Undergraduate prospectus 2022


Nutrition and Medical Sciences BSc

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.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2022
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
The Association for Nutrition
Application deadline
26 January 2022
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Biology grade A required, plus one from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.

Contextual offer

BCC (more about contextual offers)
Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics with Biology at grade B.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

IB Diploma

A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects including 6 in Biology and either Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry, with no score below 5. For Mathematics, the programme will accept either 'Analysis and Approaches' or 'Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

Contextual offer

30 (more about contextual offers)
A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects including Biology plus one from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics, with no score below 5. For Mathematics, the programme will accept either 'Analysis and Approaches' or 'Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to include Distinction in Biology plus one from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units. Please note, where subject specific requirements are stipulated at A level we may review your Access to HE syllabus to ensure you meet the subject specific requirements prior to a final decision being communicated.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Biology at D3 required, plus one from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher), including Biology at grade A plus one from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAB. Biology required at grade A, plus one from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

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.


Graduates of this programme will be eligible to apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) as Registered Associate Nutritionists. As part of this accreditation, students must pass all core-competency modules. If a student fails a module, they will be able to graduate (in compliance with UCL policy) with an alternative BSc degree title, however this will not be accredited.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year one covers the foundations of human biology and medicine. Core modules will consider the major body systems in health and disease. Biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology and basic anatomy are integrated with an introduction to nutrition and metabolism. This introduces the concepts of nutrition and metabolic processes as they relate to the commonest forms of malnutrition (obesity and disease-related malnutrition).

In year two, you will take six compulsory modules which develop the themes of normal human growth and development. Your optional module could cover genetics, cancer biology, cancer risk from nutrition or biophysics to broaden your knowledge base.

Year three will form an advanced study of biomedical nutrition emphasising individual therapeutic approaches to obesity, frailty, ageing and sports nutrition. You will consider the setting of developing and developed countries in terms of public health nutrition. Optional modules will allow you to create a tailor-made programme that suits your needs and aspirations. Your research project will enable you to continue to develop core skills as well as new techniques to help you pursue a rewarding and enjoyable career.

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition and Medical Sciences.


Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Function in Health and Disease (15 credits)
  • Data Interpretation and Evaluation of Science (15 credits)
  • Foundations in Human Physiology and Cellular Biology (15 credits)
  • The Gut, Liver and Drug Metabolism (15 credits)
  • Infection, Inflammation and Repair (15 credits)
  • Kidneys, Hormones and Fluid Balance (15 credits)
  • Musculoskeletal Systems in Health and Disease (15 credits)
  • Nutrition and Metabolism 1 (15 credits)

Optional modules

All first year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Growth and Development (15 credits)
  • Malnourishment and Obesity (30 credits)
  • Molecular Basis of Disease (15 credits)
  • Nutrition and Metabolism II (15 credits)
  • Research Methods in Food and Nutrition (15 credits)
  • Statistics for Medical Scientists (15 credits)

Optional modules

You will choose one of the following 15 credit modules:

  • Cancer Biology and Therapeutics 
  • Nutrition and Cancer Risks 
  • Introduction to Applied Genomics 
  • The Nervous System and Neurological Diseases 
  • Introduction to Applied Genomics
  • From Clock to Chaos: Biological Rhythms in Biology and Medicine 
  • Your Sensational Senses

Compulsory module(s)

  • Frailty and Ageing (15 credits)
  • Applied Nutrition (15 credits)
  • Behavioural Nutrition in the Developed World (15 credits)
  • Public Health Nutrition and Epidemiology (15 credits)
  • Research Project (30 credits)
  • Sports Nutrition (15 credits)

Optional modules

You will choose one of the following 15 credit modules:

  • Nutrition and Cancer Therapies 
  • The Biomedical Entrepreneur 
  • The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease 
  •  Where mind meets brain: Psychological and Brain Processes

Your learning

Students will be expected to read and study before each teaching session as flipped teaching will be used. Most teaching sessions in the first year will be problem-based or in small groups. In the second and third years there will be a blend of tutorials, lectures and practical sessions. A co-ordinated programme-wide assessment will be used to blend formative and summative assessments. Dissertations will be assessed based on final-year projects.


Formative and summative assessment methods include: online and written examinations (some of which are multiple-choice or short-answer question format); coursework; poster presentations; oral presentations; practical skills assessments. 

Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Nutrition and Medical Sciences BSc.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


The BSc is a science degree that integrates nutrition science with anatomy, cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, biochemistry, immunology and infection, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology and pathology. It differs from most nutrition degrees in that the first year provides a strong foundation in human biology and clinical medicine.

Graduates will develop their capacities for independent thought and writing, as well as learn how to manage their study time efficiently whilst working effectively in groups on advanced topics of concern to society at large. Students will learn to engage with peers and also how to effectively communicate with a wide range of audiences.

UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2022/23 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK students
£9,250 (2022/23)
Overseas students
£29,400 (2022/23)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

Evidence in your application of sustained interest in science — demonstrating your self-motivation and organisational skills — is important. This programme will suit students who want to make a difference in the world, who are innovative and inventive, prepared to be challenged, and willing to explore areas outside their comfort zones. In what way do you meet these criteria?

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 26 January 2022


We will use your predicted or achieved academic qualifications, as well as your personal statement and reference to decide whether to offer you a place.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.

Page last modified on 13 January 2022