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Nutritional and Medical Sciences BSc

This page explains the Nutrition programme, the course structure after the first year, contains prize winners, careers, the people involved in running the course, and contacts

Nutrition and Medical Sciences 

Nutrition and Medical Sciences BSc
Nutrition and Medical Sciences BSc examines nutrition at all stages of life and associated problems including obesity, disease-related malnutrition and eating disorders. These incidences arise from several causes and have worldwide impact. UCL is a global leader in research on nutrition and obesity, child health, epidemiology and the psychology of disordered eating.

This programme examines nutrition at all stages of life and associated problems including obesity, disease-related malnutrition and eating disorders. These incidences arise from several causes and have worldwide impact. UCL is a global leader in research on nutrition and obesity, child health, epidemiology and the psychology of disordered eating.

 

Degree benefits

You will gain a thorough grounding in nutrition science and the way it relates to personal diet, lifestyle and modern patterns of disease.

You will develop a holistic approach to obesity and malnutrition in the modern world, combining biomedical and societal approaches.

The knowledge and skills gained on this programme will enable you to engage with healthcare professionals and nutritional scientists in whatever sphere you choose to work in after graduating.

UCL is a world leader in biomedical research, offering a large variety of expert teaching and a wide range of outstanding research opportunities.

 

Structure

Year 1

The first year of the BSc is the shared Integrated Medical Sciences programme, more information can be found on its webpage

Year 2

In Year 2 the focus is on Nutrition after the general first year about the body and disease.

There are six compulsory modules, of which one is a 30 credit module, and a choice of one optional module from the list below.

Module CodeModule TitleCredit Value
Core modules
MEDC0010Molecular Basis of Disease15
MEDC0089Malnourishment and Obesity30
MEDC0090Nutrition and Metabolism 215
MEDC0091Research Methods in Food and Nutrition15
MEDC0092Growth and Development15
STAT0026Statistics for Medical Scientists15
Optional modules (select one)
MEDC0012The Nervous System and Neurological Diseases15
MEDC0013Pharmacology and Drug Action15
MEDC0014Introduction to Clinical Trials15
MEDC0015Introduction to Applied Genomics15
MEDC0097Nutrition and Cancer Risk15
CINS0009Cancer Biology and Therapeutics15
HPSC0038Medicine and Society15
 Any other UCL content15

Year 3

Year 3 focuses on the application of Nutrition into the real world.

There are six compulsory modules, of which one is a 30 credit module, and a choice of one optional module from the list below.

Module CodeModule TitleCredit Value
Core modules
MEDC0094Applied Nutrition15
MEDC0095Nutrition and Medical Sciences Research Project30
MEDC0096Frailty and Ageing15
MEDC0098Sports Nutrition15
MEDC0099Behavioural Nutrition in the Developed World15
MEDC0100Public Health Nutrition and Epidemiology15
Optional Modules (select one)
MEDC0026The Biomedical Entrepreneur15
MEDC0027The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease15
CINS0013Nutrition and Cancer Treatments15
 Any other UCL content 

 

Student Testimonials

Adriana, BSc Nutrition and Medical Sciences Degree 2017-2020
Being offered a place on UCL’s new BSc course, I was thrilled at the opportunity of becoming a qualified Nutritionist with an overlapping medical perspective. This degree allowed me to build my own insight into the link between Nutrition and Medical sciences, a distinguished preparation for any career path I could wish to pursue. Every aspect of the course exceeded my expectations; Our professors and guest specialists always brought about engaging content-rich lectures, extensively covering body systems in health and disease in first year, then the role of nutrition in modulating health across life. Every one of my nutrition teachers was inspiring in their unique expertise, their way of communicating knowledge and skills, and commitment to exploring all our questions and topics of interest in depth. We always enjoyed the practical activities that complemented our learning, and were assessed on real-life cases, both of which have founded our professional skills. In third year, having covered all areas of specialisation, I became passionate about the Sports Nutrition module; It changed my career path from wanting to directly continue my studies in Dietetics to delve deeper into the field of sports and the nutritional optimisation of performance. From start to finish, this BSc grew my work ethic and independent thinking in the discipline of nutrition science, and opened so many doors and career interests that I wouldn’t have appreciated elsewhere.  Adriana, BSc Nutrition and Medical Sciences Degree 2017-2020   
My name is Matylda Buczkowska and I attended UCL as a Bsc Nutrition and Medical Sciences student between 2017 and 2020. I chose this degree as I have always been interested in food industry and, as a keen athlete, I wanted to understand human metabolism better and learn how to create balanced diet plans. The greatest aspect of the course was a very personal approach towards each student and close contact with all the lecturers. Our cohort was fairly small therefore everyone received a lot of attention and time and it was very easy to reach out for help. I also loved how diverse the course was: after completing a wide range of modules such as Sport Nutrition, Cancer Nutrition, Medical Statistics or Behavioural Nutrition, I really felt that my knowledge of nutrition became more well-rounded. Variety of modules allowed me to explore different aspects of nutrition in greater depth. The course also made me gain a new perspective towards my career. Next year I am going to study Msc Epidemiology and in the future I hope to work in a Public Health sector as a nutritional epigenetics researcher: a career path I would never consider for myself before completing my degree! Bsc Nutrition and Medical Sciences course offers many other great career opportunities in fields related to nutrition such as working for NHS, NGOs, industry or research institutions. Overall, I really enjoyed the course and I highly recommend it to anyone who is passionate about medical and biological sciences and is excited to explore nutrition from many diverse angles! Matylda, BSc Nutrition and Medical Sciences Degree 2017-2020   

                                               

 

Prize winners 

Winners will be added from 2019-20 as the first cohort graduates in the summer of 2020.

 

People

Careers

Students that have graduated from post-graduate nutrition courses have gone on to a wide variety of careers. A high proportion have created careers as nutritionists, both in the UK and around the world in public health, corporate and personal consultancy roles. Many have pursued further research opportunities and joined PhD programmes. Students have also elected to qualify as Dieticians to work more closely with patients.

We have also seen students move on to join pharmaceutical or nutraceutical companies, become science writers, teachers or use their degree to move into business.

We have yet to see where our undergraduate students will progress to, but all of these areas are available to them.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Will this degree lead to a qualification in dietetics?

Is the course focussed on obesity?

Answers

Will this degree lead to a qualification in dietetics?

No – but it will be possible to gain professional accreditation as a nutritionist

Is the course focussed on obesity?

No – although this is an issue that is covered within the programme. The aim of the course is to cover all aspects of nutrition and examine the science underpinning the advice that is given.

Contact us

If you have any questions or queries about Nutrition and Medical Sciences, we’d love to hear from you.

General Queries

If you are interested in applying to study the BSc in Nutrition and Medical Sciences and have any questions, please contact +44 (0)20 3108 9208 to speak to Elizabeth Cullen or email med.bsc-nutrition@ucl.ac.uk.