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Nutrition (Exercise and Health) BSc(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time BB49 2017
4 years full time including sandwich year BB4X 2017
4 years full time including foundation year CB64 2017
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2017

Why choose this course?

This course explores the role of nutrition and exercise in the prevention and control of disease and the maintenance of good health. It comprises the key strands of nutrition together with sport and exercise science and multidisciplinary topics related to the promotion of health and the prevention of disease.


The National Student Survey
This course scored 100 per cent for student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) course ranking.


Guardian University Guide 2015

Kingston University was ranked 13th out of 69 institutions – and first in London – in the University guide 2015: league table for sports science.

What you will study

Year 1 introduces you to the fundamental concepts of food and nutrition, human anatomy, exercise and physiology, together with sport and exercise psychology. You will also study the essential principles of scientific investigation.

Year 2 extends your knowledge of the effects of nutrition, sport and exercise on human physiology and exercise prescription. You will examine the principles of energy metabolism and develop your understanding of health and exercise physiology and sport and exercise psychology. You will also take a module in research methods to prepare you for your Year 3 research project.

If you choose to take the four-year sandwich route of this degree, you will undertake one year of industry-related work experience between Years 2 and 3.

In Year 3, you will apply your knowledge of nutrition and exercise to topics such as the role of nutrition in health and disease, public health promotion, and the psychological issues relating to health and exercise. You can choose to study either contemporary issues of food and nutrition or extreme environments and ergogenic aids. You will also undertake an independent project, which can be focused on exercise, nutrition or health science.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

  • This module introduces the study and practice of human nutrition which focuses primarily on macronutrients but will also include water and alcohol. The module deals with the concepts that underpin energy and nitrogen balance, the derivation and application of dietary reference values, the study of food composition and food science.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Describe the concepts of energy, nitrogen and fluid balance and their major determinants.
    • Describe the structure, function, requirements and metabolic disposal of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, water, alcohol, fat and water soluble vitamins, trace elements and minerals.
    • Demonstrate understanding of the role of food science in the nature of foods and their ingredients.
    • Describe the origin, interpretation and application of food composition tables and dietary reference values.
    • To understand changing patterns of eating and attitudes to eating, food choices and availability, and the effects of cost and changes to retail and agricultural trends.

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  • This module introduces fundamental psychological constructs and how they impact upon our understanding of human behaviour and learning in sport and exercise environments. Such constructs include personality, motivation, anxiety, stress as well as the learning and performance process.

    On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

    • Identify and discuss the theories of sport and exercise psychology.
    • Describe the major theories of motor control and learning.
    • Discuss how psychological variables influence behaviour.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of measurement in sport and exercise psychology.
    • Demonstrate key skills of communication (group discussions; making a presentation; reading, selecting, extracting, and collating information from appropriate sources; produce written materials), numeracy (data collection; recording data, evaluating data; performing calculations), ICT (produce a document that incorporates and combines different types of information; search for, retrieve, and store information using ICT resources), teamwork, and develop independent learning skills.

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  • This module is designed to introduce the fundaments of functional anatomy and physiology, particularly the skeletal, neural, muscular, metabolic, respiratory and cardiovascular systems. The focus will be on the understanding of the biomechanics of movement and the physiological adjustments in response to the demands of sport and exercise.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Name the main anatomical features, and describe the functional skeletal, muscular and neurological anatomies of the major muscles, bones and joints of the human body.
    • Identify and describe the structure, function and interaction of systems used extensively in exercise, particularly the neural, muscular, metabolic, respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
    • Evaluate data from physiological and biomechanical assessment.
    • Use practical equipment accurately and demonstrate awareness of, and basic competency of sport and exercise laboratory equipment.
    • Demonstrate key skills of communication, numeracy, ICT, teamwork and develop independent skills.

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  • This module provides an essential introduction to the skills required for undergraduate study and scientific research and to understand the principles of qualitative and quantitative experimental research and elementary data analysis. The skills developed in this module will begin to formulate the foundation to later research methods modules and the final year project or dissertation module.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Manage time to become effective independent learners.
    • Demonstrate and reflect on a range of academic key and transferable skills required for effective learning, including but not limited to oral presentations, written reports essays and demonstrate an awareness of feedback.
    • Locate contemporary research publications both in text and electronic format and reference them appropriately.
    • Understand the terminology and basic concepts of research in the field of sport and exercise science.
    • Identify appropriate methods of experimental research in sport and exercise sciences.
    • Conduct and interpret the results of statistical tests.

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Year 2

  • This module applies basic nutrition (from first year of study), however, introduces dietary assessment methodology and its use depending on nutrients, groups and populations and the role of nutrition across the lifespan.

    On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

    • Understand the purpose of dietary assessment.
    • Describe, compare and contrast methods of dietary assessment and discuss their use in nutritional surveys and in the nutritional assessment of groups throughout the lifespan.
    • Identify nutritional needs and factors affecting nutritional needs during pregnancy, breastfeeding, infancy and childhood.
    • Review nutritional requirements and factors influencing nutrition during adolescence and adulthood.
    • Identify nutritional needs and factors affecting nutritional needs in the elderly and among people with dementia.
    • Interpret and evaluate nutrition research.

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  • This module considers the psychological influences on human behaviour in sport and exercise environments and the concepts and methodologies of sport and exercise psychology.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Discuss theories of sport and exercise psychology.
    • Demonstrate how psychological theories can be applied to sport and exercise settings.
    • Critically discuss methodological issues related to sport and exercise psychology research and limitations of theories in sport and exercise psychology.
    • Demonstrate key skills of communication (group discussions; making a presentation; reading, selecting, extracting, and collating information from appropriate sources; produce written materials), numeracy (data collection; recording data, evaluating data; performing calculations), ICT (produce a document that incorporates and combines different types of information; search for, retrieve, and store information using ICT resources), teamwork, and develop independent learning skills.

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  • This module covers the acute and chronic physiological changes induced by exercise and an understanding of cardio-respiratory health as well as develop the application of exercise physiology to performance. The module considers the role of exercise and physical activity as a prescription therapy to clinical diseases and develops the scientific skills to monitor and assess health, fitness and performance.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • To explain how different intensities and duration of physical activity/exercise affects the major physiological systems.
    • To identify and apply the key aspects of cardio-respiratory measurements to the proposed limitations and physiological adaptations to exercise and physical activity participation.
    • To evaluate the issues/implications/benefits of exercise participation in relation to unhealthy individuals and special populations with reference to professional guidelines.
    • To evaluate the need for, and methods of, screening patients prior to exercise testing and prescription.
    • To use practical equipment accurately and demonstrate awareness of, and the practical competencies in, screening and assessment.
    • To demonstrate key skills of creative thinking, problem solving, communication, numeracy, ICT, teamwork and develop independent skills.

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  • This module focuses on the approaches to research design, data collection and statistical analysis and further discusses quantitative and qualitative research methods and introduces advanced statistical techniques.  The module provides an essential introduction to research ethics and the ethical approval procedures that are required when using human participants for research.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Reflect on personal and academic skills, and to research potential employment opportunities in the sport, health and exercise related industries, demonstrating an awareness of the attributes and skills needed to achieve your aspirations.
    • Formulate a research question based on the evaluation of relevant peer-reviewed literature.
    • Construct a viable research proposal with a sound rationale and appropriate research design.
    • Understand the procedures of applying for ethical approval for a study involving human participants and produce a relevant information sheet and informed consent form.
    • Perform and interpret appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative analysis.
    • Demonstrate the key skills of creative thinking, problem solving, communication (read, select, extract and collate information; produce a written report incorporating tables, charts, graphs and diagrams), numeric (collection of data;  design recording formats; perform basic calculations), ICT (presentation of data;  production of written report, search for and retrieve and store information), and independent learning.

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Optional sandwich year

Year 3/4

  • This module develops the understanding of the concepts, theories and practice of health promotion, focusing on diet & physical activity in developing and developed countries. It will examine theories of motivation, behaviour and strategies of health promotion. The role, influence and impact of policies on population and client groups will be examined.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Discuss concepts, determinants and definitions of health and wellbeing in both developing and developed countries.
    • Critically discuss socioeconomic, cultural and political influences on health behaviour in relation to physical activity and/or nutrition (including breastfeeding and food production, supply and shortages in developing countries).
    • Evaluate health promotion models, theories, communication strategies and their application to promoting health in different population and client groups and settings.
    • Demonstrate understanding of the development, utility and evaluation of health promotion policies in different settings.
    • Outline the principles of prevention and treatment of malnutrition, including aid agency strategies, the role of the health worker, early nutritional intervention and crisis intervention.
    • To discuss the effects of factors that impact upon food security, and its relation to nutritional status and health outcomes including reference to the millennium development goals (MDGs).

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  • This module covers the adoption and maintenance of physical activity/exercise and health behaviours. The module is intended to develop critical understanding of theories of behaviour prediction and evaluate research surrounding the benefits of physical activity/exercise for psychological health and well-being. In addition, the module develops understanding through the evaluation of interventions to promote physical activity and mental health.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Evaluate the benefits of exercise for psychological health and wellbeing.
    • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of determinants of health behaviour.
    • Develop an advanced critical understanding of exercise and health behaviour theories and their application.
    • Demonstrate key skills of communication (group discussions; making a presentation; reading, selecting, extracting, and collating information from appropriate sources; produce written materials), numeracy (data collection; recording data; evaluating data), ICT (produce a document that incorporates and combines different types of information; search for, retrieve, and store information using ICT resources), teamwork, and develop independent learning skills.

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  • Choose between the following:

    • This module is a core module for students studying Nutrition and can be taken as an option module by students studying Biology Sciences (Human Biology) and Exercise, Nutrition and Health provided they have one of the pre-requisites listed above. This module introduces students to areas that have a significant impact on modern day food and nutrition including food legislation and safety, novel and functional foods, nutraceuticals and the interaction between nutrition and pharmacology. Furthermore, it provides in-depth material on emerging and re-emerging topics such as malnutrition and food allergy as well as issues concerning nutrition and disease and the use of advanced body composition techniques and biochemical and biological analysis.

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    • This is a core module in Sports Science pathway, and an optional module in the, Sports Analysis and Coaching, Exercise, Nutrition and Health and Biological Sciences (Human Biology) pathways. This module provides coverage of the environmental influences that impact on humans when exercising or competing in sport. The physiological reactions to discrete environmental stresses are described and methods of acclimatisation or coping are explained. This module also examines nutritional supplementation and prohibited methods to enhance physical performance, including a focus on current regulation and policies and the attitudes, values and behaviours that may precipitate doping and the consequences of doping in sport.

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  • Choose between the following:

    • This is a core module for students studying Nutrition and an option module for students studying Exercise, Nutrition and Health and is a capstone project module designed to enable students demonstrate the academic and transferable skills they have developed throughout their respective programmes and to show evidence of synthesis based on these skills and the knowledge, understanding, application and integration of nutrition gained from taught modules.This is a core module for students studying Nutrition and an option module for students studying Exercise, Nutrition and Health and is a capstone project module designed to enable students demonstrate the academic and transferable skills they have developed throughout their respective programmes and to show evidence of synthesis based on these skills and the knowledge, understanding, application and integration of nutrition gained from taught modules. 

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    • This module is designed to measure the student's academic independence in utilising the skills previously learned in Essentials for Sport and Exercise Science and Research Methods in Exercise Science.  The purpose of this module is for students to undertake a significant piece of original and independent research over their third year.  The student will make use of their Sport and Exercise Science knowledge and identify a selected Sport, Exercise or Health related study, plan and undertake some form of data collection which will culminate in the writing of a scientific project and the delivery of an oral presentation.  This module also provides opportunity to reflect upon and demonstrate a critical understanding of the key transferable skills that have emerged from the final year of study that will enhance their employability/readiness for work through personal and professional development and research experience. 

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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