Queen Margaret University


On this course you will:

Learn the academic principles behind food and gain practical skills in our advanced laboratories.

Learn how to think critically on a larger scale. What are the social, political, cultural and environmental factors affecting what we eat? How do nutritionists use evidence-based approaches to support behaviour change at an individual, community and population level?

Learn about the most current issues in the field of nutrition. How does our gut microbiome composition impact our health? How do nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics influence current practice? What are the current / contemporary practices and policies in the field of nutrition?

Year One: Physiology/Contextualising You and Your Profession/Food, Lifestyle and Society/Biochemistry/Cell Biology and Genetics/Introduction to Food Science.

Year Two: Health Coaching Conversations (Behavior Change)/Nutrient Metabolism/Medical Microbiology and Immunology/Nutrition/Pharmacology/Evidence-Based Practice.
Year Three: Disease Aetiology and Management/Dissertation/Nutrition Through the Life-course/Volunteering Experience/Clinical Nutrition (includes tutorials in Research Techniques for Nutrition/Epidemiology in Public Health.

Year Four: Honours Project/Current Issues in Nutrition Science/Food and Nutrition Policy/ Plus one of the following two options: Health Entrepreneurship or Nutrition in Practice

Entry Requirements

2023 entry requirements:
4 Highers at BBBC (standard entry) or BCCC (widening access entry) including Biology or Chemistry and preferably another science subject (Maths and Health and Food Technology are acceptable) plus English, Maths or Applications of Maths, Biology and Chemistry at National 5.

You may be required to be immunised against Hepatitis B.

You may require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Start Date





BSc/BSc Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

3 - 4 years


School of Health Sciences


Health Professions

SCQF Level