Nutrition is an expanding area. There is increasing awareness of its role in the disease process. This degree prepares you for many industry and public sector careers – roles in public health, clinical research, food and pharmaceutical industries.
You can find out more about areas that nutritionists may work in by visiting the Association for Nutrition website.
Graduates also move on to further study by enrolling on postgraduate qualifications such as postgraduate diplomas, taught masters or masters by research and PhDs. Areas of study include public health, sports nutrition, food science, and dietetics.
This degree provides students with expertise in nutrition and also the skills, both generic and specialist, expected of today's graduates. These include self-awareness skills, communication skills, interpersonal skills, numeracy skills, research and information literacy skills, creativity and problem solving skills and management and leadership skills. The goal is to prepare students for graduate employment, research, further study and lifelong learning.
The types of transferable skills you gain from our BSc equip you uniquely to work within the field of nutrition and applied sciences. Nutritionists can specialise (eg sports or public health nutritionists), work within the NHS (eg within the community), apply their nutritional knowledge to product development and formulation (eg within the food industry), or set up in private practice. They can also apply their skills in wider settings (eg auditor, research technician, scientific officer).
Examples of employers include primary care trusts, the Department of Health, the Food Standards Agency, charities and non-government organisations, food industry (Sainsbury's), and private practice/self-employed.
The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has a specialist employability team. It provides friendly and high-quality careers and recruitment guidance, including advice and sessions on job-seeking skills such as CV preparation, application forms and interview techniques. Specific advice is also available for international students about the UK job market and employers' expectations and requirements.
The team runs employer events throughout the year, including job fairs, key speakers from industry and interviews on campus. These events give you the opportunity to hear from, and network with, employers in an informal setting. For example, here students are practising their interview skills with employers at a 'speed interviewing' event on campus.
In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate.
As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:
In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.
The course team makes use of social media to help with and promote networking, employability opportunities and career development for students and graduates. For that purpose, a Kingston University Nutrition Facebook page and a LinkedIn group were set up.
Your links to Kingston University do not end with your graduation; you are now an alumnus of Kingston and we will always be here to support you in whatever way possible. Read a bit more about Kingston University's Alumni Association. As a Kingston alumnus, you will receive invitations to alumni events and networking opportunities in the UK and abroad plus you will have free access to the University careers service for three years following graduation.