What students say about nutrition
If you expect to attend university twice a week, don't choose health science and nutrition. The amount of lectures a week during the last three years was surprisingly a lot. The content of course is challenging because it touches on a lot of different subjects over the years. Most of the coursework consists of essays and some practical work (a report or abstract).3rd year, University of Aberdeen
Classes are a mix of lectures, tutorials and workshops. The first year focuses on general nutrition, while the second and third years are much more dietetic-based and are extremely interesting and challenging. In second and third year, students are encouraged to research for their own and others' learning in case-based learning classes. This gives students a valuable experience in researching for evidence, for evidence-based practice. Exams are both written and practical. Students are examined on their communication and consultation skills in practical exams.3rd year, Plymouth University
The first two years are done closely with the nutrition students, and then the last two are pretty much completely separate, as you start to study pure dietetics. There are roughly 20 contact hours in a week, so you will be in uni every day but sometimes only for a morning. Practical lab sessions are all day, but vary depending on the practical done. The course is very varied to start with, and gets more specialised as you go through. At the beginning you will learn a lot you think you will never need to use which is frustrating, but trust me, it will come in useful! When I got on placement, I was trying to remember all the stuff I thought I would never need! The work is challenging, and can get really hard, but it is also interesting. The satisfaction of cracking something hard is worth it!2nd year, King's College London, University of London
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- Health information officer
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Studying nutrition will help students to develop subject-specific skills in areas including physiology and biochemistry; in understanding food development; production and processing and in the interpretation and communication of nutritional information to a range of audiences. You can also develop useful transferable skills including good communication skills, team-working, project management, problem-solving, self-motivation, research and excellent numeracy skills. Nutrition graduates are employed in hospitals, GP practices, social care organisations, universities, the food industry, life science research and the finance industry.