nutrition and dietetics

Nutrition is a key area of activity for health professionals in the 21st century

There is increasing recognition of the role of good nutrition in the prevention of diet related ill health including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in adults and children.

Nutritionists work with groups and populations to develop and deliver a wide range of interventions to improve the health of the general public. Dietitians use the science of nutrition and behavioural change to treat disease and optimise health, working predominately in the clinical aspects of nutrition and diet, treating sick people with conditions such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, liver disease and kidney failure.

The majority of our courses are approved by their relevant professional bodies.

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Undergraduate courses

BSc (Hons)


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BSc (Hons)


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Postgraduate courses


The Nutrition and Dietetics staff strive to deliver excellent teaching and learning utilising some of our purpose built facilities, such as the nutrition laboratory, communication suite and clinical skills suite.

All staff are Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy unless newly appointed and undertaking the Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

Professional practice

The Nutrition and Dietetic group is composed of high achieving committed professionally recognised academic staff with a strong ethos to contribute to the improvement of the nutritional health of the general. Many staff have significant clinical or public health experience prior to joining the university and have maintained useful links with our various external stakeholders. These include statutory Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) and professional bodies British Dietetic Association (BDA) and Association for Nutrition (AfN), NHS Trusts and local government, industry and the voluntary sector.

Work based learning

Our pre-registration courses include integrated work based learning placements which we have developed and quality assure in liaison with our various stakeholders.

The programmes of academic study and practice-based learning develop reflective learners able to take responsibility and be accountable for the process of their learning and its practical application whilst adding diversity and a shared experience to enrich multi-disciplinary learning.


We are involved in research within the specialist areas of nutrition and dietetics.

Collaborative research activities include:

  • Nutrition and Childhood Obesity
  • Nutrition in Cystic Fibrosis
  • Migrant Health