Dietetics and Human Nutrition BSc | 2018/19

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Dietetics and Human Nutrition BSc (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:


Study options:

3 years full-time



Coventry University


September 2018



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If you’re passionate about a healthy lifestyle, our Dietetics and Human Nutrition BSc can qualify you to offer nutrition advice to others.

Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems. They translate the latest nutrition science into understandable, practical information about food. They provide education and support to enable people to manage their health and treat nutrition-related disease.

All applicants will be required to attend an interview. In line with the National Health Service Constitution, we use a values based recruitment approach in seeking candidates with the appropriate values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care. All offers are subject to satisfactory occupational health clearance, a criminal record check via Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or equivalent for non-UK residents and a successful interview. For international students, if you are offered a place, the International Office will send you instructions about how to complete your DBS check, including a link to the UK Home office DBS website.

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Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Health and Care Professions Council

Our Facilities

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Strength and Conditioning Suite

Our multi-purpose strength and conditioning suite is equipped with multiple Olympic liftiing platforms, a 20m gait analysis track, an anti-gravity treadmill and even a 3D motion capture system!


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Our facilities include a mock ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, to help simulate the patient journey. This gives students the opportunity to learn in situations that mirror real life scenarios.


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The Alison Gingell building contains a state-of-the-art SuperLab, capable of holding up to 270 people at once. The lab's facilities include equipment for microscopy, DNA analysis and forensic testing.

What our students say...

The course is well structured. The knowledgeable and approachable staff are always prepared to support you.

Megan Jones

Course information

Our course aims to prepare the next generation of health professionals and scientists, who truly understand food science and the impact of and influences upon food and diet in society.

With the recent trend in largely under-qualified influencers offering nutritional advice, it’s perhaps more important than ever that those with a genuine interest in healthy eating become properly trained, which is the intention of this course. Through practical and theoretical teaching, we aim to develop your skills and turn you into future practitioners, capable of translating complex information into manageable nutrition advice.




  • Foundations of Human Nutrition

  • Biosciences for Dietitians

  • Facilitating Behaviour Change

  • Applied Human Nutrition

  • Food Production

  • Foundations of Communication and Professionalism

  • Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing

  • Introduction to Dietetic Practice: Placement A



  • Lifestyle Management of Disease

  • Diet Therapy and Clinical Medicine 1

  • Diet Therapy and Clinical Medicine 2

  • Advancing Diet Therapy

  • Evidence Informed Practice and Decision Making

  • Developing Dietetic Practice: Placement B



  • Independent Research Proposal

  • Dietitians in Practice

  • Public Health for Dietitians

  • Enhancing Practice Through Evaluation and Research

  • Working Together to Lead Service Improvement

  • Consolidating Dietetic Practice: Placement C


Our Food Science courses are ranked 11th by Complete University Guide 2019

In more detail...

  • Supervision whilst you are on your placements by a member of the dietetics teaching team and support from dedicated placement staff.
  • Links with local employers and professional bodies to ensure that the course content and delivery meets current and future employer needs.
  • A diverse teaching team including a range of clinical and academic experts committed to providing a range of excellent learning experiences.
  • Placements are normally organised within the West Midlands where students, under supervision, apply the skills that are taught in the Faculty’s clinical laboratories.
  • Eligibility to apply for registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), upon successful completion of this course. For more information please see the HCPC website.
  • Access to the broad research interests of the teaching team, which include: the food poverty, obesogenic environments, whole-person care including spirituality, behaviour change, and ethical decision making by dieticians.

Case-study based practical kitchen sessions in a purpose-built teaching kitchen, integrating theory with practice at all levels of the course.

Throughout your course you will study the fundamentals of dietetics:

  • Human nutrition, public health nutrition and food science
  • Sources and functions of nutrients in health and disease
  • Nutritional requirements at all stages of the life-cycle and all population groups
  • Biochemistry, human physiology and clinical medicine, being the scientific basis for your therapeutic interventions
  • Diet therapy for the treatment and prevention of disease
  • Communication skills and the underpinning behavioural science to help individuals and groups make diet and lifestyle change
  • Research methods to enable you to undertake your own research and use research.


The course also includes three clinical placements normally within the West Midlands.

Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated tutorials, seminars, laboratory practical classes and online discussions. You will also have a personal tutor who will guide you through your course.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • Coursework, tests, essays: 56%
  • Presentations and posters: 18%
  • Formal examinations: 16%
  • Practical project: 10%

56% assessed by coursework, tests, essays

In a typical week in first year, you will have up to 25 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

  • Small-group teaching: small group work of 4-6 students takes place within larger seminars.
  • Medium-group teaching: 13 hours per week typically in groups of 20 or 21 – for laboratory work or seminars each week.
  • Large-group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to spend 21 hours each week studying and revising in your own time.

Throughout the course students will explore international, national and local food and nutrition practices and policies.

Coventry University is committed to developing global graduates. The Faculty provides opportunities for students can to apply to travel and gain international experience to broaden their professional development.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

The course is well structured. The knowledgeable and approachable staff are always prepared to support you.

Megan Jones

What our students say...

The course is well structured. The knowledgeable and approachable staff are always prepared to support you.

Megan Jones

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2018

£14,850 (per year)


For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say...

The course is well structured. The knowledgeable and approachable staff are always prepared to support you.

Megan Jones

Career prospects

Becoming a registered dietitian can provide you with a gateway to a range of diverse and exciting career opportunities including: the media, food and pharmaceutical industry, public health, freelance dietetics, private health care and consultancy, sport and leisure industry, research and academia, working for government and non-governmental organisations.

Successful completion of this course provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It is a legal requirement that anyone who wishes to practice using a title protected by the Health Professions Order 2001 is on the HCPC Register. For more information please see the HCPC website.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ own Employability and Placements Unit can help you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them.


of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

The majority of Coventry graduates get their first job as a dietitian working within the public sector, usually in the National Health Service (NHS).


Our graduates earn an average salary of £22,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

The course is well structured. The knowledgeable and approachable staff are always prepared to support you.

Megan Jones

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.