We teach problem-solving and high level thinking at all stages of your degree. We offer skills development modules and modules that will give you an insight into industrial new product development, from concept to market, in the food production and allied industries. These modules lead you through the various stages of setting up a new social enterprise, from the inception and development of the idea itself, through preparation of a business plan to creating a funding proposal for potential investors/grant awarding bodies.
Discovery modules are available in all years of your degree, as long as you are taking enough credits of your own subject for that year.
Introduces you to the major sources of food and their history, current trends in consumption, and key industrial processing operations. You’ll study food chemistry and develop your laboratory and experimentation skills in food and nutritional science. In addition, you’ll be introduced to microbiology, human physiology and nutrition; these modules allow you to gain a thorough understanding of how food affects health and wellbeing, and appreciate the role of food as a carrier of nutrients.
At the end of year one, our flexible degree structure offers you the opportunity to transfer onto our Integrated Masters degree, subject to suitable academic performance.
You’ll be introduced to the concepts and methodology for studying nutrition in populations, and you will explore how the metabolic demand for nutrients varies during the life course. This allows you to understand the scientific basis of nutritional recommendations for different population groups at different life stages, e.g. pregnancy, childhood, older age. Studying food analysis, you’ll examine how the nutritional content of food is established, the additives and contaminants in food, and the need for food analysis to comply with legal requirements. The relationship between nutrition and physical activity will also be explored in the context of the global obesity problem, including the physiological, psychological and cultural barriers to dietary change. You’ll deepen your understanding of how food components affect the chemical and microbiological safety of food, and the integration between human physiology and nutrition
In your final year, you’ll examine nutrition policy and public health, and gain an understanding of the role of nutritionists, industry, government and consumers in the policy making process, and how best to communicate nutrition policy to a lay-audience. You’ll examine the clinical aspects of nutrition and the concept of personalised nutrition, as well as the role of diet in cardiovascular health. A team project based on new product development (NPD) will give you the opportunity to explore the role of nutritionists in developing and marketing new food ranges in the food industry.
You’ll also undertake an individual research project which will give you the experience of developing your research skills; you’ll be given a selection of research topics, which will relate to the nutrition research activity in the School.
Examples of previous research projects include:
Effectiveness of probiotic therapies on body weight and BMI: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials
Nanostructures of monolinolein as a delivery system for omega-3 fatty acid
Perceptual differences in portion sizes using the Delboeuf illusion & colour contrast
Systematic Review: Childhood obesity prevention during the first 24 months of life
See more examples of recent projects on our Research-based degrees webpage.
Placement/study abroad year
At the end of year two, you can decide if you’d like to complete an industrial placement or study abroad year, which will extend your degree by 12 months.
Details of typical modules/components for our courses will now be published after July 1st (instead of May 1st), due to current limitations as a result of covid-19. These details may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Throughout your degree you will benefit from a range of opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.
This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
As a nutrition student at Leeds we ensure that you benefit from a wide range of teaching methods, including lectures, workshops, small group tutorials and practical lab work.
Laboratory classes and project work allows you to gain first-hand experience investigating and applying material from your lectures and tutorials to real life work situations. Together, they will equip you with in-depth knowledge, key practical skills and transferable skills that will help you secure a graduate job. Our close links with industry also mean that you have direct contact with industry and potential employers from an early stage in your course.
You’ll be assigned a personal tutor to guide you through your studies, throghout your degree.
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.
Watch our taster lecture “The Design of healthier food” to get a flavour of what it’s like to study at Leeds.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
The types of assessment used for each module aim to measure the learning outcomes we want you to achieve. Laboratory work is usually assessed through short written reports, scientific posters or on-line multiple choice questionnaires. We use essays and portfolios to encourage students to conduct in-depth research into interesting topics and develop their writing skills; this is enhanced through literature reviews. You’ll also develop communication and presentation skills through giving presentations and making posters or flyers.
You’ll also have more formal exams, which test your knowledge of particular subject content and develop your ability to think quickly. Details on the types of assessment used for each module can be found on the University Module Catalogue.