University of Nottingham Malaysia

Nutrition BSc Hons


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Qualification: BSc (Hons)
Fees: Malaysian – RM43,700 per year, Non-Malaysian – RM46,000 per year
Mode: Full-time, 3 years
Intake: September
Campus: Malaysia

Course overview

What we eat and how much we eat, has a profound effect on our health. In some parts of the world undernourishment is still a major and yet unresolved issue. However, in many other countries the population suffers from ill health due to overconsumption of inappropriate foods. The diet we consume will influence chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes and ageing. During this degree, you will learn the basic principles of nutrition, biochemistry, physiology and microbiology. You will also specifically explore diet inrelation to diabetes, obesity and coronary heart disease, while developing an in-depth knowledge of physiology and nutritional biochemistry. This will enable you to use scientific evidence to understand the relationship between diet and health or disease, including molecular biology, nutritional biochemistry and personalised nutrition based on the genotype.

During the second year, you have the opportunity to study at our UK campus for either one or two semesters. Not only does this opportunity broaden your outlook and contribute to your personal development, it allows you to witness at first hand the nutrition issues that predominate in the west. Our course also includes an optional industrial placement in the second year, which will enable you to gain valuable experience in a related industry, crucial for your career development and employment. In your final year, you will plan and carry out a year long research project under the guidance of one of our academic staff. The project allows you to gain an in-depth understanding of a food or nutrition-related topic, while developing a number of transferable skills. You will develop your ability to work independently, to use your initiative, manage your time effectively, collect and critically analyse data and to sharpen your writing and communication skills. These transferable skills are highly valued by employers and will help in your search for employment. This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) UK. After graduation youwill be eligible to join the Association of Nutritionists’ Register as an Associate and use the ANutr qualification.

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.

Entry requirements

Our Foundation course route

Our Foundation courses give you another way to study for an undergraduate degree. 

Entry requirements

A Level

BBC, including biology and chemistry, excluding critical thinking and general studies

IB Diploma

28 points with 5,5,4 at Higher Level, including biology and chemistry


B+B+B including biology and chemistry, excluding Pengajian Am


1 A and 4 B3s, including biology and chemistry, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language


ATAR 82 (including biology and chemistry)

Canadian Ontario Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)


77% average based on 6 subjects including biology and chemistry. Consideration to be made based on relevant individual grades if specific subjects are required.

Canadian Secondary School Diplomas from other provinces are acceptable and to be assessed based on the University's requirements.

Advance Placement (AP) 4,4,3 including AP Biology and AP Chemistry. Applicants taking non-preferred subjects may be made an offer across more than three subjects at Advanced Placement level.

Diploma - Other Institutions 

Acceptance to the second year is on a case by case basis (and at the discretion of the School) but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.3 (out of 4) or 70% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme

Foundation - Other Institutions 

Acceptance is at the discretion of the School but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.0 (out of 4) or 65% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme

University of Nottingham Malaysia Foundation

Successful completion of the Foundation in Science programme.

In addition to the  entry requirements listed above, applicants must have credits in mathematics, one science subject and one in any other subject at SPM/GCSE/IGCSE/ High School Diploma or equivalent  for an entry to Biotechnology. This requirement can be waived if applicants have obtained similar or equivalent grades at a higher level.

We strongly encourage all interested students to apply. Our students come to us with a diverse range of qualifications and we also consider applicants' personal statement, references and interview performance (if you have one) when making a decision. The only way for us to fully determine eligibility is through the submission of a completed application.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): 

6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each element)


79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking)

PTE (Academic):

65 (with no less than 59 in each element)

GCE A Level English Language or English Literature

grade C
GCE AS Level English Language or English Literature grade C


grade B+ 

1119 (GCE O): 

grade C 

GCSE/IGCSE (first language): 

grade C 

IGCSE (second language):

grade B


grade B3 


Band 3

IB English A1 or A2 (SL or HL):  

4 points 

IB English B HL: 

4 points 

IB English B SL:  

5 points 

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results


The Foundation in Science is a 1+3 year programme that results in direct progression to the undergraduate degrees offered within the Faculty of Science. This rigorous programme provides students with a strong academic background that will result in enhanced language, mathematics, critical thinking and study skills.

Students on this programme also chose from a range of elective modules that provide the opportunity to sample topics related to their chosen undergraduate pathway such as chemistry, ecology, computer programming or psychology.


Year one

Typical core modules

  • Applied Genetics
  • Biochemistry: The Building Blocks of Life
  • Bioscience Tutorials (Academic Development)
  • Food Materials and Ingredients
  • Genes and Cells
  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Introductory Physiology
  • Microbial Physiology

Year two

Typical core modules

  • Global Issues in Nutrition
  • Nutrition, Metabolism and Disease
  • Nutritional Regulation, Physiology and Endocrinology
  • Personal and Professional Skills for Nutritionists
  • Practical Techniques in Human Nutrition
  • Principles of Immunology

Typical optional modules

  • Global Food Security Summer School
  • Microbial Mechanisms of Foodborne Diseases
  • Molecular Biology and the Dynamic Cell
  • The Individual I: Cognition, Memory and Perception
  • The Individual II: Individual Differences

Year three

Typical core modules

  • Molecular Nutrition
  • Nutrition and the Health of Populations
  • Undergraduate Research Project

Typical optional modules

  • Advanced Postharvest Technology (Part 1 and Part 2)
  • Applied Bioethics: Sustainable Food Production, Biotechnology and Environment
  • Introduction to Counselling
  • International Nutrition



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.


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The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
t:   +6 (03) 8924 8000  
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