
Career destinations you might consider include:
- hospital laboratories
- health education
- international aid
- local authorities
- product development in the food industry
- specialised training, in dietetics for example.
"The professors were really helpful, in the sense that they would explain exactly what was expected and what was expected out of us as students as well."Read more about Arantxa
"There are so many opportunities with nutrition, so I will see where it takes me!"Read more about Becky
"The UK or Brookes in particular, really embrace multiculturalism. You can see a lot of different people from different cultural backgrounds, you can easily meet people. Also, for students from Hong Kong, their parents always tell them to practice their English. Here is probably the perfect opportunity to practice that, in this environment. So yeah, I would definitely recommend Oxford Brookes to other international students"Read more about Bernard
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Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
An IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
Pathways courses for international and EU students
If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.
If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.