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Human Nutrition and Psychology BSc (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Comprehensive subject coverage from public health and food supply issues through to the molecular function of important compounds in a healthy diet
  • Key nutrition-related skills such as assessment of nutrient status via anthropometry and biochemical testing
  • Large course practical content including food analysis and public health nutrition fieldwork
  • Work experience opportunities
  • Keen focus of transferable skills required by nutritionists in the field as well as many other career avenues
  • Scientific approach to the study of psychological behaviour, experience and functioning
  • Research active staff providing depth of expertise in areas including counselling, developmental, educational, forensic, health, sport, business, cognitive and social psychology
  • A balance of innovative and traditional assessment methods to support your learning
  • Excellence in teaching using interactive and engaging methods with academic tutoring to support your personal and professional development as a reflective student

This Human Nutrition programme offers you the opportunity to explore the connections between food constituents, diet and health, with an emphasis on practical experience and real life scenarios. You will look in detail at the functions of nutrients and other bioactive compounds. 

You will consider the processes that change the amounts and activity of these food components as they travel from farm to food, the factors that affect our ability to utilise them as they journey from mouth to metabolism, and the consequences of inadequate supply and imbalance on human physiology.

Within psychology, you will learn about the historical and scientific underpinnings of the discipline. This will provide you with an understanding of the identification of significant patterns, variability and diversity in the full range of psychological behaviour, experience and functioning. You will use evidence-based reasoning to critically evaluate the debates around topics such as developmental, biological or cognitive psychology.

The different perspectives combine to give you an understanding of the application of psychology in the real world, in areas as diverse as education, health or business.

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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Human Nutrition and Psychology.

When you choose to combine Psychology with another subject in a Joint Honours degree will not receive the BPS accreditation as this pathway does not provide full coverage of mandatory BPS curriculum content. However, there is flexibility to switch to Single Honours at the end of the first year if you wish to receive a BPS accredited Psychology degree.

The lecturers on my course were fantastic and really helped me to achieve my full potential.

Alexandra Giles, Human Nutrition graduate.


Entry requirements

Indicative entry requirements:

112 UCAS Tariff points

In addition Human Nutrition asks for:

104 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A2 Biology and A2 another Science e.g. Chemistry
112 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A2 Biology and AS another Science
116 UCAS Tariff points MUST include AS Biology and A2 another Science
120 UCAS Tariff points MUST include AS Biology

From 2017 there will be a change in the UCAS point system. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Dr Laurence Trueman
Award Leader, Human Nutrition
01905 542186

Dr Helen Scott
Programme Lead, Psychology, and Joint Honours Academic Tutor
01905 542280

Dr Gillian Harrop
Admissions Tutor, Psychology 
01905 542549

Elaine Walklet
Admissions Tutor, Psychology 
01905 542420

01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Introduction to Human Nutrition
Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology
Cell Biology
Introduction to Psychology
Psychological Research Methods 1


Module options:


Year 2

Core modules:

The Food Supply Chain


Module options:

Applied Human Metabolism
Molecular Genetics
Human Genetics
Work Experience
Infectious Agents and Allergens
Human Systems Physiology I
Biological & Cognitive Psychology
Social & Developmental Psychology
Psychological Research Methods 2
Individual Differences
Evolution and Human Behaviour
Diversity and Inclusivity in Psychology

Year 3

Core modules:

When selecting your modules in Levels 5 and 6 it is important to consult with your academic tutor from Psychology. We offer an MSc in Psychology following the BSc that would provide you with the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS). If as a Joint Honours student you go on to complete the MSc Psychology, the option of entering professional training within a particular pathway in psychology is then opened up to you. This would have an impact on your module choices within your Joint Honours program. See the MSc Psychology webpage for more information.

Nutrition through the Life Cycle


Module options:

Public Health Nutrition
Human Nutrition & Disease Modulation
Research Methods and Research Project
Psychology Research Project
Business Psychology
Clinical Psychology
Coaching Psychology
Counselling Psychology
Educational Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Health Psychology
Positive Psychology



Nutritionists who can look at evidence and make measured and reasoned judgements are required in scientific and health fields, but also in the media, as nutritional journalists and presenters; in retailing, as managers of health food shops and as advisors in the larger supermarkets; and in finance, to ensure there is a balanced view relating to new food technology and that any risks are neither under or over-stated. Many other openings are also available in such areas as: education (healthy school food programme), food production (advisors to growers and animal husbandry), and food provision (advisors or trainers of catering staff).

A degree with Psychology is highly favoured by employers, giving you an excellent advantage in the job market. Previous graduates have gone into roles as diverse as management, human resources, teaching, and healthcare or art therapy. During your studies with us you will learn and develop a broad range of transferable skills. An important part of this learning process is the ability to reflect upon your own experiences; an aspect of practice engaged in by all professional psychologists.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Human Nutrition & Psychology BSc (Hons) - BCK8

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