|Tuition fee type||Cost (per annum)|
|Full time home/EU tuition fee:||£9,250 per annum*|
|Full time international tuition fee:||£11,630 per annum|
|Full-time industrial placement year fee:||£1007 per annum*|
*Subject to yearly increases
About your course
Gain knowledge of the challenges facing good nutrition for an active and fulfilling life and learn ways to combat the difficulties faced caring for and promoting health at both individual and population level
- Course provides a holistic outlook of nutrition, covering scientific, psycho-social, cultural, political and commercial aspects of health care, health promotion and nutrition aspects of food production
- Opens up a wide range of careers within primary care organisations and clinical nutrition settings as well as roles in education, sports and exercise and the food industry.
- Programmes consistently receive high scores in the National Student Survey for overall satisfaction
- All staff are research active and have been involved in producing internationally recognised publications
- International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
Since starting the course, thanks to the guidance and support of tutors, I have become more aware of the broad range of career paths that this course can lead into. I’ve found all aspects of the course enjoyable.
Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.
This Nutrition programme is designed to build both your academic and practical skills, providing the qualifications and practical skills required by a practicing nutritionist and qualifying you not just for nutrition-related careers, but for many other graduate-level positions. There will be opportunities to work alongside practitioners, giving you a real taste of the many careers available within the nutrition sector and providing an opportunity to complete a project based on your experience. This work-related learning is a vital element of your studies as it gives you a chance to practise skills learnt on the course which will add real value to your CV.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.
From the moment you begin your studies at LJMU, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will be available to discuss course-related issues with you on a one-to-one basis. Tutorials and group seminars also offer a supportive environment in which to discuss ideas, issues and forthcoming assessments with your tutors and fellow students.
This interesting and engaging degree programme will enable you to understand the rapidly changing challenges facing nutrition for healthcare and promotion, nutrition for health focused food production and nutrition associated research
After graduation, career opportunities include working as a qualified nutritionist promoting healthier eating habits and lifestyles, plus diverse roles within primary care organisations, public health directorates and the multi-billion pound food industry.
With chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes all influenced by the diet we consume, there is a need for expert nutritionists to provide well informed and sound scientifically-based advice. This Nutrition programme has been designed to develop essential knowledge and understanding as well as intellectual, practical and transferable skills that a nutritionist would require in order to practice.
The BSc Nutrition curriculum focuses on the delivery of the five core competencies set out by the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) as set out by the Association for Nutrition (AfN): Nutritional Science; Food Chain; Social and Behavioural Science; Health and Well-being and Professional Conduct.
During this degree, you will explore the principles of human nutrition and metabolism, and how these underpin the relationship between diet and health. You will study nutrition through the life cycle, appetite and eating behaviour, the nutritional considerations of the various socio-cultural factors affecting food choice and sports nutrition.
You will examine other food-related areas, such as how nutritional knowledge can be used to help support the development, promotion and regulation of nutrition for health related food products, functional foods and new food products. You will also gain an understanding of important aspects of food science, politics and policy.
The course provides opportunities for work related learning placements within the nutrition and food related sectors, both private and public sector. You also have the opportunity to complete an optional full-time paid sandwich year placement, which would enable you to build professional networks and further enhance your professional skills.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Advanced Learning Skills
- Introduction to Food & Nutritional Science
- Principles of Human Nutrition
- Nutrition Today
- Nutrition & Exercise Physiology
- Society, Health & Behaviour
- Nutrition in the Lifecycle
- Nutrition & Exercise Biochemistry
- Food and Health Politics and Policy
- Physiology & Nutrition for Performance
- Eating Behaviours & Appetite
- Methods of Enquiry
- Research Project
- Work Related Learning
- Health Epidemiology
- Applied Practice in Nutrition
- Clinical Nutrition
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.Programme specification document (PDF)
Teaching and learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources.
Teaching is via a combination of lectures, seminars and small-group tutorials as well as field trips, interactive practical sessions and workshops. Many sessions take advantage of LJMU's specialist facilities for nutritional assessment as well as our nutrition and food science laboratories, sensory evaluation suite, and The Food Academy.
Expert tuition and support.
Teaching is underpinned by our nutrition-related research. Current projects include:
- Understanding the mechanisms between diet and chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular health, diabetes, obesity
- Specialist aspects of maternal and childhood nutrition
- Specialist aspects of sports nutrition
- An evaluation of public health nutrition programmes
- Understanding and modifying consumption of poor quality 'away from home food'
- None diet weight management strategies
- Understanding behaviours related to a maladaptive diet.
Assessment and feedback
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
We realise that all students perform differently according to how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include: exams (seen and unseen), written work (essays, reports, learning logs, dissertation, lab reports, posters, review writing and blog writing), presentations (group or individual) and practical assessments. In some modules you can even write your own exam question.
Your tutors will provide formal feedback on your coursework and exams, but constructive verbal comments from both your tutors and fellow students will also really help you to identify your successes as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications
Application and selection
We are looking for applicants who are considering a successful future career in the commercial food industry, food journalism, teaching, appliance development or health promotion. Potential students should be able to demonstrate experience, enthusiasm, commitment and motivation related to the subject. Applicants should be able to evidence academic and professional entry requirements appropriate to an AfN accredited programme, which must include sound underpinning knowledge in the biosciences.
In addition, applicants must be able to manage and organise their own time in order to complete coursework, revise for examinations, attend lectures punctually and complete appropriate work placements. Students will be expected to work both independently and in groups for various pieces of work, and evidence of occasions when applicants have worked in groups (academically or otherwise) would be useful when considering your application form.
GCSE and equivalents
- Applications should normally include GCSE (or equivalent) passes at grade C and above or 4 + on new GCSE structure in English Language, Maths and Science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or science equivalent) Approved alternative qualifications below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Subject specific requirements: One science-related subject
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Average A Level offer: BCC
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D if studied on its own or to the total of 104 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
- Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM with one science-related subject
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 9 Distinctions and 36 merits
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 104 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
Additional entry requirement information
Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.
No interview required (UCAS application form only)IELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
NoIs RPL accepted on this programme? International requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Finance and fees
Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.
Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.
LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.
LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.
The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.
In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.
If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.
The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.
Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.
As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.
For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:
- Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
- Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
- UK field trips
- Educational visits
- Student exchanges
- Criminal Records Bureau checks
- Professional sector regulatory body membership
- Governing body awards
In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.
The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.
Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.
For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance
Paying back your student loans
Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.
The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.
Armed with the latest subject knowledge plus a full range of laboratory, health promotion and food skills, you will graduate with the expertise and confidence needed to be successful in your chosen career.
Career opportunities include working as a:
- Fully qualified, registered nutritionist in both the public and private sectors
- Health Promotion Officer
- Specialist Food Technologist
- Health Information Adviser
- Assistant Dietetic Practitioner
- Research Scientist (Life Sciences)
You may also choose to progress onto futher studies such as a Postgraduate Diploma of Education (PGDE), taught Postgraduate Master's programmes such as, MSc Dietetics, MSc Public Health Nutrition or MSc Sport Nutrition and Postgraduate Research Degrees (MPhil, PhD).
New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme
All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.
The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.
Professional accreditation / links
The university has applied to the Association for Nutrition for accreditation of the programme. Subject to accreditation being approved, on graduation this will entitle you to apply for direct entry as a Registered Associate Nutritionist on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists.
This registration would help to identify you as a qualified, scientifically-trained nutritionist, ideal if you want to work in a range of roles within primary care organisations; public health directorates; Clinical Nutrition settings; the Food Industry; Academia; Sports and Exercise, development; international public health nutrition as well as range of roles in the private sector.
Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.
Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.
For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.
International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes
LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/
English language qualifications
All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.
This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.
Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.
For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.
To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.
|Type of Programme||IELTS||Pearson|
|International Foundation Programme||4.5||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
|Undergraduate degrees||6.0||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
English language support to improve IELTS
If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.
International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.
When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.
In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month).
LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)
If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.
You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/
Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (firstname.lastname@example.org)for guidance.
Your visa application
As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.
Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:
- A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- Evidence of financial support for the programme
- Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
- All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
- A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes