BSc (Hons)

Food and Public Health Nutrition

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Year of entry

UCAS code

Institution code: H12


4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement

Start date

September 2017


Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)

The course

This course is concerned with promoting and maintaining the nutritional health of populations through understanding the links between diet, lifestyle and health. Through this degree course you will learn about the key nutrition-related issues challenging the future of food supply and develop the skills and competencies to address these from a public health nutrition perspective.

BSc/BSc (Hons) Food and Public Health Nutrition at Harper Adams is designed as a multi-disciplinary degree course that includes both theory and applied approaches to the subject including a relevant work placement undertaken in your third year.

Entry requirements for 2017

What will I study?

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Work placement

Gain first-hand experience and develop the personal skills and characteristics needed to work with others during your placement year. Employment may be in food manufacturing and processing, consumer organisations, governmental authorities, food retail and food service as well as food ingredients.

Placement employment is usually paid and positions may be taken in the UK or abroad.

Teaching and learning

What you study

All Food students share a common first year, studying the same modules. In your second and final years you will focus on your chosen specialism. Core subjects include public health nutrition, integrated marketing communications, and project management as well as communications for public health nutrition and global nutrition, and health. The course is structured to cover key issues in public health nutrition while considering how these issues can be addressed via health promotion. Addressing the identified issues will look at channels of communication for targeting the population as well as the individual.

Teaching and learning

Learning at Higher Education level is a big step up from further education so we make sure you get lots of advice and support. Everyone learns differently and in the workplace you’ll need to work in different ways, so we make sure our courses test you in every way possible. Therefore, you will attend lectures and tutorials, undertake regular hands-on practical work in the laboratories or on the farm,  sit exams, and complete coursework assignments. Guest speakers and visits to industry all support the learning.  All students undertaken  a  major project in their final year concentrating on a topic that is of particular interest to them.

Assessment methods

Assessment is via a balance of course work and examination. Students receive written feedback on all course work to help them improve. In addition, first year students undertake examinations in two subjects at the end of the first term to enable them to gauge how they are progressing and feedback is provided on these exams. Examples of assessments may include a group of 3 students present on a specific issue in food production – e.g. pesticide residues in crops / fresh produce – and how the relevant farm assurance schemes requirements effectively manages the risk to levels which remove the problem / risk from the food chain.


Graduates can expect to find job opportunities in roles such as food and nutrition policy, food industry management, health promotion, consumer advisor and food service management.

This course gives you the opportunity to develop the multi-disciplinary skills and strategies to address wide-ranging nutritional problems in society, equipping you for employment in the public sector, the food industry and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) concerned with food and nutrition issues. Alternatively you may choose to pursue postgraduate education.

98% Employability

Harper Adams University has the best and most consistent long-term graduate employment performance in specialist agri-food higher education

(HESA 2017)


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