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BSc (Hons)

Nutrition & Exercise Sciences

3 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught
Foundation Entry

Discover a combination of subjects that puts the health of the nation in your hands, with an evidenced-based approach to nutrition and exercise science to help combat poor food choices and sedentary lifestyles.

Sedentary lifestyles and poor nutrition can cause diseases that place an enormous burden on the individual and society as a whole. If you’re interested in the science behind nutrition, exercise and health, this is the course for you. Our state-of-the-art laboratories boast a wide variety of equipment, including advanced physiology, nutrition and food chemistry laboratory facilities and equipment. 

The role exercise and nutrition science plays in healthy ageing and disease reduction has become a focus for national health policy in recent times. While the course offers a good grounding in both nutrition and exercise science, it also offers the flexibility of two strands of study – allowing you to specialise in either nutrition and food science or health and fitness. In your final year, you’ll also have the chance to take on a professional work experience module and a research project.

Learning is reinforced through opportunities to work with case studies, local community initiatives and our own Eat-2-Win clinic. Our unique and longstanding relationships with local professional sports clubs and health organisations enables us to provide you with experiential learning opportunities that are relevant to both your learning and your career goals. You can also tailor your degree studies to your personal career ambitions, choosing from a range of specialist optional modules.

Please note, that in year 3, you will choose between the double research project (X53900) or the consultancy project (TL3172) you are not required to do both.

Please also note that different pathways will change which compulsory modules you take. If you choose the human nutrition pathway, module XS2001 is compulsory in year 2 and XS3600 in year 3.

If you choose the health and fitness pathway, module XS2206 is compulsory in year 2 and XS3200 in year 3.

Why study with us

  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Exercise Sciences is ranked 6th in the UK for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2021)
  • Study on one of only six courses in the UK endorsed by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register and benefit from being taught by experienced Registered Nutritionists as well as Clinical and Exercise Physiologists and Experienced Industry Professionals.
  • From year 2 specialise by following the Human Nutrition Pathway or the Health and Fitness Pathway.

What you'll do

  • This course produces skilled graduates who will fill the gap between the medical profession and the fitness industry. You’ll develop an understanding of the pathophysiology of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer and metabolic diseases, as well as learning how to create effective exercise and nutritional interventions.
  • This course provides opportunities to undertake work experience, support real-world research as well as study abroad via student exchange programmes. We have links with universities in the United States, Canada and China.
  • Throughout your degree you will have access to a range of facilities which includes our BASES accredited Physiology laboratory and specialist nutrition and food chemistry equipment to aid teaching and research.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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  • This course is aligned with the Entry and General Management professional standards outlined by CIMSPA, the professional development body for the UK's sport and physical activity sector. As a member, you will be entitled to attend seminars and meetings and learn from industry professionals. The Health and Fitness pathway on the course allows students the option to meet professional standards in Gym Instruction, Personal Training, Health Navigator and Working with People with Long Term Conditions.
  • Our facilities have achieved a BASES Laboratory Accreditation, providing a mark of quality assurance that illustrates the laboratory has undergone meticulous inspection by BASES and that high professional standards of practice have been achieved.
  • The SENR outlines professional standards and competences for Sport and Exercise Nutritionists. In so doing it guides the development of Sport and Exercise Nutrition curriculum, provides career development pathways for aspiring Sport and Exercise Nutritionist.

Academic expertise

Future careers

The knowledge and skills you’ll develop on our Nutrition and Exercise Sciences BSc (Hons) programme can help you chart a future in research, healthcare, sport, food industry, teaching and more.

Graduates of this course are highly employable, because they leave us equipped with all the tools to create exercise and nutritional intervention programmes that prevent and reduce disease. It’s an area that has climbed the agenda in recent years, making it a skillset that’s more valuable than ever.

So today you’ll find our graduates working in a range of roles, from public health nutritionists, fitness instructors, exercise physiologists, and lab technicians to science teachers, dietetics professionals and food industry new product development technologists.

If you wish to study to become a Dietitian after graduating, our BSc Nutrition and Exercise Sciences programme currently meets the academic learning requirements of our UCLan MSc (Pre-Reg) Dietetics programme, providing you achieve at least a 2:2 or above and meet other requirements (DBS, Occupational Health and score in Values-Based Recruitment- for further details see our MSc (pre-reg) Dietetics programme). Please note, this information is correct as of March 2022, and precludes any changes due to circumstances beyond our control (e.g. changes in professional body requirements, or reapproval requirements).

Fees and Funding

Full-time£9250 per year
Sandwich year£1000 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£13000 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£13000 per year
Full-time£9250 per year
Sandwich year£1000 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Sport and Health Sciences located in the Faculty of Allied Health and Wellbeing

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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