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Bachelor of Science (Hons) Nutrition

Offered by: The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC)
Exam BodyThe University of Nottingham, UK
Course Duration3 Yrs
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
Fees (International Student)44660/Yr
FacultyFaculty of Science
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryUnited Kingdom
Level of StudyBachelor's Degree Level
Field of StudyMedicine & Healthcare
Course Description

What we eat, and how much we eat, has a profound effect on our health. While much of the world is still concerned with consuming sufficient energy and essential nutrients to survive, many ‘industrialised’ countries are suffering ill health due to over-consumption of inappropriate foods. Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes, and ageing itself are all influenced by the diet we consume.

Nutrition is the science that bridges the gap between basic understanding of metabolism and disease processes. Controversies and misunderstandings can only be avoided and resolved if well-trained nutritionists are available to inform, explain and develop the subject. Our aim is to produce nutritionists with a strong scientific background and a firm grasp of modern nutritional science and its application in communities nationally and internationally. Nutrition is studied alongside biochemistry and physiology, food science, food safety and food production, which will give you a unique opportunity to gain insights into related fields in agriculture and the food industry.

Professional accreditation

The BSc (Hons) Nutrition course is fully accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and is approved and endorsed by the British Nutrition Society.

Course structure

In your first year, you will be introduced to the basic principles of nutrition and metabolism through a core programme of modules. Specialist topics in nutrition and food hygiene will introduce you to the relationship between diet and health. In your second year a higher level of understanding of metabolism is used to explore the role of nutrition in relation to diabetes, obesity and coronary heart disease. You will also cover the fundamental principles of nutrition, such as the dietary requirements of nutrients, and gain a valuable insight into the food production industry.

Your third year focuses on human nutrition with an emphasis across the lifespan and public health nutrition, as well as aspects including nutrition and health of populations and international nutrition. Over the whole of your final year you will undertake a research project.


Semester 1

  • Genes & Cells: 1
  • The Biosciences and Global Food Security
  • Introduction to Nutrition (YL)
  • Biochemistry: The Building Blocks of Life (YL)
  • Introduction to Health Behaviours (Y/L)
  • Academic Development and Employability (YL)

Semester 2

  • Microbial Physiology 
  • Introductory Physiology
  • Introduction to Nutrition (YL)
  • Biochemistry: The Building Blocks of Life (YL)
  • Introduction to Health Behaviours (Y/L)
  • Academic Development and Employability (YL) 

Semester 3

  • Nutritional Regulation, Physiology and Endocrinology
  • Global Issues in Nutrition
  • Principles of Immunology
Optional Modules


  • Human Development and Tissue Differentiation
  • Social Psychology 

Semester 4

  • Professional Skills for Bioscientists
  • Nutrition, Metabolism and Disease

Optional Modules 

  • Summer  School - Biosciences and Global Food Security
  • Microbial Mechanisms of Foodbourne Disease
  • Molecular Techniques in Biosciences
  • Developmental Psychology

Semester 5

Core YL Research Project
  • UG Research Project (YL)
Core YL Modules
  • Nutrition and Health of Populations (YL)
  • Molecular Nutrition (YL)
  • International Nutrition (YL)
Optional modules 
  • Biotechnology in Animal Physiology
  • Health Promotion

Semester 6

Core YL Research Project
  • UG Research Project (YL)
Core YL Modules 
  • Nutrition and Health of Populations (YL)
  • Molecular Nutrition (YL)
  • International Nutrition (YL)
Optional modules
  • Applied Bioethics: Sustainable Food Production, Biotechnology and Environment
  • Nutrition in the Community
Entry Requirements
Entry requirements

A level

BBC, including 2 science subjects, preferably biology and chemistry. Other science subjects, such as mathematics, physics or geography are accepted 

IB Diploma

28 points,  with specified grades in science subjects 


B+B+B or grade points of 3.33 in at least 2 science subjects and 3.00 in one other science subject 


4 As, including chemistry and biology, excluding Chinese language 



Canadian Pre-U

88% average based on 6 subjects 


Students who have taken SPM/GCSE/IGCSE must have Grade B in mathematics 


Successful completion of the Foundation in Science programme. Those studying biotechnology and plant biotechnology must pass all biotechnology modules 

Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis

English language requirements


6.0 (with no elements below 5.5)


79 (with no elements below 19) 

PTE (Academic):

55 (minimum 51)


grade B+ 

1119 (GCE O): 

grade C 


grade C 


grade B3 

IB English A1 or A2 (SL or HL):  

4 points 

IB English B HL: 

4 points 

IB English B SL:  

5 points 

Muet Band 5 

may also be considered 

IELTS and TOEFL test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test

Intake Months


Career Prospects

A degree in nutrition can lead to a number of career choices. Graduates have gone on to practise nutrition within the food industry, specialist nutritional supplement companies, public health nutrition, education and journalism. The science base of this degree is a good springboard for higher degrees including MPhil and PhD.

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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