Five reasons to consider studying food and nutrition

If you're interested in food, especially in terms of its components and how it can affect us then you may want to consider our BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition degree. Here's five reasons why:

1.The variety of subjects

The course concentrates on three main areas: food science, technology and analysis; food safety and quality, and nutrition. It's great for building your scientific knowledge and practical laboratory skills. It's also good for enhancing your analytical side - so if you're a problem solver that likes to investigate situations, then this could be for you.

You'll get to explore an exciting variety of subjects which could spark an interest you didn't know you had! Typical areas covered include nutritional biochemistry, human physiology, food production, food chemistry and analysis, food technology and processing, product development and elements of public health.

2. Learn from the experts

You'll learn so much from the course leader – Huda Al-Kateb, who is an experienced food scientist with over 26 years of experience across the industry. She's been involved with the development of this programme and others before it at other institutions, and had great success in establishing collaborations with industry partners and research organisations across the globe.

3. Our facilities

You'll be based at our City South Campus in the leafy Edgbaston area of the city. Our facilities include a food and nutrition laboratory, biomedical science laboratories, and a nutrition kitchen, as well as a well-stocked library and IT suite that are open early and late, so you can find your optimum study time. We've even got a Costa and Starbucks on site so you'll never be short of coffee.

4.Exciting opportunities

This course attracts students from across the country and beyond, and as it is smaller than most, it has a nice community feel, which means you'll be able to really get to know your classmates. There are opportunities to take on placements, so you can put your theories to the test, and see what future careers interest you most. Plus, if travel is your thing, you can get involved in our Go Abroad scheme and work, volunteer or study overseas – a great chance to expand your horizons!

5. You'll be making a difference

This course opens up different avenues for your future, and depending on the role you choose, you could make a real difference to people's lives.

For example, you could become a nutritionist (to individual clients or perhaps for a sports team) and help them to lead healthier lives through education in food and nutrition, or enhance their mental and physical performance through specially designed diets.

Or perhaps take a more scientific role? You could become a food analyst or work in public health – and look at the chemical and physical properties of food, or conduct tests for bacteria and disease. You could be helping to reduce or stop outbreaks such as the recent cases of listeria in hospitals across the country (which were linked to a catering company).

If you're creative, perhaps working as a food scientist and developing new products is appealing? With more and more focus on healthier options, many companies are developing lower sugar / low fat ranges – and if you find the right recipe you could be the maker of the nation's newest favourite snack! What future career path you choose, our Food and Nutrition course could help you get there. Find out more (link to course page)

Apply now to study Food and Nutrition

If you're interested in studying Food and Nutrition with us then it is not too late to apply! Full-time places are available to start this September.

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