NUTR101 Essentials of Nutrition

An online short course in Nutrition designed to support graduates of science and non-science subjects to establish a basic understanding of the principles of nutritional sciences.

About the course

The NUTR101 Essentials of Nutrition course is a self-study/self-paced online short course designed to support both science and non-science graduates who need to demonstrate a foundational understanding of the principles of nutritional sciences. The course includes approximately 6 hours of lecture recordings, interactive teaching materials, practice quizzes, and recommended additional readings to deepen your understanding of key topics.

The cost for the entire course package is £300.

Upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate, which can be used to meet one of the entry requirements for enrollment* in our MSc Dietetics (pre-registration) course. The Oxford Brookes MSc Dietetics (pre-registration) course is in the process of being accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Dietetic Association (BDA).

*Successful completion of this short course alone does not guarantee you an automatic enrolment onto the MSc programme. Please see the full list of MSc entry requirements and/or refer to your post-interview conditional offer letter for further information.

Learning units

The NUTR101 Essentials of Nutrition course is equivalent to four (4) days of full-time study and is assessed through a pass/fail multiple-choice quiz, with a passing grade set at 40%. The course covers a range of topics designed to provide a foundational understanding of nutritional sciences. Here are some of the topics included in the course:

  • Energy supply and expenditure
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fats
  • Proteins
  • Micronutrients
  • Dietary assessment and recommendations.


  • Enrolment in the short course is open all year round
  • Online learning gives you the flexibility of when, where, and how to study, whilst the self-study format allows you to fit study to your learning style and pace
  • Pre-recorded lectures are delivered by Oxford Brookes University academics with experience in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Practice quizzes support your learning and prepare you successfully for the final multiple choice quiz; there is no limit on the number of times you can take the practice quizzes
  • Upon successful completion of the short course and if fully enrolled onto our MSc Dietetics (pre-registration) programme, the £300 fee will be offset from your tuition fees through a discount on your Year 1 tuition fees
  • Access to the short course material will be enabled for the entire period of your enrolment in our Dietetics (pre-registration) programme as study aids.

Contact us

Oxford Brookes University - Gipsy Lane Campus

Headington - OX3 0BP